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Google Celebrates Miriam Makeba on Her 81st Birthday

South Africa’s first lady of song honored in today’s Google Doodle

Google honors South African performer Miriam Makeba on what would’ve been her 81st birthday, March…

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Michelle Obama Hangs Out With Kelly Ripa, Talks Child Health Initiatives

The First Lady participates in Let’s Move! Fireside Hangout on Google+

Michelle Obama hosts Google+ Hangout as part of a three-year anniversary celebration of the “Let’s…

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Small Business advice from Twitter’s Founder

4 Tips to Choosing the Perfect Hashtag

How to pick the right hashtag for a social media marketing campaign

Four simple tips to choosing an effective hashtag.

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How to Use Social Media, Without Getting Sucked In

4 ways to avoid getting sucked in by social media

In honor of the National Day of Unplugging, here are 4 ways to avoid getting…

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Whether you’re stateside or abroad, social media has made our world a  lot smaller. Last week’s Social Media Week (SMW) events and  conversations, many of which took place on Twitter, Facebook and  Instagram, to name a few platforms, are proof that geographic borders  can’t contain the flow of ideas in the digital age. 

With the dust slowly settling on SMW Lagos, which made its debut in Africa last Monday, BlackEnterprise.com is highlighting power women in Africa who have made a sizeable social  impact. These women were selected for their influence and position in  their respective industry, relevance within their field or due to their  promising future. 

From socialites and politicians to actresses and technophiles, these 10 power women should be on your Twitter list: --Claudine Moore

International Influence: 10 Power Women in Africa to Follow on Twitter

From socialites and politicians to actresses and models, hese 10 power men should be on…

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6 Ways to Keep Your Brand Hack-Free in Social Media

Stay safe in cyberspace with these helpful tips

BlackEnterprise.com highlights several tips to minimize your brand’s risk of being hacked.

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New Android App Helps You Create a ‘Harlem Shake’ Video

App offers step-by-step instructions on creating dance craze video

Harlem Shake Video Creator, a new Android app, is helping Harlem Shake enthusiasts create their…

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International Influence: 10 Power Men in Africa to Follow on Twitter

From executives to entertainers, these 10 power men should be on your Twitter list

BlackEnterprise.com is highlighting power men in Africa.

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5 Ways to Establish Yourself as a Thought Leader Online

Use your digital presence to brand yourself as an industry expert

BlackEnterprise.com provides five ways you can establish yourself as a credible expert within your industry.…

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App Addiction: Survey Shows 85% of Smartphone Users Would Rather Give Up Water Than Apps

Mobile app behavior survey sheds light on app appeal

API company Apingee released results from its 2013 Mobile App Behavior survey of smartphone owners,…

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Google Introduces Its Own Social Log-In Feature

Tech giant introduces new sign-in feature

Google announced Google+ sign-in on Tuesday, which allows the networking site’s users to sign into…

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10 #BlackTwitter Favorites

Whether they’re serving up controversy or thought-provoking tidbits, these notables will keep you stalking their Twitter feed

From politicians to celebrities, African Americans are making their mark through social media, garnering worldwide…

By Winston Ford

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Teen Tech Bash Introduces Students to App, Game & Web Design

Teenagers spend one Friday night each month learning to code and develop apps

Teen Tech Bash, which began in January 2013, is an overnight event staffed with educators,…

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5 Future Leaders in Technology

These innovators are making a name for themselves in the tech space

BlackEnterprise.com features 5 future leaders in tech are not only creating a path, but defying…

By Winston Ford

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NYC iPhone Theft On the Rise, NYPD Creates Task Force

Task force developed to track stolen iPhones, iPads

The recent spike in iPhone theft in New York City has caused the New York…

By Janel Martinez

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Tech Startup of The Week: Around The Way Ranks Teamwork #1 for Success

Janine Hausif chose to build a company with experts who could add value and benefit the bottomline

Around The Way App is The Tech Startup of the Week for February 17-23. Co-founder…

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5 Common Social Media Myths for Business Debunked

Social networking myths exposed

BlackEnterprise.com debunks 5 common social media myths.

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Sony Teases Gamers At PlayStation 4 Reveal

Electronics giant announces PS4, promising cloud capabilities and social interaction

Nine years after PlayStation hit the gaming industry, Sony has gifted gamers with PlayStation 4.

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Real-World Influence 

The new algorithm is making social networking prowess less of a big deal. In addition to factoring in your actions on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other networks already included, Klout now uses information from Wikipedia.

“We had to figure out how to balance the real-world influence with the online influence,” said Klout founder and CEO Joe Fernandez. “We still lean more toward the online influence but now your real-world influence is coming more and more into play.”

Read more at Mashable…

18 Notable (Black) Social Media Moments

From Whitney's passing to #hoodiesforTrayvon, see the top social media moments

With Blacks at the helm of social conversations, BlackEnterprise.com takes a closer look at the…

By Winston Ford

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New media has changed the way businesses function, increasing the amount of power consumers hold. This shift is evident in the way consumers use, socialize and interact with brands on the Web. Let’s face it: We are now, all—like it or not—immersed in a socially driven society, where the need to share every move, want, or purchase is apparent via our Google+ circles, Foursquare and Facebook check-ins, and instantaneous Twitter updates. 

Ann Mack, Director of Trendspotting at JWT in New York, set out Monday to inform brands how they can take advantage of social media at the opening of Social Media Week, showcasing some top consumer trends and the various ways customers interact with them. See what four trends brands should pay close attention to this year--and beyond. --Noni Cavaliere

History in the Making: Social Media Week Expands to Africa

First-ever Social Media Week Lagos debuts with much success

Social Media Week Lagos made its debut on Monday. Attendees have the opportunity to sit…

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Quincy Jones Launches Music Education App, Playground Sessions

Famed music producer co-created music version of Rosetta Stone

Music legend Quincy Jones launched a new music education app Tuesday called Playground Sessions.

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4 Tips for Vending with Square From Conventions and Festivals

Repeat Square user provides best practices for using electronic payment service

Business owner Karla Spencer-George provides fellow vendors with tips for using Square.

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10 Apps to Improve Your Morning Commute

These apps will save you—and your morning travel routine

Ten apps that will make commuting life a bit easier.

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Black Girls Hack Changes Name to Blerdology

Founders of #BlackHack unveil new name and website

In an effort to reach a wider audience of budding innovators, entrepreneurs and tech professionals,…

By Janel Martinez

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3 Tips for Managing Your Business’ Reputation on the Web

How to stay on top of your online presence

BlackEnterprise.com outlines how you can manage your business’ online reputation.

By S. Lynn Cooper

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First Grader Zora Ball Becomes Youngest Person to Create Mobile App Video Game

Pint-size programmer develops app

Inventive first grader Zora Bell took technology into her own hands, becoming the youngest person…

By Janel Martinez

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Not a Morning Person? 6 Apps That Make Mornings a Little Brighter

Applications that make the am grind a bit easier

Six apps that will make your morning more manageable.

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Tech Startup of the Week: Boomdizzle Gives Aspiring Artists a Platform for Collaboration

Renaissance man LL Cool J co-founds an online community

Black Enterprise chose LL Cool J as this week’s Tech Startup of the Week because…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Love & Tech: State of Love Report Reveals Social Media Users’ Thoughts on Valentine’s Day

Top most romantic states include California, Texas and Hawaii

State of Love Report, which examined 2.1 million conversation threads regarding thoughts on Valentine’s Day…

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:

Dos and Don’ts of LinkedIn Leads

Ways to generate leads on the professional network

To digitally network and generate leads on LinkedIn, BlackEnterprise.com detailed what you need to do…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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All-Star to Tech Star: Why Black Athletes Need to Get in the Startup Game

Athletes-turned-startup founders call for a transition from the stadium to the Valley

Startup founders, Ryan Nece and Garrett Johnson, make a case for African-American athletes and their…

By Garrett Johnson

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3 Ways to Weigh In During the State of the Union Address

The State of the Union goes interactive, let your voice be heard

BlackEnterprise.com highlights 3 ways you can make your State of the Union much more interactive.…

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President Obama to Host Second Google Hangout

The president to hold a Fireside Hangout on Thursday

Two days after delivering the State of the Union address to Congress, the president will…

By Janel Martinez

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Real-World Influence 

The new algorithm is making social networking prowess less of a big deal. In addition to factoring in your actions on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other networks already included, Klout now uses information from Wikipedia.

“We had to figure out how to balance the real-world influence with the online influence,” said Klout founder and CEO Joe Fernandez. “We still lean more toward the online influence but now your real-world influence is coming more and more into play.”

Read more at Mashable…

Social Media Networks Are Not Created Equal: How to Choose the Right Platform for Your Brand

How to choose the best social network

BlackEnterprise.com outlines how to choose the best social networking platform for your brand.

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Zuhairah Scott Washington founded Kahnoodle, an iPhone/iPod app to help couples have fun while working on their relationship.

Tech Startup of the Week: Kahnoodle, An App to Keep Love Alive

Zuhairah Scott Washington employs gamification to teach couples how to make each other happy

Black Enterprise’s Tech Startup of the Week is Kahnoodle, an iPhone/iPod app that uses gamification…

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Freshwire’s Shawn Amos On Social Media’s Role in Creating Grammy Buzz

The chief executive outlines the social impact on the 55th Annual Grammy Awards

CEO of Freshwire Shawn Amos discusse how the Grammy Awards embrace of social and digital…

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Black Founders’ HBCU Hackathon Tour Exposes Students to the Art of Hacking

Organization hosts first-ever hackathon for HBCU community in Atlanta

The first HBCUHacks event took place in Atlanta at Hypepotamus, an entrepreneurial startup and collaboration…

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Create a Platform for your Business

The Internet is run primarily by four platforms: Amazon, iTunes, Google, and Facebook.  The valuable lesson that I’ve learned about this is that owning a platform is critical in developing a sustainable business strategy.  What is a platform? According to Phil Simon (author of The Age of Platform), a platform is defined as “an extremely valuable and powerful ecosystem that […] scales, morphs, and incorporates new features, users, customers, vendors, and partners.”   A platform gives entrepreneurs a greater opportunity to scale their business for sustainable growth. For example the NewMe Accelerator (Angela Benton and Wayne Sutton), TechStars (Brad Feld and David Cohen) and The Lean Startup (Eric Ries) are great examples of platforms that were developed by entrepreneurs.

NewME Accelerator Announces Pop-Up Tour Schedule

Starting in our nation’s capital, the pop-up tour will hit 8 cities

Kicking off in Washington, DC, NewME Accelerator announced its eight-city tour on Wednesday.

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New Mailbox App for iPhone Helps You Better Manage Your Gmail Inbox

Free app helps keep your messages in order

Mailbox, a free iPhone app, is designed to fix email clutter by organizing your Gmail.…

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Facebook Fatigue: Most Americans Take a Break From the Site

Survey finds 61% of Facebook users have taken a break from the service

A new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project revealed that…

By Janel Martinez

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4 Lessons From Successful Social Media Ninjas

Tips to tackling social media like a pro

BlackEnterprise.com spoke to several social media savvy folks to get their take on the precision…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Love & Tech: 48% of Single Women Research Dates on Facebook

Recent Match.com survey shows women engage in pre-date research--and Facebook is their source of choice

Match.com, which asked over 5,000 single and married people about their dating habits, revealed 48%…

By Janel Martinez

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All Hail Queen Bey! Beyonce Announces ‘Mrs. Carter Show’ World Tour On YouTube

The “Crazy in Love” songstress serves up the royal treatment in video teaser

Beyonce released a video teaser for her tour titled “The Mrs. Carter Show” on YouTube.…

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By the Numbers: Beyonce’s Super Bowl Halftime Show A Social Media Success

“The Queen of Pop” blazed the stage and the social networking scene with her electric performance

A by-the-numbers social media breakdown of Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show.

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In 2011, tech co-founders Mike McGee and Neal Sales-Griffin started Code Academy, a 12 week program to teach people how to build websites and mobile apps.

The Starter League to Train Chicago Teachers on Web Development Curriculum

Chicago-based startup partners with Chicago Public Schools and the City Colleges of Chicago

The Starter League (formerly Code Academy), a Chicago-based beginner-focused software school that teaches people how…

By Janel Martinez

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Viewers Choice: 5 Super Bowl Moments You Helped Create

Social media users help brands pick Super Bowl spots

Here, BlackEnterprise.com take a look at how several well-known brands are building interactive social campaigns…

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BlackBerry Unveils Revamped OS, New Devices and First-Ever Global Creative Director Alicia Keys

The company puts emphasis on integration and productivity with new operating system and hardware

BlackEnterprise.com breaks down BlackBerry’s big announcement, emphasizing integration and productivity with the new operating system…

By Terrance Gaines

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Socialcam Founder Michael Seibel On Giving (Video) Power to the People

Former CEO of Justin.tv gives us the latest post-acquisition

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Socialcam CEO and co-founder Michael Seibel to talk about the nearly…

By Janel Martinez

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5 Tips to Improve Engagement With Video-Sharing App Vine

With the recent release of the Twitter-owned service, see how your brand can create engaging content

Five ways you can use Vine to increase online engagement.

By S. Lynn Cooper

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5 Tech Inventions We’d Like To See From Nas, Mark Zuckerberg and Ben Horowitz

Some are calling the recent dinner-date a “Meeting of the Dons”

BlackEnterprise.com explores 5 tech inventions that could’ve come from this weekend’s “meeting of the dons”…

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Freshwire’s Shawn Amos on User Reviews Giving Power to the People

The chief executive explores consumers growing trust in user reviews

Freshwire CEO Shawn Amos discusses the influence of online reviews.

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Twitter Launches Video-Sharing Service Vine

After acquiring Vine last fall, the social network unveiled the free iOS app

Social network Twitter unveils free iOS app, Vine.

By Janel Martinez

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Tech Startup of the Week: OnceLogix Provides Innovative Solutions for the Healthcare Industry

Entrepreneurial trio provides healthcare solutions...the tech way

BlackEnterprise.com’s Tech Startup of the Week highlights different tech entrepreneurs and the innovative companies they’ve…

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Annual Survey Ranks Technology As the World’s Most-Trusted Industry

Edelman’s Trust Barometer places tech industry at the top for seventh straight year

According to the Edelman Trust Barometer findings, technology is the most-trusted industry, beating out the…

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Black Hackers Involved in National Day of Civic Hacking

White House announces National Day of Civic Hacking

The White House announced on Tuesday the National Day of Civic Hacking, which is scheduled…

By Janel Martinez

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Social Media Envy: Study Shows Facebook May Make You Envious

Popular social networking site causing discomfort among one in three people

According to researchers from two German universities, Facebook may cause you to feel envious. The…

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Freshwire’s Shawn Amos Talks Facebook Graph Search

The chief executive explores Facebook’s latest feature in weekly video segment

Freshwire CEO Shawn Amos discusses Facebook Graph Search in the latest episode of “60 Seconds…

By Janel Martinez

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Instagram Is Still Hot, Reports 90 Million Monthly Active Users

The photo-sharing mobile app’s users post 40 million photos per day

Instagram reported on Thursday that it now has 90 million monthly active users, 40 million…

By Janel Martinez

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10 Tech Moguls to Watch in 2013

Who's next in tech?

Highlight of the top 10 Blacks in technology.

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The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held every January in Las Vegas, Nevada, showcases technology from all over the world in every category imaginable from kitchen appliances to automotive technology. With the deluge of reviews and recommendations that surface in the wake of the event, it is difficult for consumers to choose the hardware, software, and accessories that reliably meet their needs. As such,  Black Enterprise Magazine  would like to take the opportunity to step in as your technology advisers. Here, we've chosen products in 17 categories, which we believe have achieved success in their commitment to excellence in innovation. Congratulations to our 2013 CES Best in Show Award winners!

Black Enterprise Presents: The International CES 2013 Best in Show Awards

These 17 Products represent the Cream of the Crop for electronics, software, and accessories

Black Enterprise’s first annual International CES Best in Show Awards includes 17 categories for business,…

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Luggage Tracker Trakdot Ensures Travelers Never Lose Their Suitcase Again

Pint-sized device helps you keep track of your suitcase

GlobaTrac, LLC debuted a tracking device, Trakdot, at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show. The…

By Janel Martinez

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6 Easy Ways to Increase Your Blog’s Traffic

Tips on getting month-over-month traffic growth

If you’re looking to increase traffic to your blog, here are six surefire ways to…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Tech Platform Qubeey Announces Partnership with Director Bill Duke

The filmmaker will produce an interactive web series that allows viewers to change the storyline

Black-owned tech company, Qubeey, Inc. will partner with Bill Duke to create a web series…

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6 Weirdest Gadgets at CES 2013

Whether good or bad, the Consumer Electronics Show never ceases to amaze attendees

List of the 6 strangest products seen at CES 2013.

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Monster Makes Celeb-Fueled Announcements at CES 2013

High-performance headphones company kicked off 2013 with a star-studded, Avenger-esque team of brand ambassadors

With Nick Cannon, Tyson Beckford and Xzibit in tow, the brand unveils new lineup of…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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4 Ways to Get More Comments and ‘Likes’ On Facebook

Give them something to talk about with these tips

If you’re wondering how you get fans to comment and “like” your brand posts, here…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Attending the International Consumer Electronics Show, you’ll undoubtedly meet the best techies ever. This year there were more black bloggers, journalists, and analysts than ever before. It’s nice to know that the world will be able to read and watch CES coverage from an African-American perspective. Besides, the gadgets come and go. Next year, 4K LCD monitors may be obsolete, but the personal connections will exist for years to come. Here are just a few of the most interesting people that crossed my path on the first day of CES 2013.—Marcia Wade Talbert

#BlacksinTech: Faces of CES 2013

Staying true to our editorial mission to showcase entrepreneurs and technology experts of color, BlackEnterprise.com…

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CES 2013: 4 Tech Trends to Watch

From larger screens to big data, see what's in store for the tech industry this year and beyond

Before 2013 International CES begins, Consumer Electronics Association executives explain trends that have affected innovation…

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Freshwire’s Shawn Amos Talks Smart TVs at CES

With less than a week to go, the chief executive is exploring one of the biggest tech trends of the year

Freshwire CEO Shawn Amos discusses the smart appliance boom, starting with smart TVs, in the…

By Janel Martinez

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With over 200 social networking sites at your disposal, it can be a challenge determining the best options for optimizing traffic to your blog. That was a topic of discussion at the 5th annual Blogging While Brown conference, held June 1-2, in Philadelphia, PA at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Hundreds of aspiring and seasoned bloggers, influencers and social media aficionados congregated to network and discuss the changes taking place across the Web. With growing one’s audience on nearly every attendee’s mind, here’s a look at how bloggers can build, observe and engage with their audience.--Yoli Ouiya

How Brands Can Capitalize on Social Media Trends for 2013

5 social media trends you should not ignore

Emerging trends you should take notice of that can put your business ahead of the…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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5 Ways Social Media Will Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions Alive

Social networking sites can help you commit this New Year

A list of ways you can use social media to keep your New Year’s goals…

By Janel Martinez

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Freshwire’s Shawn Amos on How Brands Can Stay Afloat in 2013

The chief executive pinpoints 3 steps brands need to take to stay on top

Freshwire CEO Shawn Amos discusses how brands can stay on top next year in the…

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Kindle Fire ($200) 

One of the many cool things about the Kindle Fire is that it can link seamlessly with Amazon’s various services, including video, digital music, magazine and book, providing a library full of over 18 million  options. There’s also access to thousands of cool apps for Netflix, Pandora, and Hulu, via the Android app store. Featuring a full-color multi-touch 7-inch display, the Kindle Fire allows users to take full advantage of its powerful and ultra-fast Web browser. While there are various competitive tablets on the market, the Fire makes for an affordable alternative.

Survey Shows More Americans Are Reading on Tablets

E-book readership is up

The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, recently found that the number of…

By Yannique Benitez

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Expand Your Reading Collection…for Free

Even in the Internet age, the public library is still a great resource. There’s no time like the present to renew or start using your library card again. With an endless selection of great reads, check out the latest novel by your favorite author or get introduced to the classics. Reading, after all, is fundamental. Might we suggest financial guru Deborah Owens’ A Purse of Your Own, which offers great insights on how to train yourself to become financially secure.

Libraries Adapt to Changing Times

Local branches are adding extra features to fulfill growing demands

With the help of technology, libraries are reinventing themselves.

By Yannique Benitez

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MTA Releases An App to Track Trains

Subway Time will figure out when your next train is coming

MTA announced on Friday a smartphone app that will provide train-arrival times on seven of…

By Janel Martinez

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230 Best iPad Apps of 2012

Whether you have the iPad 4 or the now extinct iPad 3, see which apps suit you best

The best iPad apps of 2012.

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Review Roundup: HTC Droid DNA vs. LG Nexus 4

Will Droid DNA’s battery life out power the Nexus 4’s design and performance?

Side-by-side comparison of the HTC Droid DNA and the LG Nexus 4.

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Netflix Plans to Make Your Video Rental History Public

The company will roll out “social features”

Netflix to introduce “social features” for U.S. users in 2013.

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Verone Mankou Tailors Affordable Smartphone and Tablet to African Market

Congolese entrepreneur brings the “for us, by us” model to technology

Tech startup VMK, the brainchild of Congolese inventor Verone Mankou, is offering sleek mobile devices…

By Janel Martinez

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With 87 million women between the ages of 18 and 76 years old online, and another 69 million using social media on a weekly basis, according to BlogHer’s Social Media Matters study, it’s fair to say women run the world web. It’s one of the reasons social media influencer Ananda Leeke founded the Digital Sisterhood Network. The “Jill of Many Trades” (she’s a lawyer-turned-author, as well as an artist, coach, innerpreneur, yoga instructor, among other things) sparked a movement that consists of a national and international following; an entire month dedicated to women in social media, Digital Sisterhood Month, which takes place in December. There’s also a weekly celebration on Twitter and Facebook, entitled #DigitalSisterhood Wednesdays, geared toward shouting out your network and igniting meaningful conversation. As the organization’s designated month comes to a close, Digital Sisterhood announced the 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year. The Digital Sisterhood 100 is comprised of seven categories: Creativista, Empirista, Empowerista, Enchantista, Evangelista, Flowista, and Lifestylista. Take a look at who made the list: --Janel Martinez

Digital Sisterhood Network Announces 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year

Digital Sisterhood announced the 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year. The Digital Sisterhood 100 is…

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New Cars Will Be Equipped with ‘Black Boxes’

Federal regulators proposing black boxes come installed in new automobiles

After September 2014, new cars will likely be equipped with the tracking devices, better known…

By Yannique Benitez

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Online Holiday Sales Soar to $39 Billion

Last shopping week before Christmas saw 53% growth in spending

Online sales this season are up by 16% to $38.7 billion, according to ComScore.

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DON’T FORGET REAL FANS FUND FILMS

Getting support for a film is much easier in our digital world. LaMothe suggests aspiring filmmakers reach out for fan support through sites like Kickstarter.  “It’s a Website designed for filmmakers who are seeking funding for films,” he says. “[It] seems to be filling out very well for a lot of independent filmmakers. Basically it allows your average filmgoer, contributing their 25 cents or whatever amount of money they want, to contribute by putting a budget in the timeline. With those budgets you can hopefully seek some form of funding for your film.”

Kickstarter Helps Revive Cheated Blues Singer’s Career

Internet entrepreneur helps singer raise money for upcoming project

Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian helps blues singer Lester Chambers raise money via Kickstarter for a…

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10 Products That Have Virtually Expired in 2012

See which products won't make it into 2013

Take a look at 10 products that have disappeared from store shelves in the last…

By Janel Martinez

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Freshwire’s Shawn Amos On Instagram’s Historic Year

The chief executive weighs in on the platform’s extreme highs and end-of-the-year low

In the latest episode of “60 Seconds of Social Media,” Shawn Amos explores Instagram’s year…

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STEM Careers  

Education is important for the jobs of the future so Obama’s election-year initiative will ensure the next generation of African Americans will be prepared. The president has already made STEM education a key priority with initiatives like Race to the Top and the “Educate to Innovate” campaign. With growth in STEM jobs three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs over the last 10 years, it’s an area of opportunity for future jobseekers. Throughout the next decade, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17%, compared to nearly 10-percent growth for other occupations.

Kayak Reveals the Best and Worst Times to Travel

See what you should know before traveling this holiday season

VentureBeat collaborated with Kayak and Visual.ly to create an infographic of the best and worst…

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Spin Becomes Next Glossy to Halt Print Edition, Beefs Up Online Presence

The industry has lost another one to the digital content push

Like Newsweek, Spin will stop its print edition. The parent company Buzzmedia will now focus…

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Cory Booker Announces He’s Exploring 2014 Senate Bid in YouTube Video

Famed mayor uses video-sharing platform to discuss possible run for Senate

Cory Booker announced on YouTube yesterday that he would complete his second term as mayor…

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Remember when celebrity perfumes and clothing lines were all the rage? Well, things have most certainly changed. Now instead of hocking brands like RocaWear and FUBU, many tech-savvy celebs are sporting everything from headphone companies to mobile apps. From Dr. Dre to Will.i.am, to LL Cool J, celebrity tech deals seemed to be the norm in 2012 as companies compete for an increasingly tech-centric audience. – Winston Ford

Top Celebrity Tech Deals of 2012

From Dr. Dre to Will.i.am, to LL Cool J, celebrity tech deals seemed to be…

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STEM Careers  

Education is important for the jobs of the future so Obama’s election-year initiative will ensure the next generation of African Americans will be prepared. The president has already made STEM education a key priority with initiatives like Race to the Top and the “Educate to Innovate” campaign. With growth in STEM jobs three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs over the last 10 years, it’s an area of opportunity for future jobseekers. Throughout the next decade, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17%, compared to nearly 10-percent growth for other occupations.

Airport Body Scanners Undergo Another Investigation Amid Radiation Allegations

TSA wants to put the radiation claims to rest

New Advanced Image Technology scanners have come under fire, again, for possibly emitting harmful levels…

By Yannique Benitez

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Gamer Fit Nation’s Antwand Pearman Calls for Gaming Cease-Fire

Avid gamer starts #OSCeasefire movement

Antwand Pearman has launched #OSCeasefire, which will take place on Dec. 21, a movement inciting…

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Instagram Alternatives: 5 Free Photo-Sharing Apps to Consider

In case you’re looking for additional options, try one of these apps

If you’re still questioning the credibility of the Facebook-owned social networking service, try these 5…

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Evernote Food Serves Up New Recipe Features, Releases iPad Version

Food 2.0 attempts to provide a “soup to nuts” food experience

Evernote announced a brand new version of Evernote Food today. Evernote Food 2.0 is now…

By Janel Martinez

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84% of Kickstarter’s Top Projects Missed Their Deadline

CNNMoney investigation shows majority of top 50 most-funded projects are running behind with delivery

In an investigative report, CNNMoney looked at the top 50 most-funded projects on Kickstarter and…

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What Brands Can Learn About Social Media Strategy in the Face of Public Crisis

Social lessons learned from national tragedies such as the Sandy Hook shooting

In wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, see what brands can learn about implementing an…

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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:

Staples and LinkedIn Create Small Business Community on Platform

Partnership will provide advice and networking opportunities for small businesses on LinkedIn

Premier office product company Staples has teamed up with LinkedIn to launch an online forum,…

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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.

3 Tools Revolutionizing Gift-Giving on the Web

Gift givers can shop smarter with these online services

With Christmas only a week away, check out these online services that will help you…

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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

Twitter and Nielsen Team Up to Publish ‘Social TV’ Ratings

New ratings that measure conversation on Twitter to begin next fall

Nielsen announced on Monday that it was partnering with popular microblogging site Twitter to publish…

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Rapper Wale Inks Deal With Skullcandy

Maybach Music Group rapper signs deal with popular headphone company

Grammy nominated rapper Wale inks a deal with Utah-based Skullcandy.

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IBM Predicts Computers Will See, Smell, Hear, Touch and Taste By 2018

Tech company releases its seventh annual “5 in 5” report

IBM released its annual “5 in 5” report on Monday, highlighting what’s next in computer…

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ADD ALL YOUR SOCIAL PROFILES, ESPECIALLY FACEBOOK 

Everyone has a Klout score automatically generated from Twitter, which serves as the primary account. Up to 12 social media profiles can be linked to your account, with at least 6 more being added in the near future. Including more profiles creates a clearer picture of your brand’s total social impact, especially if your strongest platform is not Twitter. 

Tip: Adding Facebook significantly improves your score, more than adding other platforms.

Facebook Planning to Make Sexting Easier?

Social media giant to launch an app to compete with Snapchat

With Facebook moving to ramp up its mobile offerings, rumors are swirling that the social…

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Freshwire’s Shawn Amos Talks YouTube’s Latest Updates in ’60 Seconds of Social Media’

The chief executive on brand videos and marketing

In the latest episode of “60 Seconds of Social Media,” Freshwire CEO Shawn Amos discusses…

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Working in the corporate sector brings us in contact with several personality types, and some of the most interesting ones happen to belong to the person that signs our checks. Let's talk about the executive who doesn't know a set of composite cables from a component set. But shopping for the not-so-tech-savvy boss is actually easier than one might think. As the office collection continues to be passed around, BlackEnterprise.com compiled a list of the 10 best, easy-to-use gadgets available this holiday season. --Branden J. Peters

10 Gifts For Your Non-Techie Boss

BlackEnterprise.com compiled a list of the 10 best, easy-to-use gadgets for the not-so-tech-savvy boss.

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WordPress Offers New Managed Hosting Solution for Small Businesses

Blogging platform unveils new option for small biz owners

Wordpress.com Enterprise gives users unlimited traffic, bandwidth and storage for $500 a month.

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1 in 3 Pedestrians Living Dangerously By Texting While Crossing the Road

Study finds Seattle residents on mobile devices aren’t looking twice when venturing across the street

A recent study of pedestrians in Seattle, Washington found that nearly one in three people…

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Samsung Hits Home Featuring African-American Family in Ad

Electronics giant targets Black families in new commercial

South Korean-based electronics company Samsung features African-American family in new commercial.

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Whims: ‘Instagram For Words’ Allows Users to Get Creative With Status Updates

App allows you to express yourself with colors, fonts and words

Whims is the free iPhone app doesn’t have a character limit and allows users to…

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Amazon Instant Video App Comes to iPhone, iPod Touch

The retailer’s free app lets Prime members stream over 30,000 titles

Ecommerce retailer Amazon announced today that its Instant Video app is now available for the…

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A single man can be tough to shop for during the holiday season. What do you get for the guy with a nice bachelor pad, stylish clothes and a little more disposable income than the family man?  Simple, get him a tech item that he’ll love. BlackEnterprise.com found a few items that will have a thank you card in your mailbox before the New Year comes around.--Branden J. Peters

7 Must-Have Tech Gifts for the Bachelor Who Has Everything

BlackEnterprise.com found a few tech items for the bachelor in your life.

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Stop the Bus: Federal Government to Implement Audio Surveillance Systems on Public Buses

Transit authorities across the country moving to install microphone-enabled surveillance systems

Public transit authorities are implementing plans to install audio surveillance systems on public buses across…

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Get Your Social Media ‘Year in Review’

Both Facebook and Twitter provide a personal ‘best of’ list

Networking sites like Facebook and Twitter allow users to see social footprint over the year.…

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How to Woo Investors 101

New organization teaches entrepreneurs about the fundamentals of getting funded

As the Entrepreneurial Growth and Wealth Creation Symposium nears, Timothy Reese, founder of the National…

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Video will increase your web traffic.

3 Tips on Creating Video Content That Actually Works

Integrate video content into your marketing campaign seamlessly

To ensure your video content gets results, follow these three video marketing tips.

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NBA Makes a Social Media Slam Dunk

The basketball league passes 1 billion views on YouTube

The NBA’s official YouTube account has surpassed 1 billion views.

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How to Send Seasons Greetings From Your Smartphone

Three apps will help you spread holiday cheer

Three free apps that will allow you to create and send holiday photo cards right…

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Media Multitasking Linked to Depression and Anxiety, Study Says

Multi-media consumption connected to psychological instability

A report published this week by Michigan State University’s psychology department discovered that using multiple…

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Twitter to Release Photo Filters by Year’s End

Social networking site reportedly releasing photo filters before close of 2012

Twitter is reportedly planning to release photo filters to be used inside its official app…

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Freshwire’s Shawn Amos on MySpace’s Return, Twitter-Instagram Debacle

The chief executive explores the latest social media news

In the latest episode of “60 Seconds of Social Media,” Freshwire CEO Shawn Amos discusses…

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Google+ Unveils Cool Communities Section

Google’s latest feature allows users to join private and public groups

Google introduced Google+ Communities, a new service for the social networking users, on Dec. 6.…

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Utilize free help 	There are various programs such as College Goal Sunday and sites free of charge that are geared solely towards helping students answer the FAFSA accurately and completely. One mistake on the FAFSA can cost you hundreds, even thousands of dollars.

FCC to Roll Out Text-to-911 Service in 2013

The nation’s four largest carriers have okayed the plan to allow users to text 911

The FCC has announced its plan to allow user on the country’s four largest mobile…

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Back to Basics: How to Get Started on New Myspace

Tips to using the revamped social network

Step-by-step instructions to using the new Myspace.

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Will Apple Set a Trend By Bringing Jobs Back to America?

The corporation’s latest announcement may result in more employment opportunities stateside

The world’s largest tech company, Apple, has decided to bring jobs back to America which…

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No. 6: Computers and Mathematics. Recent graduates with a degree in computers and mathematics are at an unemployment rate of 8.2%. However, the study found that unemployment in this field varies depending on the major's technical and scientific content. Jobs will still be available for technical computer specialists who have the ability to write software and create new applications. Unfortunately, specialists who use software to manipulate, mine, and relay information will have a tough time getting a job during a recession. Those who invent computer technology will be in greater demand than those who use computer technology.

Back to Basics: WordPress for Beginners

Learn how to maximize your use of the content management system

Five essential WordPress tips for newbies.

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Check back here at BlackEnterprise.com next week for additional coverage of NMAN’s Entrepreneurial Growth and Wealth Creation Symposium to be held December 13, 2013 at The City University of New York. To register or for more information visit the NMAN website.

5 Biggest Mistakes Tech Entrepreneurs Make When Protecting Intellectual Property

5 Tips to protect and monetize your intellectual property

Tim Reese of the National Minority Action Network lays out five mistakes entrepreneurs make when…

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Microsoft Tests Social Media Waters With Socl

The company’s “research project” is now open to the wider public

Microsoft opens up beta of new social network Socl, which is powered by search engine…

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Google Updates Gmail for iOS

The tech company launches Gmail 2.0

The latest version of Google’s email for iOS, which is now available for download, boasts…

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LeVar Burton Returns With Remixed ‘Reading Rainbow’

The iconic childhood show is making a digital comeback

Reading Rainbow, which starred LeVar Burton, will be remixed and updated for a new generation…

By Yannique Benitez

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5 Things Apple Stands to Learn from Windows 8

See what the big tech company can learn from the resurrected underdog

TechCrunch’s East Coast Editor John Biggs takes a closer look at the operating system and…

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6 Ways Businesses Can Maximize Use of SlideShare

How to optimize your use of the popular service

If you’re looking to make your presentations more shareable, here are several helpful tips when…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Freshwire’s Shawn Amos Talks New Additions to Facebook and Impact on Stock

The chief executive explores impact of the social networking site’s new mobile commerce ventures

Freshwire’s CEO Shawn Amos discusses new additions to Facebook in “60 Seconds of Social Media.”

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Happy 20th Birthday, Text Messaging!

Short messaging service reaches a milestone

The quick method, short messaging service (SMS), more commonly known as text messaging, turns 20…

By Yannique Benitez

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New Gadgets Save You A Doctor’s Visit

Tech tools help smartphone users stay healthy

With technology advancements taking off, new gadgets are helping consumers stay healthy via their smartphone.…

By Yannique Benitez

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Durex Donating Condoms for Tweets

Condom manufacturer uses social media to spread awareness and protection

In honor of the 25th anniversary of World AIDS Day, Durex has launched a social…

By Janel Martinez

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New iPhone App ‘Around the Way’ Locates Black-Owned Businesses

Application uses built-in GPS to pin point African-American businesses in your area

New York-based company Around the Way and mobile-app development firm Clearly Innovative created a free…

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Small Business advice from Twitter’s Founder

How Brands Can Tweet Smarter, Not Harder

Surefire ways to enhance your Twitter profile

BlackEnterprise.com provides four surefire tips to enhancing your Twitter profile.

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New Facebook Privacy Policy Ruffles Feathers

Expert highlights the social networking sites new privacy-policy changes

The Root’s tech-life expert Stephanie Humphrey outlines Facebook’s new privacy-policy changes.

By Janel Martinez

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New iMac Thinner, Brighter & Better Than Ever

Super-skinny desktop will hit stores tomorrow

Apple’s new iMac, which will hit stores on Friday, Nov. 30, is its thinnest desktop…

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Come Again? 4 Steps for Handling Those ‘Oh, No He/She Didn’t’ Moments on Social Media

How to represent your brand in the face of complaints, negative feedback or false accusations

If you encounter negative feedback or false accusations on social platforms, here’s how you can…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Review Roundup: Battle of the Droid RAZRs

Motorola's Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx HD are both powerful, well-designed phones with one big difference

BlackEnterprise.com compares the Motorola Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx HD.

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White House Launches #My2K Online Push

Administration urges Americans to turn to Twitter and other social media platforms to weigh in on the president’s tax proposal

After urging Congress to extend tax cuts for the middle class at a White House…

By Janel Martinez

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Can a Robot Help You Shed Pounds?

Personal weight loss robot Autom will reportedly help you get slim

MIT graduate Cory Kidd claims his weight loss robot Autom will help people shed unwanted…

By Yannique Benitez

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Technology Making You a Jerk? 4 Reasons You Should Leave It At the Door

If your friends claim technology is making you an imbecile, follow these tips

American Express OPEN Forum details how to stop acting like a jerk and unplug from…

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‘Black in America’: Angela Benton, One Year Later

After launching NewME Accelerator last year, the renaissance woman has expanded the program

Black Enterprise talks to NewMe Accelerator Founder and CEO of Angela Benton about her experience…

By Janel Martinez

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Mobile Devices Serve As Best Shopping Tool for Holiday Bargain Hunters

The numbers are in, and smartphones and tablets are shoppers’ go-to device when looking for deals

Your cellphone or tablet will likely be your go-to device when searching for the best…

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CREATE BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE: This is something I’m still working towards. I’ve been an entrepreneur since I was 16 years old, and only in recent years have I started to understand what true balance means. I have a very big family (five siblings, 60+ cousins…) and spending time with them is very important to me. The concerts, recitals, graduations, impromptu card games…all of these moments are important to me, and there’s no business success that can replace these moments. Besides spending time with your family, find special things to help you balance yourself. For me it’s definitely prayer and journaling. When we quiet ourselves, sometimes we’re blessed with brilliant ideas.

Technology Simplifies Joint Custody for Divorced Parents

A text or email may end certain relationships, but not when it comes to divorcees with kids

Divorced parents prefer communicating with tech tool such as text messaging and email when it…

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How to Stay Safe While Shopping on Cyber Monday

8 ways to ensure you’re protected while shopping online

Tips to staying safe while shopping online.

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Freshwire’s Shawn Amos on Black Friday’s Migration to the Web

The chief executive explores why the shopping holiday has shifted online

In the latest episode of “60 seconds of Social Media,” Freshwire’s Shawn Amos discusses the…

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Will.i.am Launches App to Amp Up Your iPhone Camera

Singer plans to enhance point-and-shoot capabilities

Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am working to soup up iPhone camera to a 14-megapixel tool.…

By Yannique Benitez

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Black Girls Hack Founders Talk Changing Tech Space, First Non-Profit Hackathon

Three women in tech band together to start coding contest

Kat Calvin, co-founder of Character’s Closet, Amanda Spann, founder of Glamobile and Sidewalk District creator…

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Will Static Electricity Someday Charge Your Cellphone?

The same thing that causes your hair to stand on edge, may be able to power your devices

Zhong Lin Wang, professor of materials science at MIT, discovers friction may one day be…

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Quality Connections: How to Use Social Media to Advance Your Professional Brand

Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit panelist LC Johnson teaches women how to brand themselves…

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Legacy Award Honoree: How Charlayne Hunter-Gault Helped Desegregate Schools

Legacy Award recipient and journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault was one of the first blacks to desegregate…

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