Mobile Tech News – Star Trek Is Coming, Treos in the Field, Palm Presentations in May, and More

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HTC’s Star Trek Handset Makes Its Way West

Reports are starting to trickle out that the Qtek 8500 (commonly known as the Star Trek, hereby named the STRTrk) is making its way towards U.S. shores. While still no time-line as to when any U.S. carrier will pick up this slim Windows Mobile Smartphone, it is expected to be available in this country soon.

Just a brief recovering of what we know:

  • Clamshell design
  • 0.6 inches thick
  • QVGA screen
  • External color display
  • 200 MHz processor
  • 64 MB of flash memory
  • Quad-band GSM/EDGE
  • Bluetooth 1.2
  • 1.3 megapixel camera

Gizmodo is reporting that the STRTrk will go on sale in a couple of weeks with a list price of around $634 and sporting pink and black as the available colors.


Field Employees Turn Smartphones Into Wireless Reference, Communication and Sales Tools to Increase Workflow Productivity

Another company has standardized on the Treo 650 for its business applications. This time the company is Medtronic, a medical technology company. It will be using a combination of Medtronic’s Field Inventory application, Medtronic’s SalesWire application, Documents to Go, GoodLink, and the Pacing Encyclopedia in order to keep sales forces mobile and up to date with current information.

More information can be found via the Palm Press Relations web site.


Palm Executive Management to Present at Financial Conferences in May

Palm will be presenting a several finance conferences throughout the month of May. Here is a list of those presentations:

  • Piper Jaffray 8th Annual Hardware & Communications Conference on May 11
  • 34th Annual JPMorgan Technology Conference on May 22
  • Lehman Brothers Worldwide Wireless and Wireline Conference on May 23

More information about these events can be found via the Palm Press Relations web site.


New Book from Former Palm VP, Michael Mace

Keeping busy past his days at Palm, Michael Mace has gone on to publish a book called Stop Flying Blind. It is best described as a book about how to drive business strategy using external information — customer, competitive, and technology analysis.

The first draft has been posted online for comments and feedback. The first draft, as well as other postings towards Stop Flying Blind, can be found on the Stop Flying Blind web site.



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