Tom Solari

(On Hiatus)

Tom Solari is currently on hiatus from TechGeek. He covers the gadget and hardware beat, with a passion for tinkering and choosing the best hardware. Unashamedly tech savvy, he also is a programmer and runs servers.

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Indie Showcase: Fractured Soul

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Fractured Soul is being featured in the PAX Australia Indie Showcase, a 2D platformer that takes inspiration of games like Mega Man, which uses two screens of the 3DS at once, or a split screen for PC. Developed by Endgame Studios, based in Victoria, the game focuses heavily on the two screens and how players must switch between each screen to reach the end of the level. The game was […]

Preview: Robots Can’t Jump

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Robots Can’t Jump is a new game from Queensland-based Bayside Games. It is a procedural game with infinite number of levels – each is randomly generated – and the main idea is to simply get to the top. As the title says, your robot can’t jump. As such, you will need to build elevators for them to get up. It will be available on PCs and tablets, and is expected to […]

Indie Showcase: Antichamber

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PAX Australia has given six indie-developed games their own prominent space to show off their games; and one of them is Antichamber. It is a “mind-bending psychological exploration game”, according to its developer Alexander Bruce; and aims to change the way you think in how to play video games. The game, already out on Steam, is set in a Escher-like world with every concept you know about space and geometry in video […]

VOX POP: Thoughts on the Xbox One

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Here at PAX 2013, Microsoft were giving Xbox fans the opportunity to check out the new Xbox One console in real life, inside a glass box. We decided to chat to some of those fans and others around PAX asking for their thoughts on Microsoft’s next generation gaming and media device. Check out the what they had to say below!

Audio Technica unveil their ADG1 and AG1 headsets

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Today at PAX, Terence and I payed the Audio Technica booth a visit and got a quick sneak peek of their upcoming gaming headsets, the ADG1 and AG1. The ADG1 is an open back body style headset featuring wing tip supports and 53mm drivers, with the AG1 a closed back variation. Pricing will be around $299 and we can expect to see these headsets sometime in October this year. Check […]

Hands on with the Oculus Rift

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Tom Solari, the video guy, having a go with the Oculus Rift (Image: Terence Huynh/TechGeek) If you haven’t heard of the Oculus Rift, you have been living under a rock. Started as a Kickstarter project, it has become the darling of the video game industry because of one simple thing – immersive virtual reality. And finally, it has now come down to Australia just in time for PAX Australia 2013. […]

Sennheiser reveals MOMENTUM and U320 On-Ear headphones at PAX Australia

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Sennheiser has today revealed the MOMENTUM on-ear headphones at this year’s PAX Australia. Standing out with their minimalist design, the MOMENTUM’s headband is made from stainless steel, while the earpads have been finished with high-tech material produced from Italy that is both durable and comfort. Inside, the speakers are equipped with high-end 18-ohm transducers – promising full stereo sound with a sight bass emphasis. The on-ear headphones are also iOS-ready, […]

Intel 530 Series SSDs revealed at PAX Australia

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Intel has today announced at PAX Australia its brand new line of solid state drives – the 530 Series. Targeted for a wide range of consumer devices – including Ultrabooks, desktops, tablets and even mobile systems; the 530 Series are smaller, faster and use less power. The 530 Series introduces the latest M.2 form factor that shrinks the total storage area compared to the traditional 2.5-inch disk form factor – […]

Panasonic CES 2013 Wrap-up

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This morning, Panasonic gave us a quick overview of their “product innovations”, that are due to hit stores sometime this year. Starting off with a recap of Panasonic’s previous ‘smart TV’ efforts and innovations, the focus quickly moved onto what Panasonic has been working on, and what will be featured in their 2013 product line-up, including a new range of Viera Smart TVs, several speaker systems, Network Media Streamers and […]

Huawei Unveils the Ascend Mate with 6.1″ HD display

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Huawei today unveiled a brand new smartphone, featuring the biggest display ever to be featured in such a device. With a 6.1″ 1280×720 HD display, the phone has a ‘screen-to-body’ ratio of 73 percent, and is powered by a 1.5 GHz Hi-Silicon quad-core processor. In addition to this, the phone will run Android 4.1, with a 4050 mAh battery, 8 MP HDR-capable rear camera, and a 1 MP HD front […]

100 years of automated Exchanges

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Well, well, well. This week, 100 years ago, Geelong was the first city of many to receive a new, automated telephone exchange. In its day, it was the first automated Telephone Exchange in the Southern Hemisphere and the second in the entire British Empire. I guess Australia has always been a tad ahead telecommunications wise. Today, you wouldn’t even think of talking to an operator, just to catch up with a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Google [was] down. What now?

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Google seems to be encountering some technical difficulties tonight, with many of their services slow or even inaccessible. This just so happens to coincide with the launch of their IPv6 service. Maybe something has gone horribly wrong? At the moment, the Google homepage loads after around a minute of waiting as does YouTube whilst many other Google services like Google Play and Google Plus timing out. Before you blame my internet […]

Morning Briefing: China not behind military chip backdoor, Zune is dead, and the Raspberry Pi

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Welcome to the Morning Briefing for 30th May 2012, where we highlight the tech stories from across the web that broke while you were sleeping and what we are watching here at TECHGEEK.com.au. Here’s what were watching: Yesterday, news was raging over this supposedly ‘China inserted’ backdoor in the Actel/Microsemi ProASIC3 military encryption chip.  It was later said by Sergei Skorobogatov, the guy responsible for the discovery of the backdoor, that this vulnerability was […]