Undercover theft recovery software reduces memory usage

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Orbicule on Wednesday announced the release of Undercover 2.5, an update to the theft recovery software for Mac OS X. Undercover 2.5 costs $49; updates are free for registered users.

Undercover can activate a Mac after it’s been stolen and transmits network information, screenshots and even iSight pictures, to help aid police and other authorities with theft recovery. It will also simulate a hardware failure on the Mac, in the hope that a thief might send the Mac out for repair or sell it; Undercover can then warn the new user that the computer has been stolen.

Improvements to Undercover 2.5 include a 75 percent reduction in memory usage. CPU usage has also been “dramatically” reduced, according to the developer. Undercover now only connects to the Internet when a network change occurs. Dozens of bug fixes and “under the hood” enhancements have also been made.

Undercover requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

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