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 .

Groupon’s turning its Breadcrumb acquisition into an iPad point-of-sale system

Groupon unveiled its latest play in assert the company as a commerce platform with the iPad-based point-of-sale system for merchants.
Smart Home

Video: Tech’s finest propose how startups can fix San Francisco’s problems

Tech's leading minds in San Francisco, from Twitter to Jawbone, released a promo video for their vision of an improved city, while plugging Prop E.

Google and Bing Images are to blame for malware-spreading search results

If you're searching for images on search engines like Bing and even Google, we recommend that you take precautionary measures to protect yourself from malicious results.
Social Media

Next on the Twitter kill list may be video hosting services

Twitter is considering launching its own video hosting service, which would push out third-party features like yFrog and Twitvid.
Home Theater

Google Play finally opens up shop for Google TV, content now available for purchase

Google finally updated Google TV to enable users to purchase movies, TV shows, and music from the Google Play Store.

Microsoft is bombarding Google with mistaken URL take down requests

Microsoft requests Google to take down over 80,000 URLs per week, and a report indicates that many of these requests are obvious mistakes.
Android Army

Spotlight on Asian import messaging apps gaining traction stateside

Check out these four Asian messaging apps that are commanding a market share rivaling Whatsapp and making their way to U.S. audiences.

Between 2,000 and 3,000 Foxconn QC workers strike, may delay iPhone 5 availability

iPhone 5s may be delayed for those of you that have been waiting. Between 2,000 and 3,000 Foxconn quality control inspectors went on strike today over management neglect.

Starbucks accepting Square payments beginning early November

With Starbucks having invested $25 million into mobile payment start-up Square, the coffee chain will begin accepting Square payments in the beginning of November.

Apple’s Passbook isn’t the digital wallet of our times, but it’s sure trying to be

Apple's Passbook ecosystem has room for improvement but third-party developers are optimistic and embracing the digital wallet

Google’s VP of Engineering ‘leaks’ Snapseed for Android on Google+

Google's Vic Gundotra's Google+ post shows Android sporting Snapseed integration.
Social Media

Facebook gets philosophical with ‘Chairs are like Facebook’ ad

Facebook, in an uncharacteristic move, released its first branded video titled, "The Things That Connect Us."