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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Network Ten axes ‘Wake Up’ breakfast show, 150 other jobs

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It’s no secret that Network Ten has experienced difficulties in building and maintaining their audience in recent years. Today, after days of reports and leaks, Ten CEO Hamish McLennan has announced that the network will be cutting 150 jobs, including the staff of breakfast show, Wake Up, as well as the networks early, morning, and late news bulletins. Non-presenter jobs, such as the jobs of editors, floor managers, camera operators, and technicians will also be […]

Telstra announces national Wi-Fi network – two million hotspots in five years

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Image: Stewart Wilson/TechGeek Telstra has confirmed rumours that it will create a national Wi-Fi network called “Telstra Wi-Fi”. Scheduled to launch in early 2015, it plans to have two million hotspots across the nation within five years and will be available to all – irrespective if you are a Telstra customer or not. In order to create the network, Telstra will build more than 8000 hotspots across the country in social precincts and community […]

Beats Music starts small with just 111,000 subscribers, no word on how many are paid

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Despite rumoured, and practically confirmed, acquisition plans from Apple for US$3.2 billion, Beats Music, the subscription streaming service from the popular headphone brand, has just over 100,000 users according to a new report. As The Guardian reports, the actual user count for Beats Music is strengthened by the fact that 61,621 of these accounts are part of the Beats Music ‘Family-Plan’, which can allow up to 5-users for AT&T users at […]

In-game footage of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire emerges

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Nintendo sure knows how to build hype. Embracing the already fever-pitch excitement surrounding their just-announced Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire remake, today The Pokémon Company have released a 40 second clip of what you could describe as in-game footage. Kinda. I guess it’s better than nothing, right? Hopefully we see more at E3.

On Location: Huawei Ascend G6 Australian launch

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It was a little hard to ignore the audible disappointment at Huawei’s Australian launch of the Ascend G6. Despite overnight news in Paris of the Ascend P7, a more high-end, 5-inch phone from Huawei, today a small gathering of Australian’s tech media were instead shown the Ascend G6, a phone originally exhibited in February at MWC. Though despite the unfortunate scheduling, the phone Huawei Australia flaunted today, while sort-of old news, was […]

Report: As Vic Gundotra departs, Google+ will fade into the background

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It feels like just yesterday that we first got our hands on Google+, the social network that was meant to put more control in the hands of its users through ‘Circles’, rather than a binary list of Friends. At the time, I wrote that “Google+ just feels like Facebook and Twitter combined with a few more and a few less features,” which wasn’t exactly a unique critique of the social […]

triple j announces new digital station ‘double j’

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Before there was ‘real’ digital radio, the ABC was broadcasting a new kind of radio station to digital TVs across the country. In 2002, ABC DiG, as it was called at the time, was an automated radio station, more like a jukebox, focusing on a more contemporary Adult Alternative genre. With no presenters, it was just about the music, though was obviously a very low-budget affair. As the years have gone […]

Facebook acquires Nintendo in US$25 billion move

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Despite a partership this morning with the Google Maps team, Ninendo is now officially a Facebook company. With disappointing sales of the Wii U, it’s no surprise that Facebook decided to pounce on the company, known for their incredibly unique and priceless IPs. The deal will include the Mario franchise, as well as many other high-profile Nintendo properties, with the concluded sale to cost US$25 billion in a mixture of […]

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 […]