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 .

Grooveshark bypasses app store bans with browser-based mobile app

In the face of app store bans by Facebook, Google, and Apple bans, Grooveshark has launched an HTML5 mobile browser-based application.

RocketPlay launches ‘Sports Casino,’ the first social sports betting game on Zynga and Facebook

Amateur and professional sports betters can now practice their skills on RocketPlay's newly launched social sports betting game, "Sports Casino," on Facebook and Zynga.
Home Theater

Amazon snags EPIX streaming deal, boosts video catalogue to 25,000 titles

Amazon will now stream popular movie titles through partnership with EPIX, which once offered streaming content exclusively to Netflix.

Nokia offers free streaming music for Lumia owners with Nokia Music

Nokia Music is Nokia's second attempt with launching a free music streaming service, this time offering curated playlists and zero cost of entry for Lumia owners.
Cool Tech

Chinese researchers develop FlyingBuddy2, a mind-controlled drone

Researchers at Zhejian University have developed a mind-controlled drone to aid the disabled by offering them a second vantage point.

Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 to include wireless charging

Leaked hardware specs for the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 indicate the smartphones will sport wireless charging capabilities.
Android Army

Google reportedly shipping 3G Galaxy Nexus 7 in six weeks

Current Galaxy Nexus 7 models are strictly WiFi-only devices, but reports indicate that Google is launching a 3G-enabled Nexus 7 in six weeks.

[Exclusive] Barnes and Noble to unveil new Nook in late September

Our sources have confirmed: Barnes & Noble will unveil a new Nook tablet in late September, and it could be running on Windows 8.

[Infographic] The history of Fashion Week and the evolution of its tech

With New York City's Fashion Week approaching on September 6, this infographic by Eventup will give you a crash course on fashion.

The Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg arrested in Cambodia

After skipping bail in January of this year, The Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been arrested in Cambodia.

Reddit releases statistics from President Obama’s AMA

President Obama's AMA marked a significant day for Reddit, with a few glitches here and there, as the platform buckled under the immense traffic. But it was a learning experience for the Reddit team, who has provided impressive traffic…

Chomp makes first appearance in iOS 6 beta update to Apple’s App Store

Apple's latest update to iOS 6 beta includes a redesign of its App Store search layout -- a move that has Apple-acquired Chomp's name all over it.