Tech news from around the web:
Security researchers have warned that HTC Android smartphones including the Evo 3D, the Evo 4G, and the Thunderbolt contain a flaw that gives Internet-connected apps access to personal information such as text message data, location info, e-mail addresses and phone numbers, CNET reports. “It’s like leaving your keys under the mat and expecting nobody who finds them to unlock the door,” Artem Russakovskii, one of the researchers, warns.
Apple is returning to its favourite venue for product launches on March 2, hosting an event at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts where it is expected to unveil the iPad 2, according to people familiar with the plans.
The company has reserved the main stage at the multifunction venue for next Wednesday, marking a return to the site where it last year launched the original iPad and the iPhone 4.
Electronic Arts is launching a rival games portal to Apple’s Game Center on the iPhone and iPad touch on Thursday.
Apple has approved the video game publisher’s Pogo app, which brings its PC browser-based casual games service to the App Store.
Steve Jobs, Apple chief executive, has offered iPhone owners free cases to try to resolve complaints about the antenna on the iPhone 4.
Mr Jobs made the announcement at a news conference called at its Silicon Valley headquarters to discuss criticism of the iPhone 4. After the jump, read live coverage of the news from our Apple correspondent Joe Menn at the event.
As is custom, Apple devotees are camping out in front of Apple stores around the country to get their hands on the latest product at the first possible moment. At San Francisco’s main store, one man brought an inflatable green couch.
Early reviews suggest that the iPhone 4 is worth the wait, with everyone from Engadget to the New York Times calling it the best smartphone yet.
Apple’s new phone already seems too popular for its own good. Since becoming available for pre-order this morning, the iPhone 4 appears to be in such high demand it has all but crashed the online ordering systems of Apple and AT&T.
Like many trying to pre-order the iPhone 4, I was able to get as far as the “check eligibility” stage on Apple’s online store before getting bounced. The screen read “Please wait while we access your AT&T account information”, then delivered a message saying “Your request couldn’t be processed” and instructed me to try again later.
(Update: I was able to reserve an iPhone 4 for in-store pickup using the Apple Store app on my current iPhone.)