In Brief: Mar. 11, 2002

KNIFE LIFE Was there anything swanker than the foldout scissors on your Swiss Army knife? O.K., maybe the toothpick. But even that pales in comparison with the newest feature on Swiss Army's stylish Voyager knife ($70): a digital alarm clock. Think of the possibilities. Now, besides uncorking bottles, screwing screws, picking teeth and opening cans of smoked sprats, you can be awakened before reveille.

DISC THROWING So did you finally go out and buy a DVD player? Well, now a consortium of electronics makers is working on a new, incompatible DVD standard. The platform will play only so-called Blu-ray discs, which...

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