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

Klout adds Facebook Pages into its social influence measurement mix

Klout has added support for Facebook Page signals and now incorporates these numbers into your Klout score.
Social Media

Twitter’s mobile app thinks you’re less popular than you are

You may want to rely on Twitter's desktop app if you want an accurate measurement of how many replies you're receiving.
Social Media

Introducing Facebook Gifts, the platform’s latest attempt at cornering social e-commerce

If you're not sure what to buy for your friend's birthday and are crunched for time, Facebook's ecommerce platform that debuted today called Facebook Gifts just might be your saving grace.
Social Media

Bing and Klout partnership to surface and influence Klout scores

Microsoft's has partnered with Klout. Bing will surface Klout scores in its social search bar, and searches through Bing will influence Klout scores.
Social Media

Google’s Field Trip is a mobile tour guide that fits comfortably in your pocket

Google's Field Trip is a mobile tour guide that runs in the background and pushes relevant information about buildings and restaurants to its users based on their location.
Mobile

Foursquare iOS update gets more personal with tailored results, also adds iOS 6 compatability

Foursquare has pushed an iOS update, offering a robust social recommendation engine, iOS 6 and iPhone 5 compatibility, and faster map.
Music

Kim Dotcom teases Megabox in trailer, and a launch is just around the corner

Megaupload 2.0? Kim Dotcom's Megbox teaser trailer shows off some features and screenshots from the free service, and it looks promising.
Social Media

Twitter shuts down IPO talk, instead focused on growing users and international ad base

Twitter's CEO, Dick Costolo, has shut down IPO prospects and says instead the platform is focused on international ad growth and user-facing development.
Mobile

Microsoft leaks Xbox Music Pass pricing model, and no surprises here, it looks exactly like Zune Music Pass

Many Xbox Music features will be ported from Zune Music, and based on the Xbox dashboard update for beta testers, the same applies to the cost of the service.
Social Media

Foursquare update delivers all your friends’ check-ins — anywhere, all the time

Foursquare's latest update allows you to see all of your friend's check-ins regardless of their location, but offers a feature to filter out their updates should you choose to do so.
Social Media

New Twitter influencer score to come, as founder says follower count just isn’t effective

Twitter co-founder, Ev Williams, spoke at Buzzfeed's Branch roundtable and hinted at Twitter's interest in implementing an influencer metric.
Social Media

StumbleUpon refreshes desktop app with new design and content discovery features

StumbleUpon has updated the relaunched site from 2011 with a refreshed design and new content discovery features.