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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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 […]

FoodGeek Review: Pizza Hut’s Doritos Crunchy Crust

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The topping chosen to complete this review was part of the ‘Meatlovers’ range. I’m driving home from the local Pizza Hut, gliding through an almost empty trail of road. The smell of pizza wafts through my car, a can of ice-cold Mountain Dew splashing around in my cup holder. I can’t resist any longer. I have to at least have a chip. Just one chip off the Pizza Hut Dominos […]

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 […]