Feeds

3Com unveils wireless-equipped Palm VII

Connect to the Net wherever you are, says 3Com -- but expect to pay extra for the privilege.

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

3Com has finally unveiled the next version of the Palm handheld computer, ending months of speculation over what it might come up with. The new machine is not, as anticipated earlier this year, the slimline device codename Razor, but a modified version of the current Palm III offering. The Palm VII -- what ever happened to IV, V and VI? -- provides wireless machine-to-machine communication through a built-in two-way radio. Each Palm VII will also ship with an account on Palm.Net, which will connect the machine to the Internet for the price of a $10 monthly subscription fee. Palm.Net is provided through BellSouth Wireless Data's cellular network, but 3Com said because the underlying technology and protocols are network-independent, it may be expanded to other service providers at a future date. In fact, that network-independence is essential to rolling out the Palm VII beyond the US. To overcome the long-standing problem of displaying complex Web pages on handhelds' small monochrome screens, Palm VII users simply send short database-style queries across the wireless connection. Palm's servers process that query via Web search engines and send back the data in a proprietary form that the Palm VII can easily interpret and display. The Palm VII uses a similar streamlined process, called iMessenger, for handling email. 3Com claims that this approach reduces not only expensive and power-gobbling wireless airtime but the processing overhead at the client end. The company said the device will achieve "weeks of performance" on two AAA batteries. The Palm VII will undergo field trials early next year, with the final rollout scheduled for "later in 1999". It is expected to retail in the US for "less than $800" -- $799.99, in other words. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Forget silly privacy worries - help biometrics firms make MILLIONS
Beancounter reckons dabs-scanning tech is the next big moneypit
Microsoft's Office Delve wants work to be more like being on Facebook
Office Graph, social features for Office 365 going public
Alibaba swings a large one with STONKING IPO legal bills
Chinese e-commerce beast searches for $21bn from investors
EMC has nothing to say on VMware sale plan
Rumour and counter-rumour swirl around Wall Street
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.