Francis Bea

Francis Bea

Former Digital Trends Contributor
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 .
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Social Media

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.
Social Media

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.
Social Media

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.
Social Media

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.
Web

Yahoo News gets redesigned into a personalized news reader – will it make you care?

Yahoo News gets more than a face lift. CEO Marissa Mayer has transformed Yahoo News' humble news content platform into a personalized reader.
Social Media

This is how Snapchat plans on making money

Snapchat is $60 million richer in financing, but the company is finally fleshing out a monetization strategy that includes in-app purchases and native ads.
Social Media

Introducing the new Fiverr: Goodbye $5 max charge, hello professional profiles

Fiverr unveiled version 2.0, with a brand new gig discovery dashboard and a new tier-based seller account. But don't worry, not everything about the site is going whole-hog professional on us.
Social Media

With Instagram video out, Twitter is on the attack to sign up new Vine users

Twitter isn't sitting still now that Instagram video is available. Twitter is pulling out all the stops to retain and sign up new users - even via email.
Social Media

This is how to turn off Instagram’s pesky video auto-play

Turn off the autoplaying videos on Instagram with this quick fix.
Social Media

Quickmeme gets blacklisted from Reddit for trying to game the system

Quickmeme has been banned from Reddit after one of its CEOs was found abusing his moderator position in /r/AnimalAdvice.
Social Media

There’s a really good reason Instagram videos are 15 seconds long

Instagram now offers video recording, but there's a good financial reason that its videos can be recorded for up to 15 seconds.
Social Media

The Smile Store brings a new market into the vast industry of Instagram printing

Instagram has little market penetration in India, but Vipul Arora is betting on Instagram's future with The Smile Store, an Instagram photo printing service.