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
Opinion

On ‘The Day We Fight Back,’ can we knock the NSA the same way we stomped SOPA?

Can the Internet do to the NSA what it did to the Stop Online Piracy Act? The 'Day We Fight Back' campaign hopes the answer is yes. Unfortunately for us all, it seems more likely to be the opposite.
Mobile

An iPhone 5S with Flappy Bird installed is going for $100,000 on eBay

Call in the loony squad. After Flappy Bird was pulled from the App Store, iPhones and Android devices with the game installed are going for thousands of dollars on eBay. One iPhone 5 is selling for more than $90,000.
Opinion

NBC warms to streaming for Sochi, but still leaves cord-cutters out in the cold

NBC will air all 15 events of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics online, where it will live stream some 1,000 hours of coverage. But really, the network would much rather you watch them tape-delayed on TV.
Mobile

Bitcoin users smash their iPhones after Apple bans last Bitcoin wallet from App Store

In response to Apple's ban of the last Bitcoin wallet app, Blockchain, from the App Store, Bitcoin users have begun smashing their iPhones in protest. However, some received a Google Nexus 5 for their efforts.
Web

British spies cyberattacked Anonymous hackers, Snowden docs reveal

The UK’s spy agency waged cyberattacks against the online chat rooms of Anonymous and LulzSec hacktivists, documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal. And they used computerized “weapons” similar to those used by the hacktivists…
Cool Tech

Injustice! FAA crackdown on beer-delivery drone may be based on hot air

Minnesota's Lakemaid Beer had its beer-delivery drone operation shutdown by the FAA. But some question the agency's authority to do so. And a legal decision may open the floodgates for drone-based businesses years before schedule.
Health & Fitness

From snow cannons to surveillance boxes, here’s the tech at play in Sochi

The Winter Olympics are just a few days away. But with threats of terrorism, warm weather forecasts, and the fact that most of us have probably never been to Sochi, Russia, home of this year's games, we took at look at the tech surrounding…
Opinion

To go for gold, Dogecoin needs to keep its good-guy image

The Dogecoin community has built a brand on giving to those in need. But as the cryptocurrency ages, can it maintain its good-guy image in the face of potential evil ?
Cool Tech

To Sochi! Dogecoin community funds $7,000 Olympic ‘miracle’ for Indian athletes

A week after raising more than $30,000 to help fund the Jamaican bobsled team’s trip to Sochi, the Dogecoin community has stepped up with nearly $7,000 in donations of the meme-themed virtual currency to help send three athletes from…
Web

Move over, .com! The first 7 new domains launch today

The Internet is about to get a lot more crowded. Starting today, websites can register URLs with seven new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) launched by Donuts Inc. Read more here.
Cool Tech

New website lets you trade Starbucks gift cards for Bitcoin

Despite Bitcoin's increasing mainstream appeal, a wall stands between the virtual currency and the average person. Now, a new Web service called Card for Coin is doing its part to take a few bricks off that barrier to entry.
Mobile

Angry Birds creator claims no Internet devices may be safe from NSA

A new batch of documents leaked by Edward Snowden show that the National Security Agency and GCHQ, its counterpart in the UK, have been working to develop ways to access a wealth of personal data through so-called “leaky” apps.