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iPhone 5 Cable Hack, LG Nexus 4 Renders and more

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The LG Nexus 4 is here and ready to compete with ANYTHING

  • China has apparently cracked the iPhone 5 cable code - the iPhone 5 (Lightning) cable came with a chip built in to keep others from making them (I mean to protect you). However, it appears China has figured out the code, and you can now purchase less than $20 cables to charge all our Lightning gear. Via Gizmodo, more here.
  • Corning has now created 1B Gorilla Glass devices - Gorilla Glass, Corning’s smartphone protecting glass is now one 1B devices. The Gorilla Glass protects smartphones from simple scratches as well as drops. Via Engadget, more here.
  • Nuance’s Dragon Mobile Assistant, yet another Siri clone - Dragon, who created the Swype keyboard, has released Dragon Mobile Assistant, for you to talk to your smartphone. It looks quite interesting and we’d love to hear any experiences with it. Via Droid-Life, more here.
  • AT&T activated 4.7M iPhones and “record” Android and Windows Phones in Q3 - We recently mentioned Verizon’s success at selling over 3M iPhones in Q3, well it seems AT&T has beaten them. Their 4G LTE rollout is going well, and they have adopted the top smartphones from Android manufacturers. However, they sold fewer total smartphones than VZW in Q3, 6.1M to 6.8M in total. Via The Verge, more here.
  • Dutch Court finds Samsung does not infringe on Multitouch patent - in another non-Apple win, a Dutch court has found that Samsung does not infringe on the Multitouch patent. The multitouch patent is one of the most important in smartphones, and was also a key part of Samsung’s US loss. Once again we see Apple losing in patent courts outside of the US, and a repeal of the US verdict is imminent. Via TechCrunch, more here.
  • The Press Render for the LG Nexus 4 is out, and it looks awesome - The images for the LG Nexus 4 have been released, and it really looks spectacular. With a thing bezel, a rounded form, and all the capabilities smartphones need, it is ready for prime time (and I can’t wait). Via Droid-Life, more here.
  • Angry Birds Seasons has been updated with 30 new levels - everyone’s (formerly) favorite mobile game has been updated, again. With Angry Birds Star Wars on its way out the door shortly, the update to Angry Birds Seasons is somewhat unexpected. Via 9to5 Mac, more here.
  • CyanogenMod has fixed the lockscreen logging bug - Apparently CyanogenMod (one of the top Android ROMs out there), had a scary security flaw in their latest release. It has been fixed however, so check it out. Via Droid-Life, more here.
  • CineXPlayerHD plays almost every video format on your iPad - just in time for the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini, a great app has been released to play all those NORMAL video formats on your iPad. No longer do you have to worry about conversion and the rest, CineXPlayerHD allows you to play most video formats for only $3.99. Via TUAW, more here.

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Bob Gourley, former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is Founder and CTO of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm providing fact based technology reviews in support of venture capital, private equity and emerging technology firms. He has extensive industry experience in intelligence and security and was awarded an intelligence community meritorious achievement award by AFCEA in 2008, and has also been recognized as an Infoworld Top 25 CTO and as one of the most fascinating communicators in Government IT by GovFresh.