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Assembla acquires Cornerstone, a Subversion client for MacOS

Git may seem like it’s the only version control system out there sometimes. And while it’s definitely the most popular option right now, competing technologies like Subversion and Mercurial still have their fair share of users, especially in the enterprise.

It’s maybe no surprise, then, that Assembla, which offers a version control service for the enterprise with a strong focus on Subversion, today announced that it has acquired Cornerstone, one of the most popular Subversion clients for MacOS.

Assembla acquired Cornerstone, as well as Zennaware, the company behind the product. Zennaware first launched Cornerstone back in 2008, and Assembla will continue to sell and develop the client, and plans to launch version 4.0 in the coming months. The financial details of the transaction remain undisclosed.

“We are investing in the future of Cornerstone,” Assembla CEO Paul Lynch writes today. “Never wishing to stand still, it is our plan to take the key improvements we’ve made in both Subvers…

The humanoid SecondHands robot will be used by Ocado in warehouses

British online supermarket company, Ocado, wants to have the SecondHands robot operating in its warehouses in a bid to reduce the reliance on physical labour from its human technicians.

The SecondHands robot is an EU-funded project which is being worked on by 5 European and British universities. Some people have been referring to it as the C-3P0 robot as it has a humanoid torso, a head with eyes, and two arms with hands; the resemblance to C-3P0 stops there.

SecondHands is on wheels and is a relaxed turquoise colour as opposed to the brilliantly shining gold Star Wars character shimmying around on his awkward legs.

Ocado will firstly be doing a number of tests with SecondHands to see how best the robot can be used and integrated to support their warehouse staff in doing menial tasks, such as heading across the room to fetch a screwdriver, for instance.

As is often the case with any robotics development, Ocado insists that the move will not replace any human workers, it will merely assist them with their current job and that the technicians will work with the robots as a pair. These statements, on the whole do fly in the face of projections by some experts that automation will lead to significant numbers of people losing their jobs.

With that being said, SecondHands does seem to be a step forward in robotics; as the machine can understand basic phrases, move around a warehouse floor independently, appears to be able to learn from its environment, and who knows how skilled with its hands it may become as it learns. It may very well automate the mundane parts of the technician's job.

Earlier this year we covered Ocado's work with Oxbotica in developing a driverless van for home deliveries. With the addition of SecondHands it seems Ocado is amongst the companies embracing and perhaps even slightly leading in automation.