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 .

Pinterest is reversing its no-nudity policy

Pinterest has strictly barred nudity, but at the behest of photographers and artists, the social network is taking a step back to rethink its policy.

Social Media

Tumblr’s in-stream ads are a hit! Just kidding, users hate it

The in-stream ads that Tumblr has been anxious to roll out has finally hit the dashboards, but surprise, surprise, the Tumblrsphere isn't adjusting to the change very well.

Social Media

Check out the fun Easter Egg behind Facebook’s notification sound

You might not have realized it but there's an Easter egg hidden in the Facebook notification sound.

Social Media

Rumor: Facebook product placement may be coming to VH1 programming

In the wake of Facebook's TV ad failures, the social network is trying a different strategy - product placement.

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More people share photos on Snapchat than Instagram

Mary Meeker’s KPCB report indicates that photo sharing is accelerating,with Snapchat eclipsing Instagram in photo-sharing uploads.

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This is how you gossip at work without getting caught

Workplace gossip is unavoidable. Off The Record, a Chrome add-on, is one way to send self-destructing messages a la Snapchat without getting caught.

Social Media

Slow-mo-ify your videos with new YouTube Editor effect

Slow motion is now available for free to every content creator on YouTube.

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Schools and testing organizations are starting to crack down on Twitter cheating

Smartphones are ubiquitous with students, so is cheating using social networks like Twitter, but administrators are putting a stop to this.

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Thanks Twitter, but here’s everything that’s wrong with your two-factor authentication set-up

After a string of attacks on Twitter, the social network launched two-factor authentication, but is it enough?

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Snag a closet makeover, the chance to be a model, and other social ways to win this week

Win access to the CFDA Fashion Awards, Instagram a selfie to be a model, become DoubleTree Hotel's traveling ambassador in this week's social ways to win.

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The ‘Instagram for audio’ app race is getting louder

Video, text, photography all have its fair share of the spotlight, while audio has been overlooked. However, the sounds of change are getting louder and louder.

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Twitter launches Amplify and its attempt to target TV ads in the stream

With Twitter vying for TV ad dollars, the social network launched Amplfiy, to stream pre-roll ads, and TV ad targeting.

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Hands on with Google conversational search: Is it time to start talking to our browsers?

Google quietly rolled out conversational search, enabling users to search using their voice, but just how practical is it? We go hands on to find out what it's really like to talk to your computer.

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Yahoo will pack Tumblr with ads, starting with the dashboard

In-stream web ads are coming to Tumblr, and this won't be the last new ad product now that Yahoo is overseeing the acquired company.

Social Media

Imo.im rolls out its newsfeed “Broadcasts” to Android and iOS devices

Imo.im launches Broadcasts, a social newsfeed, to help users discover people with common interests.

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