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.

Google exec: We want Apple’s iPhone to succeed

Forget the smartphone wars: According to Google executive Daniel Alegre, success of Apple's iPhone and other iOS devices is a key part of Google's revenue strategy.

Android Army

Drinking alcohol improves the ability to learn and remember, study shows

Contrary to what last night's drunken blackout may have taught you, drinking actually improves the brain's ability to learn and remember, according to a new study from the University of Texas.


Apple poaches Microsoft’s cloud computing expert

Microsoft data center "guru" Kevin Timmons has reportedly left Redmond for a new home at Apple. Cloud-based iTunes coming soon?


Toshiba debuts self-erasing hard drives

A new line of self-erasing drives from Toshiba helps keep sensitive data out of the hands of thieves.


New York City declares April 16 ‘Foursquare Day’

New York City has joined a growing list of cities across the US that have officially declared April 16 "Foursquare Day," the first holiday based on a social network.


Sony considering two-week shutdown in Japan to save energy

Faced with massive disruptions to its power supply, Sony is considering a two-week shutdown this summer to save reduce energy consumption.


Verizon iPhone boosts Apple iOS ad share gains over Android, study shows

While Android remains the market leader in terms of mobile ad share, Apple made companies more money through their ad network in March, according to Millennial Media.

Android Army

As Apple’s iPad 2 shines, PC sales plummet

If any doubt remains that the 'post-PC' era is quickly approaching, a new batch of Q1 sale figures from research firm IDC should clear that up.


Tweetbot app steals Twitter’s iPhone thunder

There's a new mobile Twitter client in town, Tweetbot, and it has the goods to knock the official Twitter iPhone app from its throne.


Adobe Flash faces another zero-day threat

Once again, a vulnerability that could be subjected to zero-day attacks has opened up in Adobe Flash Player.


Google invests $168 million in world’s largest solar tower power plant

Google furthered its quest to build an alternative energy infrastructure this week with a $168 million investment in a massive California solar farm.

Cool Tech

Apple has not yet released iPhone 5 production plans, says supplier

A new report that Apple hasn't yet informed its component manufacturers when to start producing parts for the iPhone 5 suggest the next-generation smartphone is still a long way off.


Goodbye, USB: Intel to release Thunderbolt developer kits

Intel has announced that it will soon release developer kits for its high-speed data transfer system, Thunderbolt, which will help accelerate adoption of the technology.


China bans time travel (in movies)

China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television has placed a ban on the production of movies that feature time travel.


Apple to launch revolutionary cloud-based TV service, says analyst

Apple has forever altered the music industry with its popular products. But now, says analyst Peter Misek, Apple plans to launch new products and services that will transform the television industry as well.