Arma 3 will contain a 19km island map, with trailer and screenshots aplenty

 Bohemia Interactive’s Arma 3 for PC will have an additional island for its realistic simulation of modern combat. In this case, the new island contains 19km of real estate, and is called Stratis, which is full of rough terrain located in the North Aegean. Also, there is an intense feeling of beauty in the game(duh). Specifically of nature, even though most of the time you’ll be armed with tanks, fighter jets, and guns, as well as a purportedly compelling story line. But hey, once the game comes out later this year, maybe you can take just a moment to walk around and enjoy the island — and not get annihilated. Video after the break. Via: PCGamer

500px photo service now available on Android, iPad Retina support

The 500px photo sharing service is now available for Android 2.2+ and now has Retina display support for the iPad. Also, $2.99 photos can be licensed and downloaded to your iPad at a resolution of 1920 x 1080, which limits the detail users can appreciate on the new iPad’s native 2048 x 1536 display. Also, purchased photos will be linked to your account for access from any device, but photo purchasing support has not been included in the Android version. Interesting stuff. Via: 500px

Spotify Refreshes Its Android App, Offers Beta

This is the new Spotify for Android — nothing like the original, right? It’s sleek, takes many inspirations from other amazing apps out there on different app stores today, and features the large catalog at Spotify’s disposal. There’s also hi-res artwork, support for Ice Cream Sandwich devices, social networking features, and like scrobbling, a feature of which no one understands and Spotify has not explained. The new Spotify for Android is currently available as a beta before it hits the Google Play store. Also, the iPad app is still in the works. Via: Spotify, Beta App Download

Alienware Kills One Of Our Favorite Laptops — The M11x

Goodbye M11x. You should have stayed with us longer. According to Alienware, gamers and reviewers gave it an amazing reception for all models, but customers wanted bigger keyboards, more battery life, and even more power (all of which the M11x cannot provide). It will not get the latest specs and features seen in the other Alienware laptops and will be “phased out”.

I reviewed it twice, and it remained my favorite system for months, and during the course of more than a year, I went through three different M11x systems, and loved each and every one. Check out the LaptopMemo reviews for the M11x R1, and the M11x R2.

Alienware Refresh M14x, M17x, And M18x Systems With New GPUs, Old CPUs

All of the Alienware laptops currently in production — M14x, M17x, and M18x — have been updated with new the NVIDIA GeForce 600M series GPUs, but even though there are Core i7 Sandy Bridge CPU options, obviously those are the same available as before. Otherwise, the series now has 600MHz dual channel memory now the base standard on all three customizable gaming laptops, starting at 6GB, up from 4GB in the older-gen models. Capacity for the smallest machine, the M14x is locked down at 16GB of RAM, while the larger M17x and M18x systems will be able to utilize a massive 32GB of RAM, if added by the buyer when purchasing. Alienware also added support for mSATA technology and a swarm of new storage options. Check it all out at the source link. Via: Alienware

HTC One S Hands-On In NYC!

We’re here in New York City to check out the HTC One S — in the flesh, or rather micro arc oxidation build. The One S goes on sale the 22nd of this month for $199 on a new 2-year contract, and sports the new 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, Android 4.0 with Sense UI, and that fantastic 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display. Round back there’s an 8 megapixel camera with f2.2 aperture, and of course T-Mobile’s greatly improved (and very fast) 42MBps 4G network. Check out the gallery below (hands-on video coming soon)! Ambiance for the win!

While handling the device, the first thing that came to mind was how light and smooth it feels in the hand — it’s extremely premium. Furthermore, it’s incredibly fast in use, not skipping a beat when listening to music via the Beats Audio headphones seen in the photos while multitasking a live wallpaper, the Sense 4 experience, and while browsing the web. There’s a winner in T-Mobile’s new “hero” phone here.

HTC One S Hands-On!

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