Francis Bea

Francis Bea

Francis got his first taste of the tech industry in a failed attempt at a startup during his time as a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Never leaving his love for tech behind, he briefly dabbled in tech PR but switched over to contributing for Digital Trends. He covers all things social media and the next generation of emerging tech startups, as well as mobile apps that can’t be missed .


Are Vine celebs the next-generation of YouTube stars?

YouTube vloggers used the platform to gain Internet fame (and money). Are Vine's more famous creators next? A few brand-loyal users are starting to turn the six-second hobby into gainful employment.

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Why we’re cautiously optimistic about Twitter’s new authentication system

Twitter formerly had an unreliable system for making sure your account wasn't breached - thankfully, it's upgraded solution. Here's why you should get on board ... and what else you should hope the platform improves.

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The big, booming business behind the humble GIF

Internet scion that it is, the GIF is much more than just an animated way for the Internet to make you smile - it's also creating a valuable industry.

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We asked, you answered: Would you actually pay for Facebook?

As suggestions about a pay-for subscription Facebook model arise, we had to ask a wide variety of users if they would open their wallets and pay to use the social network. beta

The White House is giving a face lift – and it all looks awfully familiar

Teasing the White House's redesigned public database, catches up with the latest design trends and comes off as developer-friendly. And you might recognize a few of the design elements...

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Reddit Insight analyzes the Web’s Wild West, turning it into beautiful, revealing infographics

A glimpse into Reddit and its Subreddits thanks to Reddit Insights, a hack put together by Hack Reactor students, spotlights how posts become popular. If you weren't already addicted to Reddit enough, this new app will help you spend even more time investigating the site.

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Twitter finally fixed Direct Message syncing – does it have other plans for the feature?

Even Twitter seems to have neglected its Direct Messages feature, but recently with new updates we suspect that the DM is undergoing a transformation.


Pearltrees launches Android app, makes leap into file management

Pearltrees launched its Android version today, while rolling out new file management features.

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Want to know what the tech elite Fancy?

With the help of The Fancy, we've rounded up items that Jack Dorsey, Daniel Ek, Dave Morin, Biz Stone, and Mark Zuckerberg like or are inspired by.

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Like Snapchat, Instagram, and Vine videos? Well you might want to check your cache clutter

Everytime you watch a video on Instagram or receive a Snapchat video or watch a Vine clip, the more space you're unwittingly filling up with caches on your mobile device. Here's how to clean it all up and out of your phone.


U.S. State Department spends $630,000 to boost Facebook ‘likes’

How do you get 2.5 million Facebook followers? Spend $630,000 of course. The U.S. State Department did as much, but admits that the effort might not have gotten it quite as much popularity as hoped.


Turns out ‘delete’ doesn’t quite mean the same thing to Facebook as it does to you

Deleting something on Facebook doesn't exactly mean that the content has been "deleted" as some users have discovered.

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Facebook’s Graph Search flaw exposes names with phone numbers

Facebook claims that phone numbers on Facebook are public, but scraping these numbers ironically merits getting chased by Facebook's lawyers.

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On the day of Google Reader’s death, Bloglovin adds new social features to fill out its RSS service

With Google Reader gone, plenty of RSS readers are filling in the void. Bloglovin' is one of them with brand new social and content discovery features.

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This week in Snapchat privacy issues, turns out iOS 7 kills the app’s screenshot notification

Once iOS 7 rolls out to iOS users, Snapchat is in for a PR nightmare since iOS 7 doesn't support screen shot notifications.

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