Andrew Couts

Andrew Couts

Former Digital Trends Contributor
Features Editor for Digital Trends, Andrew Couts covers a wide swath of consumer technology topics, with particular focus on the intersection of technology, law, politics, and policy. Prior to Digital Trends, Couts served as associate editor of, executive editor of, assistant editor of Maxim magazine, and writer/editorial assistant of Stuff magazine. In his few moments spent away from a computer, Couts can be found hiking with his dog, or blasting around on motorcycles.

Report: Apple building cheaper, 8GB iPhone 4; iPhone 5 due late-September

Sources say Apple will release a less-expensive, 8GB version of its iPhone 4 device, as well as the all-new iPhone 5, in late-September.

Ford, Toyota team up to build better hybrid trucks and SUVs

Ford and Toyota have joined forces to develop a new type of hybrid system that will increase the fuel efficiency of their lightweight pickup trucks and SUVs.
Movies & TV

Miramax now offers streaming movie rentals on Facebook

Miramax has joined Warner Bros, Universal and Paramount with a new Facebook app, the Miramax Experience, which allows users to rent streaming movies directly through the social network.

Apple iOS 5 to include earthquake alerts for Japanese users

In an attempt to help mitigate future disaster, Apple will reportedly include an integrated earthquake early-warning system into its upcoming iOS 5 mobile operating system, for Japanese users.

Free iPhone 3GS available Monday at Best Buy

Best Buy is cleaning house by offering Apple's two-year-old smartphone, the iPhone 3GS, for free, with the signing of a new two-year contract with AT&T.

Skype buys group text messaging service GroupMe for $85 million

With its buyout by Microsoft still pending Internet communications giant Skype has purchased GroupMe for a reported $85 million.

Black scientists far less likely to receive funding than white scientists, study finds

A new study reveals that the US National Institute of Health may be infected with a case of "insidious bias" against black scientists.
Cool Tech

Sony unveils high-tech binoculars with useful, creepy HD video recording ability

Sony has jumped head first into the binoculars business with two high-tech models that allow users to record high-definition video from far, far away.
Android Army

Google’s ‘Nexus Prime’ with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich allegedly set for October release

Google's 'Nexus Prime' smartphone will allegedly arrive in October running the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system, just in time to do battle with Apple's rumored iPhone 5.

Apple to release iPad 3 in early 2012 with Retina display, reports WSJ

Apple's rumored iPad 3 will come loaded with an ultra-high-resolution Retina display, and hit stores in early 2012, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Sexting, retweet and woot added to the Oxford English Dictionary

Once again, Oxford Dictionary is leading the way in the legitimization of Internet slang.
Android Army

Motorola Mobility sued over $12.5 billion Google deal

A Motorola Mobility shareholder has filed a lawsuit claiming the sale of the company to Google for $12.5 billion fails to properly compensate investors.