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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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.
Social Media

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.
Social Media

This thesis project makes real-life animated GIFs! Wait … what?

Indulge your GIF obsession in real-life with a point and shoot camera, printer combo, developed by college student Jiho Jang, called GIFTY.
Social Media

Twitter is rolling out its much-needed two-factor authentication security system

In the wake of recent high-profile Twitter hacks, the platform is cracking down with the roll out of its two-factor authentication security system.
Social Media

Participating in offers on Twitter just got a whole lot easier

Twitter launched Lead Generation Cards, helping users sign up for offers a lot quicker without having to navigate outside of Twitter.
Social Media

Twitter snags patent for pull-to-refresh, swears it will only use it defensively

Twitter's pull-to-refresh can be found in many mobile apps, and while Twitter was granted the patent, it assures that it will only be used defensively.
Social Media

New report says indie labels aren’t complaining about music streaming

Music streaming are actually padding the bottom line of indie music labels, according to a study by music rights agency, Merlin.
Social Media

Google product manager confirms, Hangouts will get Google Voice support ‘soon’

Google product manager Nikhyl Singhal confirms in a Google+ blog post that Google Voice support is on the way and will roll out "soon."
Social Media

Privacy organization files FTC complaint against Snapchat

Snapchat's problems with its glaring loopholes are mounting, and this time its fate may end up in the hands of the FTC after EPIC's complaint.
Social Media

Do not click! These are the Facebook hoaxes you need to avoid

Facebook hoaxes and scams won't relent, but at the least here are five types of hoaxes you should be mindful of as not to fall victim.
Social Media

Win a dream vacation or thousands in cash in this week’s social ways to win

This week you can win a vacation, thousands in cash, or even a full year's supply of Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee in this week's social ways to win.