Chris Southcott

Senior Associate Editor

Chris Southcott is a Senior Associate Editor for TechGeek, based in Wollongong. Chris is a long-time contributor to the site, usually writing about gaming, gadgets, Kanye West, and the issue of censorship.

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You’ll finally be able to use the Xbox One gamepad wirelessly with your PC later this year

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Microsoft’s Phil Spencer just took the stage at GDC, and in a small Xbox-related keynote has announced that an Xbox One wireless gamepad adapter is coming later this year. Up until this point it’s been a USB-only affair, so this is good news to hear, especially considering the gaming initiatives coming with Windows 10, such as Xbox Live integration and a feature which will allow users to use their PC […]

Pwnage Digest – Grow Home, Destiny, and the New 3DS

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Grow Home is a must-buy $9.95 USD – Windows – Steam – Played for 8+ Hours Grow Home is a beautiful game that literally came out of nowhere, and you need to play it. Built by 8 people at Ubisoft’s British studio, Reflections, Grow Home places you in a vivid, colourful, polygonal world, with a seriously infectious feeling of fun that is hard to explain. You play as B.U.D, a procedurally animated, bright […]

Zane Lowe moving on from BBC Radio to work with Apple

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After ten years at BBC Radio, world-renowned talent Zane Lowe, who has been the face of BBC Radio 1’s award-winning New Music Show, is moving on. And the strangest thing of all? Like a few other recent tech/music hires, it’s towards tech giant Apple rather than another traditional radio creator. New Zealand-born Zowe, who was also just recently nominated for a GRAMMY Award thanks to his role in writing and produce Sam Smith’s […]

OneNote for Windows is now completely free

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Back in 2014, Microsoft took a big step forward with OneNote, a movement which was our first glimpse at the future for all of their Microsoft Office family. First they released a version of their popular OneNote service for Mac, as well as improving iPad, iPhone and Android versions. And the craziest thing of all? They released these apps with the sweet pricetag of free, while also making the previously paid OneNote 2013 similarly free for […]

Class President-elect Barack Obama tries to go viral on Buzzfeed

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Like a teenager attempting to be school captain, Barack Obama is continuing his rein of putting Coke-in-the-bubblers by talking to millennials through sites such as YouTube and Vox. Today, though, his voyage to reach a particular pop-politics audience, Obama has found himself on the Buzzfeed homepage, just above a ‘Reality Check’ article called 14 Texts You Send In Your Early 20s Vs In Your Late 20s. In the pandering viral video, Obama […]

Windows 10 Technical Preview opens up for some Lumia devices

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Microsoft is totally on a roll with their Windows 10 Technical Preview, today releasing an early version of the release for some Lumia devices. And while the version released today doesn’t yet include the new Spartan browser, there are plenty of changes at first glance, such as a new Calendar app, Mail app, preview Photos app, and a number of other tweaks to the notification system, called Action Center. The Start screen also […]

Microsoft is still crazy: meet the HoloLens

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“This is the world with holograms” wasn’t a phrase I was expecting from a consumer-focused Windows 10 event, though today, following a long conversation on the latest version of Windows, Microsoft introduced a product which sounds bat-shit crazy. And they call it the HoloLens. Basically, the HoloLens is a headset with features similar to the Occulus Rift, only instead of completely blocking our your vision with full worlds and using […]

Windows is now a service, latest release to become a free update for Windows 7, 8, and Phone users

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Windows is now a service. It’s done. At an event today in the company’s hometown, Redmond, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of OS, Terry Myerson dropped quite a bombshell. As he announced, following the release of Windows 10, the latest version of the operating service will become available to all Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users for free for at least a year following release. And, as well as that, he indicated […]

Report: Samsung in talks with BlackBerry about potential buyout, company responds with ‘Oh No You Didn’t’ statement

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Reuters is today reporting that Samsung is in talks with BlackBerry for a potential US$7.5 billion buyout of the enterprise-focused Canadian phone company. This isn’t the first time that the company has made headlines over a potential acquisition, though with BlackBerry moving away from the consumer market to an enterprise focus, it could be a great match for Samsung, who aren’t exactly known as a powerhouse in the business world. Though don’t let your imagination […]

Sony to use Android TV on all upcoming smart TVs

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Proprietary be damned. Sony’s new upcoming TVs will all run on Android TV, Google’s new TV platform. And thanks to this, today’s CES announcement means all Sony Smart TVs will support Google Cast out of the box. 11 new BRAVIA’s were announced at the event, with Sony’s new LCD TV’s starting from a 43 inch model, and going all the way up to 75 inches in size. Each model will also have Sony’s “4K Processors […]

A Stainless Steel Smartwatch: Sony’s SmartWatch 3 given more air-time, new style

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Smartwatch’s are cool, but they never actually look that nice. Even the Moto 360 is pretty gadget-y. But if CES has taught us one thing, it’s that this is all about to change. Sony’s new SmartWatch 3, which should be coming in 2015, has been detailed more through Sony’s CES 2015 keynote, with the company showing off a new Stainless Steel model, as well as repeating the features of Android Wear, which […]

Sony to introduce 4K to Action Cam line

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Ever heard of a GoPro? Well, forget about it. Sony has a new ‘Action Cam’ model, and it can film in 4K. That’s like…4 K’s. The beautifully titled X1000V looks exactly like previous Action Cam products, although it can now shoot 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 120 fps or 720p video at 240 fps. The camera also now has manual exposure controls, a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor, an ultra-wide-angle 170 degree lens, […]

Sony’s “Symphonic Light speaker” marries sound and light

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We all love light, but what if your favourite light could also blast Kanye West’s new track? That’s the promise of Sony’s “Symphonic Light speaker”. In basic terms, it’s a cute little light, sculpted into a tower case, with a speaker at the base, all powered by what Sony described as a “proprietary vertical drive technology.” And to be perfectly honest, it doesn’t look too bad. Presumably music will stream over […]

The Sony Walkman is apparently still a thing, new model to cost $1000+

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Sony has a new Walkman MP3 player, and it’s called the Walkman ZX2. Running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the player is focused on providing ‘audiophiles’ with a premium portable music experience. And the price tag doesn’t take away from that claim, with an insane US$1,000 retail price being applied to the base model. Though considering the current price for an iPod classic on eBay, that might not be too terrible. With 128GB […]

Kaz Hirai comments on Sony Pictures hack, thanks customers and partners for support

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At Sony’s CES 2015 keynote, CEO Kaz Hirai today publicly thanked both the press, Sony’s partners, and also consumers for their support throughout the Sony Pictures hack. In reference to the attack, Hirai labelled the hackers as “criminals,” and gave some insights into the internal difficulties in actually bringing The Interview to digital distribution channels, thanking staff who worked for “literally 24 hours a day” to release the controversial film. Hirai also […]