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.

No phone for Nintendo, says president

While competitors are racing to release game-centric smartphones, Nintendo says it plans to stay out of the game entirely.

Mobile

Facebook gets central role in Obama 2012 re-election campaign

The 2012 Obama re-election campaign has officially kicked off, complete with its own Facebook application.

Social Media

Firefox 5 to get major social media, UI and tab upgrades

The final version of Firefox 4 may only be two weeks old, but Mozilla is reportedly close to releasing a stable version of Firefox 5, with the final version due on June 29.

Computing

What happens on the Internet stays on the Internet

Online, your past is out to get you — forever! Unless, of course, you're willing to pay a company hundreds of dollars a year to keep your online life from interfering with the real-world you.

Computing

Apple debuts first iPad 2 ad: ‘We Believe’

Already ahead of the tablet pack, Apple releases the first iPad 2 ad for television in an attempt to increase its lead even further.

Apple

‘Massive’ data security breach strikes JPMorgan Chase, Kroger, possibly others

Customer names and email address from some of America's largest companies, like JPMorgan Chase and Kroger, have been compromised by a data security breach at email marketing vendor Epsilon.

Computing

Sony CEO accidentally outs possible 8MP camera in iPhone 5

An inadvertent slip of the tongue by Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer could confirm rumors that Apple will use the company's 8MP camera sensor in its upcoming (but allegedly delayed) iPhone 5.

Apple

ComScore: Android dominates market, Verizon iPhone 4 boosts Apple

Android has officially overtaken RIM as the leading US mobile phone platform, comScore reports. Apple, still number three, saw its market share increase with stellar Verizon iPhone 4 sales.

Android Army

Hollywood studios roll out $30 on-demand rentals for new titles

Hollywood's biggest studios have signed a deal to launch "Home Premium," a video on-demand service that will make still-in-theater titles available for $30 per rental.

Movies & TV

New leaked BlackBerry Touch (aka Monaco/Monza) details revealed

New specifications of what appears to be BlackBerry's next-generation touchscreen smartphone have arrived.

Mobile

Twitter drops QuickBar in iPhone app

Users of Twitter's official iPhone and iPad app, rejoice! The QuickBar (aka "dickbar") is now dead.

Social Media

Google ‘launches’ Gmail Motion Beta (for gullible people)

Of all the days in the year, Google chooses today to introduce a highly-suspect new service: Gmail Motion Beta.

Computing

Google creating face recognition app that reveals personal contact info

Google says it has an app in the works that could allow users to access someone's contact information simply by taking their picture. Scared yet?

Mobile

Samsung, Visa jump on the NFC bandwagon

Following news that Google and Microsoft both have plans to expand their adoption of NFC technology, Samsung and Visa announce that they will provide NFC payment opportunities to athletes and attendees of the 2012 Olympics in London.

Android Army

Google pulls PlayStation emulator from Android Market

With the release of Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play "PlayStation Phone" presumably right around the corner, Google has pulled the PSX4Droid PlayStation emulator app from the Android Marketplace.

Android Army