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Borders Doesn’t Drop Price of Kobo eReader, Offers $20 Gift Card Instead

Borders Doesn’t Drop Price of Kobo eReader, Offers $20 Gift Card Instead

Considering all the hub-bub that the Amazon Kindle, and Barnes and Noble nook (both versions) received yesterday, we were shocked that some of the other eReaders out there didn't follow suit. Apparently it took a day for the news to hit the competition, because today sees the announcement from Borders that, for the same price as the "nook Lite," you can pick up the Kobo variation, plus a little gift.

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Netronix WiFi e-reader hits FCC, headed to Cool-ER & maybe Kobo?

Netronix WiFi e-reader hits FCC, headed to Cool-ER & maybe Kobo?

Netronix may not be a household name in the e-reader market, but that's only because we're more used to seeing their devices branded as Cool-ER or Kobo (like the recent $149 Kobo model on sale at Borders).  Now a new FCC filing for what looks to be a 6-inch e-reader with integrated WiFi has emerged, potentially pointing to an updated Borders model that could download new titles via wireless network rather than just transfer them over Bluetooth.

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Kobo ereader Bluetooth flaw undermines wireless use

Kobo ereader Bluetooth flaw undermines wireless use

Kobo's $150 ereader isn't expected to arrive at Borders in the US until June 17th, so hopefully that will give the manufacturer a little time to finesse the firmware.  According to one thread over at MobileRead, the Kobo's much-touted Bluetooth connectivity - allowing for short-range, cable-free transfers of ebooks to the device - has a significant flaw in that it won't update its books list after wireless use.  Ironically, the only way at present to force an update is to plug in a USB cable and unplug it.

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Kobo ereader hits Borders preorder for $150

Kobo ereader hits Borders preorder for $150

Kobo and Borders have announced that the Kobo ereader is now available for preorder, and will begin shipping from June 17th 2010.  Priced at $149.99, the Kobo lacks WiFi or 3G but does at least come with Bluetooth, for wireless transfers of ebooks from your computer to the device; those ebooks, Borders hope, come from their own selection of over 1m titles, though you can also load up any DRM-free ePub or PDF content.

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Kobo $149 eReader and “Powered by Kobo” ebook platform announced

Kobo $149 eReader and “Powered by Kobo” ebook platform announced

Break out the bunting, there's a new e-reader in town.  Kobo have announced that they'll be taking on Amazon's Kindle, Barnes & Noble's nook and the eventually-linked-to-Borders Spring Design Alex with their own dedicated device, the Kobo eReader.  Great, aside from the fact that they've apparently just recycled a four-year-old Netronix ebook reader with a bright new case.

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Idea to App book review; first base for iOS app creation

Idea to App book review; first base for iOS app creation

Building an app starts with a concept, and idea, a vision. If you don’t have a guiding light in mind, you’re just doing. That isn’t necessarily creating. Idea to App: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Making iOS Apps is a new book from Megan Holstein, who is also responsible for the website of the same name. Her book promises not to be a rehashing of the website, though; it’s billed as one that is full of fresh ideas, and a better walk-through of how to get from idea to app. To see if it accomplishes that, I decided to give it a read.

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UK bill to charge 20% VAT for digital purchases

UK bill to charge 20% VAT for digital purchases

Online retailers and digital content providers might soon be facing some rather heavy taxes if Goerge Osborne gets his way. Under a new law that will cover intra-EU business to consumer (B2C) taxation, such services will be taxed based on buyer's location, which in the UK means a 20 percent VAT.

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Skype rival Viber bought by Rakuten in e-commerce comms push

Skype rival Viber bought by Rakuten in e-commerce comms push

Skype rival Viber has been bought by Rakuten, the rapidly growing Japanese internet commerce firm, in a $900m deal that will see it push the call and messaging service as a social gaming platform. Rakuten, which already owns online retailer Play.com, ebook platform Kobo, and digital mobile content platform Viki, aims to transform Viber - which already has around 300m registered users - into a communications gateway for its other services, such as contacting online retailers with questions before a purchase is made.

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