Lost your laptop? There's an app for that. Apple is introducing Find My Mac, which lets you track down a lost or stolen computer from any web browser or mobile phone.
Find My Mac is a feature of iPad -- or go online on any phone or computer -- and you'll see a map that shows exactly where the errant Mac is right now., the next version of the software for Apple computers. If your Mac goes walkabout, simply grab your or
You'll then be able to make a message appear on the screen, perhaps telling people where to return the computer to. If it's been purloined, you can lock and even wipe the computer -- although that's the nuclear option, as it kills Find My Mac's ability to track the half-inched device.
The finding feature began life as, which was the killer feature of Apple's online service MobileMe. Find My iPhone and its iPad equivalent are now free to all owners of iOS devices.
Find My Mac is just one of the features absorbed into Lion from Apple's mobile devices, including an app Launchpad and multi-touch gestures. The new features can be found in the preview of Lion currently available to developers, and will be open to the great unwashed when Lion goes on sale in July from the Mac App Store for a mere £21.
To set up Mac-tracking, you'll need to log in to Apple's new online storage, syncing and backup service
Find My Mac is a feature that would have prove useful to Joshua Kaufman, the San Francisco chap who recentlysnapped by the filched laptop's webcam.
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