In Brief: Mar. 18, 2002

BERRYPHONE We remember the BlackBerry when it was a popular beeper-size, mini-keyboard-equipped pager that allowed users to send and receive e-mail wirelessly almost anywhere. Two years ago, it grew a bigger screen for Web browsing and appointment booking. Finally, last week, the BlackBerry PDA 5810 ($499) sprouted a cell phone. Now it's all grown up.

DRINKIN' BUDDY At last, a personal digital assistant that's worth bending an elbow for. The BarMaster ($29.95), from Excalibur Electronics, is a chic, flask-shaped gizmo that lets wired boozehounds search for the perfect drink by name, ingredient and even glass type. It also knows a few...

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