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.
Social Media

Operation Facebook video is likely fake, but Anonymous’ mission to ‘kill’ is not

While the video claiming Anonymous will "kill" Facbook on November 5 appears to be fake — or, at least, unauthorized — members of the hacker group still plan to attack.

Angry Birds empire expands to include a cookbook

Angry Birds maker Rovio has extended the brand to include a cookbook, along with a wide variety of other products.

Hackers attack BlackBerry blog, threaten employees, after RIM agrees to help London police

Hacker group TeaMp0isoN infiltrated an official BlackBerry blog, and vowed to reveal personal data about Research In Motion employees if the company cooperated with Scotland Yard's investigation into who helped instigate the London riots.
Cool Tech

NASA: Building blocks of DNA ‘can be made in space’

NASA researchers have discovered new evidence that reveals that the building blocks of DNA — and thus, the building blocks of life itself — may have come to Earth from meteorites.

AOL posts double-digit display ad growth in Q2

AOL managed to beat Wall Street's expectations after posting a 14 percent jump in display advertising revenue, but still lost money in the second quarter.
Social Media

London riots: Police use Flickr to help catch looters

As London continues to smolder after three long nights of devastating riots, authorities and concerned citizens are using the Internet to help bring looters and other criminals to justice.

Newsweek’s Michele ‘crazy eyes’ Bachmann cover instantly gains meme status

The latest cover of Newsweek shows Congresswoman and 2012 presidential candidate Michele Bachmann with a "wild-eyed" glare. Not surprisingly, it's just what the Internet was looking for.

Alleged ‘iPhone 5’ cases surface again, reveal same slim, tapered design

Images have surfaced of what are allegedly in-production "iPhone 5" cases. The cases appear to add more weight to rumors that the next iPhone will have a slimmer, tapered design.
Social Media

Facebook may cause serious mental health problems in kids, studies show

Psychological studies show that heavy Facebook use among children and teenagers may cause a variety of worrisome mental health problems.

Anonymous hackers deface Syria’s Ministry of Defense website

Anonymous members have hacked the website of Syria's Ministry of Defense, and replaced the official homepage with images of citizen unrest and brutality by authorities.

45,000 Verizon workers go on strike

With Verizon Communications aiming to cut costs from its dying landline division, 45,000 union workers have walked out of contract negotiations.

Fox to revamp acclaimed science series ‘Cosmos’ with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Carl Sagan's classic science docu-series "Cosmos" is getting a refresh, and will air on Fox starting in 2013.