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.

Eric Schmidt: ‘I screwed up’ Google’s social strategy

During an interview at the D9 Conference, Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt says it's his fault Google hasn't done better with social media.

Apple launches iWork for iPhone, iPod touch

Mere days ahead of Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (June 6), Cupertino has announced its iWork software suite for iPhone and iPod touch.

Pentagon declares cyber attacks ‘acts of war’

The Pentagon has officially decided that military force could be used in the event of a serious cyber attack on US properties.

Apple confirms iCloud, iOS 5, OS X Lion unveils at WWDC

It's official: Apple will debut its iCloud service, as well as its next-generation iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion software at its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 6.

Fifth Avenue Apple Store most-photographed location in NYC

Analysis of Flickr photos shows that Apple's iconic glass cube store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan is the most-photographed location in all of New York City.

Leaked HTC phone shoots 12MP RAW, may run WP7 ‘Mango’

A leaked HTC phone that appears to run Windows Phone 7 "Mango" has a 12 megapixel camera capable of shooting in RAW format — features unheard of in a smartphone.

Hackers post fake Tupac story to after WikiLeaks piece

Lulz were had after a group of hackers cracked and posted a fake story about Tupac Shakur being alive and well in New Zealand. The breach was in retaliation for an episode of Frontline widely seen as critical of WikiLeaks.

Iran plans to unplug the Internet, create its own

In an attempt to protect its citizens from dastardly Western ideas and culture, the Iranian government plans to completely disconnect its country from the global Internet, and replace it with a crappy, home-brewed network of its own.

Apple iOS 5: New notifications, widgets said to debut at WWDC

We likely won't see a new iPhone at Apple's 2011 Worldwide Developers Conference, but we may get iOS 5 with a totally revamped notification system and the introduction of OS X Dashboard-like widgets.

US defense contractors’ networks breached by hackers

Hackers are said to have successfully infiltrated the networks of defense contractors Lockheed Martin and others, which may have exposed sensitive US military information.
Social Media

Facebook blasts man who claims to own the social network, may not know what it’s talking about

Facebook says that Paul Ceglia, the man who claims to own a $13.5 billion stake in Facebook, is a "scam artist." Unfortunately for the social network, they appear to have nothing to back that up.

Tech giants who seek $80 billion tax holiday face stiff opposition

A group of technology companies, including Google, Microsoft and Apple, have launched a lobbying campaign to convince the federal government to tax $1 trillion in overseas earnings at a far lower rate. But some, including the Obama…