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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Cool Tech

Romotive returns to Kickstarter with a faster, stronger, smarter Romo

Romo, the smart personal robot by Romotive, is returning to get Romo 2.0 into the hands of the creatives and hackers of Kickstarter.
Social Media

Despite Pinterest fatigue, it’s proving itself a powerful social shopping destination

Pinterest no longer has its early luster, but a report by eMarketer shows the platform is a social shopping destination with high conversion rates that translate into sales.
Social Media

Foursquare homepage gets a search bar as the platform competes with Yelp’s local search status

Foursquare is taking more aggressive measures to compete with Yelp by launching a redesigned homepage that focuses on search.
Social Media

Favery, a virtual pinboard to help ‘friend-source’ feedback for your important purchases

Favery is a new Pinterest-like platform that lets others vote on your buying decisions - all from your virtual pinboard, of course.
Cool Tech

Hands-on with the LunaTik TakTik case, an army tank of an iPhone protector

Digital Trends got an early look and hands on with LunaTik's heavy duty iPhone case and we're pleased with the level of protection that it offers.
Social Media

Five Facebook privacy stories that you may have missed this week

Facebook has brought innumerable privacy issues to light. We've rounded up five Facebook privacy stories that you may have missed from this week.
Social Media

YouTube ‘time watched’ search algorithm update unmasks original programming bias

YouTube updated its search algorithm to rank videos based on time watched, revealing some favoritism for original programming.
Social Media

Firefox tries to get Facebook friendly with new Social API

Firefox's social API will soon launch for beta testing and offer users instant, in-browser social network access.
Social Media

Facebook gets strict with new Open Graph rules and tries to tone down all the over-sharing

Facebook has updated its Open Graph features and actions to decrease the volume of content shared automatically.
Social Media

Twitter silently rolled out a user directory to boost search engine efforts – but is it helping?

Twitter quietly launched a directory listing the majority of its users in an effort to boost its search engine presence. It's the latest effort by the company to establish itself as a media network driven by the hunger for ad revenue.
Music

Artists make money on Pandora – but the RIAA is still holding their profit potential back

Drake and Whiz Khalifa will earn $3 million from Pandora this year, but Pandora's CEO argues that artists can make more money if the RIAA loosens up its reins on the cost of licensing music.
Social Media

Stealth mode video app Vine acquired by Twitter for its rumored in-house video hosting service

Twitter has reportedly acquired Vine to develop a video sharing service in-house. It's the latest development in reports that Twitter will stop supporting third-party video sharing services.