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 .
Home Theater

Life after TV: 5 celebrities crossing over from television to the Web

Web TV isn't just for amateurs and aspiring filmmakers. Jerry Seinfeld, Larry King, Ricky Gervais and many more celebrities are trying their hands at making a name for themselves outside of the terrestrial airwaves that granted them fame.
Social Media

Craigslist silently includes exclusive license for content in wake of fighting Padmapper and 3taps

With Padmapper and 3taps proving to be thorns in Craigslist's side over use of its data, Craigslist has upped the ante by including an exclusive license clause within Craigslist posts.
Social Media’s new Realtime search engine digs up viral news on the fly has released Realtime, a search engine for real-time viral news.
Cool Tech

7 minutes of terror: Here’s how the Mars rover’s landing will play out

What do NASA scientists call slowing a $2.5 billion spacecraft from 13,000 miles per hour to zero in just 420 seconds? Seven minutes of terror.
Social Media

Silently but surely, Quora is growing thanks to Google

Despite having fallen off the media grid, Quora has grown over 350 percent in the last year, with 50 percent of its unique visits coming from Google searches.

Zynga to launch real-money online poker in early 2013

Zynga has announced the release in early 2013 of its poker application that will involve real-money gaming.

Facebook phone, made by HTC, slated for mid-2013 launch

The Facebook Phone rumors are once again flaring, and the latest reports, according to Bloomberg, have the Facebook Phone slated for a mid-2013 debut.
Social Media

Twitter will soon allow you to download your entire tweet history

Twitter's CEO, Dick Costolo, told The New York Times that Twitter will soon allow users to download all of their archived tweets.

Patent troll Uniloc sues Minecraft maker Mojang over vague patent

A patent troll strikes again: Unloc has filed a lawsuit against Mojang and other gaming companies over a vague patent for an online authentication system.
Android Army

Google Play store sells out of 16GB Nexus 7, could be weeks for new batch

If you're looking to purchase the 16GB Nexus 7, you're going to have to wait. The 16GB device has sold out in the Google Play store, while the 8GB device may be in low reserves.

Evidence of Instagram Web profiles surfaces

Could Instagram be testing out profile pages for its Web application? A link discovered by Cole Reinke, a web designer, suggests that the new page could be debuting soon.
Home Theater

Netflix, Amazon Instant Video top ‘must-have’ apps for Internet-connected TV owners

Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu+ and seven other streaming services top the charts as "must-have" apps for Internet-connected TV owners.