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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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. [...]

Google Docs offline document editing available today

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At their packed Google I/O 2012 Day Two keynote, Google has finally announced offline Google Drive document editing. When you disconnect from the internet you will now, finally, be able to continue to make changes to your files that have synced. When you reconnect, changed will seamlessly, or should at least, sync up. It’s unclear how this will work if the original document changes before you open it again, however [...]

Google Drive for iOS and Chrome OS available right now

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At Google I/O 2012′s Day Two keynote, Clay Bavor, director product management for Google Apps, finally revealed that the promised iOS Google Drive app would finally be made available today. The app almost entirely match the Android app in terms of features  lacks editing, uploading, file deleting or the ability to create new files. So it’s basically pointless unless you want to look at images, PDF’s or just read documents alone [...]

LIVEBLOG: Google I/O Developers Keynote – Friday 29 June at 3:00am AEST

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At 3am this morning (in around 10 minutes) (Sydney time), Friday 29 June, Google I/O will continue with a second keynote which will likely involve Chrome. And while the adults are away, the kids shall play. I’ll be liveblogging the video feed of the event below, so feel free to drop-in and read along for some sleepy, childish commentary. We will have live commentary and also posts going up in [...]

Google+ History/Moments – Finally a real API?

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It’s only taken, what is it now, 11 months, but Google+ might finally be able to receive data from other services in what looks like a new read/write API called Google+ History, or according to the beta forum, Google+ Moments. It’s only available for developers at the moment, but Google’s Louis Gray today gave VentureBeat the inside scoop on Google+ History, a new API which will allow developers to give [...]

TECHGEEK Weekly 94: Don’t Download This Show (Because Microsoft is Winning)

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Microsoft shocks everyone with two decent announcements – the Surface and Windows Phone 8; MOG launches in Australia and tries to beat Spotify and Facebook finally lets you edit your comments so you don’t have to do the crappy chat-style edits. All this and more on TECHGEEK Weekly. Tom and Stewart aren’t in again – apparently, they’rebusy – so Terence and Chris take the helm of the podcast and actually [...]

BitCoin: The Future of Money?

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Sometimes we need to start over again. But even in this connected world, is it possible to reboot the way we pay? To change something that has barely changed in hundreds of years? Maybe. It seems like every week we learn of a new way to pay for things online, as if credit cards and physical cash weren’t good enough. Whether it’s an alternative (and I use the word alternative [...]

TECHGEEK Weekly 93: Macbooks, Domains and Shampoos

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The New MacBooks are out – with no Ethernet, a Skype call will land you 15 years in Jail (we tell you where) and who is getting their own version of a .com domain. Yes, get ready for this week’s edition of TECHGEEK Weekly – powered by Shampoo brands apparently. Turns out, Terence is starting to get a cold, and basically with little tech news, it basically became something of [...]

Apple WWDC 2012 Keynote Roundup

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This year’s WWDC 2012 conference was just a tad too late for us to liveblog, but here is a quick rundown of what went down. More detailed looks at each new piece will follow shortly. MacBook Air (starting at $1099) (11-inch or 13-inch) (available now) An updated MacBook Air has been shown with Ivy Bridge. Improvements with the starter model (11-inch $1099) include a new 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, [...]

OS X Mountain Lion coming July, developer preview available now

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Apple today told the WWDC 2012 audience that OS X Mountain Lion will be availble in July, with availability to Snow Leopard and Lion users for US$19.99 from the Mac App Store. Meanwhile, developers can download it right now. New additions to what we’ve already seen at previous Apple keynotes include PowerNap, which updates the system in sleep-mode (only for the MacBook Air and new MacBook Pro), a mute-switch for notifications, and a [...]

Apple announces iOS 6: Siri for iPad, Facebook integration, Facetime over cellular connection and more

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At their annual WWDC keynote, Apple have today announced the next version of the OS powering the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, iOS. iOS 6 seems to be a minor update compared to previous changes, but there are still some interesting tidbits. Just nothing big, which is a little disappointing. The new update kills support for iPod touch 3rd gen, iPad (original), and pre-3GS iPhone’s, which is a little odd [...]

TECHGEEK Weekly 92: Everybody Hacks

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LinkedIn got hacked, Flame infects the world and Xbox wants to be in control of your entertainment. And, did the Wii U impress or does it still make us cringe, just like its name? All this and more on this week’s TECHGEEK Weekly. This week, Terence Huynh, Chris Southcott and Tom Solari discuss the week in news, and Stewart Wilson pops up somewhere. I also must explain why you’ll hear [...]