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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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Cheap But Awesome Gifts Under $60

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Is your workplace starting up the Secret Santa already? Geeky niece or nephew not impressed with their present last year? Never fear, TechGeek is here, with just a few gifts which will cost $130 or less, and which are guaranteed to warm their geeky little hearts. Moleskine – From $20 I know, I know, it doesn’t have a screen! But that doesn’t mean a paper notebook can’t still be relevant in 2014. And […]

Big changes coming to ABC iView, including next-gen console apps and iTunes-powered back-catalogue access

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Despite government funding threats, the ABC has still presented an interesting 2015 launch earlier in the week, one which also detailed some expansion plans for their catch-up service. Next year iView will be launching on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It’s still not known whether the PS4 app will just be another web browser link, like it was on the PlayStation 3, though hopefully they actually build a native PS4 interface. […]

Shovel Knight finally hits the 3DS and Wii U eShop

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It’s been around 133 days since a game about a blue knight was released in the US (but who’s counting right), and today it’s finally our turn to buy it. Because if you can only buy one indie game this year, make sure it’s Shovel Knight, a colourful, retro-in-a-good-way action platformer with tight controls, a killer soundtrack, and what can only be described as a beautiful art-style. Seriously, in a […]

ICYMI: Sync your reading progress between Kindle books and Audible audiobooks with Whispersync for Voice

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Time for some Real Talk: reading takes up a lot of time. Seriously, even with my happy-go-lucky uni lifestyle I can hardly get in 1 hour of reading on my Kindle every day, meaning I usually only read around 4 books a year. This is despite the fact that, somehow, I find the time to listen to around 10 hours worth of podcasts every week. But there’s a reason behind that divide: I […]

I can feel the fresh air in Farming Simulator 15’s new trailer

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Farming Simulator had been a Twitch/YouTube favourite for some time now, and now Focus Home Interactive, the team behind the game, want to sell another few million copies. If you’ve never played it before, basically, Farming Simulator is what it says on the tin: an open-world game where you manage a farm, with a strangely addictive, but also a sorta complex gameplay system, all built to ‘simulate’ some of the best bits of farming, without the […]

SingStar PS4 Review: Screw The Neighbours

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I’m not gonna lie. I’m a bit of a karaoke tragic. Except I’m more of a shy one. Whether it’s in the car, home alone, or in my dreams, singing is my jam. Now, that’s not to say that I’m any good at it, but it’s somehow relaxing, in a weird way. And while I’m fine with neighbours hearing me in the distance, or pedestrians seeing me jamming out in […]

New 3DS and New 3DS XL coming to Australia and New Zealand first this November

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Well isn’t this a first. Nintendo Australia have just announced that the ‘New’ 3DS and 3DS XL will be launching in Australia and New Zealand this year, with a wider launch happening for other markets, such as the US and Europe, in 2015. While Japan will still get the portable console first, in early October, Nintendo detailed local release plans via an Australian Nintendo Direct video this afternoon. The release […]

This is the Apple Watch

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The screen fades to black, a camera pans. The audience is shown, for one last time, before their lives are changed forever. And then it appears. The Apple Watch. Well, maybe it’s not exactly that insane, though it definitely seems to be the new product category Tim Cook has been teasing for years: a wearable. With a rounded-square front-panel, powered by a brand new bubble-like UI, the Apple Watch comes to light with ‘nimble, precise’ […]

Dispatch: Oppo’s Australian launch

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Before this week I’d barely heard of Oppo, to be perfectly honest. Sure, I’d seen a few YouTube videos regarding their flagship phone (MKBHD’s video on the Find 7 springs to mind), and I’d read brief snippets of info from other tech blogs, but I’d never actually endeavoured to find out more about the Chinese electronics manufacturer. Apparently I wasn’t alone though, and to my surprise on Tuesday I attended an early morning event, or soft-launch as […]

Songl streaming service to close just 18 months after launch

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Songl is no more. After just 18 months of life in the already crowded Australian streaming music circuit, the basic subscription service from Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) and partners Sony Music and Universal Music, has closed its doors to new customers. In a statement SCA have stated that they “have jointly been committed to (Songl) for the past two years. However, all stakeholders have moved their focus from this service into other music and content-based […]

Navman refreshes EZY GPS range with 5-inch and 7-inch models

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Image: Beau Giles/Flickr (Creative Commons) Despite the undeniable shift towards all-in-one gadgets in recent years, particularly thanks to the impact of the smartphone, there is still something to be said about dedicated products that do one thing, and do it well. This is particularly noticable when talking about the modern car essential, the humble GPS. While your phone can likely get you from A to B there are still a number of issues […]

HP’s Stream notebook could be Microsoft’s answer to the Chromebook

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Just a few months ago, Microsoft talked briefly of a new version of Windows, unfortunately known as Windows 8.1 with Bing. The main difference was that the apparently stripped-back copy of Windows would come pre-installed with Internet Explorer, as well as Bing search by default. Though Microsoft had just one restriction for hardware makers: the price of the device itself must be low. And while, as far as we know, the restrictions to the OS don’t cut […]

Steve Ballmer loves his new job as owner of the LA Clippers

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Just under an hour ago, at the Clippers Fan Festival in San Francisco, Microsoft’s infallible ex-CEO, Steve Ballmer, took the stage. And by all accounts, he bloody loved the whole event. And who could blame him? The millionaire, already on-record as a lover of basketball, now owns an NBA team, the LA Clippers. With some quality Eminem blasting in the background (the quite appropriate track ‘Lose Yourself’), the charismatic figure high-fived every hand in sight, as cameras […]

gamescom 2014: Your Australian Streaming Guide

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Gamescom, which takes place annually in Germany, is increasingly becoming the destination for gaming announcements, especially for European regions, and this year won’t disappoint. With new consoles now well and truly starting to find their place in homes globally, a focus on games, rather than consoles, is expected at the 2014 show, with Microsoft, Sony, and others already teasing plenty of fresh gaming goss on social media. But how on earth are you going to see […]

Note The Date: Samsung to announce new GALAXY Note device September 3

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Samsung rarely shies away from a cheesy launch event, and while it might be a little early to put your popcorn in the microwave just yet, the Korean phone manufacturer still wants you to ‘Note The Date’ for an upcoming product launch. If we’re lucky the spotlight will be directed at a magician, a confident child-actor, or perhaps even a musical-number, as we’ve seen at previous Samsung product launches. Taking place September 3 at 11PM […]