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It was a relatively quiet weekend on the tech front, presumably the calm before the storm now that Apple's September 10 media event is only one day away at this writing. If you're simply too excited about the announcement of a new iPhone or two tomorrow, calm yourself down by boning up on everything else that went down this weekend, then head back here on Tuesday for the latest on what Apple has in store for us!
We've all got electronics that need almost daily charging, but why spread them out all over the house and multiple power outlets? That's the concept behind Griffin's new MultiDock, a power station that accommodates up to 10 tablets, e-readers, smartphones or any combination thereof. MultiDock features exclusive "ChargeSensor" technology the manufacturer claims will optimize the process by automatically sensing which devices are being charged and adjusting the flow of juice accordingly. But don't reach for your wallet quite yet: MultiDock will set you back a whopping $699.99, which sure can pay for a lot of extra AC adapters and cables instead.
Google released a 2.0.1 bug fix update to its free Google Authenticator app on Saturday, which not only fixes the issue where the previous version wiped out all accounts stored there, but also restores those missing entries for those affected, conveniently adding them to the bottom of the list in the event the user has already taken the time to add them to the app a second time. Once again, the app is also optimized for iPhone 5 as well as Retina Display, with a user interface makeover that echoes the company's recent Google Maps, YouTube and Google Search apps.
Ever wonder what former Nokia employees think of the company's current situation? 19-year veteran Anssi Vanjoki isn't afraid to speak out on the subject, especially since he's the man many believed would rescue the company prior to Stephen Elop stepping into the CEO role back in 2010. According to The Verge, Vanjoki calls the situation "shameful, but unavoidable… this is a complete failure of chosen strategy and its implementation. Nokia was not able to make it work. For Finland's sake I hope Microsoft will." Here's hoping...
Microsoft released updates to its OneNote for iPhone and iPad apps on Friday, and the big news for those who love the tablet version is that it's now been untethered from the desktop PC, allowing iPad users to create notebooks and even create, delete and rename sections. The iPhone update is now a smaller download, with Microsoft claiming the size has been reduced by more than half, while both versions include improvements to Japanese typing and automatic list detection as well as the usual round of bug fixes. Both apps are now available from the App Store.
GeekWire reported Friday that eBay has gobbled up another internet startup, this time Decide.com, an online shopping prediction service that offered prospective electronics buyers advice on when's the best time to buy their favorite tech products. The once-free service went premium last fall, but the service will now shut down entirely on September 30, at which time the 26 employees will become part of eBay's Bellevue, Washington-based office, presumably to work on integrating the service into the online auction site in some way. Decide.com members can expect a refund of any remaining fees in the days to come.
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