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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iPad mini with Retina display now shipping from the Apple Store

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Despite concerns from Tim Cook over holiday availability, a batch of the new Retina display-equipped iPad mini’s are now available from the Apple Store. Coming in Space Grey and Silver, the iPad mini with Retina display starts at AU$479 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, AU$598 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model, while the most expensive iPad mini, with 128GB of storage and Wi-Fi + Cellular, comes in at AU$949. Currently the 16GB […]

Will Google’s new ‘Shared Endorsements’ affect you?

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Probably not. As expected, the backlash in tabloid tech blogs and news websites over Google’s new ‘Shared Endorsements’ system has been overwhelming, but also misinformed. Google today will begin enforcing their new Terms of Service for all Google+ users over the age of 18, allowing the company to present your Google+ name, photo and endorsements throughout its advertising network. However, as is usually the case with Google coverage, the privacy angle […]

New Wii U bundles coming to Australia, but still no price drop

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Hoping for a Wii U price-drop before Christmas? Look elsewhere. Despite a US price drop in September, and a 200% increase in sales following, Nintendo Australia today announced it’ll instead be creating two new Wii U Basic Pack bundles to counter the likely holday battle from Sony and Microsoft. Starting November 14, any Wii U Basic Pack purchase can bring with it Just Dance 2014, Nintendo Land, a Wii Remote […]

Titanfall will remain a Microsoft exclusive for its ‘lifetime’

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Despite rumours (and hopes) for a universal release of Respawn Entertainment’s upcoming first-person shooter Titanfall, the company has today confirmed through EA’s quarterly earnings call that the game “is exclusive only for the lifetime of the title on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.” EA COO, Peter Moore, also said that he was confident that the game will review “very highly” and that, despite further rumours surrounding the development timeline of the title, the […]

TENplay launches: How does Network TEN’s new catch-up service compare?

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While free-to-air network Network TEN continues to struggle in the TV ratings, the network’s new responsive catch-up service, an end-to-end website which will allow their audience to be notified of new episodes, interact with shows, and watch the networks content, seems to have gone live. Available on the web at TENplay.com.au (and redirecting from TEN.com.au), as well as on iOS, Windows 8, Xbox 360, and Sony BRAVIA TV’s, TENplay feels less […]

Competing with free: Navman partners with Nokia to bring their GPS lineup into the cloud

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With more and more Australian’s trading in their dumbphones for smartphones, all-in-one devices that continue to replace entire product categories, it isn’t hard to assume that a dedicated GPS is irrelevant in 2013. If a smartphone, which is on you at all times, has a GPS inbuilt, surely all that’s needed is a free app and you’re ready to drive. To convince non-believers otherwise, TechGeek and a number of other […]

OPINION: What a shame Microsoft caved to online pressures with the Xbox One

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Just a quick thought for today: maybe Microsoft shouldn’t have caved. Maybe they should’ve continued with the DRM. I know, crazy right? ‘I bought that game, so it should be mine to play offline.’ And that’s a good point. But by backtracking, Microsoft have moved their new Xbox from the future and put it firmly in the current-gen. The old, boring current generation where you still have to find a […]

Facebook Home: a Facebook user’s perspective

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Plenty of discussions on Home turn into ‘I hate Facebook’ agreements, one of the only reasons why I think that I may actually add something to the conversation. Home isn’t for non-Facebook users, so it makes little sense to say ‘I hate Facebook, but here’s my review of Home’. Along with the majority of Generation Y, I do use Facebook. I don’t have a religious attachment, but I do check […]

Review: Samsung Series 5 Chromebook (2013)

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The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook is a like a MacBook Air suffering an identity crisis. There are great intentions, and the software is amazing, but in the end it’s just the web and it’s a slow computer in a fast computers body. However there are glimmers of hope that make the Series 5 Chromebook a decent laptop, for the price.

TECHGEEK webOS App Now Available

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The TECHGEEK webOS App is now available for anyone with Palm Pre, HP Veer or Palm Pixi to use. Featuring a convoluted and ugly design, you’ll be able to catch up on the latest stories, reviews and podcasts from the app. You’ll be unable able to select any of our latest podcasts and listen to them on the go, under the lockscreen. Share our articles easily by turning off your phone. […]

Introducing our first US correspondent

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Our editor in chief, Terence Huynh, has given me the privilege to announce our first ever TECHGEEK.com.au US correspondent! For the first time ever we’ll have a direct link to technology happenings in the land upunder. While you may not have heard of him, Kanye West, best known for starting the US technology blog ‘Good Life’ and hit YouTube channel ‘Cooking with Kanye’, will be joining the team at lunchtime with his […]

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 […]