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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Quora introduces Top Writers, drives attention – and rewards – to its most influential users

Quora continues to chart the knowledge graph with a nod to the most well-versed, influential writers using its platform. The Top Writer title includes special Quora perks, and should drive these users as well as Top Writer hopefuls to boost…

Social network your way to staying up-to-date – and safe – during Hurricane Sandy

Provided you still have an Internet connection, here are several mobile and desktop apps that can keep you in the loop and safe throughout Hurricane Sandy and its surrounding storms.

Major newspapers remove paywalls in wake of hurricane Sandy coverage

As hurricane Sandy barrels toward the East Coast, major news outlets have removed their paywalls to allow readers to follow the latest storm developments.
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All eyes are on 3G and casino chain Eldorado for first legal U.S. online poker platform

3G Studios and Eldorado have partnered to launch the first online poker site in the U.S., but it will be restricted to Nevada citizens.
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A field trip to the Facebook black market in which we buy 1.5 million accounts and email addresses for $5

There's a black market for just about everything, including your private Facebook ID, email address, name and it costs just $5. After one IT specialist found he could net a million users' account information, we had to go and see for…

Imgur evolves into a more socially-friendly service – without alienating its loyal Redditors

Imgur made some rare but dramatic changes to its service, adding Reddit-like functionality to look more like a social network. A new commenting system has also been introduced to the site, giving users more options for how they discovery…

Sony updates its Music Unlimited app for iOS – can it compete with the current stars of streaming?

With a new update to Sony's Unlimited Music service on iOS devices, including the addition of music channels and redesign of the homepage, we got a hands-on look at a premium subscription of the music streaming service.
Mobile blames Twitter and withdraws iOS app from App Store to focus on Digg's team - which is part of Betworks - is shifting its focus to Digg now that the Twitter restrictions have forced the startup to rethink its priorities.
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Skype 6.0 desktop update adds Facebook and Microsoft integration and retools for Retina Display

Skype has updated its desktop app to 6.0 to enable Facebook and Microsoft account logins, Live messaging, and merged contact lists. Mac users out there will also rejoice at the announcement of a Retina Display-ready Skype client.
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Facebook stock price surges after beating Wall Street expectations

Facebook's earnings call about its third quarter performance in 2012 proved to beat Wall Street expectations and renewed investor confidence, to send its stock prices soaring with a 20 percent gain.

Tradesy is a second market for authentic designer apparel, with an ironclad guarantee

Women can buy and sell designer fashion without the risks of buying counterfeits or damaged apparel and accessories with Tradesy. The team's experts can spot the fakers, and keep them out of the platform so your shopping is safe and sound.

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn’s producers talk about what it took to bring Master Chief to life

We got the chance to talk to the Executive Producers of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Lydia Antonini and Josh Feldman, about the fans' reception to the series, the challenges with the production of this high-budget web series, and the future…