Kobo Coming to a Tablet Near You

The e-book seller that began life as Shortcovers is getting ready to explode on the e-book reading scene. Recently Kobo signed a deal with Borders to handle e-books for the chain, along with producing a reader for them. The folks at Kobo aren’t content to rest on the Borders (s bgp) deal, as information we’ve just received from them proves. Kobo has reader applications in development for “netbooks and dedicated eReaders, like the Sony eReader.”

Kobo already has reader apps for iPhone (s aapl), Android (s goog), BlackBerry (s rimm) and the Palm Pre (s palm), and when they add support for both Windows 7 (s msft) and Android tablets they will have just about everything covered.

Kobo realizes that the key to e-book adoption is to allow reading content on devices the consumer already owns. These free reader applications will be available starting in February, and in addition to handling e-book reading duties, they will allow syncing of libraries and reading locations among multiple devices. They are obviously taking a cue from Amazon (s amzn) and the Whispernet syncing.

Rumor: 17-inch MacBook Pro going unibody, no replaceable battery

cimg1074MacWorld is almost here and there are definitely less rumors flurrying about what Apple may do than usual.  One rumor emerging has to do with the refresh of the 17-inch MacBook Pro.  The biggest MacBook was the only model not refreshed last year and it’s no surprise that Apple is planning to go with the unibody of all the new MacBooks.  What is surprising is the rumor that has this model getting a non-replaceable battery a la the MacBook Air.

I can’t believe this is true as the only reason the Air has a fixed battery is due to lack of space.  That’s certainly not true of the big 17-incher so I can’t believe that Apple would take the ability to augment battery life away from the mobile worker by fixing the battery in place like the iPhone.  The rumor also states that Apple is going with a super new battery technology that will last much longer than those in the other MacBooks.  Even so I will only have one word for the fixed battery rumor should it come to pass:  FAIL.

(via 9to5mac)