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.
Articles
Cool Tech

Mt. Gox hit with class action lawsuit over $400 million Bitcoin loss

An Illinois man has filed a class action lawsuit against Mt. Gox, once the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange, for its loss of approximately 750,000 Bitcoins – about 6 percent of all Biticoins currently in circulation.
Web

UK spies snooped on Yahoo users’ sexy webcam chats

British spies may have naked pictures of you. That's according to the latest Snowden doc reports, which show that the UK’s GCHQ intelligence agency covertly collected snapshots of millions of Yahoo users’ video chats between 2008 and…
Cool Tech

US senator wants to ‘ban’ Bitcoin, but gives Dogecoin a pass (Updated)

Two days after Mt. Gox, once the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange, effectively collapsed due to the alleged theft of more than $360 million worth of Bitcoins from its system, a U.S. senator has requested that the federal government…
Opinion

As Facebook plants its flag in WhatsApp, will it pillage or protect user privacy?

The big question: What will happen to WhatsApp user privacy now that the messaging service is owned by Facebook, a company that has repeatedly brushed privacy concerns into the background?
Mobile

Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19 billion – yes, billion

If you thought $1 billion for Instagram was crazy, then this will blow your freakin’ mind: Facebook announced late Wednesday that it has acquired messaging app WhatsApp for $19 billion. Yes, that’s billion, with a “b.”
Web

FCC to bring net neutrality back from the dead with new ‘open Internet’ rules

The Federal Communications Commission said today that it plans to create new "network neutrality' rules that will keep Internet service providers from favoring certain types of traffic.
Cool Tech

First Bitcoin vending machine in US fires up in New Mexico cigar bar

Bitcoin vending machine manufacturer Lamassu announced today the launch of the first known Bitcoin sales kiosk operating in the United States. But you'll have to go to a cigar bar in New Mexico to use it.
Web

Spies monitored WikiLeaks visitors in real time, Snowden docs show

As part of its surveillance efforts, the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) collected real-time data on visitors to WikiLeaks, which included country of origin, and search terms used to arrive at the website.
Home Theater

What binge-watching House of Cards taught me about life, death, and snacks

With the entire season two of Netflix's award-winning series House of Cards now available, you may convince yourself to binge-watch all the way through. That's not a bad plan, per se – but be warned: It could have unintended consequences.
Opinion

Are you kidding me? When you can’t tell, the Web can be a dangerous place to joke

The Internet is good for making fun of people we think deserve it. But what if we simply lack the context to know when someone is simply joking? It may be time to rethink how we judge others online.
Mobile

No joke: This ‘RIP Flappy Bird’ t-shirt costs $10,000

If you thought paying $100,000 for an iPhone loaded with Flappy Bird was idiotic, wait till you get a load of this: T-Shirts.com has just released a “RIP Flappy Bird” t-shirt that costs $10,000. Really.
Opinion

Why you’re right to fear the Comcast-Time Warner Cable mega-merger from hell

In the US, competition between Internet service providers is already bad. But Comcast's buyout of Time Warner Cable would only make matters worse. Here's why you're right to dislike the deal.