Growl 1.3 has Arrived on the Mac App Store

Almost anyone who uses a Mac has tried Growl – the slickest, most customizable notification system that there is. If you don’t know, Growl is pretty much the missing feature in Mac OS X. It’s those notifications in the top right hand side of your screen that Apple never integrated into the system. Up until today’s release, Growl has been free to all on their site - which has also been redesigned, and it’s beautiful. Growl has evolved into what it is today: A $1.99 app that has been completely redesigned and rewritten.

I myself highly recommend Growl to the average user because of its great ability to keep you well-informed with the apps that you have opened. This includes chat clients such as Adium or iChat, now playing apps like Bowtie, and so much more. The possibilities with this app are limitless and definitely worth the $1.99.

Growl 1.3 is available in the Mac App Store for your notification needs today, so go grab it!

[Growl via MacStories]

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Kindle Touch Does Not Support 3G Browsing

Mashable points out that, according to a post at Amazon’s Customer Discussions forums, the new Kindle Touch 3G model won’t support browsing on 3G. This means that if you were hoping to get free web browsing out of the house, you’re sadly mistaken. If you want to use the “experimental web browsing” included with your Kindle Touch, then you’re going to have to stay within the limits of a WiFi network. This doesn’t mean that all hope is lost, however, since there are a lot of great things that can be done by hacking – though it’s quite unlikely.

Even though there is no browsing capability on 3G, there is the capability of downloading as many books as you want for free. However, this is the only function that the device can perform using a 3G network.

So, if you wanted 3G browsing, buy a real tablet or a Kindle Keyboard 3G – which does support experimental browsing over 3G. Don’t buy a Kindle Fire either, because they’re WiFi-only as well – which is awfully strange.

[Amazon Customer Discussions via Mashable]

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iPhone 3GS Will Be Offered For Free on Contract?

Wow, could the iPhone 3GS really maintain its spot in Apple’s iPhone family? RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky has shed light on the possibility of Apple offering the iPhone 3GS for free on contract beginning tomorrow. Even though the design of the iPhone 3GS is now over two years old, Abramsky is sticking to what he originally said about the phone in June:

We expect Apple to reduce the price of the prior iPhone 4 to $99 subsidized ($499 unsubsidized) and the iPhone 3GS to $0 subsidized ($399 unsubsidized, see 11/06/29 note for more detail and rationale); the prior iPhone 4 may be available only with 8GB memory.


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iPhone 5 to Be a Sprint Exclusive?

According to BGR, Sprint may be the exclusive carrier of the iPhone 5. The Wall Street Journal reported today that Sprint plans to “bet the company” on the next-gen iPhone by paying Apple $20 billion for the rights to carry the phone, which is an unprecedented amount of money to sell a single phone. But, if BGR’s sources are correct, then users will be jumping ship in hordes in order to get the device—offsetting the cost in the long term. Sprint has slowly been bleeding customers despite being the only carrier to offer unlimited data, but this may soon change.

This could explain why Apple is planning to roll out two new devices tomorrow. An iPhone 4S on AT&T and Verizon to (more…)

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iOS to Get App Rentals Tomorrow?

The Tech Era has found some interesting information regarding the possibility of app rentals within Apple’s recent iTunes 10.5 beta. The strings found in beta 9 show that a user can rent an app to test it out and then it will be deleted automatically at the end of the rental period. Check out the image below for details.

As you may remember from a few days back, the beta also gave confirmation of an upcoming iPhone 4S. If these references in the beta are correct, then there’s a big change coming to the App Store.

[The Tech Era via 9to5Mac]

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MacRumors: Breaking Down Each Possible New iPhone

MacRumors has helped to eliminate the confusion that has been associated with the continuous circulation of several different next-generation iPhone rumors. They have a detailed explanation of each possible new offering tomorrow:

iPhone 4 (N90A)
- The iPhone 4 but with reduced storage capacity (8GB)
- Otherwise identical to iPhone 4
- Will replace the iPhone 3GS which presently sells for $49 with contract.


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Apple Won’t Live Stream Tomorrow’s “Let’s Talk iPhone” Event

9to5Mac has been in direct contact with Apple press relations, who have confirmed that the company will not be providing a live streaming webcast for tomorrow’s “let’s talk iPhone” event at 10:00 AM Pacific in Cupertino. Apple will only be providing a private live feed to the United Kingdom for the European media.

Don’t fret, however, as here at iFans we will have our own coverage leading up to, during, and following the Oct 4th event inside Apple’s auditorium on their Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, California.


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Tomorrow is “iPhone Day,” What to Expect From Apple?

Tomorrow is the big day that the Apple community has been awaiting for several months. Once the months of June and July passed without a new iPhone being introduced, many eyebrows were raised and an onslaught of rumors quickly followed to help answer people’s questions about Apple’s plans. August passed, and then September, until Apple finally officially announced its fall media “let’s talk iPhone” event that will take place on October 4th at 10:00 AM Pacific. So, what to expect?

1. iPhone 4SAccessory makers, carriers, and even Apple themselves have all made references to an iPhone 4S with the same form factor design as the present iPhone 4. The iPhone 4S won’t be the same on the inside, however, as it is expected to house the iPad 2′s dual-core A5 processor and 1GB of RAM. The phone will also boast a new 8-megapixel camera, improved antenna signal (sans “antennagate“), and longer-lasting battery should speculation prove to be true.


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Apple Adds “Let’s Talk iPhone” Banner to Infinite Loop Campus

Less than twenty-four hours away from Apple’s “let’s talk iPhone” event, the Cupertino-based company has added a banner for the event above the auditorium in which the event will take place. The keynote is scheduled to take place on Oct 4th at 10:00 AM PST inside Apple’s auditorium on their Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, California.

iFans will have complete coverage leading up to, during, and following the event. If you haven’t had a chance to read all of the several rumors that have been circulating regarding this event, here’s just a few to get you started:

- Germany’s Vodafone Lists iPhone 4S in 64GB on Their Website

- New iTunes Beta Mentions iPhone 4S, Gets Pulled

- J.P. Morgan: Apple Launching iPhone 5 and “4-plus” This Fall

- Foxconn Manufacturing 150,000 iPhone 5 Units Per Day


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Germany’s Vodafone Lists iPhone 4S in 64GB on Their Website

In a drop-down menu located within the accessories section of the German carrier Vodafone’s website, a listing has been made for an iPhone 4S in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. The latter of the three, 64GB, is unprecedented and would become the new largest iPhone in terms of the capacity of flash memory storage offered.

Apple has never released an iPhone with more than 32GB in flash memory, so any iPhone users that are media intensive would surely be happy about having double the space in a future iPhone. Apple made references to the iPhone 4S in their latest iTunes beta and are highly expected to launch a new iPhone on Oct 4th at their “let’s talk iPhone” media event.

[iPhone-Ticker via MacRumors]

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