ANN ARBOR, Mich. -

One of the great parts of this job is getting to know about the trends and the new stuff you never knew you couldn’t live without before. You also get to know about it early.

Today was one of those days.

No that’s not gibberish you’re reading in the headline.

Those are two companies you simply must get to know!

Absolute Software and Orbicule are software downloads you will want to spring for the roughly $40 in the very near future. These are the latest in laptop and PDA security software programs that can help you find a stolen device. It allows you to activate your device’s camera and take a picture of the person using your device. It will also take screen grabs of what your thief is doing with your computer. It allows you to track all the information about the person through their internet interactions and they also tell me it functions as a global positioning device to track your thief.

Now that’s cool!

Lest you doubt this software’s accuracy, Ann Arbor Police tell Local 4 this is the second time in as many months they’ve recovered a stolen laptop through technology. This sounds like the stuff of science fiction but it is about to become one of the hottest crime fighting tools out there.

Ann Arbor Police Detective David Monroe said, “If you are the bad guy out there, there are advanced ways of us catching you.”

Absolute works with regular PCs and laptops, Orbicule works only with Mac products.

Let that be the warning to the thieves.

Let it be a guiding principal to you the pc and laptop owner. You’ve all been warned.