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 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.

Director Peter Jackson: ‘The Hobbit’ is shot at twice the normal frame rate

Director of upcoming Lord of the Rings prequel "The Hobbit" says he's shooting the film at 48-frames-per-second, rather than 24 fps, because it looks far superior.

Movies & TV

Unpaid bloggers sue AOL, Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post

A group of Huffington Post bloggers have filed a lawsuit against the publication, its founder Arianna Huffington and parent company AOL for not being paid for their work.

Computing

Google lied about app security certification, says Microsoft

The Microsoft vs Google tussle took another turn this week, with Microsoft blaming Google of falsely advertising the security clearance of its Google Apps for Government software.

Computing

Man who claims to own 50 percent of Facebook says he has Zuckerberg emails to back him up

Legal problems continue for Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg this week, with Paul Ceglia, the man who has filed a lawsuit that that he owns at least 50 percent of Facebook, submitting a swath of emails that he says proves his case.

Social Media

‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ becomes first e-book to sell 1 million copies

Digital copies of best-selling novel "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" has become the first e-book to pass the 1 million sold threshold.

Mobile

Are carbon fiber Apple products in the works?

Apple's hiring of carbon fiber expert Kevin Kenny suggests the technology company could soon begin to produce products made of the lightweight material.

Computing

Facebook said to launch new social network with Chinese search giant Baidu

Facebook has reportedly signed a deal with China's most popular search engine company to launch a new social network in the digitally repressed Asian nation.

Social Media

Kiip: Revolutionizing mobile game advertising with ‘real-life’ rewards

Launched today, Kiip is a new type of advertising network that gives mobile game players real-life rewards for in-game achievements.

Mobile

Official Steve Jobs biography due in 2012

Publisher Simon & Schuster announced this weekend that it plans to publish the first-ever authorized biography of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, written by Walter Isaacson, in early 2012.

Computing

Gaming tops tablet activity, says Google study

A Google AdMob study of tablet usage has found that playing games is more popular than any other activity.

Mobile

US develops ‘panic button’ app for pro-democracy activists

The US State Department has so far launched a dozen apps to help aid pro-democracy activists around the world, including a "panic button" app that wipes a cell phone's address book.

Web

New ‘shock wave’ engine could revolutionize hybrid vehicles

A newly invented breed of engine, known as a Wave Disk Generator, is lighter and more efficient than conventional combustion engines, and could reduce auto emissions by up to 90 percent.

Cool Tech

Time Warner, Viacom go to court over TV-streaming iPad app

Time Warner Cable and Viacom have filed lawsuits against each other over the cable company's new iPad app that streams live TV.

Mobile

Best Buy allegedly ‘blacklisted’ by Apple over iPad 2 sales (Update)

Rumor has it that Best Buy and Apple are at odds, which has put the electronics retail giant's sales of the iPad 2 on hold. But who is angry with whom remains a mystery.

Mobile

Google CEO Larry Page cleans house, demands better social strategy

Determined to further Google's top spot in the tech industry, returning CEO Larry Page has begun to restructure the company, and add financial incentives to employees to create a winning social media strategy.

Social Media