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"Waze" now Powered by Google - The Best App to Get Around

Big news in the app world. One of our favorite big companies, Google, is teaming up with one of our favorite small companies, Waze, in what we hope will improve what is already the greatest navigation app on the market.

You may have heard of Waze: We consider it crowd-sourcing at its finest, proving free GPS navigation for your Smartphone that is aided by a wireless community of drivers that help to provide real-time traffic updates. With users simply driving around with the app open, Waze pulls the MPH data of collective users, uses that information to identify roads with heavier traffic or obstacles, and then optimizes your route automatically by changing your route to avoid those roads. Users can also add messages along with their current traffic situations, notifying others of, say, a fender bender, bridge lift, or speed trap.

It has some other cool features too, including a red light camera alert, social media integration, linking directly with Facebook and Twitter to let you know which friends are driving around you, and the ability to send others your route information via text, so they can track your drive progress.

Google purchasing this app a couple of days ago for just over $1 billion will surely safeguard its #1 position in the map applications field. Map-apps are among the top 5 most used apps on smartphones, alongside music and games. Keep an eye out for the newly integrated Google-Waze app - you know we will be!

Jason Finn

Founder & Chief Geek

Jason has nearly 20 years of consulting experience, predominantly in the technology space. Most recently he was the COO and Director of Technology for Rich Casto & Company, a national training and consulting organization in the real estate industry.
As a consultant for IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Envision Consulting Group (now IMS Health), Jason has served clients of all sizes, including Big Pharma, Fortune 500, and Global 1000 companies:

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • AOL (America Online)
  • Astellas Pharmaceuticals
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Ford Motor Credit
  • Wockhardt USA (formerly Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals)
  • Norwich Union
  • PNC Bank
  • Reynolds and Reynolds

Sarunas Budrikas

Creative Director

Sarunas is a web design and development expert with hundreds of successful projects in his portfolio. He is passionate about delivering extraordinary user experiences for every client and consistently goes above and beyond everyone’s expectations. As an SEO expert and strategist, he can optimize your website, or app, to get the most out of it, day in and day out. Sarunas holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Kaunas Technology University, in Lithuania. Sarunas now lives in Chicago, and calls it home.

Alexandra Olsavsky

Client Experience Specialist

Alex specializes in content generation and social media promotion for Geek | Chicago clients, helping to solidify their presence in the online community. This includes blog writing, graphic design, co-ordination and design of weekly newsletters, and active engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. Outside of Geek, Alex is a classically-trained soprano who professionally performs around the city of Chicago (most recently with the Chicago Baroque Band, and with the Rolling Stones for their "50 and Counting" tour).