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

Groupon launches Groupon Payments, and that’s just the tip of the platform’s payment plan iceberg

Groupon has debut its payment system for merchants, but Digital Trends has learned that Groupon Payment doubles as an incentive for merchants to sign up with Groupon's Merchant program.
Apple

Evernote introduces Skitch 2.0 for iOS with auto syncing, new tools, and search

Evernote debuted Skitch 2.0 a revamped version of the photo app that now sports syncing, new editing tools, a search engine for iOS devices.
Home Theater

Vimeo turns to ‘tip jars’ and pay-to-view models to generate revenue for content creators

Vimeo is lagging behind YouTube and unwilling to resort to advertising. Today Vimeo announced the launch of its tip jar and pay-to-view features, which it hopes will help generate revenue for both Vimeo and its content creators.
Home Theater

Sky granted exclusive Warner Brothers movie streaming rights in U.K., Ireland

Sky has secured the first video-on-demand deal with Warner Bros. in the UK and Ireland. Netflix will be green with envy.
Web

Google adds ice breaker sound effects to Google Plus Hangouts

Google Hangout sports ice breakers like masks, mustaches, and hats, but this time the Google Plus team has added sound effects into the mix.
Web

Browse stores virtually in 360-degree, panoramic images with Google’s interior maps

Before stepping foot into a business, you can browse their interior with Google Maps' 360 degree, panoramic interior images.
Apple

Netflix updates its iPhone app – a smaller, identical version of the iPad app

Netflix's update to its iPhone and iPod Touch app is clean, focuses on video recommendations, and is identical to Netflix's iPad app.
Home Theater

Google pumps up its media catalog with 600 titles from 20th Century Fox and early digital access to new releases

Google's catalog of movies and TV shows are 600 stronger thanks to its deal with 20th Century Fox, and Prometheus can be watched three weeks before the DVD hits the shelves.
Social Media

Twitter adds cover photos to user profiles and updates iPad app

Twitter's latest changes enable users to include a cover photo to their profile. The social network has also updated the user interface of its iPad app.
Mobile

Google acquires Nik Software, and iOS photo app Snapseed

With Google scooping up Nik Software and its iOS app, Snapseed, Google Plus users might be seeing some dramatic changes to the way we publish images on the social network.
Web

Box Accelerator speeds up data uploads by 1000 percent

Box is about to get a lot faster with its new Box Accelerator technology and infrastructure. It will speed up upload speeds by a factor of 10.
Mobile

Shazam now recognizes 160 television channels to enhance TV viewing experience

Shazam announced its foray into providing auxiliary content to enhance your television viewing experience in over 160 channels.