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.

CES is finally getting its mojo back

Reports of the death of CES have been greatly exaggerated. And this year, the world's biggest consumer technology show has come back to life in new and exciting ways that stay true to what CES was, and should be, all about.
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MakerBot pulls out the big (and small) guns with three new Replicator 3D printers

MakerBot further solidified its place as the leader in consumer 3D printing during its big CES 2014 press conference on Monday afternoon in Las Vegas with the debut of three new Replicator 3D printers, apps, and more.
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Parrot unleashes new MiniDrone and Jumping Sumo ‘bot at CES

Want to own a drone but can’t plunk down the (relatively low) $300 for the super-fun Parrot AR.Drone 2.0? Well, you’re in luck. To kick off CES 2014, Parrot debuted two new ‘bots that promise drone fun without leaving your wallet…
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The Orbotix Sphero 2B robot can roll faster than you can run

There are two kinds of robots: Ones that do work for you, and ones that deliver nothing but fun. And the Sphero 2 from Orbotix, launched here at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, falls firmly in the latter category.

5 questions about the future of tech that CES 2014 will answer

CES 2014 will set the stage for the consumer technology industry in the months and years to come. But with so many new categories of technology hitting the scene, there are some fundamental questions that need to be answered at this year's…

NSA can keep collecting everyone’s phone records, spy court orders

The National Security Agency’s practice of vacuuming up the phone call records, or metadata, of virtually every American can continue, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) has ruled.
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Want to create the next Bitcoin? This website makes it easy – too easy [SCAM UPDATE]

The rise of Dogecoin and the soon-to-launch Coinye West (yes, it’s named after the rapper) made it seem as though almost anyone can create a Bitcoin competitor. Now, with the launch of a clever and simple tool, that is actually true.
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Kanye West is now a Bitcoin clone

If you thought Internet-meme-based cryptocurrency Dogecoin was ridiculous, then Kanye-West-based altcoin Coinye West will probably just make you angry. Read on to learn more about the latest form of digital cash.

TURBOPANDA, RAGEMASTER, and 13 other NSA codenames that prove spies laugh, too

The National Security Agency gets a lot of flack for, you know, violating the entire world's right to privacy and whatnot. But after seeing the codenames the NSA gives its spyware and other snooping tech, we're starting to wonder if we're…

Why I’m ready to move on from a turbulent (sometimes terrifying) year in tech

The year 2013 brought us plenty of impressive new toys, but it also brought revelations of NSA spying, annoying wearable technology, and even tighter corporate control over our online lives. Can 2014 turn things around?

NSA can gain complete access to iPhones, but Apple denies it helped install spyware

Newly revealed NSA documents show that the spy agency can take complete control over virtually anyone’s Apple iPhone. And Apple has now denied that it helped the NSA gain access to customers' iPhones.
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The drones are coming! FAA announces six drone testing sites

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday the location of six sites where researchers will develop technology and safety standards for unmanned aerial systems (UAS), which will begin to share airspace with commercial airliners…