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 .

Facebook update offers smoother, faster iOS app

Facebook's latest update to its iOS app offers a faster and smoother user experience -- one that many have been waiting for.

Apple

Facebook launches Sponsored Results, gives Messages a split-screen redesign

Facebook rolled out two major redesigns today: The new Sponsored Stories ad program, and a redesign of Facebook Messages.

Social Media

Bing and Quora’s new ‘social sidebar’ still needs some work

Bing is bolstering its social search results with its latest partnership with Quora and a new "social sidebar." If only it worked well...

Social Media

YouTube now lets mobile users skip ads

Hate the ad playing on YouTube? Lucky for you, YouTube is integrating its TrueView skippable ads in its mobile platform.

Mobile

Video: Curiosity’s descent onto Mars, in HD

Check out this high-definition video of NASA's Curiosity rover descending to the surface of Mars.

Cool Tech

Kred evolves into Kred Story, a dashboard for digestible social analytics

Kred has shed its complicated analytics dashboard and launched Kred Story, an easy to navigate social influence analytics dashboard.

Social Media

Big Fish takes first crack at a real-money casino iOS app, debuting in U.K.

Lose the dice and cards, all you need is an iPhone. Big Fish Casinos will be the first real-money casino app on iOS when it debuts in the United Kingdom.

Gaming

In the secret war against data brokers, only the quiet survive

Unaware to many consumers, data brokers are selling your personally identifiable information to offline advertisers.

Social Media

HuffPost Live lets anyone be a news pundit

AOL's Huffington Post hasdebuted the next generation of Web news with HuffPost Live, a streaming news network that invites live audience contributions.

Social Media

Imo.im now supports VoIP service for iOS users

Apple iPhone users can make VoIP calls through Imo.im -- something Android users have been able to do since February.

Apple

FBI suspected Kim Dotcom of possessing a ‘Doomsday Device’ to wipe evidence

Could Kim Dotcom delete incriminating evidence around the world with the click of a button? No, but the FBI suspected he could.

Web

Barnes & Noble slashes Nook prices to compete with Google’s Nexus 7

With the Google Nexus 7 on the market, Barnes & Noble has slashed the prices of its Nook Color and Tablet lines to remain competitive.

Cool Tech

Riding the subway in DC, rolling the dice in Vegas, touring NYC? TrapWire is watching you

TrapWire's high-end security software has been deployed all over the world, using sophisticated algorithms and facial recognition to connect the dots in potential security threats.

Cool Tech

Zaarly Storefront: Power ‘taskers’ invited to join secret, new Zaarly feature

Zaarly is inviting its top "taskers" to help develop its "Zaarly Storefront," a new directory featuring sellers of goods and services.

Web

Pulse launches Web app tailored for Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10

Pulse is mobile-only no more, with today's release of a Web app specially tailored for Microsoft's Windows 8 OS and Internet Explorer 10 browser.

Mobile