News@5: Nokia N8 Starts Shipping, Apple MacBook Patents & Next Debuts Android Tablet

Nokia has announced that its highly awaited N8 smartphone has started shipping to customers who had pre-ordered the device. The company also said that the entertainment device will be gradually made available across the globe based on country and mobile operator.

High street retailer Next, which is better known for its clothing and home accessories department, has quietly launched a tablet device that boasts some rather impressive features - although some corners have been cut. The aptly-named Next 10-inch tablet has a 10-inch 1024x600 pixels resistive display, but no multi-touch functionality.

Shares in Apple fell by more than five per cent on Tuesday as the market buzzed with rumours that one of the company's top executives is leaving for a better position at Hewlett Packard.

Chinese mobile services provider China Unicom has reportedly sold 100,000 iPhone 4 units within the first four days of its launch in the country. Company executives said that China Unicom, the official iPhone 4 provider in the country, is almost out of iPhone 4's owing to the huge pre-order demand and in store sales.

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted a total of 17 patents to Apple, two of which indicate at a 3G-enabled MacBook in the future. The patents in question will allow the consumer electronics giant to create "telephonic MacBooks" capable of supporting a 3G connection and making voice calls.