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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5 million Instagram videos were shared in the first 24 hours

A whopping 5 million video clips were shared on Instagram in the first 24 hours and 40 hours of video per minute. Not a bad first day - and we're sure Vine has taken note.
Social Media

Instagram has video? Well Vine has a big update too!

Instagram now has video but Vine has ... a teaser for upcoming features. Of course, the teaser was announced using Vine, so we broke down these videos into stills to try and see what's coming up for the app.
Social Media

Hell is Other People is the anti-social network that helps you avoid your friends

In a social networking-centric society, Even if Hell is Other People is an anti-social network that helps you avoid bumping into your friends around town.
Social Media

Vine gets an unofficial search engine, Vinecrawler

Vinecrawler is Vine's unofficial and unsanctioned search engine, and content discovery app rolled into one service.
Web

India’s last state-operated telegram service bites the dust

Telegrams are still around with just handful of services left in India as surprising as that may be, but its presence is waning.
Web

Is Airbnb really more affordable than a hotel? See for yourself

PriceEconomics settles the question of what's cheaper - Airbnb or a hotel - with a city by city study proving that Airbnb is in most cases your best bet.
Social Media

Twitter working on new feature to help discover people your friends are following

Twitter has a new feature in mind to drive people-discovery in a way that surfaces the users a group of your friends may have suddenly followed at once.
Social Media

This photographer is on an Instagram-hunt for Pantone colors in real life

Photographer Paul Octavious scours Chicago in an effort to find 100 colors in real life that match his Pantone color postcards.
Social Media

Hands on: Skype evolves into a Snapchat competitor with Video Messages

Feeling the pinch with plenty of competitors in the video messaging space, Skype has joined the game with its own take on video messaging.
Social Media

For the first time ever, a GIF is being sent into space

A self-portrait of artist, Kim Asendorf, contemplating art was the first GIF was transmitted into space on June 17. Consider it a giant leap for GIF-kind.
Social Media

Is Facebook unveiling Instagram for video on June 20?

We thought that Facebook was unveiling a RSS reader on June 20, but reports suggest that coffee with the press might have to do with Instagram for video.
Social Media

Yesterday was the GIFs birthday, and here’s how Giphy’s celebrating

It's the GIF file format's 26th birthday, first created by GIF inventor Steve Wilhite. To celebrate, Giphy is giving away a free GIF screensaver (for Macs).