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.
Social Media

Mark Zuckerberg called President Obama over NSA spying, dubs it ‘a threat’ to the Internet

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he called President Obama to express is "frustration" over NSA surveillance. In a post, Zuckerberg said the US government is a "a threat" to a free and open Internet.

Read any website at 950 words per minute with this Squirt bookmarklet

Just like the recently launched Spritz app for Android, Squirt, a bookmarklet for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, lets users read the Web at up to 950 words per minute. Now you have no excuse for doing it the old fashioned way.

NSA pretended to be Facebook in its effort to infect ‘millions’ of computers

As part of its efforts to install malware on “millions” of computers worldwide, the National Security Agency impersonated Facebook to trick targets into downloading malicious code.

Snowden wants more security, but are we too lazy for more locks?

Snowden says the best way – perhaps the only way – to prevent mass government surveillance is through the use of widespread end-to-end encryption. He’s right, of course. But are words like "privacy" and "encryption" are holding back…

Edward Snowden at SXSW: Encryption is the answer to NSA surveillance

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden told the crowd at SXSW 2014 that better encryption tools are the best way to limit mass government surveillance, and called on the techologists in attendance to help create these tools.
Cool Tech

The CUPID stun gun drone will hunt you down, zap you into submission

Chaotic Moon Studios has combined two terrifying things – stun guns and drones – to make the ultimate in high-flying DIY weaponry. Watch a video of the CUPID stun gun drone in action here.

We are all Satoshi Nakamoto: Newsweek proves how fragile our anonymity is online

All of the information that could expose us to a harsh world, just as Nakamoto is now exposed, is out there, waiting for life to make it valuable to anyone who wants to exploit it.
Cool Tech

Bitcoin enthusiasts are boiling after Newsweek unmasks its secretive inventor

In a blockbuster new report, Newsweek claims to have unmasked the identity of 'Satoshi Nakamoto,' the creator of Bitcoin. His real name? Satoshi Nakamoto. But the Bitcoin community isn't happy with Newsweek and its reporter.

Yahoo Fantasy Sports users won’t lose their data after Facebook, Google ID drop

Yahoo plans to stop allowing users of its services to sign in with their Facebook or Google ID credentials. So, what happens to all the account data currently associated with Facebook and Google logins?

Watch Stephen Colbert’s full NSA-ripping 2014 RSA Conference keynote

Just like the NSA’s top-secret documents, Stephen Colbert’s controversial keynote speech at this year’s RSA cybersecurity conference has leaked onto the Web. Watch the full speech here.
Cool Tech

$620,000 theft kills another Bitcoin exchange, but Bitcoin prices still rise

Cyber-thieves have delivered a fatal blow to the second Bitcoin exchange in a week – but that hasn’t stopped the value of the embattled cryptocurrency from rising nearly 30 percent since last week's low.

Lesson learned? After Bitcoin’s Mt. Gox meltdown, the real test begins

After the implosion of Mt. Gox, once the world's largest Bitcoin exchange, the Bitcoin industry is starting to pick up the pieces and rebuild anew. But will the next generation be strong enough to avoid another disaster?