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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Social Media

Facebook rolls out Promoted Post testing to the U.S., and so far, users like

Facebook begun testing Promoted Posts, which users can pay for better and longer newsfeed placements, in the U.S.
Social Media

Twitter will start surveying users to measure brand awareness and engagement

Twitter is now offering advertisers a way to measure brand sentiment in the form of surveys.
Social Media

Facebook updates the Help Center with a simpler interface and new personalization

Facebook updated its Help Page, first introduced in 2007, to offer users a faster and easier way to solve your Facebook related issues.
Social Media

LinkedIn becomes a name dropper and adds 150 influencers – including Richard Branson and Barack Obama – to its network

LinkedIn users can now follow any of the 150 influencers picked by the professional social network for access to exclusive content, a strategy that will help further shape LinkedIn as a platform for content and news.
Social Media

Entrepreneurial workshop Lean Startup Machine gets physical with its new ‘Validation Board’

Lean Startup Machine's Validation Board is a so-simple-it's-stupid way to plot your startups' pivots and progress.
Apple

Social video app Givit pivots into a quick and dirty, on-the-go video editor

Givit, the private video sharing service, has been rebuilt to include a new feature that enables users to edit clips to highlight just the best parts of their videos straight from the app.
Apple

Apple officially says goodbye to its iTunes social service Ping and gets ready for Facebook integration

Apple's Ping has finally been shut down and the door opened for iTunes 11 and its Facebook integration.
Social Media

Hijacked Twitter account sheds light on thriving black market for handles

Kid "hackers" are targeting common name Twitter accounts and reselling these accounts for a pretty penny.
Apple

Updated Apple developer guideline may phase out third-party app promotion services

Apple, with its updated developer guideline, indicates that it's cracking down on third-party app promotion apps. It could mean that popular apps like FreeAppADay may eventually be phased out.
Apple

Netflix gets family-friendly and brings ‘Just for Kids’ to the iPad

Netflix has finally released its "Just for Kids" section to all iPad 2 and newer iPad devices.
Cool Tech

This week in Kickstarter: Our five favorite projects that are ending this coming week

If you've missed out on the latest cool ideas from Kickstarter that are about to end, we've listed five projects worth supporting and are ending this coming week.
Social Media

Foursquare partners with OpenTable to offer in-app reservations

Foursquare has partnered with OpenTable to offer an in-app reservation service for its users.