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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This is the Samsung Ativ Book 9: lower-resolution screen, “14 hour battery”

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As well as tablets and TVs, Samsung has today announced a new 15.6″ model of the Ativ Book 9 at CES 2014. With a 1080p resolution, the laptop drops the previous Plus title, linked to a 3200 x 1800 resolution found on the 13.3″ model, in favour of a crazy “14-hour battery life”. As well as this, the model offers both an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 128GB or 256GB [...]

CES gold: Michael Bay’s autocue fails, he walks off stage at Samsung keynote

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Don’t be surprised if this is cut from Samsung’s CES Keynote replay… Michael Bay, director of Transformers and other action-blockbusters, was just on stage at Samsung’s CES 2014 keynote. And then he freaked out and left. There to promote the new curved UHD TV from Samsung, Bay obviously had issues reading an autocue, which was feeding him dialogue. Rather than “winging” it like he had hoped, Bay instead spiked the [...]

This is the Samsung Galaxy TabPro and NotePro

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Samsung will continue to broaden its Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note tablet lineup in 2014, today announcing the Galaxy TabPro and Galaxy NotePro (pictured above) at their CES 2014 keynote. Available in three sizes, 8.4″, 10.1″ and, 12.2″, the Galaxy TabPro is the same as the Galaxy NotePro, apart from no stylus support. The Galaxy NotePro will also only come in a 12.2″ variant but with typical Galaxy Note features, such [...]

Toshiba announces the first ever 13″ Chromebook

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Who said Chromebooks would never last? Toshiba is the latest manufacturer to throw its weight behind Chrome OS, showing off a 13.3″, $313 AUD Chromebook that delivers a familiar design with a more premium build when compared to Samsung’s current offerings. Spec-wise, the laptop has the typical 16GB internal memory, 2GB RAM, HD webcam, and 9-hour battery life we’ve come to expect with a Chromebook. Powered by an Intel Bay Trail chip, the [...]

Toyota’s i-Road concept car is scary, but damn cool

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Toyota’s i-Road, a concept car they’re showing the press at CES 2014, is a hybrid of motorcycle and car, built for an age of short, slow metropolitan commutes. An electric-vehicle at heart, as you can see in The Verge’s hands-on with the car, the i-Road will lean left and right as you turn, yet Toyota claims it cannot be tipped. And while the vehicle may never see the light of day, [...]

Neatamo’s June bracelet is $99 worth of common sense

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Is the Australian sun leaving you red-faced? Netatmo’s June bracelet is the solution, they think. On display at CES 2014, the gemstone bracelet, which will cost $99 USD and come in gold, gunmetal, or platinum, synchronises with an iOS app to inform you of current sun exposure. It will then recommend a hat, sunblock, or sunglasses. The device doesn’t have a screen, with a design by Louis Vuitton and Camille Toupet replacing that functionality. [...]

Toshiba wants their new Kirabook to compete with the MacBook Pro and Chromebook Pixel

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Toshiba’s updating their Kirabook notebooks, just in time for CES 2014. The new model has a Haswell processor, a 9-hour battery life, and will cost $100 USD less, which may change when released in Australia. Releasing mid-February in the US, the notebook remains very similar to its predecessor, with a high-resolution PixelPure display (2560 x 1440-resolution), 256GB of SSD storage, 8GB of RAM, and a 1.17kg weight. To cool it down, AirFlow II will fan the internals, [...]

Opinion: LG made a great doormat with their new webOS Smart TV

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It’s 3:00AM in Wollongong. My phone’s alarm rings, causing painful vibration on its nest of coins. Instinctively, I turn it off. I forgot that instinct can be right sometimes. I loved webOS. In its well-documented downfall, the OS broke my heart. I bought a Pre 2, for pure love of the UI and what Palm envisioned. Then, at the start of 2013, I bought an HP Veer, in the hope [...]

This is the Pebble Steel

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As promised, Pebble has big plans for 2014, and it all starts today with the announcement of the Pebble Steel. Despite humble beginnings, with the original Pebble coming to life via a $10 million Kickstarter campaign, the company has today announced, via a CES keynote, that the Pebble is getting a premium big-brother, in the form of the approximately $278 AUD Pebble Steel. With the original now described by Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky [...]

CES begins: Acer announces Liquid Z5, iPad mini clone, and Iconia B1-720

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Forget the official CES start date, Acer has already announced their new collection of swag coming in 2014. The new line-up starts with the Acer Liquid Z5, a follow-up to their Liquid Z3. The new budget phone sports a 5″ FWVGA TFT display, powered by a 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Mali-400 graphics and runs Android 4.2 on 512MB of RAM. A 2000mAh battery is also in charge, as well as a 5MP rear-facing camera, with an [...]

Press image of LG’s webOS TV leaks

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And I almost thought we’d missed 2013′s Christmas miracle! Yes, it’s a little bit late, but the webOS TV from LG, the most anticipated product of CES 2014 and a true Christmas miracle, has materialised thanks to Twitter tech-snoop @evleaks. Despite promises of a Card interface, the leaked image shows more of a horizontal-grid of apps rather than active applications. The current application, which is Live TV, does show a [...]

iA Writer grows up: Writer Pro now available for OS X and iOS

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Released on May 28, 2011, iA Writer for Mac was built around the idea of simplicity in creation. Rather than taking the traditional word-processing route, Information Architects created an application which literally disappeared as you wrote, revealing only your words, in a big, monospaced font on a white canvas. Sitting on your desktop, iA Writer was more of a notebook than a piece of software, offering only the bare essentials. With [...]

GIFT GUIDE: Video Games of 2013 – PlayStation Vita

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While the future remains uncertain for the PlayStation Vita, developers gave it their all throughout 2013. It has become apparent that the Vita likely won’t be the home of AAA home-console games, as originally promised, but still some amazing independent and blockbuster titles hit the system this year. So here is the cream of the crop, perfect for that loved one with a PlayStation Vita. PlayStation Network $30 or $50 [...]

Let’s get physical: FiftyThree announces second foray into the hardware world with Pencil for iPad

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If there’s ever been a killer app for the Apple iPad, it’s debatably been a simple drawing app called Paper by FiftyThree. Offering simple, dynamic drawing tools, Paper has been key to Apple’s hopes for the iPad to become more than just a consumption device, but also a creation device. But software and hardware are obviously very different, justifying the surprise of another hardware release from the startup. Following Book, [...]

Google Play Music for iOS: a buggy disappointment so far

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It’s been at least 6 months since Google promised that their Play Music service would come to iOS, and it’s 6 months too early by the looks of it. I’m not usually one to complain about first-day bugs, but for an app promised to arrive at a more appropriate 5 months ago, to see it genuinely broken in key features isn’t fun. It’s smooth though. Google Play Music was first [...]