It’s been a few months since Google acquired mobile mapping service Waze and promised to bring crowd-sourced data about traffic accidents and other conditions on the roads to Google Maps.
Now it’s available. Waze incident reports about construction, road closures, and other conditions will start showing up in Google Maps for Mobile in the US, UK, France, Germany, and other parts of Europe as well as a few countries in South and Central America.
Meanwhile folks still using Waze now have Google search functionality and Google Street View.
Here’s a roundup of mobile tech news from around the web.
- Google Maps for mobile now includes real-time, crowd-sourced traffic reports from Waze
Following its acquisition of crowd-sourced map and traffic data app Waze, Google is now adding support for real-time traffic updates from Waze to Google Maps for mobile. [Google]
- Root the Boxee Box and install Boxeehack to make the discontinued $100 media center more useful
The Boxee Box is a few years old at this point, and there’ll probably never be a new one now that the team behind it have been hired by Samsung. But you can add new features with a few software hacks. [HackADay]
- KDE Plasma Media Center running on a tablet (video)
The folks behind the KDE desktop environment for Linux desktop and notebook computers are also working to make their software more touch-friendly. Here’s a new media center app (conveniently called KDE Plasma Media Center) running on a tablet. [YouTube
- Google bringing Google Translate to G+ to let you translate text for any posts
Want to follow people who speak a different language from you on Google+? Now you can do that without copying and pasting each post into Google Translate to figure out what it means. [+Ed Chi]
- Archos may have canceled the Archos 35 Carbon smartphone, replaced it with the Archos 45 Titanium
Earlier this year Archos introduced its first smartphones, but the smallest and cheapest model has yet to make it to market. Now it looks like it may have been replaced with a phone with a larger display. [ArcTablet]