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 .

Let’s give ’em something to talk about: Skype rolls out targeted ‘Conversation ads’

Skype's new "Conversation Ads" aim to get people talking during free Skype-to-Skype conversations, but will users find them too intrusive?

Computing

Reddit readers donate $30,000 to cancer-stricken Redditor

With six months left to live, one young man shared his story with Reddit as a form of release. Less than a week later, $30,000 has flowed forth from the community along with plans to send him on the trip of a lifetime.

Social Media

Infographic: Kickstarter’s successes and failures by the numbers

Though Kickstarter has made an effort to put only its best foot forward, one enterprising outside company dug deeper to find what works and what doesn't on the secretive crowd-funding platform.

Social Media

Should YouTube be worried? Mobli ‘Tropfest Micro’ offers amateur filmmakers a spotlight

Mobli has partnered with the Tropfest Film Festival to launch its first Mobli channel, "TropfestMicro" with the hopes of discovering the next Web sensation.

Mobile

Facebook shows signs of maturity as user growth tapers off

With a vast majority of American Internet users already holding Facebook accounts, the social network's growth has slowed dramatically. Will international expansion be key to the company's continued expansion?

Social Media

Following Google acquisition, Meebo prepares to shut down most services on July 11

With Meebo's acquisition by Google nearing its close, the company announced that all of its services, save for its Meebo Bar, will be shutting down on July 11, 2012.

Social Media

First impressions of Shaker, a reinvented chatroom for the Facebook age

Shaker has finally left beta and launched to a packed virtual house. We gave the network a whirl on opening night to see how the "reinvented chatroom" will work.

Social Media

Social Video Sharing Glasses, suspended by Kickstarter, migrate to IndieGoGo, raise eyebrows

Social Video Sharing Glasses could be the next must-have gadget, but the team developing the project has had a suspicious history with spamming, inconsistencies, and a suspension by Kickstarter. Are backers jumping into projects without doing their homework?

Cool Tech

CNN acquisition of Mashable is ’80 percent likely to close’ and in late stages

Rumors have sprung up again surrounding CNN's acquisition of Mashable, and according to sources close to the deal, Mashable is 80 percent likely to be acquired by CNN.

Social Media

Twitter makes more money from app than Web version, pumps out 400 million tweets per day

When it comes to phones, Facebook could learn a thing or two from Twitter, which now generates more revenue from its mobile app than from users on laptops and desktops.

Social Media

Evernote releases beloved foodie app for Android

Evernote is finally bringing their beloved iOS app Food to Android smartphone owners, who can capture, comment, and share their foodie experiences.

Android Army

Foursquare redesign ditches gamification, emphasizes recommendations

With Foursquare's check-in and gamification business model ailing, the company has relaunched with a focus on social updates, deals, and algorithmic recommendations.

Social Media

Y Combinator’s Paul Graham warns of tightening wallets in wake of Facebook IPO

Could Facebook's underwhelming IPO lead to more difficulty for startups finding funding down the road? Startup guru Paul Graham believes so.

Social Media

Camera apps scramble for survival in Facebook’s shadow, PicPlz bows out first

Facebook has acquired Instagram, Lightbox, and released its own camera app. Is there any room left for existing competitors? PicPlz, a former front-running competitor to Instagram, will be bowing out July 3.

Mobile

Android anarchy: Ice Cream Sandwich adoption crawls forward, Gingerbread remain supreme

Despite being available for months, Android Ice Cream Sandwich accounts for just a sliver of total Android users.

Android Army