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Kobo Touch 2.0 suddenly appears, not much has changed

Kobo Touch 2.0 suddenly appears, not much has changed

Kobo isn't exactly swimming in cash when it comes to its hardware. In fact, it has decided to scrap its Android-based tablets, the Kobo Arc line, in favor of an Android app instead. That leaves it with time and resources to focus on the hardware that probably matters most to its customers: e-ink readers. Following the Glo HD that it unveiled last April, Kobo has mysteriously put out a version 2.0 of its baseline Kobo Touch reader but with seemingly little to differentiate it from its predecessor.

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Kobo Glo HD wants to speed Kindle Voyage’s final journey

Kobo Glo HD wants to speed Kindle Voyage’s final journey

Kobo is looking to spank Amazon where it hurts, launching the Kobo Glo HD ereader with the same e-paper display as the Kindle Voyage, but dramatically undercutting it on price. Set to hit shelves from May 1st, the Glo HD uses E Ink's 300dpi Carta panel, just as the Voyage does, for smooth text and monochrome images. However, whereas the Voyage will set you back upwards of $199.99 depending on whether you mind Amazon subsidizing it by showing you adverts, Kobo will be asking just $129.99 for the Glo HD.

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Kobo to exit tablet market, sticking around with an app

Kobo to exit tablet market, sticking around with an app

There are a lot of Android tablets on the market. It’s a dizzying array of screens, processors, manufacturers, and price. One OEM is bowing out of the race, and will instead focus on a segment the tablet was unable to kill off entirely: eReaders. Kobo has announced they are focussing their efforts on the digital book, as well as software. The move toward eReaders aligns Kobo with their true passion, which is digital reading. Their software keeps them at home on the tablet you already own.

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Kobo Aura H2O ereader makes your digital books waterproof

Kobo Aura H2O ereader makes your digital books waterproof

Kobo has taken the wraps off its newest traditional ereader, the Aura H2O. As its name suggests, the newest e-ink device from the company is waterproof, setting it apart from some of its similarly-designed brethren. The device is supposed to be the first of its kind, and unshackles readers so they can enjoy their digital books poolside or in the tub.

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Sony begins Reader transition to Kobo ecosystem

Sony begins Reader transition to Kobo ecosystem

In early February, Sony revealed that its Reader Store would be replaced with Kobo's eBookStore, making the latter company the digital supplier for Sony's ereader customers. Today the company has issued a small update on the matter, kicking off the process.

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Sony Reader Store shutting down in late March

Sony Reader Store shutting down in late March

Sony recently announced they would be selling off the VAIO brand, however it seems that is not the only change in the works. A more recent announcement deals with Sony's Reader Store, which will soon be replaced by the Kobo eBookStore. Basically, Kobo will be the content supplier for those with a Sony Reader or Sony Xperia device.

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Kobo Arc, the reading centric tablet lineup, hands-on

Kobo Arc, the reading centric tablet lineup, hands-on

If you’re a digital reader, Kobo has a lineup of tablets you should probably take a look at. Their 7 and 10-inch devices are centric to reading, but also keep the Android fun you might like to have with your tablet. The tablets all have Play Store compatibility, so you can download any app you like. We got an up close and personal look with the two devices here at Showstoppers.

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Amazon Kindle dominates Japanese digital reader industry

Amazon Kindle dominates Japanese digital reader industry

Amazon has been dominating the digital reader market within the United States ever since it launched the very first Kindle. With each new product update Amazon has continued to be at the very front of the digital reader market and that lead has now expanded all around the world. Other manufacturers offer digital readers including Sony, Kobo and others but the Amazon Kindle family continues to be the most popular.

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Kobo Arc 7, 7HD, and 10HD tablets unveiled with Tegra inside

Kobo Arc 7, 7HD, and 10HD tablets unveiled with Tegra inside

Kobo, maker of eReading devices, rolled out a limited edition Aura HD ereader earlier this year, and a couple months later had a different device appear in an FCC filing. As of today, the company's lineup has been expanded with three new tablets, two of which harbor Tegra processors, as well as an Aura e-ink reader which may have been the device we saw surface back in July.

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Kobo N514 ereader images surface showing new device

Kobo N514 ereader images surface showing new device

Kobo debuted its limited edition Aura HD ebook reader back in April, and we got our hands on it shortly after. Now a new device from the company has surfaced in a batch of leaked images, and though we don't know the final name of it yet, it is similar in design to the Aura from the front. While not much is known about it, some details have surfaced via an FCC filing.

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Kobo Aura HD ereader hands-on

Kobo Aura HD ereader hands-on

Is there room in the market still for e-paper ereaders? Kobo says yes, and has the consumer research to prove it and the new model, the Kobo Aura HD, it claims will fit the bill. A survey of 10,000 of the company's existing users found that 90-percent plan to buy a new, dedicated ereader sometime in the next twelve months, Kobo says; 36-percent apparently have both a tablet and an ereader, and 53-percent use their ereader every day. We caught up with Kobo to take a look.

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Kobo unveils the limited edition Aura HD eReader

Kobo unveils the limited edition Aura HD eReader

Kobo has just revealed its new, limited-edition E Ink Reader that will be available for pre-order beginning tomorrow for the price of $169.99. The eReader is dubbed the Kobo Aura HD, and it will be available in 3 colors: Ivory, Espresso, and Onyx (White, Brown, and Black). This new eReader is what Wayne White, the EVP and GM of Devices for Kobo, calls, "The Porsche of eReaders". He says that it pushes the boundaries of eReading, and is designed for those who are in the "driver's seat of their eReading adventures."

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