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+ hands on: Five awesome features

Google+ still has a ways to go before it’s a finished product. But the days-old social network already has some great features. Here are the five best.

Hacker hijacks Xbox 360, sends SWAT team to home

A Canadian hacker reportedly hacked a Florida kid's Xbox 360, then made a prank 911 call, which resulted in a SWAT team raid on the boy's family home.
Social Media

How to get a Google+ invite right now

Forget waiting for Google to open up its new social network to the public. Here's how to get a Google+ invite right now.
Social Media

FTC is investigating Twitter for possible antitrust abuses

Twitter is now under investigation by the FTC for possible antitrust infringements due to how it deals with third-party app developers.
Social Media

Google closes Google+ invite loophole [update]

Google has put a stop to new users joining Google+, its hot new social network.

Tumblr iPhone 2.0 app gets it right

Tumblr users, rejoice! The social blogging service's new iPhone app offers a vast improvement over the original.
Social Media

Google+ privacy flaw discovered, fix on the way

A privacy flaw in Google+ allows users to share others' posts with anyone they want, including the Internet at large.
Android Army

Skype brings two-way video calling to (some) Android users

Skype for Android 2.0 delivers video calling over a WiFi or 3G connection, but so fr, only a few handsets will work with the updated app.
Movies & TV

Justin Timberlake buys ownership stake in MySpace

You know what's cool? Owning a MySpace — at least according to singer and actor Justin Timberlake, who just helped buy the failing social network for $35 million.
Social Media

Social media is now more popular than online porn

People spend more time on social networks than they do looking at porn — and that's just the tip of the information iceberg from "Socialnomics" creator Erik Qualman.

Five reasons why Google+ will fail

Google+ is already being touted as a game-changer in social media. But it’s not. Here’s why.
Social Media

Pope sends first tweet from iPad, blesses Twitterverse

Pope Benedict XVI officially announced the creation of the Vatican's new website,, today, through a tweet posted via an Apple iPad.