HTC phones major security alertThe next iPhone will be unveiled tomorrow, Facebook partners with Websense to check for malicious links, and a major security vulnerability in HTC Android phones reveals a huge amount of personal data.
It's Monday, October 3rd, 2011. I'm Wilson Tang on cnet.com and it's time to get loaded. Owners of HTC android phones, beware. There maybe a security fraud that can give apps access to your personal user information including e-mail addresses, notifications, last network and GPS coordinates, phone numbers from your phonebook, text messages, and system logs. Normally, android apps only get access to information set by user permissions but the inclusion of an HTC system logger left open a huge security hole. HTC says they are working on a fix for the problem. Speaking of HTC, they have joined other tablet makers in reducing the price of their tablets after the announcement of the breakthrough price of the Amazon Kindle Fire. The 7-inch android-powered HTC Flyer will now cost just $299 down from the $499 list price. While still more expensive than the upcoming Kindle Fire, the Flyer does support more storage and front and rear cameras. Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 won't be the only pieces of software that get Microsoft's new Metro UI. Screenshots and video have lit on to the web of the next Dashboard update for the Xbox 360. The video can still show a new Metro-fied interface with connect integration. The new Dashboard interface still does not show the heavily rumored Xbox TV Service. Wal-Mart and T-Mobile are teaming up to offer a new phone plan that caters the data and text hungry users. The new no-contract plan will include unlimited internet access, unlimited text messages, and 100-minutes of phone calling all for just $30 per month. Each additional minute will cost just $0.10 a minutes and data will be throttled after users hit the 5-gigabyte mark. T-Mobile will be offering up to six new phones at Wal-Mart stores including its first prepaid 4G handset. The plan will be available in 2,200 Wal-Mart stores starting on October 16th. Facebook is partnering up with Websense to protect users from malicious links on Facebook. For now on when a user clicks on a link, the new system will check the link against Websense's database to determine if the link is malicious. If it is potentially dangerous, then Facebook will display a security alert warning users but you can always ignore the advice. Finally, we all know tomorrow Apple will announce the next iPhone during it's first ever Tim Note. It will be the first product unveiling with Tim Cook as CEO. Rumors are rampant, of course, but you can check CNET's live coverage at the event tomorrow. Analysts are predicting Apple will sell 107 million iPhones in 2012 and in the meantime we put together a bingo games so you can follow along to see if anyone says the word "magical" or "one more thing." Those are your headlines for today. I'm Wilson Tang for cnet.com and you've just been loaded.