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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Samsung has a new Smart TV UI – still laggy, but will bring it to your old Samsung Smart TV for a hefty price

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Samsung keeps trying to get their Smart TV UI right, so while they have the apps, they lack the ability to support them with a nice UI, with many users ignoring the features altogether. But 2013 will bring a new Smart TV UI to existing and new sets, with a fairly unique carousel style UI. The five screens, Movies & TV Shows, Photos & Video, Social, and Apps, show recommendations, trending […]

Samsung adds more Smart TV apps, while showing off their already competitive ecosystem

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Samsung’s CES conference just finished, and during the funride of news they announced that they’re bringing a number of new apps to their Smart TV’s, adding to their current selection of ‘entertainment, music, sports, fitness and social networking’ apps. Despite the fact that most won’t be available for Australian readers, the company is bringing Univision’s UVideos, YuppTV, WatchIndia. TV, Crunchyroll and Viki Premiere to the platform. They’re also looking to take […]

Asus announces Qube, a Google TV box that, sadly, isn’t a Nexus device

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  Despite rumours of a Nexus Google TV device from Asus, the company has instead revealed a skinned Google TV 3.0 device, sporting a very basic design and name. It has the latest Google TV features such as YouTube updates and voice search, as well as likely Google Play media. The Qube is controlled via an on-screen rotating cube, which is manipulated via a motion-sensitive remote control. And, of course, […]

OPINION: Google’s block of Maps on Windows Phone isn’t really a block

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Image: activefree/Flickr (Creative Commons). When was the last time you used a web-app on your phone more than once? Hmm, yeah, I can’t remember a time either, maybe apart from a link to a few blogs. Which is why the usual shit-storm that arises with any change to anything is pointless, especially in the case of Google Maps on Windows Phone. If you own a Windows Phone, Google Maps is […]

It’s time: Pebble to find release date January 10

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If you were one of the almost 67000 backers for the Pebble Smartwatch, a watch which connects to your Android or iOS phone via Bluetooth and feeds you information over an e-paper screen, then get excited! The company have just pushed a teaser blog post, seen above, explaining that ‘It’s time’ (get it…cos it’s a watch), for an event at CES 2013 on January 10 at 4am if our math […]

YEAR IN REVIEW: Microsoft takes a chance

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2012 was a year of refinement from Google and Apple, opting to make small changes to their flagship platforms of Android and iOS, as well as their device portfolios. Yet, almost shockingly, the opposite can be said for Microsoft, who instead launched the biggest change to Windows since its inception, as well as brought core redesigns of Windows Phone to market and introduced a competitive tablet OS that works on […]

Sword & Sworcery hits Google Play, remains awesome

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The delicate, immersive and delightful ‘Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery’ is now available on Google Play, a year after it’s original release on iPad in 2011. While my description might sound hyperbolic, this game truly is the best Android game of 2012, and my personal favourite game of the year, closely tied with Sound Shapes for the PlayStation Vita and Journey. Hey, it’s okay in a three-way. The game is point-and-click, […]

Spotify takes on Rdio: web-native version available in beta

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As rumours earlier in the year suggested, Spotify have made a web version of their music streaming service available, despite no official announcement. Still in beta, and hidden from the public, the new web-native version works as expected, using a mixture of modern HTML5 and Flash components to offer the entire Spotify library to users. Also, sadly, the web version of Spotify doesn’t work with songs that aren’t available on […]

Grand Theft Auto V: Trailer 2 revealed

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Need I say any more? Grand Theft Auto V, first revealed over a year ago, finally has a second trailer, featuring three main characters and a different feel to GTA IV. It’s also set to the glorious Stevie Wonder’s slap-bass induced-dream track ‘Skeletons’. It comes out in ‘Spring’, 2013 in the US or in the May 20 – June 20 2013 launch window for us for PlayStation 3 and Xbox […]

Facebook testing threaded-replies

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As a Reddit user has discovered, Facebook have begun rolling out the ability to reply to comments, starting a separate thread as seen above. The feature is only, according to Facebook, being tested on 30 pages, however it is expected that this will eventually turn into a wider rollout. Facebook is only testing it for certain locales and according to the Los Angeles Times, a spokesperson from Facebook told them that […]

Windows 8 Twitter client ‘Tweetro’ hits user cap, now blocked

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Despite the absence of an official Twitter client on Windows 8, users of the popular social network have been able to access the service on Microsoft’s platform via a number of 3rd party apps. However, the free ride may be about to end. The first casualty of Twitter’s strict, and in my opinion pathetic, new rules for developers is Tweetro, the popular Windows 8 Twitter app, which in the last 24 […]

Pixelated: The Binary Network

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It’s the end of school term finally. And yet again, two of my close friends are acting like they’re part of an elite clan for hating Facebook. Insert some of the usual clichés about how it’s too crowded, how it’s full of attention seekers, how there are so many people who complain about their first world problems on it. All of the usual garbage. One of them then announces, to […]

Wii U goes on national tour: here’s where you can give one a go

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Just as Microsoft have done with the Surface, Nintendo is taking their new Wii U console to a number of metropolitan shopping areas in what they call Wii U Experience Stores. The pop-up shops will showcase the new console and a number of launch titles, such as a Mario game and Nintendo Land, and focus on the new Wii U GamePad controller, pictured above. As well as Wii U consoles, the 3DS will […]

Apple’s iPad mini, with 7.8″ display, is real, ships November 2 from $369

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Here it is. Phil Schiller and Tim Cook just took the stage at their October 2012 Apple Event, and up until the very end, kept the iPad mini a secret. But it is a secret no more. Coming in at 7.9″, with a 1024 x 768 resolution, the iPad mini “isn’t just a shrunken-down iPad, it’s an entirely new design,” as Schiller told the audience. With a 7.2mm thick aluminium case, the […]