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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BREAKING: Apple acquires BlackBerry

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Just weeks after the announcement of BlackBerry 10 and the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10, BlackBerry and Apple have today unveiled plans to merge. Rather than dissolving either role, both Thorsten Heins and Tim Cook will become joint-CEOs. Although there will be major changes. First of all, BlackBerry 10 will be replaced with an upcoming version of iOS compatible with both platforms. Mike Lazaridis will taking charge of the iOS design team, with […]

Those leaked Google Babble screenshots? Yeah, they sure as hell aren’t real

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Here at TECHGEEK.com.au, we’ve grown a keep sense of cynicism when it comes to leaked screenshots. While we do love to see the latest software goodies early, plenty of people love to take advantage of the excitement by creating fake screenshots. And sometimes they’re so realistic, you would believe them. But the latest Google Babble screenshot maker, allegedly leaked from the project which is said to be combining Google’s communication services into […]

Australian’s Xbox Durango seller SuperDaE raided in a ‘prank’ gone wrong

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“I’m never going to see you again, am I?” Gizmodo Australia’s Luke Hopewell has been given the inside scoop on SuperDaE, the man who tried to sell an Xbox Durango (a codename for the next Xbox) development kit, in what he describes as a prank. Instead of laughes, he was today raided by Western Australian Police, leaving his home bare and he and his girlfriend in a panic, as quoted above. While […]

Rdio takes their iPhone app design to the next level, adds new badges and menus

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Rdio, despite all odds, is continuing to compete with Spotify in leaps and bounds, yesterday releasing some new UI tweaks in their iPhone app. A new UI is now seen in the context menus for music, which are accessed by holding a song or album. You can then add it to your playlists or collection, or share and download the songs locally. The new UI style, where gradients, rich backgrounds […]

Don’t get Microshafted: nobody is innocent in Microsoft’s new anti-Google campaign

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In the continuing war between Google and Microsoft, which was entirely one-sided until Google pulled Exchange support from their free Google Apps, we’ve been hand-delivered another stinging campaign from Microsoft which, in reality, is just a little bit of a scam itself. Neither party is innocent when it comes to using your email for targeted ads. First of all, I’d like to declare that I’m not commenting in this way […]

The winner takes it all: how BlackBerry will benefit from being open

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A silhouette of Thorsten Heins reveals the answer to his companies problems So, as most will now know, BlackBerry 10 was announced today, alongside the BlackBerry Z10, a beautiful slab phone, and Q10, with a very similar build to the Bold 9900 line. Stupid names by-the-way, but at least they’re kinda-competing on hardware, with no Torch-sized failures in sight. But the OS is still lacking. A number of problems seem […]

Video Review: Contour+2 [Update]

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After a few weeks of testing, I’ve finally put together my thoughts on the Contour+2, a solid entry in the crowded wearable-camera market. But does it perform? Find out in one of our first video reviews. And because it is our first, there may be a few rough edges, so feel free to leave us some feedback in the comments. Update: Because of the time required to make a video […]

What better way to test Twitter’s new video service than with a 12-second HP Veer hands-on?

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I know there have been a number of weird headlines over the years, and this post may be heading to that list, but bear with me. I just got my HP Veer delivered from California in the US to Australia and instead of doing something normal with Twitter’s new Instagram-Snapchat-video mashup, called Vine, I unboxed the HP Veer. And let me just say this: I actually like Vine and the […]

Pebble announces it will begin shipping January 23rd

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Despite a few technical difficulties with their livestream, most visibly the fact that the Pebble CEO, Eric Migicovsky, had a blue face, Pebble finally announced the time it will take before backers and new customers can buy a Pebble smartwatch at a keynote from CES 2013. Starting January 23, shipment will begin worldwide, yet with 85,000 backers it will be staggered, meaning yours could come weeks after the first shipment. The company […]

Sony continues their joyride in the 4K bandwagon: announces 55″ and 65″ displays, as well as prototype 56″ 4K OLED TV

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At their CES keynote, Sony today announced that they want to wow customers like they once did, admitting that they’d lost the spart for a few years. But they’re back, according to themselves, with a number of amazing new TVs, yet the stark omission of any 3D TVs, indicative of the lack of interest in the market with that style of television. The TV announcements began with the revelation that […]

Samsung announces Series 7 Chronos and Series 7 Ultra

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Samsung have been busy little beevers, announcing two Windows 8 optomized notebooks. The Series 7 Ultra offers competitive specifications with Intel’s Ultrabook lineup, with a 13.3-inch (optionally touchscreen) 1080p display, a Core i5 or i7 processor, 1GB of AMD GPU HD8570 graphics and up to 16GB of RAM. For storage, you get 256GB from the SSD. Samsung promises it gets 8 hours of battery, and at just under 1.5kg, it […]

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 […]