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If you’re like me you will be constantly worrying about your MacBook and what you would do if someone stole it. That’s where Orbicule’s Undercover comes in.

Over the many years of laptop thefts there has been many variations on the ‘phone home’ technology. One of the most early applications I can remember was called ‘ET Phone Home’ which literally dialled a preset telephone number every few hours from your computer. If the line was engaged then the app new it was still at home and all was well.. However with technology moving on the way it is doing, relying on the machines modem now would be madness.
Applications like Undercover use local wireless network access points and IP Address geo-locating to pin point your devices location with up to a 10 meter accuracy, but also cover the modem and bluetooth for any tethered connections!
However, now there are so many applications like this on the market, developers are always looking for that little bit extra. Undercover not only reports back to Orbicules online tracking website, but is capable of taking screenshots of the PC, taking shots from built in webcams, faking hardware failure and displaying messages on the screen offering finders fee’s etc.
Orbicule are confident that they will help local law enforcement find your stolen MacBook, so much so that they offer a money back guarantee if they don’t! So really, you have nothing to loose! $49/£31.75 is a small price to pay in my eyes.
If your worried about privacy and would rather not have an application reporting back your location constantly then Undercover is ideal, as it only starts reporting once you have notified Orbicule that it has been stolen!
Orbicule also offer an iPhone variant, so you can feel assured in the knowledge all of your tech is covered.

Since the first release of TomTom’s navigation software and hardware I have been a massive fan. Installing the software on nearly every Windows mobile device I have owned. Since progressing unto an iPhone it seemed to make sense to check out the market and see what else was on offer.

I looked at TomTom for the iPhone, but was put off with the price tag. Reviews on iTunes suggested additional hardware would be required. 
Which is where CoPilot took over, CoPilot Live 8 is available on the iTunes store for £29.99 and includes a lot of features which are optional extra’s if you was to purchase the TomTom package.
One main appealing feature being the ‘clearer guidance at junctions’ feature. I have seen TomTom’s offering of this recently – and wasn’t that impressed. I have not yet had the opportunity to properly test the feature on CoPilot due to work commitments. However, no doubt it will be used heavily when I go to London next week.
CoPilot even claims to keep providing faultless directions when travelling through tunnels. Which I know from experience is something TomTom does not do well! One other big feature I love is the way you can control your iPod music without having to quit the CoPilot application. Which makes this plus my music collection and my iTrip the perfect companion for long journeys.
Some of CoPilots other features are:
  • Turn after turn indicator – makes driving more predictable, as you get to see not only the next turn on your journey, but also the one after that!
  • Speed Limit Alerts – Which makes one less thing to worry about on the unknown roads
  • 3D Landmarks – Make’s the maps and directions look a little more like what you can see out of your window
  • Brand Name POI’s – find those commonly known brands in and around your location and destination
  • Full-featured walking mode – for those places your car just cannot reach
  • Photo Navigation – navigate to the geo-tagged location of one of your phone memories pictures
  • Fuel Prices – Don’t just search for a fuel station, search for the cheapest!
  • and many many more!
You can find the full feature list over at CoPilot’s website
CoPilot is available from the iTunes Store however, this should be download via iTunes on your PCMac to prevent issues during download.
But what about TomTom Home? Well CoPilot has an equivalent, CoPilot Live Central offers all of the features you would expect to see in a sat nav’s docking station control app. 
CoPilot is compatible with a massive list of devices, not just the iPhone – if you are wondering if your device is compatible head over to there compatibility matrix.

It has recently been unvailed by an Alaskan company! The gScreen G400 is one of the first dual screen laptops coming to a computer shop near you soon!?


Although these are not on sale as of yet, you can reserve your’s from the 25th, presumably from gScreen’s website. Although I won’t be rushing out to buy one, it’s been revealed on gScreen’s blog the US Navy have but a special order in for some custom built units!

Think I’ll stick to my Sony’s for now..

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