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 .

Beyond science fiction: A look at the future of NASA technology

Think NASA's lost its forward-thinking edge? Here are a few projects that will make you reconsider.

Cool Tech

Cheating 2.0: A look at social media’s influence on infidelity [Infographic]

A new infographic from divorce lawyer group Total Divorce shows how dumb social media practices can lead to an ugly divorce.

Social Media

Goodbye, Google: Apple to drop YouTube app in iOS 6

Google Maps was the first to be kicked to the curb by Apple. And now the native YouTube app on Apple's iOS is the latest Google product to be dropped from iOS 6.

Apple

Curiosity rover safely lands on Mars, sends first photos

Early this morning, NASA's Curiosity rover landed safely on Mars and relayed its first images of the Martian surface.

Cool Tech

Where to watch NASA’s Curiosity rover landing online

NASA's latest attempt to explore Mars begins tonight and runs into tomorrow morning, and the world can watch the landing online on NASA TV.

Cool Tech

Legal woes behind it, TV rebroadcaster Aereo unveils pricing plans

Want to watch broadcast TV without a tuner? Aereo now has you legally covered, and in some cases, you can even get it for free.

Home Theater

Life after TV: 5 celebrities crossing over from television to the Web

Web TV isn't just for amateurs and aspiring filmmakers. Jerry Seinfeld, Larry King, Ricky Gervais and many more celebrities are trying their hands at making a name for themselves outside of the terrestrial airwaves that granted them fame.

Home Theater

Craigslist silently includes exclusive license for content in wake of fighting Padmapper and 3taps

With Padmapper and 3taps proving to be thorns in Craigslist's side over use of its data, Craigslist has upped the ante by including an exclusive license clause within Craigslist posts.

Social Media

Bit.ly’s new Realtime search engine digs up viral news on the fly

Bit.ly has released Realtime, a search engine for real-time viral news.

Social Media

7 minutes of terror: Here’s how the Mars rover’s landing will play out

What do NASA scientists call slowing a $2.5 billion spacecraft from 13,000 miles per hour to zero in just 420 seconds? Seven minutes of terror.

Cool Tech

Silently but surely, Quora is growing thanks to Google

Despite having fallen off the media grid, Quora has grown over 350 percent in the last year, with 50 percent of its unique visits coming from Google searches.

Social Media

Zynga to launch real-money online poker in early 2013

Zynga has announced the release in early 2013 of its poker application that will involve real-money gaming.

Gaming

Facebook phone, made by HTC, slated for mid-2013 launch

The Facebook Phone rumors are once again flaring, and the latest reports, according to Bloomberg, have the Facebook Phone slated for a mid-2013 debut.

Mobile

Twitter will soon allow you to download your entire tweet history

Twitter's CEO, Dick Costolo, told The New York Times that Twitter will soon allow users to download all of their archived tweets.

Social Media

Patent troll Uniloc sues Minecraft maker Mojang over vague patent

A patent troll strikes again: Unloc has filed a lawsuit against Mojang and other gaming companies over a vague patent for an online authentication system.

Gaming