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Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch: A Pretty Cool, Pretty Smart-Looking Dumb Terminal

Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch brings smartphone capabilities to your wrist with help from the Galaxy Note 3

Samsung debuts the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

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How to Make Your Content So Valuable, It Goes Viral

Here’s how to get people engaged around your content

Give your networks a reason to talk about you. Online and social media buzz around…

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4 Tech Investments Your Startup Should Splurge On Early

When it comes to tech, here’s what your company should invest in

A list of what your startup should splurge on early.

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6 Things You Should Know About Mobile Video Advertising

Infographic details all you need to know about this sector of advertising

Check out the infographic for more things you didn’t (but should!) know about mobile video…

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The Root Hosts ‘March on Twitter’

Online news site will commemorate 50th anniversary of March on Washington with digital forum on Twitter

The Root is tapping into that viral vigor with the launch of #MarchOn Twitter, a…

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Black Twitter Responds to Fast Company’s ’25 Smartest Women On Twitter’ List

#SmartBlackWomenOfTwitter dominates Twitter timelines

BlackEnterprise.com tracked the #SmartBlackWomenOfTwitter hashtag.

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A Lifelong History: It used to be acceptable to chronologically list every job you ever had on your resume. However, today’s hiring managers are more concerned about the relevance of your experience rather than the length of your experience. For an experienced professional, listing your first job out of high school isn’t really necessary unless it’s the only job you’ve ever had. While 10 years of work history is the standard, it’s okay to list older experience if it is relevant.

7 Reasons Your Brand Should Start Podcasting

Why you should leverage the audio content opportunity

BlackEnterprise.com contributor Courtney McKenzie outlines why your brand should begin podcasting today.

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How to Create a Successful Podcast

Seven tips for launching a winning podcast

BlackEnterprise.com contributor Courtney McKenzie walks you through the steps necessary to create a successful podcast.…

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Tech Startup of the Week: WeDeliver, Helping Local Businesses Deliver Excellence

Chicago-based startup helps local merchants provide white glove service

With technology changing the way the courier industry operates, WeDeliver’s co-founder Jimmy Odom talks to…

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7 Ways B2B Marketers Can Get Started on Facebook

How B2B marketers can benefit from the popular social networking site

Keep the following seven items in mind as a B2B marketer using Facebook so you…

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Facebook Partners With Phone Companies to Launch Internet.org

Initiative designed to bring affordable Internet access to 5 billion people

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of Internet.org, a partnership aimed at…

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Apple iPhone 4 (16GB, $199; 32GB, $299, with apple.com)  Thin build: check. HD video recording: check. And nearly 40% longer talk  time: double-check. A personal favorite, this phone is one you can tote  with you poolside (or to the beach) to shoot a few summertime flicks, enjoy a good read via the iBooks app or show off your new tan with  FaceTime, a video calling option signature to the iPhone4.Carrier: AT&T or Verizon Wireless

Next iPhone May Come in Gold

Gold will be the first new color since iPhone debut

Apple’s popular smartphone will reportedly come in gold.

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It’s never easy to search for a new job while you’re already employed. Professionals often find themselves having to sneak around to send out resumes, go on interviews, or speak with potential employers. 	While you shouldn’t feel trapped in your current position, it’s very important that you conduct your job search with integrity and skill. Consider these tips when searching for a new job and avoid having to compromise your current paycheck. —Aisha Taylor

8 Simple Split-Testing Tools to Try

Optimize your website with these tools

Eight simple split-testing tools to try.

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LinkedIn Targets Students With New University Pages

Professional networking giant is targeting a younger demographic with latest offering

Starting September 13, LinkedIn will let college administrators set up profiles, which will allow students…

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Founded by James Oliver, Jr., WeMontage allows users to design wallpaper with their own photos (Image: Source)

Tech Startup of the Week: WeMontage, Unwrapping Interior Design for the Consumer

James Oliver, Jr. solves design issue through technology with his startup

James Oliver, Jr. of WeMontage caught up with us to talk about WeMontage

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SoMoLend Crowdfunding Site Faces Fraud Charges

Ohio state regulators threaten to shut down the website for making false claims and financial projections

Klein said that SoMoLend is in discussions with the state, and stressed that that state…

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Gerome Sapp created Fluencr, a marketplace that gives individuals the same access to their favorite brands and initiatives that athletes and celebrities have and get rewarded for their influence.

Former NFL Player Gerome Sapp On His Journey from Athlete to Tech Founder

Former football player creates platform where influencers gain endorsements from brands

By aggregating algorithm’s of social actions generated by an individual to a specific brand, Fluencr…

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iPhone 5S: 5 Things to Expect From the New iPhone

Given what we know from the rumors and iOS 7, here’s what you can expect

Five features you can expect from the next gen iPhone.

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Apple to Announce Next Gen iPhone on September 10

Mark your calendar, the tech giant is expected to unveil the next iPhone early next month

Apple is slated to unveil its next iPhone at a special event on September 10.

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Tech Startup of the Week: Financial Management Service Turns Millennials Into ‘Smarteys’

Financially savvy duo founds startup that helps young people manage their money

Smarteys founders sat down with BlackEnterprise.com to talk about entering a new industry, how they…

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Report Shows Number of Seniors Using Social Media More Than Tripled

Nearly 43% of Internet users ages 65 and older report they use social media

A report released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that the number…

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12 Tools for Collecting Leads on Your Website or Blog

These tools will help you aggregate leads

Tools to use to collect leads on your website or blog.

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MoviePass CEO Stacy Spikes On Grabbing a Slice of the Movie Pie

Founder of MoviePass app looks to create a blockbuster of his own

BlackEnterprise.com spoke with MoviePass CEO Stacy Spikes about his newest venture and the convergence of…

By Alan Hughes

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How to Start That Online Business You’ve Been Thinking About

Five easy-to-follow tips to get your online business idea off the ground

Several easy ways to get a head start on your online business.

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Usain Bolt Added to ‘Temple Run 2’

Six-time Olympic gold medalist is now in popular video game

Usain Bolt is now a playable character in the endless running game available on Apple…

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White House Recognizes Tech Leaders As ‘Champions of Change for Tech Inclusion’

Eleven individuals honored at White House event for implementing initiatives that add more women, minorities and underserved youth to tech pipeline

As part of the White House Tech Inclusion initiative, the Champions of Change for Tech…

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Black Blogger Month: BrothaTech, Breaking Tech Talk Down for the Masses

Whether you’re a self-proclaimed geek or tech novice, Terrance Gaines is speaking your language when it comes to gadgets and tools

As Black Blogger Month continues, Terrance Gaines, widely-known as BrothaTech, shares his tech expertise and…

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Accessing Files: File sharing and allowing team members to access content remotely and for co-located teams during meetings is critical.  Two recommended tools are Dropbox mobile app and Google Docs.

From 0 to 100 Million Users: How a Simple Video Can Change Your Business

Tips to leveraging video content

How video content can enhance your business model.

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When it comes to social networking sites, LinkedIn is not viewed as one of the most exciting platforms (thanks to the ability to “pin,” “tweet” and “Facebook” nearly any aspect of life), but it is definitely one web-based network you should invest your time in. In fact, there’s a bevy of functions that are raising the stakes, allowing professionals to stay connected with others in and outside of their spheres of influence, access applications and remain up to date on the latest career-related news. Mashable outlines five capabilities you should familiarize yourself with and maximize on LinkedIn:

4 Ways to Drive Engagement on LinkedIn

Tips and tricks to enhancing your LinkedIn strategy

BlackEnterprise.com provides four practical methods to integrate into your LinkedIn strategy that will drive engagement.…

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Small business owners should have a strong mobile strategy that enables them to run their company from a handheld device.  With nearly 90% of people using their smartphone throughout the day, it is important to connect with them at the point of decision-making and engage with those users in real-time. Follow these four easy-to-follow steps to take your startup to the next level with mobile technology.--Hajj Flemings

6 Apps Every Small Business Owner Should Use

Apps to make your small business run smoothly

Applications every small business chief should use.

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6 Ways to Optimize Your Retail Website For Search Engines

Quick tips to optimizing your e-commerce website

Six components of SEO that online retailers should know about when optimizing their e-commerce website…

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14 Low-Cost Ways to Test Your Website With a Small Audience

Affordable strategies to testing your business website

Affordable strategies to testing your website out on a small audience.

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Play GIG-IT Offers Facebook Users a New Way to Game and Music Artists a New Revenue Stream

First-ever virtual 3-D concert game on popular social networking site merges music and technology

Play GIG-IT is a social game that allows players to create customized 3D concerts that…

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Google obtains Pyra Labs, the creators of Blogger. In December, Google Book Search (originally called Google Print) is released.  

Fun fact: The American Dialect Society voted “google” the “most useful” word of the year in 2002 at the top of this year.

#BlackTwitter Stops Juror B37’s Book Deal

Twitter petition launched by Genie Lauren ends book plans for one of six jurors who sat on the Zimmerman jury

One passionate Twitter user, Genie Lauren, known on the platform as @MoreAndAgain, began circulating a…

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Calling All Blerds: Blerdology to Begin 7-City Tour in Orlando

Social enterprise dedicated to supporting the Black tech community will kick off Blerd’s Night Out series in Florida this weekend

Blerdology is kicking off the first installment in its multi-city tour on Saturday, July 13.…

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Jay-Z Spends Quality Time With Fans on Twitter

Rapper-turned-business mogul broke Twitter silence on Monday

Sean “Jay-Z” Carter breaks Twitter silence and answers a barrage of questions from his fans…

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Facebook Graph Search Function Begins Rolling Out Today to All U.S. Users

Advanced search feature now available to all users in the United States

Starting Monday, Facebook will be rolling out the social search tool known as Graph Search…

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Black Girls Code Competes to Win $50,000 in Microsoft Azure Developers Competition

Only TechEd nonprofit focused on girls of color is one of top three finalists

Black Girls Code (BGC) is in the running to win a $50,000 grant from Microsoft’s…

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Why You Shouldn’t Learn to Code for Your Startup

Tech entrepreneur makes argument that you should ditch the coding lessons

A tech entrepreneur shares why he thinks startup founders shouldn’t learn to code.

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6 Strategies to Generate More Leads From Facebook

How to use the popular social platform to generate leads

Ways startups can leverage Facebook to generate leads.

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11 Ways to Get Your Passion Project Funded Online

Tips to scoring financial support on your crowdfunding project

Tips to garnering financial support on your crowdfunding project.

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Former menswear designer, Rachel Brooks, created Citizen Made, an e-commerce platform to assist retailers who sell customizable products.

Maverick Maker Rachel Brooks Talks Business of Design and Technology

Citizen Made co-founder on transitioning to tech, mentorship and perfecting your pitch

Citizen Made co-founder Rachel Brooks talks to BlackEnterprise.com about her transition into the tech industry,…

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#TechLife: Dozens of Companies Showcase Gadgets and Apps At CE Week 2013

Techies gather to see the latest devices during CE Week Line Shows and Exhibits

Snapshot of the companies present at CE Week, the annual mid-year industry event which features…

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4 Tips to Formulate a #Hashtag Strategy

How to build (or improve) your hashtag approach

Four tips to building a stronger hashtag strategy.

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9 Ways to Maximize Your Smartphone’s Battery Life

Increase time between charges by following these helpful battery-saving tips

Several ways to ensure your phone battery never dies.

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If only traveling was as simple as appearing poolside with a refreshing drink in hand. After scouring the web for irresistible flight deals, a worthwhile hotel package and fun activities, many travelers are exhausted and ready to hop on the next flight heading to their locale of choice. With countless resources at your fingertips (thanks to your mobile device), here are 10 apps that will enhance the adventures that await you.—Corvida Raven

How to Protect Your Technology This Summer

Tips to prevent your tech from burning out

Ways to protect your tech this summer.

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Back to Basics: How to Embed Your Instagram Video

Although it’s not super easy, here’s how to embed Instagram videos on your site

How to manually embed Instagram videos.

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Instagram Video vs. Vine: Why Popular Photo-Sharing App’s Latest Element Wins for Brands

Instagram’s 15-second video sharing feature rivals Twitter’s Vine app

If you’re looking to try your hand at creating an online video, here why Instagram’s…

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In 2008, Gina McCauley launched Blogging While Brown, an annual conference where bloggers of color can network with one another, gain new skills to maintain their technical mastery in social media and technology, and gain opportunities for sponsorship.

Tech Startup of the Week: Blogging While Brown Strives to Make the Blogosphere a More Diverse Space

Gina McCauley on why the voices of Black bloggers matter in today's tech space

Gina McCauley launched Blogging While Brown, an annual conference where bloggers of color can network…

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Tech Terms Flood June Update of Oxford English Dictionary

“Tweet,” “live-blogging” and “e-reader,” among other tech terms added to OED

The Oxford English Dictionary announced it will officially recognize “tweet” in its latest update, defining…

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Neat Offers Entrepreneurs On the Go New Mobile Features

Cloud-based digital filing platform launches updated mobile app with expense reporting features

Neat unveiled updates to its mobile app on Tuesday, which would allow users to tap…

By Janel Martinez

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Top 10 Video Game Titles of E3 2013

Electronic Entertainment Expo debuts hot new games

The best game titles revealed at Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2013.

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Tech Startup of the Week: Fluencr Rewards Users for Promoting Brands

Former NFL Player Gerome Sapp found a way for anyone to leverage their social celebrity

Former NFL Player Gerome Sapp created Fluencr.com to provide a marketplace that allows anyone the…

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Facebook Announces Hashtags

Popular social networking site launches searchable hashtags

Facebook announced that it will begin rolling out hashtags.

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How to Find the Right E-Commerce Platform

See why determining which e-commerce platform starts with the entrepreneur

Infographic analyzes the drawbacks and benefits of the major e-commerce platforms — and which one…

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12 Traditional Father’s Day Gifts Revamped with Tech Upgrades

Give dad a tech gift this holiday

Traditional gifts (with a tech twist) for dad this Father’s Day.

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E3 2013: Sony Checkmates Microsoft At PS4 Press Conference

Japanese company appeals to hardcore gamers at E3 announcement

Hardcore gamers are pleased after Sony Electronic Entertainment Expo 2013 press conference announcements.

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E3 2013: Microsoft Releases Xbox One Details, Hundreds of New Games Coming to Next-Gen Console

Gaming industry’s annual trade show kicked off with Microsoft’s big announcements

At its 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) event Monday, Microsoft gave greater insight into consumers’…

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Everything You Need to Know About Apple’s WWDC 2013 Reveal

Annual gathering of developers gifts software updates and new products

BlackEnterprise.com explores what Apple revealed at one of its largest WWDC events to date.

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11 of the Easiest Online Businesses to Start Right Now

Legitimate online businesses you can start immediately

The easiest online businesses to start right now.

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Citizen Made is the ecommerce platform for brands that make custom products.

Tech Startup of the Week: Citizen Made Lets Manufacturers Customize Products for Less

Rachel Brooks helps independent retailers optimize their online presence for “tailor-made” services

With more companies opting to provide hand-made, small batch, and custom products, e-commerce platform Citizen…

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20 African Tech Startups to Watch

These startups are changing the continent through innovation

Startups changing the tech landscape.

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13 SEO Tools for Startups

Entrepreneurs help you pick the best search engine optimization tools for your business

Helpful search engine optimization tools for your business.

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It’s never easy to search for a new job while you’re already employed. Professionals often find themselves having to sneak around to send out resumes, go on interviews, or speak with potential employers. 	While you shouldn’t feel trapped in your current position, it’s very important that you conduct your job search with integrity and skill. Consider these tips when searching for a new job and avoid having to compromise your current paycheck. —Aisha Taylor

7 Easy Steps to Optimize Your Business Blog Posts

How to enhance content on your blog

Seven easy steps to optimize old content on the fly.

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5 Social Media Networks to Watch

Take a look at these emerging social sites

Five social networks to watch.

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Urban Delivery Founders Navigate Tech Scene with Bike Courier App

Ron Cade and Adrienne Sheares’ newly-launched app delivers orders in under an hour

Ron Cade and Adrienne Sheares founded Urban Delivery, an on-demand delivery service app.

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4 Ways to Build B2C Relationships Online

Tips on establishing business-to-consumer relationships

Four tactics to build relationships online with your customers.

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Whoa, Baby! 8 Gadgets for New Parents

Over-the-top devices for babies

Eight over-the-top baby gadgets that both parents and baby can enjoy…but at a price.

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Rich Winley Dishes On ‘No Chains’ Food App and Launching a Mobile Product

The serial entrepreneur on developing an app

Black Enterprise talks with tech entrepreneur, Rich Winley to discuss his best practices for launching…

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No Chains helps customers find the best non-franchise restuarants that they never heard of. Founder Rich Winley got the idea while trying to find local food in Australia.

Tech Startup of the Week: ‘No Chains’ Unlocks the Best Local Restaurants and Bars

Accelerator graduate Rich Winley launches mobile food app

To help food lovers find local restaurants, tech entrepreneur Rich Winley launched ‘No Chains,’ a…

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Facebook Launches New Feature: Verified Pages

Social media juggernaut unveils verified pages and profiles

Social media giant Facebook launched verified pages and profiles on Wednesday. The latest feature, which…

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CNN and BuzzFeed Launch YouTube Channel for Millennials

“CNN BuzzFeed” to offer shareable news mashup videos to young adults

Social news site BuzzFeed announced its partnership with cable network heavyweight CNN on Tuesday. “CNN…

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It doesn’t matter if you prefer ultrabooks, tablets, or MacBooks, you’re not going anywhere without a smartphone. It is definitely a requirement for every entrepreneur. But a tech entrepreneur needs one because it's web enabled. The Samsung Galaxy S III is a great example. The latest in the Galaxy S series offers more than most smartphones. It has one of the most sophisticated mobile experiences to date. It’s light, thin and can fit right in the palm of any hand, plus the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system makes multitasking simple. You have the option to watch HD videos while emailing or texting, if you so choose.

5 Slip-Ups to Avoid When Creating Your Branded App

Avoid these mistakes when developing your application

Five mistakes businesses should avoid when developing their own branded app.

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It’s never easy to search for a new job while you’re already employed. Professionals often find themselves having to sneak around to send out resumes, go on interviews, or speak with potential employers. 	While you shouldn’t feel trapped in your current position, it’s very important that you conduct your job search with integrity and skill. Consider these tips when searching for a new job and avoid having to compromise your current paycheck. —Aisha Taylor

10 Great Productivity Apps for Entrepreneurs

Tech tools that will keep entrepreneurs on task

Apps that help entrepreneurs with productivity.

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5 Surefire Ways to Make Your Website Work for You

Several steps to follow so that your site brings you business

Effective ways to help your website work for you—and your customers.

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Serial tech entrepreneur, Tanisha Robinson, launched TicketFire to help digitize event passes (Image: Tanisha Robinson)

Tanisha Robinson Talks Juggling Ventures, Tech Accelerators and Exit Strategies

See how this serial tech entrepreneur balances it all

TicketFire founder Tanisha Robinson talks juggling more than two tech startups, rocking the tech world…

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Look Under the Hood: 3 Rules for Buying a Website

Here’s what you need to know before purchasing a site

What you need to know before purchasing a website.

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Tech Startup of the Week: TicketFire Helps Ticket Holders Go Paperless

Serial tech entrepreneur Tanisha Robinson makes it easier to re-sell, share, or upgrade event passes

Ticketfire allows anyone with a paper ticket to scan it into a smartphone, where it…

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Teens Prefer Twitter Over Facebook

New study reveals teenagers are flocking to the popular micro-blogging platform

A recent Pew Research Center survey revealed that American teens are engaging on other social…

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7 Tips for Getting the Right Followers on Pinterest

How to get high-quality followers on photo-sharing website

Tips to getting the right followers on photo-sharing website Pinterest.

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Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft’s Xbox One

The latest game console from Microsoft debuted on Tuesday

All the specs on Microsoft’s Xbox One.

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Teens Create Bicycle-Powered Water Filtration System to Provide Safe Drinking Water

High schoolers led a team of inventors, bringing their high-powered device to the White House

Young innovators Kiona Elliot and Payton Karr presented the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam program’s pedal-powered filtration system…

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Does Yahoo’s Tumblr Buy Have the Makings of a Successful Acquisition?

With Yahoo's recent $1.1 billion Tumblr acquisition, one writer details why the buy is a major fail

Internet giant Yahoo revealed on Monday that it has purchased popular blogging and social media…

By Janel Martinez

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Nelson Mandela’s Grandsons Launch Social Network, Mandela.is

Ndaba Mandela and Kweku Mandela Amuah honor grandfather with new social hub

Mandela’s grandsons Ndaba Mandela and Kweku Mandela Amuah discuss the inspiration behind Mandela.is, how the…

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Small Businesses Underutilizing Social Media

3 Tools to Maximize Your Social Media Impact

Make the most out of social media analytics with these tools

Tools you can utilize to make an impact on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Never before has a group of black tech experts and financiers of such high caliber and influence been assembled for a comprehensive and engaging event as this year's Black Enterprise Entrepreneur's Conference in Columbus, Ohio. If you're a tech startup looking for an insider's view of the tech world, then you should be here. But if you can't catch the conversation on Twitter, follow the #BEEC hashtag. 

Here, BlackEnterprise.comtakes a look at 16 tech innovators preparing to educate and empower our registrants this week with business basics and hi-tech tools they'll  need to succeed in our nation's innovation economy.--Marcia Wade Talbert

Meet the Tech Titans at 2013 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference

Check out the tech speakers at the 2013 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference.

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Tioki Founder Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Connects Educators Through Online Network

Young woman of power merges education and technology

Mandela Schumacher-Hodge, co-founder of Tioki, provides insight into the intersection of education and innovation leading…

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Checking Email at Night, on Weekends and Holidays Is the New Norm for U.S. Workforce

When Do You Check Your Email? New Report Says Most Do ‘At All Times’

Report reveals employees read email during weddings, funerals and other family events

The 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., five-day work week is a thing of the past…

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Tech Startup of the Week: Tioki, Where Teachers Go to Network and Learn

Former educator Mandela Schumacher-Hodge helps schools take professional development and hiring digital

Tioki helps people passionate about education connect to one another, discover opportunities, and share information.

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When it comes to social networking sites, LinkedIn is not viewed as one of the most exciting platforms (thanks to the ability to “pin,” “tweet” and “Facebook” nearly any aspect of life), but it is definitely one web-based network you should invest your time in. In fact, there’s a bevy of functions that are raising the stakes, allowing professionals to stay connected with others in and outside of their spheres of influence, access applications and remain up to date on the latest career-related news. Mashable outlines five capabilities you should familiarize yourself with and maximize on LinkedIn:

How to Get LinkedIn Endorsements That Really Matter

LinkedIn users are giving quick recommendations with the skill endorsement tool

Everything you need to know about LinkedIn endorsements.

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Why Your Social Media Strategy Isn’t Working—and How to Fix It

Five simple, easy-to-follow ways to fix your social media strategy

Five reasons your brand’s social media strategy isn’t working, and what you can do to…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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10 Essential Gadgets for Summer Travel

Here are some of the best gadgets to have this summer

Hot tech toys that will ensure you make the most of summertime.

By Janel Martinez

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10 Ways to Send Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts Online

Resources to let you show mom how much she means to you

A list of resources to let you appreciate your mother in special and exceptional ways…

By Janel Martinez

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YouTube Launches Paid-Subscription Channels

Users can now pay to subscribe to channels

Google’s YouTube video site is changing the way it does business, unveiling a pilot program…

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How Brands Get Innovative on Vine

Twitter’s video-based content network allows brands to tap into their creative side

A list of several impressive and ground-breaking Vine campaigns.

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How #BlackTwitter Utilizes Popular Social Media Platform to Change Conversations About Race and Privilege

The Grio contributor explores the multiplicities of #BlackTwitter

The increase in the number of African-Americans using Twitter has sparked a social revolution of…

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It doesn’t matter if you prefer ultrabooks, tablets, or MacBooks, you’re not going anywhere without a smartphone. It is definitely a requirement for every entrepreneur. But a tech entrepreneur needs one because it's web enabled. The Samsung Galaxy S III is a great example. The latest in the Galaxy S series offers more than most smartphones. It has one of the most sophisticated mobile experiences to date. It’s light, thin and can fit right in the palm of any hand, plus the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system makes multitasking simple. You have the option to watch HD videos while emailing or texting, if you so choose.

12 Great Apps for Tech-Savvy Moms

Smartphone-toting moms share their favorite apps

With Mother’s Day around the corner, tech-savvy moms to give their picks on cost-efficient, mom-friendly,…

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Tech Founder Will Lucas Says the Future of Education Will Be Self Curated

Classana co-founder joins Black Enterprise and The Gates Foundation to moderate a symposium on education

Will Lucas is founder of Classana, an educational resource discovery engine.

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New Study Reveals the Secret to Gaining Twitter Followers

Georgia Tech study shows informational content is better than self-expressive statements

A Georgia Tech statistical study reveals that posting informational content trumps self expression.

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YouTube’s Latest Feature Maps Out Videos Trending Across U.S.

Video-sharing website unveils trends map

YouTube’s parent company, Google, unveiled a new feature on Tuesday that maps out today’s most…

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L’Oréal USA Women in Digital to Provide ‘Next Generation Awards’ to Female Entrepreneurs Disrupting Beauty Tech

Leading beauty company to award three woman-led startups for creating innovative technology

L’Oréal USA is looking for three female tech entrepreneurs revolutionizing the beauty industry through innovation.…

By Janel Martinez

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Omar Wasow, co-founder of BlackPlanet, launched the Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School in 2003.

Tech Guru Omar Wasow Explains How to Put More ‘Tech’ into Education

The BlackPlanet.com co-founder joins Black Enterprise and The Gates Foundation to moderate a symposium on education

Black Enterprise will be hosting a symposium on tech in education with the Bill and…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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4 Ways to Successfully Launch a Product on Facebook

How to launch your product on the popular social networking site

BlackEnterprise.com details how you can use Facebook to launch your product.

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Young Father Inspired to Invent Pacifier with Built-In Thermometer

Chicago teen Anthony Halmon moved by daughter to create Thermofier

BlackEnterprise.com spoke to Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) scholar Anthony Halmon about what it…

By Janel Martinez

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Techies Talk E-Commerce During #BETech Twitter Chat

Recap from BlackEnterprise.com’s latest technology conversation

Check out the highlights from the #BETech Twitter chat, “Behind the Screen: E-Commerce Entrepreneurs Share…

By Janel Martinez

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Frederick Townes, co-founder of Placester, will be speaking at the 2013 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference, May 15-18 in Columbus, Ohio.

Tech Startup of the Week: Web-Building Platform Placester Helps Real Estate Pros Stay Competitive

Founder and #BEEC2013 speaker Frederick Townes raised a $2.5 million seed round, see how

Frederick Townes, co-founder of Placester, a marketing and website-building platform for real estate agents, nails…

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Move Over Boys: 4 Coding Schools Just For Girls

Check out these all-girl coding programs

A list of coding education programs directed at women and girls of varying ages.

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13 Million Facebook Users Have Never Touched Their Privacy Settings

How Graph Search affects your privacy

Helpful tips on customizing your privacy settings.

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How to Get Google Now On iPhone and iPad

Tips to setting up the assistant app on iOS devices

With Google Now placing a virtual assistant at your fingertips, here’s a quick how-to guide…

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Chris Rock Causes Morning Mayhem on Social Media, Calls Jason Kidd Gay

The comedian garnered some laughs and scoffs with early morning tweet

The morning after NBA center Jason Collins announced he was gay, receiving an incredible amount…

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How to Stay Connected to Your Customers Using CRM Software

CRM tools and tips brands should use

BlackEnterprise.com identifies four ways you can stay in touch with customers using CRM software.

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Ola Ayeni, founder of Dining Dialog, helps restaurant owners build customer loyalty with his platform eateria.

Tech Startup of the Week: Eateria Serves Up Digital Deals Based on Customer Loyalty

Ola Ayeni's business helps restaurant and hospitality entrepreneurs manage social media marketing

Eateria is a digital loyalty platform for restaurateurs who want to measure, track, and validate…

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25 Most Engaged Brands on Twitter

Notebook of Love (@Notebook) tops the list, followed by Disney (@disneywords), and then ESPN (@ESPN)

Social media startup Nestivity announced the 25 most engaged brands on Twitter on Thursday.

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Chicago High School Student Creates App to Connect Caregivers to Parents

Shaquiesha Davis presented her Baby B 4 Me app at 3rd Annual White House Science Fair

Chicago high-schooler Shaquiesha Davis presented her Baby B 4 Me app at the 3rd annual…

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It may not be much of a surprise when names such as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Secretary of State Hilda Solis or singing sensations Bruno Mars or Cassie are recognized as Hispanic, but you might be taken aback when you hear actresses Reagan Gomez-Preston (The Parent ‘Hood/One on One) or Gina Torres (I Think I Love My Wife) are added to that very list, along with singers like Maxwell and Kelis. As part of our Hispanic Heritage Month coverage, BlackEnterprise.com is highlighting 15 figures in business, politics, arts and entertainment who you may not know are Latino.---Janel Martinez

 

5 Vital Tech Questions to Ask Your Startup

Consider these hard-hitting tech questions

Five critical tech questions to ask your startup.

By Janel Martinez

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6 Coding Apps for Kids

Ways to get your child involved in the coding movement

Apps that will help kids get their code on.

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Get a head start. Waiting until the last minute to order your textbooks could result in high shipping fees and limited options. So always try to get a list of required textbooks and materials as early as possible. That way, before school starts you’ll not only have the chance to shop around, but also the time necessary to get books sent to you without paying extra “rush charges” for expedited shipping.

4 Ways Colleges Can Take Their Digital Presence to the Next Level

Tips colleges and universities can use to attract prospective students on social media, digital platforms

BlackEnterprise.com highlights the methods academic institutions should take to bring their social media presence from…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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3 Easy-to-Use Platforms to Start Your Website

How to pick the right platform for your website

Whether you want a basic blog or a full-blown website, here are your options.

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Jason Derulo Takes to Vine to Promote New Single

Recording artist uses video-sharing app to garner engagement around “The Other Side”

Early adopter to video-sharing app Vine, Jason Derulo is using the 2-month old social networking…

By Janel Martinez

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BlackStartup.com Helps Black-Owned Businesses Secure Funding

Morehouse College alums create crowdfunding platform for African-American entrepreneurs

A group of Morehouse College alums wanted to help other entrepreneurs on their quest for…

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Girl Scouts Chapter to Introduce Patch for Video Game Development

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and Women in Games International partner to create new skill patch

The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles has partnered with Women in Games International to…

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Do you have any career advancement or job seeking issues you'd like addressed? E-mail questions to careerquestions@blackenterprise.com. Aisha Taylor (@realTAYLORmade) is co-owner and chief consultant at TAYLORmade Professional Career Consulting, a Web-based, full-service career consulting company committed to “equipping, preparing, and empowering today’s professional” globally. Check out her weekly insights on job-seeking and interviewing success every Friday on BlackEnterprise.com.

5 Strategies to Grow Your Email List

Tried-and-true tactics to develop your list

If you want to grow your email list, follow these tried-and-true tactics to grow your…

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Tech Startup of the Week: Bolstr Let’s Small Businesses Navigate Equity Investments Like Wall Street

Dynamic revenue-sharing engine allows 'main street small businesses' to connect with potential investors

One year after the JOBS Act, small businesses can use Bolstr to raise money from…

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BEYOND THE MUSIC  

“Music is the best way to sell other stuff,” says Ken Hertz, principal of Membrain. Despite many disruptions in the music industry, album sales rose to 330.6 million in 2011, a 1.3% increase over 2010. That’s not the only thing that’s rising. 

The future of digital media will see new streams of revenue and business models for artists beyond selling music, especially where social networks are concerned. This can come in the form of venture investments, sponsored tweets, increased concert and merchandising sales, and even landing a gig as the creative director of a leading company.

Will Twitter’s Music App Enhance Your Listening Experience?

Microblogging platform launches Twitter #music

Reports reveal that Twitter is gearing up to launch a music app on Friday. Citing…

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10 Awesome Apps for Grad Students

Check out these student-friendly applications

List of the best apps for graduate students.

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Are You Guilty of Showrooming?

57% of showroomers test products, then order on Amazon

While many shoppers are saving, retailers are getting hit hard by the rise in showrooming.…

By Janel Martinez

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6 Ways to Use Foursquare to Market Your Business

How your brand can use the location-based check-ins app

BlackEnterprise.com provides tips to marketing your business on the location-based check-ins application Foursquare.

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Google Rolls Out Person Finder Following Boston Marathon Explosions

Tech giant launches Person Finder to assist in locating victims of Boston marathon

Google launches Person Finder to assist in Boston marathon explosions on Monday.

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It’s only Wednesday, but already it is a full and eventful week in tech.  In this fast-paced industry, it’s out with the old (news about Facebook’s IPO) and in with the new—more news and speculation surrounding the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company. With talks of Facebook setting up shop to create a smartphone and Google Glass resurfacing with new developments, here’s a look at top tech moments so far this week.--Janel Martinez

5 Million American Households Tune Out Traditional TV

Growing number of people turning to Internet, cellphones to watch shows

With pricey cable and satellite TV services and an increase in “second screen” viewing, a…

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Will You Add a Smartwatch to Your Tech Wishlist?

The year of the smartwatch is upon us

Reports have surfaced that Microsoft is joining Apple, Samsung and LG in the development of…

By Janel Martinez

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When it comes to social networking sites, LinkedIn is not viewed as one of the most exciting platforms (thanks to the ability to “pin,” “tweet” and “Facebook” nearly any aspect of life), but it is definitely one web-based network you should invest your time in. In fact, there’s a bevy of functions that are raising the stakes, allowing professionals to stay connected with others in and outside of their spheres of influence, access applications and remain up to date on the latest career-related news. Mashable outlines five capabilities you should familiarize yourself with and maximize on LinkedIn:

How to Use LinkedIn’s New Facebook-Like Mentions Feature

Platform begins rolling out tagging feature

How to use LinkedIn’s new mentions feature.

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Jon Gosier, co-founded MetaLayer, a data management platform, in 2011.

Tech Startup of the Week: MetaLayer Takes Big Data and Makes Sense of It

Big data benefits non-profits, not just techies and big businesses

Big data company MetaLayer created a powerful platform that is simple to use.

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Top 5 Email Productivity Boosters

Services that will cut down time spent on emails

Five services to make your email experience smoother and make your day more productive.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and tech heavyweights announce political advocacy group, FWD.us (Image: FWD.us)

Mark Zuckerberg and Other Tech Leaders Launch Advocacy Organization

Facebook founder announces FWD.us in Washington Post op-ed

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is joining forces with tech heavyweights to run FWD.us, a political…

By Janel Martinez

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Dropbox Revamps Business Features

File hosting service adds new capabilities

Dropbox’s business-focused offering Dropbox for Teams is now Dropbox for Business, the cloud-based file hosting…

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Has Social Media Caused You to Cut Friendships Short?

Twitter beefs, Facebook foes and IG trolls, social climate is breeding tension between friends

A recent online survey conducted by corporate training firm VitalSmarts shows nearly 20% of people…

By Janel Martinez

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Kathryn Finney launched Digital Undivided with the intent of providing initiatives that change the digital space by increasing the number of urban women digital entrepreneurs.

Kathryn Finney Is FOCUSed on Getting Black Women STARTed in Tech

DigitalUndivided launches START, an event focused on bringing tech entrepreneurship to urban communities

Kathryn Finney, founder of The Budget Fashionista and DigitalUndivided, a social enterprise focused on increasing…

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Is It On Your Radar? 83% of Americans Have No Clue BlackBerry 10 Has Launched

New survey shows most Americans are unaware of the smartphone company’s latest operating system and smartphones

Most Americans don’t even know that the BlackBerry 10 has launched yet, according to a…

By Janel Martinez

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Brick City Entrepreneurs Hack It Out At #BlackHack NWK

Blerdology holds hackathon at close of Newark Tech Week

Rutgers Business School juniors Christopher Arthur and Christopher Akparanta won #BlackHack NWK hackathon for CampusBord,…

By Janel Martinez

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When it comes to social networking sites, LinkedIn is not viewed as one of the most exciting platforms (thanks to the ability to “pin,” “tweet” and “Facebook” nearly any aspect of life), but it is definitely one web-based network you should invest your time in. In fact, there’s a bevy of functions that are raising the stakes, allowing professionals to stay connected with others in and outside of their spheres of influence, access applications and remain up to date on the latest career-related news. Mashable outlines five capabilities you should familiarize yourself with and maximize on LinkedIn:

5 Steps to Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile

How to create an enticing profile

BlackEnterprise.com’s social media contributor S. Lynn Cooper highlights what you should do to optimize your…

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10 Critical Questions to Ask When Hiring a Mobile App Developer

Here’s how to find the right developer

Ten important questions to ask mobile app developers to help you choose the right person…

By Janel Martinez

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Bravo Expands on Digital Initiatives, Launches ‘Real Housewives Awards’

Popular network announces crowdsourced awards initiative

Bravo to launch “The Real Housewives Awards” as a 2013 digital initiative.

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U.N. Marks 1000-Day Milestone with Digital Rally

Today marks 1,000 days until target date of reaching goals outlined in Millennium Declaration

The United Nations, U.N. Foundation and other international organizations have launched Momentum1000, a global, “digital…

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Kalikie Co-founders, Bruce Hopkins and Tirrell Payton, wanted to create a text-to-speech platform that kept users engaged.

Tech Startup of the Week: Kaliki App In-Car Integration Allows Commuters to Listen and Drive

Founders Bruce Hopkins and Tirrell Payton are bringing on-demand content to road warriors

Kaliki Audio Newsstand partners with media publishers to convert their print and digital media into…

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Triumph or (Facebook) Fail: Will You Use Facebook’s App-Meets-OS Creation?

The 9 year-old platform has dominated the social landscape, and coming for a space in the smartphone/operating system game

SoundOff: What do you think of Facebook Home, an app-meets-operating system that allows users to…

By Janel Martinez

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Do you have any career advancement or job seeking issues you'd like addressed? E-mail questions to careerquestions@blackenterprise.com. Aisha Taylor (@realTAYLORmade) is co-owner and chief consultant at TAYLORmade Professional Career Consulting, a Web-based, full-service career consulting company committed to “equipping, preparing, and empowering today’s professional” globally. Check out her weekly insights on job-seeking and interviewing success every Friday on BlackEnterprise.com.

3 Ways to Spring Clean Your Inbox

Tips to de-cluttering and organizing email

Tips to spring cleaning your inbox.

By Janel Martinez

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Facebook to Announce Phone Plans at Android Event

Will Mark Zuckerberg actually release a Facebook phone?

Facebook is scheduled to give invited press an opportunity to view “Facebook Home” and a…

By Janel Martinez

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40 Years of Cellphone History

Happy 40th birthday to the cellphone

The original cellphone, which debuted in 1973, paved the way for many of today’s mobile…

By Janel Martinez

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#SoundOff: Is Technology Helping or Hurting Children’s Development?

Study shows 52% of kids have access to mobile devices at home

Is technology helping or hurting children’s development? BlackEnterprise.com wants to hear from you.

By Janel Martinez

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April Fools’ Day 101: What You Can Learn From Brand Hoaxes

See what you can learn about social media marketing from this year’s pranks

BlackEnterprise.com has come up with five ways to inject personality into your brand’s social media…

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Women of Power: 4 Boss Moves to Get Salary You Deserve

As the pay gap for women and men is highlighted today for Equal Pay Day,…

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10th Women of Power Summit Most Successful of All Time

Last week, Black Enterprise’s 10th Women of Power Summit, hosted by State Farm in Ft.…

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