Nokia N8

Nokia N8 online stock from October 15th; in UK stores Oct 22nd

Nokia N8 online stock from October 15th; in UK stores Oct 22nd

Nokia's N8 may have begun shipping, but the number of people currently holding the Symbian^3 smartphone is still dwarfed by those still waiting for one.  The Finnish company has just announced that the N8 will be available for online order - either SIM-free or on contract - and with immediate delivery from October 15th; meanwhile in-store UK retail availability will follow on a week later.

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Nokia N8 gets 30fps 720p video hack and super-detail still compression tweak

Nokia N8 gets 30fps 720p video hack and super-detail still compression tweak

The Nokia N8's photography skills are already prompting plenty of discussion, but one modder has instead concentrated on squeezing out some extra performance rather than arguing over the standard results.  Notorious Symbian-lover hyperX has already managed to coax the N8 into shooting 720p video at 30fps rather than the default 25fps, and he's also worked some magic on the smartphone's still images.

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The Daily Slash: September 30th 2010

The Daily Slash: September 30th 2010

As we mark the last hours of the final day of September, we're left with only one thing to do: The Daily Slash. So, welcome to tonight's edition. In our story from around the Web, it looks like Time Warner's CEO is chiming in about Apple TV's pricing, and he's not a fan. And then, just as we do every night, we'll wrap up what's been going on in the R3 Media Network.

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Nokia N8 video demo

Nokia N8 video demo

Final software, final hardware, finally shipping - it's N8 day, and the Nokia team is unsurprisingly pretty pleased with itself for making it inside the Q3 window.  So how does the N8 hold up?  We've used plenty of different prototypes along various stages of the development path, and it's fair to say some have been patchier than others.

Video demo after the cut

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Nokia N8 starts shipping

Nokia N8 starts shipping

Nokia's N8 has begun shipping, and you do get the feeling from the company's tersely-titled press release (which you can read after the cut) that they're getting no small amount of satisfaction from proving wrong the naysayers who predicted lengthy delays.  To be fair, as we heard previously, you'll have had to be among the first batch of pre-order customers if you want to get your N8 smartish; Nokia says there'll be "broad availability" over the coming weeks.

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Nokia & AT&T Team Up for Calling All Innovators Contest

Nokia & AT&T Team Up for Calling All Innovators Contest

One way for Nokia to make some headway into the United States market, is to team up with one of the largest wireless carriers in this neck of the woods. And while Nokia's longevity is a topic of contention for a lot of people out there, that's not stopping the company from doing what they can to make sure that Nokia's a household name, some day. First step in that process, at least in Nokia's eyes for the moment, seems to be getting application developers, or innovators, onto the Symbian track, and what better way to do that then to offer them a load of money for their efforts? That's where the Calling All Innovators developer contest comes in, where a steep quarter of a million dollars is at stake for top prize.

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Pre-release Nokia N8 sells on eBay for just £310

Pre-release Nokia N8 sells on eBay for just £310

Silly us; here we were waiting for Nokia's official launch of the N8, and all we needed to do was head over to eBay.  A supposedly "brand new & boxed" N8 has just sold on the online auction site for a measly £310 - that's £119 less than the unlocked, SIM-free model is going for on Nokia's own preorder page - meaning someone will get their hands on the smartphone potentially weeks ahead of everybody else.

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Nokia N8 delay confusion deepens: Some will get it, some will wait [Updated]

Nokia N8 delay confusion deepens: Some will get it, some will wait [Updated]

The Nokia N8 launch is getting pretty confusing.  After rumors of global delays - which the company squashed - the Finnish firm then performed an apparent about-turn and admitted yesterday that it would be holding the shipments into October "to do some final amends."  Now, according to the company's official blog, the reports based on yesterday's statement are still wrong: the N8 will apparently be shipping from the end of September, as originally promised.

Update: We've heard back from Nokia with some clarification - more details after the cut.

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The Daily Slash: September 20th 2010

The Daily Slash: September 20th 2010

Hopefully everyone had a good weekend, and took advantage of the "International Observe the Moon Night" "And Talk Like a Pirate Day." If not, there's always next year. In any event, here we are at a Monday, getting ready to call it a night, so it's that time for The Daily Slash. Tonight, in our story from around the web, we'll get another nugget of joy from one Kudo Tsunoda, and then we'll wrap up what's been going on in the R3 Media Network today.

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