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.

Public webcam helps Indian government office stay honest

In an environment of rampant government corruption, one Indian politician has taken transparency into his own hands — by installing a webcam feed of his office online for everyone to see.

Adobe buys digital-signature startup EchoSign

Adobe has purchased electronic-signature startup EchoSign, which the company says will make it easier for customers to sign and return documents without the need for fax machines or postal services.
Social Media

Facebook blocks Google+ ad

Facebook has once again struck back against Google+, this time by banning a user's advertising account after he posted an ad for his Google+ page.
Android Army

Android popularity up 11 percent, study shows

Android remains king of the smartphone OS world, but Apple's iPhone still holds the throne as the single most popular handset in the US, a new report from Millennial Media shows.

Sony Ericsson loses $71 million due to Japan quake disaster

The disastrous earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March have taken a $70.7 million toll on Sony Ericsson, the company reports.

New MacBook Air models due next week, report says

Despite rumors that Apple would release an update of its MacBook Air line this week, it appears that we have to wait until next week for the refresh. Unfortunately, release of OS X Lion remains far off.
Social Media

Google+: Nearly 9 of 10 users are male [UPDATE]

Google+ now has more than 10 million users. And almost 9 million of them are dudes, according to
Social Media

Microsoft ‘accidentally’ leaks secret new social project

Microsoft accidentally published a splash page for what looks suspiciously like a new social endeavor from the company.

Job posting suggests mid-August iPhone 5 launch

A job posted on a UK employment site suggests that Apple plans to release the iPhone 5 on August 16.

Google+ is ‘really about’ the cloud, not social networking

Google+ isn't about traditional social networking, says Plus user Vincent Wong. It's about something entirely new.

Apple jumps to No. 3 PC retailer in US

A surge in sales has pushed Apple to become the third largest PC vendor in the United States. But overall, the PC market continues to struggle.
Movies & TV

Sorry, subscribers: Netflix price hike makes good business sense

Netflix customers are furious over the company’s decision to raise its prices by 60 percent. But according to market analyst assessment, Netflix made the right move.