Google unveils “Solve for X” think-tank operation

This is Google’s “Solve for X”, a think-tank, TED-like operation that for the past few months has been very covert, and that by next Monday will have all of its new “shoot-for-the-stars” ideas posted on YouTube. Some of these ideas include: transforming education, improvements in agriculture, synthetic biology, and carbon-negative biofuels. There is even evidence of being able to pitch and idea for Solve for X and have a talk. And with that, we shall see what potentially innovative and groundbreaking ideas Solve for X by Google has in store.

Via: Solve for X

Saturday Feature: Amazing Gaming Screenshots

After discovering this site in the latter part of this week, I am very, very amazed by it. Essentially everything on photoblog Deadendthrills is a screenshot of a video game, but completely unedited and looks absolutely, amazingly, awesome *insert different synonyms for aforementioned vocabulary here*. Check it out, and come back here when you’ve had enough screenshots for one day.

Image credit: Deadendthrills

WHAT: Google Removes Galaxy Nexus From Its Support Pages (updated)

Updated: Apparently according to Google, this has nothing to do with Google Wallet. In fact, it has to do with CDMA tech and other stuff. Also, Google will continue to support the Galaxy Nexus’ firmware updates. Whew.

This is beyond our imagination. Google has removed the Verizon Galaxy Nexus from its support pages perhaps due to the Google Wallet fiasco/delay, where Verizon has seemingly been unable to allow Google to add Wallet support to their version of the Galaxy Nexus. Furthermore, the phone (model codename “toro”) has disappeared from Google’s list of downloadable factory ROM images; all mentions of toro are “archived, for reference only.”

This all essentially meaning that Samsung and Verizon are now responsible for future updates and the Galaxy Nexus is no longer support for Android development.

This is not supposed to happen.

Via: Droid-Life

Samsung Focus Flash Review: A Great Budget Windows Phone

Of all of the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango smartphones in existence, the Focus Flash is the best if you’re on a budget. That is outright my opinion on it in a sentence, but since reviews cannot be condensed to a single sentence (unless you’re trolling your audience and the companies who make said product), the review after the break will take you on a brief journey on what makes the Focus Flash both amazing, its faults, as well as its uncanny performance. Confound it, I think the review was just completed in a single paragraph. Full review after the break.

Windows Phone 8 “Apollo” Details Leaked: NFC, Dual-Core, Skype, And microSD Support

Apparently a leaked dev video for Windows Phone 8 “Apollo” has detailed all if not most of the upcoming features for the operating system. New features include dual-core processor support, NFC, Skype integration, official microSD card support, four new screen resolutions, and tons of new security tweaks for business integration. There is also a great deal of additional features, like Windows 8 desktop integration. Full details of the leak available at Pocketnow.

Samsung: Galaxy S III Will Launch At Another Event, Not At MWC 2012

If only tech news were so simple. Any Galaxy S II successor will not launch at MWC 2012, says Samsung. Instead, it will be an event in the first half of the year, which is closer to the launch of the SGS III. For your information and enlightenment, Samsung’s statement is pasted below:

“Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012.

The successor to the Galaxy S II smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product.

Samsung stays committed to providing the best possible mobile experiences for customers around the world.”

At the very least, they are launching some sort of new hardware at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, of which speculation assumes is a new Galaxy Tab.

Via: TechRadar