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 .
Android Army

Researchers find Android users are at serious risk of installing insecure apps

As many as 8 percent of Android app's SSL/TLC protocols may be vulnerable to hackers who can steal personal information, researchers from the University of Hannover in Germany have found.

These five apps turn your static address book into a feature-full social network

The address book is a smartphone staple, but it's a tired one. Check out these apps that take your boring old contact list and turn it into an engaging, iterating social network.
Social Media

Username @mentions on Instagram will now be translated when you share to Twitter

Instagram has done its users a favor: All @mentions published on Instagram are translated automatically to the corresponding Twitter name.

Startup Six3 hits the video market with a new take on the messaging app

Telefonica-backed startup Six3 wants to bring video messaging to the masses with its new app -- which lies somewhere between Skype and Viddy.
Social Media

All this week’s Facebook news that’s fit to share

Facebook emoticons, anti-virus software, and a Want button lawsuit are just some of the Facebook stories that may have slipped by your radar this week.

Tweetbot for Mac is finally here… but it costs $20 and is in limited supply thanks to Twitter’s API restrictions

Tweetbot for Mac launched today, but Twitter's new API guidelines has left Tapbot with no choice but to sell a limited number of copies for $20.
Home Theater

Video conversion service YesVideo can now send your preserved memories to Facebook Timeline

YesVideo converts vintage media into a digital format, and it's adding new social features that will allow customers to publish indexed footage to their Facebook Timeline.
Social Media

Yelp tries public shaming to discourage businesses from gaming reviews and ratings

Yelp, in its latest measure to discourage businesses from gaming its reviews and ratings, will display warning signs on businesses suspected to be be illicitly enhancing their visibility and profile.
Social Media

With hidden features exposed, Pinterest quickly rolls out user blocking and other updates

Earlier Pinleague discovered Pinterest's hidden blocking feature, and the social network responded by making blocking and reporting users publicly available.
Social Media

Who’s the average Twitter user? She’s female, 28 years old, and loves the color purple

Beevolve's extensive study unveils the average Twitter user, who is female, 28 years old, loves purple and tweets from an iPhone. The study goes deeply into Twitter's underbelly to give us what's possibly the most in-depth analysis of who's…

Reports suggest controversial startup Color may finally be throwing in the towel [Updated]

Color has had a spotty history as an over-hyped up app that has floundered since launch, and a report indicates that the startup may soon be closing its doors for good.
Social Media

Facebook revokes agency’s Preferred Developer badge for discussing beta features

TBG Digital had its Preferred Marketing Developer badge suspended by Facebook after reportedly discussing a Facebook beta feature.