Kobo announces two new e-readers, including the $260 note-taking Sage


Kobo has announced a pair of new e-readers: the $260 Kobo Sage, which is the company’s new top-end device, and the $180 Libra 2, an update to its mid-range Libra. Both devices keep the asymmetrical design popularised by Amazon’s Oasis e-reader, offer E Ink Carta 1200 screens with Kobo’s ComfortLight Pro feature and add Bluetooth support for wireless headphones. The Sage is the larger of the two and also functions as an e-note device. It’s compatible with the company’s Kobo Stylus, which lets users make handwritten notes on ebooks and PDFs that can be can converted to plain text. The Sage also works with Kobo’s new $80 PowerCover, which automatically wakes and sleeps the device when opened and closed, has a place to keep your stylus, and includes an integrated battery to extend the Sage’s battery life. The Libra 2 has a 7-inch display (1264 x 1680) that’s supposedly faster than that of its predecessor. It also has 32GB of non-expandable storage, USB-C, and a 1 GHz processor. Both devices are available to pre-order.

Apple Watch Series 7 gets an October launch

Apple is opening up preorders for its Apple Watch Series 7 this month. Apple first revealed the Watch Series 7 at an event last month, but the company simply said it would be available later this fall. The Apple Watch Series 7 includes a display that goes virtually to the edge of the case, with more rounded corners and a softer design. The Series 7 now comes in 41mm and 45mm sizes, up 1mm from the Series 6. The bezels around the display are just 1.7mm, and the always-on mode is 70 percent brighter than the Series 6. Apple has also created a variety of new watchfaces to take advantage of the larger screens on the Apple Watch Series 7. The screen size is really the big change to the Series 7, alongside watchOS 8 improvements like better outdoor cycling support, fall support in workouts, and some Fitness Plus upgrades. The Apple Watch Series 7 will start at $399 and will be sold alongside the Watch Series 3 at $199. The Apple Watch Series 7 devices will start shipping by the end of October.