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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Xbox Music coming tomorrow to Xbox 360, later this month for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

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While Zune Pass had always been a great service, Microsoft lacked the marketshare to actually push it on devices. The Zune lineup, made to compete with Apple’s iPod, never caught on, and Windows Phone 7 has proven to lack a strong following. Xbox Music is set to change this, coming out tomorrow on Xbox 360’s and later this month on Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone 8, a mobile [...]

Valve adds software store to Steam on Windows

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Valve is today expanding their popular Steam publishing platform from just games (and a few movies) to now offering a very small selection of software for Windows, set to expand soon. For the next week GameMaker: Studio, 3D-Coat, ArtRage Studio Pro, CameraBag 2, 3DMark Vantage, and 3DMark 11 will be available with a 10% discount from RRP. And the benefits from buying through Steam, as well as the 10% discount, includes, for some [...]

TECHGEEK Weekly 105: Going To Keep on Loving Maps

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A massive security fiasco for Android, Apple says sorry for its Maps, and webOS comes back with version 1.0 – much to the Chris’ rejoice (and Terence’s displeasure). All this and more on TECHGEEK Weekly! Stewart’s on holiday and Tom is busy studying, so you’re left with Terence and Chris this week. No video this week, but you can listen to the audio below. Also apologies for no episode last [...]

HTC’s Thursday press event to show off new Windows Phone

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HTC have just shown a little sneak peak for their Thursday event. In a post to Twitter, Google+ and Facebook, the handset maker revealed the corner of a phone, which appears to be running Windows Phone 8. And don’t be confused, the 19.9 is referring to the date of the event (in the US), not the screen size. Although that wouldn’t be surprising, given the state of the smartphone industry. [...]

Fitness friendly Fitbit One and Fitbit Zip announced with Bluetooth 4.0 and wireless sync

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Back in October of last year Fitbit announced the Fitbit Ultra, a discreet, clipable ‘activity tracker’ which received fairly positive reviews. This year they’re back with two upgrades to their lineup of modivational gadgets, the Fitbit One and the Fitbit Zip. The Fitbit One, which looks like an upgrade to the Ultra rather than a entirely new product, sports the similar sleek look as that of the Ultra but now [...]

Sony’s gamescom 2012 press conference starts at 3AM Wednesday (AEST) [Live Video]

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In less than 30 minutes. At 3AM Sydney time tomorrow morning, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, or PlayStation, will be taking the stage in Cologne, Germany for gamescom 2012. What’s on the table? Nobody knows right now, although there are rumours for an even slimmer PlayStation 3 and we also expect some announcements for the PlayStation Vita. Either way, Sony usually has a great show at gamescom, and this hopefully won’t be [...]

BE BOLD? Putting BlackBerry’s new marketing line to the test

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For the last few years, Research In Motion, the company behind the infamous BlackBerry, have been a punchline in the tech blogosphere. And I’ve been part of that noise. Unfortunately, I wasn’t being fair to RIM or myself, or anyone who ever listened to me. In reality, I’d never used a BlackBerry, apart from in a store (which I have now believe, because of my thoughts on Windows Phone 7, [...]

Spotify now has 15 million users globally, including 4 million paying subscribers

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Spotify’s crusade against piracy and traditional music distribution seems to be paying off, if new stats are anything to go by. Launching down-under around 3 months ago, and originally launching in 2008 in Sweden, Spotify has quickly gained global and local attention as the go-to streaming music service, even more-so after their US launch. And to back this attention up, Spotify’s Chief Content Officer and Managing Director of Spotify North America, [...]

TECHGEEK Weekly 99: techgeek99@outlook.com

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IT’S WAR! Samsung and Apple FIGHT it out in court; Chris finds himself sad; and Outlook replaces Hotmail which doesn’t look that bad but Stewart and Chris have taken all the email addresses. All this and more on this episode of TECHGEEK Weekly. It’s just one more Episode till we reach the big number of 100. What do we have in store? You’ll just have to wait and see! DOWNLOAD [...]

Review: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD

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The concept is simple: bring a previously successful game franchise back into the spotlight with a remake of its original, successful game’s, and maybe in the process, making some improvements. The final product, however, can’t even match the original, let alone improve on it. If it weren’t for the new graphics, you’d think it was a lame knock-off, or something much worse. Yes, let’s take a brief look at Tony [...]

TECHGEEK Weekly 97: Good Morning, Monday?

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Good Morning!? What are we doing here on Monday? Well, we have more hacking stories like from Yahoo, Formspring and Nvidia; we talk about expensive headphones and Windows 8 – we have a release date (sort of). All this and more on TECHGEEK Weekly. Yes, because we didn’t have release an episode on Sunday because we were, well, busy with other things. But we recorded this on Sunday night for [...]

Google Australia brings cycling directions to Google Maps

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Google Australia have been busy working on a new feature for Google Maps in Australia – cycling directions. The company today added the ability to find directions for those who would like to travel by bike, a feature that was, according to an official blog post, high-up on many people’s wish-list for the continued localisation of Google Maps in Australia. Despite the mighty warning that it’s in beta, the new [...]

The best things in life are free, especially if you’re downloading a movie

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$6. That’s the price I paid to rent the delightful Pixar production that is Wall-E. But, obviously, that’s not enough money for me to not be treated like a criminal, for me to actually watch the movie the way I wanted to, or even watch it at all in any way. Sure, it’s a rental, so I expect DRM. But even then, I would’ve had the same experience if I’d bought [...]

TECHGEEK Weekly 95: Google Now, is it a little bit creepy?

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Google stole the week with Jelly Bean; creeping everyone (except Chris) out with Google Now; launches a new tablet; and disappoints Chris with a crappy iOS app for Google Drive. And could Microsoft be the one to save BlackBerry? All this and more on TECHGEEK Weekly. The entire crew is back! Stewart has returned from the Big Brother house, while Tom has come back (albeit briefly). They join Terence and [...]

Chrome for iPhone and iPad announced, available right now

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Google Chrome has just been announced for iPad, iPod touch and iPhone, with the app expected to become available today and featuring the same functionality as its Android counterpart. Working on iOS 4.3 and above, the browser could very possibly get a much wider audience on Apple’s successful mobile platform, mainly because of the fragmentation on Android and the small userbase for Android 4.0, which is required on that platform. [...]