updated 02:00 pm EST, Tue February 18, 2014
Realmac Software rectifies confusion with Clear by offering it free for limited time
Realmac has announced an upcoming, limited-time offer, making Clear free, as part of its consolidation process. A new version of productivity to-do list app Clear was released last year, called Clear+. Built as a universal app for iOS 7, Clear+ was structured as a paid upgrade, with the original version removed from the App Store. Clear customers, according to Dan Counsell of Realmac Software, reported confusion and frustration over the switch to charging for the update version, so Realmac updated the old version of Clear for iOS 7 and reintroduced it.
Further confusion came from having two versions of Clear available, where users mistakenly have been buying the iPhone version when the universal version was desired. Realmac has decided that one universal version of Clear for iOS is going to return, with the original version of Clear gaining iPad support. Due to Apple not offering a way to migrate users between copies of an app, Clear will be free for 24 hour windows, so owners of Clear+ can move to the correct app version, free of charge. Clear users can sign up for an email notification to be made aware of when these free periods will occur. Those who have purchased the original iPhone-only version of Clear will not have to change anything. Clear is currently available for $5.
HighPoint's Thunderbolt 2 Hardware RAID adapter released
Storage hardware producer HighPoint has released its Thunderbolt 2 Hardware RAID adapter, the RocketStor 6328. A compact hardware RAID and storage connectivity solution for Thunderbolt 2 platforms, RocketStor 6328 is palm-sized, and encased in aluminium. The adapter's RAID-on-Chip controller supports RAID 0,1,5,6,10,50 and JBOD configurations, ideal for 4K media applications. Powerful enough to stream 4K video while simultaneously transferring terabytes worth of HD media to multiple small-form factor Mini-SAS and eSATA storage chassis, all can be executed through a single Thunderbolt connection. Its dual external Mini-SAS ports directly supports up to eight SAS/SATA hard drives and SSDs, up to 20 when paired with SATA Port Multiplier capable drive enclosures, and up to 128 via SAS Expander. Available for both Mac and Windows operating systems, shipping is due to begin in March.