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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Yahoo to poach YouTube stars for new video service

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Image: Magnus Hoij/Flickr (Creative Commons) Money makes the world go ’round, and Yahoo knows it. Today Recode is reporting that Yahoo will soon launch a new video service to take on YouTube. And while that might sound like a laughable endeavour, with YouTube yet to have a competitor steal their mainstream userbase, the company is hoping that the popularity of YouTube’s own stars is more important than the popularity of YouTube [...]

Cloud first, mobile first: Word, Powerpoint, and Excel come to iPad today

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Satya Nadella paces around a small stage in San Francisco. It’s only been 52 days since he became CEO, and yet he’s already been the man behind products his predecessor’s would have never touched. Office for iPad had apparently been finished for a few months now, yet it had been stuck in limbo, a scary admission that users might not switch to a Windows tablet just for one service. Today, though, Nadella stands [...]

Microsoft Office for iPad to be released in coming weeks

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Hot off the heels of OneNote coming to Mac, The Verge is reporting that Microsoft Office for iPad, which had reportedly been completed a while ago, will finally be released in the coming weeks. At a keynote in San Francisco on March 27th, new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be showing off the app as part of Microsoft’s new “mobile first, cloud first” strategy. However, it isn’t going to be a big change [...]

Microsoft OneNote is out now on the Mac App Store, and it’s awesome

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Nothing beats the freedom of paper when it comes to taking notes. Well, for a Mac user that was. Which is why the release of OneNote on the Mac App Store today is so exciting. After 10 years of Windows exclusivity, the Microsoft notebook app is now available for Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad and Windows Phone. And did I mention it’s free? A OneNote notebook is basically a blank canvas. [...]

Chrome OS to use Google Drive as default download location soon

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 Despite commercials which promise users that they’ll never lose files with a Chromebook, there’s a rising number of education and business users who are complaining that, when a Chromebook is reset or replaced, that they lose their local files. And this complaint mainly stems from the way Chrome OS handles Downloaded files. By default, when saving a file from the browser, a Chromebook will default to a local Downloads folder on [...]

This is iOS 7.1 and it’s out now

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Apple have this morning released iOS 7.1 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Featuring a refined UI, faster animations, major bug fixes, CarPlay support, and improved responsiveness on some older devices, it’s a welcome update that finally brings back some of the snappiness we lost with iOS 7. The full changelog includes: CarPlay support. New Camera setting to automatically enable HDR for iPhone 5s devices. Improved performance on the [...]

Unreleased Daft Punk collaboration with Jay-Z leaks

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I love a good leaked song, and today’s delivery from Daft Punk and Jay-Z is definitely interesting. Originally created for Daft Punk’s 2010 soundtrack of Tron: Legacy, the song, called Computerized, is drizzled with Jay-Z, over the foundation of Random Access Memories-style electronic music. Featuring the French duo’s trademark, somewhat corny, appetite for the future, the song feels unfinished, with Jay-Z’s lyrics leaving something to be desired.  But it’s also [...]

Vox Media to launch general-news website, Vox.com, in 2014

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According to Ezra Klein, formerly of The Washington Post, “there’s a problem in journalism,” one where people don’t care about news. He compares the problem to “vegetables”, where you consume media not by choice, but because you feel you have to. You have an obligation to know what’s happening in the world, but don’t always understand, or even have incentive to care. Or at least, that’s the problem he describes [...]

The second chapter begins: Twitch Plays Pokémon Crystal

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It’s been just over a day since the end credits of Twitch Plays Pokémon Red, and now chapter two begins. With the countdown reaching zero just a few minutes ago, the Australian developer behind the social experiment, where players control an emulator via Twitch.tv live chat, has decided upon Pokémon Crystal as the sequal of choice. Originally released in 2001 on the Game Boy Color, Crystal was the seventh game in the [...]

Tumblr becomes the weapon of choice for Apple’s marketing team

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According to Apple, every colour has a story. Or at least, that’s what they want to tell potential young customers using microblogging site Tumblr. While it isn’t out of the ordinary for a company like Apple to flaunt their latest devices in an expensive marketing blitz, their latest attempt to sell the iPhone 5c is a little out of the ordinary. Generally limiting themselves to more traditional advertisements, users of [...]

We won: Twitch Played Pokémon Red

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If I could describe tonight’s victory in just one word, that word would be bittersweet. If you haven’t heard of Twitch Plays Pokémon until now, then I’m afraid you’ve missed one of the most interesting, and simultaneously entertaining, social experiments of our time. Seriously. And that experiment ended tonight, with players reaching the end credits for the game. It was an insane idea. A cumulative 1 million people playing one game, [...]

Windows 8.1 update an admission of failure as Microsoft attempts to repair desktop OS

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Microsoft is slowly walking away from the touchscreen future of Windows, today announcing an update that backtracks on their initial vision of the new OS. In a significant update for Windows 8.1, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore today announced at Mobile World Congress that “some of those touch affordances weren’t really tuned as well as we could do for those mouse and keyboard users.” The update will introduce a title bar at the top of [...]

Microsoft reveals few details for new version of Windows Phone at MWC, though leaks paint another picture

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Image: Alex Holyoake/Flickr (Creative Commons) After months of rumours and leaks, Microsoft have today announced a few features from their next version of Windows Phone, which rumours had labelled Windows Phone 8.1. And I must stress the ‘few’. Joe Belfiore took the stage at Mobile World Congress to announce that the new update will “technically” support any Windows Phone 8 device. The new version will also make a lot of changes in [...]

Fitbit Force will not be coming to Australia in its current form: recall begins in the US

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In October of 2013 we wrote about the latest fitness tracking device from Fitbit, the Force, which was similar to their previous Flex tracker, but instead had an improved, OLED display and an altimeter. However, despite launching in the US at that time, and promises to ship down under in early 2014, the company has today announced that they are recalling all Fitbit Force devices due to reports of rashes caused [...]

Facebook to buy WhatsApp for US$16 billion

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Image: Jan Persiel/Flickr (Creative Commons) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has just announced that popular cross-platform mobile messaging app, WhatsApp, will become a part of the Facebook in a sale worth US$16 billion in cash and stock. The service, which is used by 450 million people every month, will remain separate from Facebook Messenger, with continued operations of the company to be independent. While this doesn’t rule out future integration with Messenger, [...]