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 reveals who has seen Facebook group posts

Facebook has updated Facebook groups and implemented a feature that we've seen for Facebook Messages and Chat. Now anyone in a Facebook group can view who and at what time a member has seen a post.

Social Media

$100 game console pitch ‘OUYA’ smashes Kickstarter records

OUYA, a potential $100 Android-based gaming console, has broken of the Kickstarter records, raising more than $2.5 million so far.

Android Army

Dropbox doubles cloud storage for Pro subscribers

Dropbox is doubling the storage limits for its Dropbox Pro 50 and Pro 100 subscribers at no extra charge, and has announced a new plan that will offer subscribers 500GB of storage.


GroupMe takes a chance on Groupon-like ‘Experiences’ service

With the hype surrounding group messaging fading, GroupMe has taken a plunge into a group-based Groupon-like service, "Experiences."


4 changes coming to YouTube

Google has a long way to go before YouTube is recognized as the destination for original programming. But YouTube is hard at work to update its platform and business model. These are the latest reported changes that you might see on YouTube during the next…

Social Media

Valve takes on Kickstarter with ‘Steam Greenlight’

Modeled off of crowd sourcing, Valve is giving the Steam community the power to decide the next games that get distributed through Steam.


Apple pulls its EPEAT ‘green’ certification for all 39 Apple products

Citing a change in its design direction, Apple has pulled all of its 39 products from the EPEAT, a ratings organization that certifies environmentally friendly devices.


4 action-packed Web shows that you should keep on your radar

With all the Web shows out there, you're probably wondering what you should watch. We're bringing you four action-packed original programming that you should keep on your radar including Harry Potter and Halo.

Home Theater

Yahoo and Facebook settle patent suit; walk out as partners

With former Yahoo CEO, Scott Thompson, out of the picture, Yahoo's interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn, has settled the patent suit with Facebook, and have come to amicable terms. Facebook and Yahoo will cross-license patents and expand its strategic partnership.

Social Media will use QR codes and good deeds to get your lost items found

If you've ever lost a personal belonging before, you'll have experienced the frustration of finding the item. seeks to connect the finder with the item's owner with its simple to use QR code system.

Cool Tech

Wikileaks begins releasing ’embarrassing’ emails by Syrian political officials and Western companies

Wikileaks' largest leak yet comprises "embarrassing" emails between Syrian government officials and Western companies.


Samsung’s 75-inch ES9000 Smart TV launches in South Korea for just over $17,000

Samsung's massive ES9000 spans a whopping 75 inches and includes all of its latest Smart TV features, but it will cost you.

Home Theater

Apple faces another trademark lawsuit in China over ‘Snow Leopard’

Following a $60 million settlement over the iPad name, another Chinese company is ready to take on Apple over a trademark, and this time it's Snow Leopard.


God Particle found? CERN to announce evidence of the Higgs Boson on July 4

Is the wait finally over? Scientists from CERN have announced a press conference where they will reveal findings that confirm the existence of the Higgs Boson with 99.99 percent certainty.

Cool Tech

Apple shuts down MobileMe, offers ‘limited time’ to access and download files

While Apple has officially shut down MobileMe, for a limited time users will be able to access their accounts, download their files, and upgrade to iCloud.