Waze beefs up its crowdsourced traffic app

Waze's popular traffic app isn't standing still following its takeover by Google.

An update released Wednesday for the iOS and Android editions revs up a few handy new features.

The app's main menu has been streamlined to display just the four core features -- Navigate, My Waze, Send ETA, and Inbox. Navigate lets you search for and plot your destination. My Waze offers access to your personal settings. Send ETA allows you to e-mail or share a link displaying your drive and estimated time of arrival, and Inbox naturally shows any incoming e-mails.

The Reports menu now … Read more

Instagram, Waze land on Windows Phone

Update, 4:38 p.m. PT: Instagram originally said that you couldn't take photos in the app. After playing around with Instagram for Windows Phone, we found that you can take photos. For a step-by-step process to shoot and post a photo in the app, check out our full review.

After much anticipation, the official Instagram app launched on Windows Phone on Wednesday. The app comes just one week after the Twitter-owned video social network Vine popped up for Windows Phone.

The news isn't much of a surprise, as we've known that Instagram would eventually show up, … Read more

Waze finally shows up in desktop Google Maps

New features that began arriving in Google Maps on Wednesday show that the company has begun to cross-pollinate Maps features throughout the service.

Traffic incident and road condition reports from real-time traffic app Waze, which Google bought in June for $966 million and began showing up in Google Maps' mobile apps in August, will now appear in desktop Web browsers.

Google also has tweaked the interface of Maps a bit, pushing its Pegman character to the lower right corner, and making roads with Street View appear in blue when you click on Pegman. New blue and orange circles will indicate … Read more

Google Maps tricks out iOS app with more navigation features

Google Maps updated its iOS app on Tuesday with new route and traffic features. According to Google, the update brings "faster access to navigation," "tips and tricks" for beginning users, and support for Arabic and Hebrew.

Version 2.3.4's navigation feature helps users better decide among various traffic and route options. The app now has a smaller map within the route selection screen, which lets people more easily compare directions based on traffic and other conditions. The "tips and tricks" section gives users advice on how to use the app and its … Read more

Samsung's acquisition list zeroes in on software -- report

Samsung's recent acquisition shopping list zeroes in on several software names, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

According to the paper, some of those possible targets have included Unity Technologies, a San Francisco-based gaming platform developer; Green Throttle Games, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based company that makes game controllers and software that connects mobile devices to televisions; Israeli mobile search engine Everything.me; Israeli video-chat app maker Rounds; and location-sharing app Glympse of Seattle, Wash.

It's not clear from the report whether Samsung is still looking at any of the companies aside from Glympse. In … Read more

UK regulator seeks comment on Google's Waze acquisition

The UK Office of Fair Trade, a competition regulator, has begun seeking comments on Google's acquisition of map app maker Waze.

With the $966 million acquisition in June, Google got access to Waze technology that gathers data from drivers, such as traffic trouble spots and accidents, to help others navigate better. Google has begun integrating Waze data into Google Maps and has brought Google Maps' satellite imagery and Street View technology to the Waze app.

The Office of Fair Trade "issued an Invitation To Comment on the merger this morning," spokesman Elliott Ball said Tuesday.

With that … Read more

PlayStation 4 to arrive November 15

CNET Update is multitasking on YouTube:

In this episode of Update:

- Mark your calendar for the PlayStation 4 to arrive in stores November 15.

- Pay $50 less for a PS Vita, now that Sony dropped the price to $200.

- Get the list of which Xbox One games will be available on launch day.

- Score a new Xbox One game for $10, if you trade-in the same 360 title to Amazon.

- Read the full review of the TiVo Roamio.

- Plan for a new color Nook this holiday, now that Barnes & Noble leaders changed their minds. … Read more

Google Maps adds Waze traffic reports

Google Maps users can now get help avoiding traffic jams and mishaps courtesy of Waze.

The iOS and Android versions of Google Maps now incorporate real-time traffic reports from Waze users.

Waze, which Google bought in June specifically to improve its mapping service, taps into crowdsourcing to compile traffic updates reported by its users.

"This means when Wazers report accidents, construction, road closures, and more on Waze, the updates will also appear on the Google Maps app for Android and iOS in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK, and the US," Google … Read more

Google reveals it spent $966 million in Waze acquisition

Mapping startups don't come cheap.

Google disclosed Thursday how much it paid for the Israel-based company behind the mapping app Waze: a whopping sum of $966 million.

This price is in a financial quarterly report that Google filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday. Apparently, the Web giant spent $847 million in goodwill, $188 million in intangible assets, and then minus $69 million in net liabilities. It was previously speculated that Google paid a little more than $1 billion for Waze.

"In June 2013, we completed our acquisition of Waze Limited (Waze), a provider of a mobile … Read more

Google deal for map app Waze attracts FTC antitrust review

Google has reportedly been contacted by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission regarding its $1.1 billion acquisition of map-app maker Waze.

The Web giant confirmed that it had been contacted by the agency but declined to comment on the antitrust review, according to a Wall Street Journal report Saturday. The paper noted that while Waze's revenue was not high enough to automatically trigger a review, the agency has the option of examining deals even after they close.

CNET has contacted Google and the FTC for comment and will update this report when we learn more.

The deal for … Read more