Andrew Couts

Andrew Couts

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 TheWeek.com, executive editor of COEDMagazine.com, 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.

Anonymous blamed for Sony PSN outages

Despite denials, a possibility remains that hacktivist group Anonymous pulled the plug on the Sony PlayStation Network.

Gaming

Apple sending A5-powered ‘iPhone 4S’ to game developers

In a sign that gaming will play a central role in Apple's iPhone 5 plans, Cupertino has reportedly given mobile game developers prototype iPhone units loaded with the speedy A5 processor.

Apple

Skype fixes Android app security flaw

Skype says it has plugged a serious security hole in its Skype for Android app with an update that is now available on the Android Market.

Mobile

Verizon: 2.2 million iPhones sold in Q1, iPhone 5 will be dual-mode CDMA and GSM

Verizon reports that it added 2.2 million iPhone 4 devices to its network in the first quarter of 2011, and revealed that Apple's iPhone 5 will support both CDMA and GSM connections.

Apple

3D porn film tops ‘Avatar’ opening-day box office record (in Hong Kong)

In Hong Kong, the world's first 3D erotic film, "Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy" has earned the highest grossing opening day of any film, even beating out Hollywood heavyweight "Avatar."

Movies

Nokia and Microsoft sign ‘definitive’ partnership agreement

Nokia and Microsoft have officially joined forces with the signing of a "definitive" agreement to develop Windows Phone-based handsets and an expanded mobile "ecosystem."

Mobile

Obama appeals to tech crowd at Facebook town hall

President Obama made his 2012 campaign pitch at Facebook headquarters on Wednesday in the first ever live "town hall" meeting broadcast over the social network.

Social Media

Amazon debuts Kindle e-book library borrowing service

Amazon has jumped on the e-book lending bandwagon with a soon-to-launch service that will allow Kindle users to borrow books from 11,000 libraries in the US.

Android Army

Google Toolbar 7 further Chrome-ifies IE9

Google delivers many of Chrome's best features to Internet Explorer 9 with the release of Toolbar 7.

Computing

Satellites help scientists discover 657 new islands

An improvement and increased availability of satellite imagery has helped unearth more than 650 new islands in a recent study by Duke University.

Web

Apple iPhone 5 to ship in September, reports Reuters

A new report from Reuters adds more weight to the rumor that Apple will begin shipping the iPhone 5 in September.

Apple

Google invests $100 million in world’s largest wind farm project

A $100 million investment by Google in the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm — which is on course to become the world's largest such energy producing plant — brings the search giant's clean energy investment total to $350 million.

Cool Tech

HBO Go streaming app announced for iOS and others

HBO subscribers will be able to watch the channel's programming from anywhere with the launch of the HBO Go mobile app next month.

Android Army

Apple requests iTunes monopoly lawsuit be dropped

Apple has made a request to a federal judge to drop a lawsuit that claims restrictions previously made to music downloaded through iTunes were anticompetitive.

Apple

‘Portal 2’ now available for PC, Xbox 360, PS3

After a four-year wait (and a frustrating marketing stunt), Valve Software has finally release "Portal 2" for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Apple