Robots replacing workers, ClipBuddy, wifi base station updates

Apple supplier Foxconn replaces 60,000 workers with robots — Apple’s primary manufacturing partner, Foxconn, has replaced 60,000 people with robots at a single factory in Kunshan, China, a report said on Wednesday. Last year companies in the area are said to have built approximately 51 million laptops and 20 million smartphones. Each machine is expensive upfront, with the benefit to management is reduced labour costs [and problems … so less workers means less people able to buy the products the robots make …].

ClipBuddy a useful tool for ‘power’ clippers on the Mac — There are lots of multiple clipboard apps available for the Mac (and you have to wonder why Apple hasn’t built that functionality into Mac OS X). If you’re looking for a powerful, customisation one that can store images (and more), or one that lets you exclude apps that you don’t want to save clippings from, give Ondesoft ClipBuddy a try. It costs US$29.95.

WifiUpdatesApple releases firmware updates for its 802.11n AirPort Base Stations — Apple has released firmware 7.6.7 for all of its 802.11n AirPort Base Stations. This includes the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. Apple has also released firmware 7.7.7 for the 802.11ac AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. The updates can be applied by using the AirPort Utility app in the Utilities folder of Applications (Finder>Go>Applications) in OS X, or via the iOS app, and some older base stations are also supported.