Mobile Bits: Nokia’s N8 Fault; iOS 4.2; PlayStation Phone?


Nokia’s N8: It was supposed to be the flagship device that changed the game for Nokia (NYSE: NOK), but the N8 has run into a glitch. “A very small number of users” have reported the the N8 is not powering up after it is charged, according to the Nokia blog. Nokia says it will offer exchanges for faulty devices.

Apple’s iOS 4.2: New update to the Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPods out today. The new feature will introduce multitasking, folders and some 100 other new features to iPad devices. The update also includes a free version of the “Find My iPhone” device tracker, which users can now get without subscribing to the MobileMe device management app. The tracker will only work on the latest iPhone, iPod and iPad models. The new iOS will also have a tweak that means Apple will be more competitive with Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) and the other online rental companies: users (in the U.S. only) will be able to download TV episodes for 30-day blocks.

Price Check: A new shopping app from Amazon that lets users in physical stores compare the prices for products with Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) and its affiliates, using barcodes, voice recognition, a picture or a regular textual search. The user can then purchase the item with one click. The app competes with comparison apps like RedLaser, owned by eBay (NSDQ: EBAY), which compares prices across online retailers as well as nearby stores.

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