Palm is best known as a pioneer in the worlds of personal digital assistants and smartphones. Even though the company has been dead for years, the brand still boasts a cult following among techies who stared at screens before staring at screens was a thing. So it’s surprising that Palm’s resurrection comes in the form of a device designed to take you away from one of those screens — to stare at an even tinier one. Now playing: Watch this: Palm is back! But this 3.3-inch device isn’t a phone… 2:57 The new Palm isn’t a phone but a companion mobile device that looks like a baby iPhone. It’s designed to act as a lightweight substitute when you’re at the gym, at a club or spending time with your family. The $349 device, sold exclusively in the US by Verizon Wireless, will pair up with your existing phone but has its own cellular radio that requires an additional $10 charge on your monthly wireless bill. That’s right, our phones have gotten so big they now need their own phones. Palm is a new San Francisco-based startup licensing one of the most venerable names in the smartphone industry, all to create a device meant to free us from the constant bombardment of email notifications, Slack messages and Instagram posts plaguing our lives. If that sounds familiar to you, it’s because tech heavyweights Apple and Google have already embraced the idea of reducing your dependence on their products, largely through apps that… [Read full story]
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