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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.

Digital Divide: Rural South Still Without High-Speed Internet

While some areas are flourishing with tech innovations, others are deprived of access

Several areas across the country lack access to modern high-speed Internet with Mississippi being one…

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Twitter birds like this one began to appear in twitter profiles all across the web (Image: File)

Twitter Data Indicates African Americans Are Behind Modern Slang

From “bro” to “bruh,” see how the demographic has transformed everyday vernacular

Recent study reveals cities with large African-American populations are the sources of modern slang and…

By Janel Martinez

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Save! How to Score Holiday Shopping Deals Online

Skip the lines (and ditch the paper) with these 6 tech tips

With the highly-anticipated shopping days right around the corner, see how you can save money…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Nintendo Aims for Comeback With Wii U

Will the newly-released Nintendo console change the way gamers game?

Wii U, which hit shelves on Sunday, aims to appeal to both light mobile gamers…

By Yannique Benitez

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Jumping in Bed With Gadgets Proves Harmful to Sleep Cycle

Turning technology off before bedtime may mean a more productive day

OnlinePsychologyDegree.net created an infographic on the effects of late-night gadget use.

By Janel Martinez

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Freshwire’s Shawn Amos Talks Tumblr in ‘60 Seconds of Social Media’

The chief executive explores why the social network is becoming hot among brands

CEO Shawn Amos explores what Tumblr’s recent A-List Partnership will mean for brands in the…

By Janel Martinez

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Marketers Accused of Not Leveraging Social Media to Target Blacks

African Americans not seen as target audience on online platforms

Madame Noire reports that despite the consumer research, marketers aren’t reaching out to African American…

By Janel Martinez

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‘Black in America’: Curtiss Pope, One Year Later

Former Microsoft programmer talks about his hometown, Silicon Valley

BlackEnterprise.com visits with tech founder Curtiss Pope to see what he’s been up to one…

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Harnessing the power of social for social good was a major trend and point of discussion among conscious techies and seasoned panelists during Social Media Week 2012.  We’ve seen how quickly platforms can be used to mobilize reform efforts thanks to social media’s influence in the Arab Spring and recent Occupy Movement.  Digital thought leaders have no doubt that, when used properly, social media can be a significant cultural unifier, connecting people and efforts despite location.   
Moderated by Alice Korngold of Korngold Consulting LLC, "Social Media for Social Good"—an hour-long panel discussing best practices to use when furthering a cause in the digital space—wasn’t short of generating great ideas. The panelists included Cheryl Heller, board chair at PopTech; Dan Savage, creator of the It Gets Better Project; President and COO of Digitaria Doug Hecht and Carmel Hagan of Common. Here’s how social media enthusiasts can use various platforms for social good:--–Noni Cavaliere

Tech Startup Elluva Promotes Joy In Acts of Kindness

Company launches socially-responsible campaigns

New online coupon service Elluva is imparting social good on the Internet and beyond.

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‘Black in America’: Anthony Frasier, One Year Later

Young tech entrepreneur puts Newark on the map

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the tech entrepreneur Anthony Frasier to see what he’s been up…

By Janel Martinez

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Facebook’s New Job Board Gives LinkedIn a Run for Its Money

Social networking site has entered the world of jobseekers

Facebook launched a highly-anticipated job board, on Wednesday, as an extension of the Social Jobs…

By Yannique Benitez

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Pinterest. Pinterest. Pinterest. It's the popular kid on the social media block, showing enormous growth and attracting the interest---and usage--of big brands including Nike, Kraft, Whole Foods, and HGTV. From boards centering on arts & crafts to interior decor and jobs boards, Pinterest can serve as a vital resource in not only your life but specifically, your career.


Check out five ways you can utilize Pinterest for professional development and advancement. ---Sirita Wright

3 Ways Pinterest Secret Boards Can Work for Your Business

Content sharing services’ secret boards prove to be a business-friendly tool

Washington, DC-based digital strategist and communications expert S. Lynn Cooper explores how brands can utilize…

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As a black woman, Tiffani Bell, founder of Pencil You In, is a rarity in Silicon Valley.

‘Black in America’: Tiffani Bell, One Year Later

Howard University computer science graduate looks back at what she's gained from the NewMe Accelerator

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the tech entrepreneur Tiffani Bell to see what she’s been up…

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Young Entrepreneurs Behind African Lookbook Connect Artists With Consumers Online

How one startup shares independent African artists with the world

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the entrepreneurs behind African Lookbook, Aaron Kohn and Phil Sandick, to…

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Google’s Transparency Report Confirms Government Surveillance Is Up

Report shows surveillance is on the rise

The tech company’s most recent data points show a growing level of surveillance.

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‘Black in America’: Hajj Flemings, One Year Later

Detroit native shares what he’s been up to since the CNN documentary

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the tech entrepreneur Hajj Flemings to see what he’s been up…

By Janel Martinez

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It’s the perfect time of the year for international travel. With all the advancements in technology and mobile apps, traveling abroad isn’t as expensive as it used to be and there are plenty of ways to cut costs while getting more bang for your buck. Whether you’re embarking on your first journey abroad or you’re an experienced jet setter, here are a few tools to help you save money on the things that can eat up your travel budget faster than you can plan your trip.--Corvida Raven

In-Flight Internet Speeds Up With Gogo

Service set to accelerate Wi-Fi service on flights

Internet provider Gogo and the company is preparing to launch in-flight Wi-Fi service that is…

By Yannique Benitez

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How to Visualize Your Brand With Instagram

The photo-sharing app recently rolled out web profiles. See how you can use the new addition to your advantage

With Instagram rolling out web profiles, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at the various ways brands…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Team of geography academics at Floating Sheep tracked states with the most racist tweets (Image: Floating Sheep)

Geographers Reveal Where Nation’s Racist Tweets Come From

Post-presidential election 2012, take a look at which states have most racist tweets

Academics at Floating Sheep map out racism on Twitter.

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WATCH: Freshwire’s Shawn Amos Explores Election Day Stats in ‘60 Seconds of Social Media’

The chief executive discusses the social media response to President Obama’s re-election

With Election Day 2012 being the most tweeted about event in U.S. political history, CEO…

By Janel Martinez

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Small Business advice from Twitter’s Founder

Tweet #ThankAVet on November 11 to Support Veterans

To honor vets, tweet using hashtag for $1 donation

This Veteran’s Day, the History network wants you to honor veterans and tweet #ThankAVet to…

By Yannique Benitez

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Smartest Mobile Phone:


Samsung Galaxy S3


As smart phone manufacturers go, the men and women at Samsung must be geniuses because the Galaxy S series keeps getting better and better. The Galaxy S3 has so many great features it's hard to say where to start. There's the 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED touchscreen display, and the multitask feature that lets you continue to watch a video while texting, but the S Beam has got to be the best feature in my book. It allows you to place two S3's back-to-back and you can transfer pictures, music, videos and more.

Review Roundup: Samsung’s Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II Challenge Apple’s iPhone 5

Can Samsung’s flagship smartphones stand up to the sixth-gen iPhone?

This week’s Review Roundup takes a look at how the Galaxy S III and the…

By Robert S. Anthony

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5 Things We’ll Miss About Windows Live Messenger

R.I.P. to the instant messaging service

R.I.P. Windows Live Messenger, here is what users will miss about Microsoft’s forgotten messenger service.…

By Winston Ford

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Groupon’s Growth Slows, Stock Falls

Shares tumble for No. 1 online deals service

Groupon, the pioneer in subscription-based online deals, has investors wondering if it can keep the…

By Yannique Benitez

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10 U.S. Cities Your Smartphone Is Most Likely to Get Jacked In

Smartphone theft is most prevalent in Philly, as well as LA, NY, and Chicago

Gadget-insurance company Protect Your Bubble released the “The Worst Cities for Smartphone Loss & Theft”…

By Janel Martinez

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Smartest Mobile Phone:


Samsung Galaxy S3


As smart phone manufacturers go, the men and women at Samsung must be geniuses because the Galaxy S series keeps getting better and better. The Galaxy S3 has so many great features it's hard to say where to start. There's the 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED touchscreen display, and the multitask feature that lets you continue to watch a video while texting, but the S Beam has got to be the best feature in my book. It allows you to place two S3's back-to-back and you can transfer pictures, music, videos and more.

Move Over Apple, Samsung’s Galaxy S3 Is the World’s Best-Selling Smartphone

Short lived or not, the Galaxy S3 is the title-holder in Q3

According to research firm Strategy Analytics, Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S3 is now the world’s best-selling…

By Janel Martinez

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Apple unveiled the iPad Mini, which starts at $329, during the company's media event on Tuesday (Image: Apple)

Apple Rumors Swirl, iPad Mini 2 to Arrive in Fall 2013

Not even weeks into iPad Mini release, the next-gen device said to be in the works

Although the iPad Mini has only been on shelves for a few days, the company’s…

By Yannique Benitez

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Online Community Makes ‘Going Natural’…Well, Natural

Embracing your hair—short, long, natural or straight—championed by online hubs

Emergence of an online community centered around hair care makes “going natural” simple.

By Janel Martinez

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Obama’s Social Media-Savvy Campaign Lands Most Popular Tweet in History

The president wins in the world of social, making presidential and Twitter history

President Obama’s victory tweet was retweeted more than 350,000 times and favorited over 120,000 times,…

By Yannique Benitez

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Mindblown Labs’ Educational Game Scores Over $75K on Kickstarter

Educational tech startup furthers initiative through crowdfunding

Mindblown Labs raised $77,522 for the company’s financial literacy game, Mindblown Life (MBL).

By Janel Martinez

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Video the Vote and UStream Push Voters to Document Election Day Injustice

Voters encouraged to press record on mobile device

Video the Vote and UStream are encouraging you to use your phone to spread the…

By Yannique Benitez

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Democratic Poll Watchers to Use New App

Campaign launches new poll-watching app

Democratic election technology provider NGP VAN announced on Monday a mobile tool for poll watchers…

By Janel Martinez

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90% of U.S. Companies Say They’ve Been Hacked in Past Year

Study by private research organization reveals stunning stats

In a survey that looked at 583 U.S. companies, 90% had been hacked in the…

By Janel Martinez

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Shawn Amos, CEO of Freshwire, provides refreshing commentary in "60 Seconds of Social Media" (Image: Source)

WATCH: Freshwire’s Shawn Amos On Social Media Response to Hurricane Sandy

The chief executive explores social media during a crisis

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

By Janel Martinez

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Free Wi-Fi Seekers Unite: Don’t Be Ashamed to Scrounge for the Service

Whether in need or not, take advantage of free wireless

Check out where you can get online for free.

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Privacy continues to be one of the top issues in sharing content on social networks. Recently, Facebook announced their new privacy settings and the redesign they are rolling out soon. Users started seeing the new privacy changes to the Web version Thursday, and the mobile roll-out of changes will happen soon after. An interesting question is what is driving the new Facebook privacy changes? Is it Google Plus or the need to provide users with a more contextual experience? The launch of Google Plus has intensified content-sharing privacy with their Google Circles functionality. The friendly competition with Google will hopefully continue to provide changes that will benefit the user. The other big plus is that these adjustments enable users to manage their profiles, which represent and reflect a portion of their online identity. ---Hajj Flemings

Twitterverse Weighs In During #Cyberbully Chat

Recap from BlackEnterprise.com cyberbullying conversation

“Behind the Screen: Bullying in the Age of Technology,” which featured guest experts Frederick J.…

By Janel Martinez

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One Year after Superstorm Sandy, Many Small Businesses Aren't Prepared for the Next Disaster

#Sandy and #HurricaneSandy Generate Over 3 Million Tweets

Social insights company releases stats on Sandy tweets

In the first 24 hours, Twitter users produced more than 3 million tweets with #sandy…

By Janel Martinez

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Mayor Bloomberg invests $30 million of his money to aid young black and Latino men (Image: Thinkstock)

What Parents Can Do to Fight Cyberbullying

Tips to keeping your kids safe online

BlackEnterprise.com talked with Dr. Deborah Temkin, research and policy coordinator for bullying prevention initiatives at…

By Janel Martinez

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One Year after Superstorm Sandy, Many Small Businesses Aren't Prepared for the Next Disaster

Top 6 Places to Track Hurricane Sandy Online

Stay updated on the storm with these online sites and tools

Take a look at several resources that will keep you abreast of the latest developments…

By Janel Martinez

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Google Unveils Crisis Map for Hurricane Sandy

As “Frankenstorm” makes its way to the coast, the tech company maps out path

Tech giant Google has launched interactive maps to track the course of Hurricane Sandy. …

By Janel Martinez

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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.

10 Tips to Amp Up Your Dropbox User Experience

Things you didn’t know the file hosting service could do

Ten tips to enhancing your Dropbox user experience.

By Janel Martinez

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Shawn Amos, CEO of Freshwire, provides refreshing commentary in "60 Seconds of Social Media" (Image: Source)

WATCH: Freshwire’s Shawn Amos Talks Second Screen Viewing in ‘60 Seconds of Social Media’

The chief executive explains the connection between social buzz and TV ratings

Freshwire CEO Shawn Amos explores the second screen experience and highlights Portland-based startup Chirpify in…

By Janel Martinez

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Starting at $1,199, the Samsung Series 9 ultrabook is thin, light and has a neat backlit keyboard (Image: Samsung)

Review Roundup: Two Ultrabook Picks for Mobile Professionals

See whether a business or consumer ultrabook suits your needs

In this week’s Review Roundup, we’re taking a look at the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon…

By K. T. Bradford

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Don’t Sleep On Microsoft: How the Tech Corp. Is Re-emerging As a Stronger Brand

The global tech brand is inching toward top spot

With the Windows 8 operating system on the tip of techies’ tongues, here are 3…

By Janel Martinez

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WATCH: R&B Songstress Alicia Keys On Storytelling App for Kids

Singer-songwriter and producer launches “The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee”

Loosely based on her relationship with her Nana, R&B singer Alicia Keys unveils an interactive…

By Janel Martinez

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iPad Owners Upset Over Timing of iPad Mini Launch

Nearly half of iPad owners polled are angry about the latest Apple release

According to a new study conducted by Toluna QuickSurveys, loyal iPad owners are angry about…

By Janel Martinez

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Study Ties Kids’ Tech Usage In the Bedroom to Obesity

Fifty-seven percent of students reported using technology after they were supposed to be asleep

In addition to poor sleeping patterns, children who have access to technology in their bedrooms…

By Janel Martinez

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5 Reasons Entreprenuers Should Buy An iPad Mini

See why small business owners should invest in the fifth gen iPad

See why entrepreneurs should add the iPad Mini to their list of must-have digital tools.

By Terrance Gaines

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Getting Started: Best Practices for Online Video Marketing

Expert says length of video, content, and SEO make a big difference in conversion rates

Want to learn how to market with video? Derrick Guest, CEO of Griot’s Roll Film…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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What Type of Social Media User Are You?

Incyte Group identifies four types of consumers on social media

According to market research conducted by The Incyte Group, there are four major types of…

By Janel Martinez

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Vote with Friends Facebook App Makes Sure You (And Your Pals) Hit the Polls

Advocacy group launches new app to incite positive peer pressure to vote

Launched by Internet advocacy organization Fight for the Future, Vote with Friends makes sure you…

By Janel Martinez

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Shawn Amos, CEO of Freshwire, provides refreshing commentary in "60 Seconds of Social Media" (Image: Source)

WATCH: Freshwire’s Shawn Amos Talks Facebook Brand Pages in ‘60 Seconds of Social Media’

The chief executive explains the decline in reach of brand page posts

Freshwire’s CEO Shawn Amos dives into the reported decline in Facebook brand page reach on…

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Review Roundup: Pico Projectors Add Portability to Big-Screen Video

See how the 3M Streaming Projector powered by Roku and Optoma PK301+ compare

BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at how the 3M Streaming Projector powered by Roku and Optoma…

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Backed By the Tech Community  

With promises of tax breaks and a laissez-faire approach to regulation, many in the tech community favor Romney. In a recent poll, 64% of chief executives, CFOs and other company officers at tech companies as well as venture capitalists, tech entrepreneurs and consultants felt a Romney administration would be more prosperous to their industry. 

Well-known venture capitalist and Facebook investor Marc Andreessen has contributed more than $100,000 to the Romney campaign. He’s also been victorious in tapping Silicon Valley heavyweights for super PACs. We’re talking key tech backers such as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Meg Whitman; Howard Cox, advisory partner at the venture capital firm Greylock Partners; and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel, who gave over $4 million to conservative super PACs this year.

Mitt Romney’s Top Tech-Savvy Moves

BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at what GOP nominee Mitt Romney is doing to gain tech…

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4 Reasons Newsweek’s All-Digital Model Is a Business Win

The iconic magazine is making a smart business move with new model

With Newsweek set to be all-digital everything early next year, let’s take a closer look…

By Janel Martinez

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President Obama’s Top Tech-Savvy Moves

Here, BlackEnterprise.com, takes a closer look at what President Obama has done to advance the…

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NYC Officials Pump Brakes on Taxi-Hailing App Uber

Uber doesn't work for New York City regulators

Uber, a car service that connects drivers and passengers via app, text messages and the…

By Janel Martinez

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BREAKOUT STARTUP OF THE YEAR: 

The NewMe Accelerator. The first minority-led tech accelerator launched in June 2011 with the first class of 11-startups and helped shine national light on the fact that there are African Americans making strides in the tech sector

NewME Accelerator Pops Up in Miami

The startup incubator to run “pop-up” program in Magic City

NewME Accelerator, the startup incubation program geared toward underrepresented minorities in the tech world, has…

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5 Tips to Becoming a Fearless Female Tech Entrepreneur

Founders of Women Interactive Festival explain how to create using technology

Women Interactive is an inaugural technology festival with a special focus on women of color.…

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PAPER by Paperless Post

Paperless Post Releasing Paper Stationery Line

Online stationery startup unveils hybrid solution

Paperless Post announced Monday that it is launching a printed stationery business called PAPER.

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Logitech UE Boombox retails for $249.99 (Image: Logitech)

Review Roundup: Wireless Speakers Offer More Compatibility Options

The Logitech UE Boombox and Pioneer A1 Wi-Fi Speaker offer different connection methods

The Logitech UE Boombox and Pioneer A1 Wi-Fi Speaker offer more compatibility options than conventional…

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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.

Did You Really Post That? 5 Tips to Curb Oversharing Online

See where you should draw the line

See where you should draw the line

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Top Tools for Fact-Checking Debates

Want to clarify information from a debate? These tech tools will give you the facts

Take a look at several fact-checking websites and apps that will keep you in the…

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With 140 characters or less, social media regulars receive the latest deets on everything from the advertures of their favorite celebs to up-to-the minute info on their close friends’ whereabouts to a blow-by-blow account of the Arab Spring. But Twitter is more than a news feed, it's also a professional tool, and following people who interest and inspire you can enhance your college experience. Instead of only following your celeb obsessions or BFFs, try useful college resources, prominent organizations and established leaders. To help you get started for back to school season, BE On Campus correspondent Damaris Skelton highlights 9 Twitter accounts that will help   keep college students in the know. Let us know your  favorite Twitter account (on or off this list) below!

‘Like’ It or Not, Study Shows College Applicants’ Social Presence Affects Acceptance

Kaplan Test Prep confirms admissions officers are making decisions based on online presence

A recent study released by Kaplan Test Prep reveals that many times what an admissions…

By Janel Martinez

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Tech Whiz Jeff Belizaire Redefines Urban Culture Through Marketing

Working with brands such as Coca-Cola and heavy hitters like Swizz Beatz, the entrepreneur is the brains behind well-known marketing campaigns

Young entrepreneur Jeff Belizaire has been a key behind-the-scenes player in spearheading the marketing strategies…

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In the tech industry, less than 1% of founders who have received venture capital funds are African American. Black women compose only a fraction of that 1%. But, you would never guess that walking into Ogilvy & Mather World headquarters in New York City for day one of the FOCUS100 Symposium and Pitch Bootcamp. 

The one thing many of these women had in common was the passion and drive to create their own dream, and become employers in today’s high-growth innovation economy. Founded by Kathryn Finney, the FOCUS 100 symposium was designed to not only connect black female thought leaders and tech innovators, but arm them with the skills needed to make an impression on the mostly white, male-dominated world of tech startups. Here’s a glimpse at what transpired: --Marcia Wade Talbert

#FOCUS100: Black Women’s Tech Conference Becomes Trending Topic

Highlights from the FOCUS100 Pitch Bootcamp

Founded by Kathryn Finney, the FOCUS 100 symposium was designed to not only connect black…

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Will Technology Run Greeting Card Makers Out of Business? No, Says Etiquette Expert

Over the past decade, the number of greeting cards sold in the U.S. decreased by a billion annually

Over the past decade, the number of greeting cards sold in the U.S. decreased by…

By Janel Martinez

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The Pros and Cons of hiring remote workers

7 Ways to Maximize Your Conference Experience with Social Media

How to use social media at conferences

Before you attend your next conference, here are seven tips to maximize your conference experience…

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Review Roundup: Two Clever Videoconferencing Solutions from Logitech

Take a look at how these high-quality videoconferencing devices compare

Two new Logitech webcams, the $200 TV Cam HD and the $250 BCC950 Conference Cam,…

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Presidential Debate Generates a Record 10.3 Million Tweets

Last night’s debate was the most-tweeted event in U.S. political history

The presidential debate amassed a record 10.3 million tweets over the course of the 90-minute…

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In a world where connections and deals can be made over email and social media platforms, it’s always nice to get that real-time interaction. Real time, as in face-to-face time (not to be confused with Apple’s Facetime option) of course. Well, newbie-to-seasoned bloggers and social media enthusiasts come in droves to Blogalicious where they can get just that. From September 28-30, the 4th annual conference was held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Red Rock Resort & Spa. Staying true to our editorial mission to showcase entrepreneurs and technology experts of color, BlackEnterprise.com compiled a photo gallery highlighting tech enthusiasts and innovators who attended Blogalicious Weekend 2012.—Janel Martinez and Marcia Wade Talbert

Blogalicious Attendees Talk Takeaways and Tools to Stay Productive On the Go

Here's a photo gallery highlighting the attendees of Blogalicious Weekend 2012

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

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Tracee Ellis Ross Gives Peek Into Her Fab Life With New Website

The "Girlfriends" star launches Traceeellisross.com

Tracee Ellis Ross is giving fans an even closer look into her life with the…

By Janel Martinez

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Motorola Droid Razr M Provides the Best of Both Worlds

Google and Motorola's first collaborative phone is a sign of big things to come

The Motorola Droid Razr M provides a powerful performance, beautiful display and long battery life.…

By K. T. Bradford

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Issa Rae, Creator of ‘Awkward Black Girl,’ Works with Shondaland & ABC on Comedy

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl star’s next project to debut on a major network

Issa Rae, the creator and star of the hit web series “The Misadventures of Awkward…

By Janel Martinez

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Are You the Next Steve Jobs? If So, Will.i.am & Simon Cowell Want You

An “X-Factor for Tech” is in the works, according to U.K.-based pub “The Sun”

Black Eyed Peas front man and Director of Creative Innovation for Intel Will.i.am and X-Factor…

By Janel Martinez

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The 2013 Chevrolet Spark will feature the new BringGo embedded smartphone navigation app (Image: GM)

Review Roundup: Smartphone-Based Navigation Showdown with Chevy, Ford and TomTom

Bring-your-navigation apps won’t break the bank, but do they deliver?

Bring-your-navigation apps won’t break the bank, but do they deliver? BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at…

By Winston Ford

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Moo’s Business Cards Now Come With NFC Chips

Business card distributor adds ability to transfer information via NFC chip in cards

Moo is now including virtually invisible programmable near field communication (NFC) chips in their business…

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It might be a little difficult to recall life without web search giant Google, Inc., but the Mountain View, Calif.-based corporation popped up on the tech scene just 14 years ago—and hasn’t looked back. Since founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin met at Stanford University in 1995 to filing for incorporation as Google, Inc. (initially called BackRub) to claim its first investment of $100,000 in 1998, the robust brand has expanded to include more than 70 offices in over 40 countries around the globe. While September 4, 1998 marks the day Google filed the incorporation papers, in recent years, Sept. 27 is the day Google has chosen to celebrate its inception. In honor of the popular search engine’s 14th birthday, BlackEnterprise.com has compiled a list of Google’s most historic moments. –Janel Martinez

Happy Birthday, Google: 14 Years of Innovation

In honor of Google’s 14th birthday, BlackEnterprise.com has compiled a list of Google’s most historic…

By Janel Martinez

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Driverless Cars Given Green Light in California

The Golden State takes the fast lane with signing of SB 1298

Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 1298, a law allowing driverless cars onto state roads and…

By Janel Martinez

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Independent Artist Raheem ‘Mega Ran’ Jarbo Swapped Books for Game Consoles

The former teacher turned rapper on gaming and turning his passion into profit

BlackEnterprise.com recently caught up with Raheem “Mega Ran” Jarbo to find out how he was…

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5 Ways MySpace’s Redesign Will Revolutionize Music Marketing

The social networking platform’s revamped website will now serve as an even greater marketing tool

With MySpace’s renewed focus on music and a brilliant new layout, see how the social…

By Winston Ford

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Nestlé Includes GPS Tracker in Kit-Kat Bars

The candy maker’s latest promotional campaign merges chocolate and navigation devices

Nestle has announced it is placing a GPS tracker inside four versions of Kit-Kat bars…

By Janel Martinez

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The Top 20 Thief-Friendly PINs

Is your personal identification number at risk?

President of DataGenetics Nick Berry unveiled a list of the top 20 most common PIN…

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Tracy Morgan’s Emmys Stunt Fools the Twitterverse

The actor’s “passing out” prank garners 25,000 tweets

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel and funnyman Tracy Morgan teamed up to…

By Janel Martinez

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Review Roundup: How the LG Optimus G Stands Up to HTC Windows Phone 8X and 8S

Take a look at how these smartphones compare

Take a look at how the LG Optimus G compares to HTC Windows 8X and…

By Robert S. Anthony

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5 Strategies for Digital Storytelling

Tips to creating a successful digital communication's plan

Check out these quick strategies on how you can use photos, tweets, hashtags, videos and…

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What You Need to Know About Apple iOS 6

The latest update to the mobile OS has received mixed reviews

Apple is rolling out a new version of iOS (iOS 6) for iPhone, iPad and…

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HTC Debuts Windows 8X & 8S Devices

The Taiwanese company offers users a unique experience with the latest Windows phones

HTC and Microsoft announced on Wednesday their latest creations: the Windows Phone 8X and the…

By Janel Martinez

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Google+ Reports 100 Million Monthly Active Users

The tech company also announced the acquisition of Nik Software

Google’s Senior Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra shared Monday that its social network Google+…

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Twitter Unveils New Look, Update for Mobile Apps

The microblogging service reveals updates on NBC’s ‘Today’ show

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo appeared on NBC’s Today show to unveil a new look for…

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5 Ways Small Business Owners Can Prevent Data Loss

Before disaster hits, small business owners should commit to these 5 tips to prevent data loss from a debacle.

Before disaster hits, small business owners should commit to these 5 tips to prevent data…

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Everything You Need to Know About the iPhone 5

Apple’s latest creation boasts a thinner, lighter frame and innovative new features

With pre-orders of the iPhone 5 opening up this Friday, for delivery on September 21,…

By Hajj Flemings

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: A Business Exec-Friendly Tablet

Samsung's newest tablet is a comfortable device, but the S-Pen functionality is a tossup at times

Android tablets for the business crowd doesn’t seem like the norm, especially with the advent…

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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.

GoDaddy Outage the Result of Internal Glitch, Not Hackers

The giant domain registrar and hosting website says service outage was due to network issues

Scott Wagner, GoDaddy’s interim CEO, released a statement Tuesday about the domain registrar and web…

By Janel Martinez

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Toys ‘R’ US to Launch Tabeo Tablet for Kids

The $150 tablet computer will be released on Oct. 21

With the holiday season fast approaching, Toys “R” Us is unveiling its own Android-based tablet.…

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Visa’s Tooth Fairy App Estimates Price of a Lost Tooth

The free app allows parents to calculate how much money the Tooth Fairy should leave

Visa’s tooth fairy app, a part of the financial education program Practical Money Skills, assists…

By Janel Martinez

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Social Media Guide to the 2012 Presidential Election

Your one-stop shop to election news on various platforms

The social media engagement level has intensified to a fever pitch. With the political-focused digital…

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LivingSocial’s Starbucks Offer is the Best-Selling Daily Deal Ever

1.5 million gift cards were sold, according to Yipit

Starbucks’ $5 for $10 virtual gift card deal offered Wednesday on LivingSocial was a hit,…

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Iman Launches Online Magazine

The supermodel-turned-CEO debuts ‘Destination Iman’

In partnership with design and development agency Built by the Factory, Iman unveiled the inaugural…

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Michelle Obama’s DNC Speech Scores 28K Tweets Per Minute

The First Lady’s DNC address nearly doubled the TPM reached by Romney’s acceptance speech

Michelle Obama’s speech Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC struck a…

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The cast of 'Love and Hip Hop Atlanta' stood center stage on  social media during the entire season (Image: VH1)

‘Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta’ Surpasses Summer TV Hits in the ‘Social’ Category

The hit VH1 reality show known for its shock value has a strong social media footprint

The numbers are in, and LAHHA ranks as this summer’s most social television show, excluding…

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I’ve been involved in the Republican Party for most of my adult life and continue to be amazed at the lack of interest the party shows toward the Black community. Those who have followed my writings over the years know that I have been extremely critical of the party regarding this issue. But, I have been even more critical of the individuals the party chooses to showcase as the face of Black Republicans. I find many of these individuals to be an embarrassment to me as a person of color, as well as to the Republican brand. Many of the Black faces that are trotted out in front of the cameras have absolutely no connection to the Black community.

Despite public perception there are Black Republicans who possess both political and policy expertise that the party could and should tap in to. They exemplify the best of Republican values and thoroughly understand the need for the party to be more diverse. Here are some influential Black Republicans that most folks have never heard of but should. —Raynard Jackson

By the Numbers: Social Media Prevails During RNC

The numbers are in, and the Republican National Convention does well in the world of ‘social’

The Republican National Convention wrapped last week, but the GOP’s presence is still being felt…

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Why One Techie Went Tweet for Tweet with the Former Queen of Daytime TV

Digital diva Dr. Goddess shares her opinion on why mainstream media needs to tune into Black Twitter

Dr. Goddess took to the Twitterverse to share her thoughts on “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” and…

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Before Expected Release of New Gen iPhone, Cash In Your iPhone 4S

Apple adds the iPhone 4S to its online trading program “Reuse and Recycle”

With the highly-suspected release of the iPhone 5 around the corner, Apple has reportedly added…

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Google Unveils Enterprise-Friendly Features for Its Apps Users

The Internet company is rolling out new business features for users with customizable versions of the platform

Nearly a year after Google allowed Apps customers access to Google +, check out the…

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With 140 characters or less, social media regulars receive the latest deets on everything from the advertures of their favorite celebs to up-to-the minute info on their close friends’ whereabouts to a blow-by-blow account of the Arab Spring. But Twitter is more than a news feed, it's also a professional tool, and following people who interest and inspire you can enhance your college experience. Instead of only following your celeb obsessions or BFFs, try useful college resources, prominent organizations and established leaders. To help you get started for back to school season, BE On Campus correspondent Damaris Skelton highlights 9 Twitter accounts that will help   keep college students in the know. Let us know your  favorite Twitter account (on or off this list) below!

InstaEDU Allows Students to Schedule Particular Tutors and Lessons

Online tutoring site announces plans to expand its offerings

Online tutoring site InstaEDU, which made a name for itself offering students on-demand tutoring, announced…

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Will.i.am’s New Song to Debut from Mars

“Reach for the Stars” will be the first song to play from another planet

NASA has arranged for will.i.am’s latest tune to make its debut from space on Tuesday.…

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10 Productivity-Enhancing Apps for High School Students

With numerous tech tools at their disposal, here is a list of educational apps that…

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Consistency will seal the deal  

Bloggers, you want to make sure the brand you’d like to work with knows this is more than a hobby; hence, it starts with consistency. Create a content calendar. While you will have your franchise-styled content running regularly, be flexible as opportunities for impromptu stories always arise. If you are going to be traveling, schedule posts to go live in your absence. Brands want to know you’re not going to let the ball drop.

Tech Startup GREX Creates Perfect Match Between Employers and Candidates

Atlanta-based business provides insider insight to both companies and job seekers

Tech entrepreneurs James Augustus, Jr. and Kyle Bailey founded GREX, a startup focused on matching…

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Burst App Allows Family & Friends to Share Memorable Videos

Bryant McBride, CEO of Burst, and team raised $3.5 million to create the family-friendly app

Burst, a Boston-based startup, is giving family-focused techies another reason to get excited about an…

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How to Use Instagram to Further Your Business

BlackEnterprise.com columnist Amanda Miller Littlejohn provides are a few tips to furthering your business with…

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Use coupons for price reductions. Don’t miss out on a great deal--- compliments of a coupon---when you’re forced to purchase a brand new textbook. Sites like RetailMeNot.com and PromoCodes.com list the latest coupons and special offers by several major retailers that sell textbooks and other college supplies. A quick search is all it takes to find some attractive discounts on your next purchase.  Coupons are a good idea if you have any college courses that require you to purchase the latest edition of a book. Just be prepared for some serious sticker shock. It’s not uncommon for a new college textbook to cost $100 or more.

The Rise of Online Study Halls

College students are going digital with their study sessions this academic year

Online academic hub Chegg conducted two surveys in July of this year, both of which…

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Amos Winbush III (@CyberSynchs)  	The 27-year-old musician didn’t let a smartphone glitch leave him down and out. Instead, Winbush turned it into a lesson learned—a profitable venture, at that. The CEO of CyberSynchs, a company that allows consumers to sync data between their mobile device and computer, won Innovator of the Year Award at the 2010 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference, as well as other recognitions, such as Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30” and Entrepreneur Magazine's "100 Brilliant Ideas" lists. In 2009, CyberSynchs posted revenues of $2 million; 2010 revenues were expected to double the previous year's because of partnerships with Sun Microsystems, Samsung, and Microsoft BizSpark.

CyberSynchs Founder Goes Undercover as ABC’s ‘Secret Millionaire’

The tech entrepreneur returns to his Louisiana roots with the intent to inspire and give back

CyberSynchs founder Amos Winbush III spoke with BlackEnterprise.com about his prime-time debut, giving up his…

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Nike Embraces the Interactive Era

The sportswear and equipment giant reveals it’s more than the “just do it” slogan and Swoosh logo in the digital age

With Nike’s digital focused division expanding to include more employees and moving into a larger…

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The social media analytics company Klout announced on Tuesday they were rolling out a new scoring system, ditching the former 100-variables rating system and replacing it with one containing over 400 metrics, according to Mashable. The San Francisco-based tech company stirred up some controversy with their old scoring system, which many argued didn’t measure one’s “true influence.” (Case in point, Justin Bieber’s score trumping that of President Barack Obama’s until the recent change.)  Now, Klout looks at over 12 billion bits of data each day across the seven social networking sites it looks at, which is 12 times greater than previously analyzed. With the new algorithm measuring real-world influence and the unveiling of “Klout Moments,” Mashable details what you need to know about the changes:

Klout Update: What You Need to Know

With the new algorithm measuring real-world influence and the unveiling of “Klout Moments,” Mashable details…

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Obama Finally Beats Bieber’s Klout Score

Justin Bieber held the title of Klout king until President Obama dethroned the teen sensation

Klout announced on Tuesday that it was tweaking the algorithm behind the scores it assigns…

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ZShock Reshapes Jewelry Business With 3D Printing

The South Florida-based jewelry company’s early adoption of 3D printing has transformed their business model

The South Florida-based jewelry company ZShock’s early adoption of 3D printing has transformed their business…

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Facebook "Expecting a Baby" Feature

Soon-To-Be Parents Can Inform Facebook Friends They’re Expecting

The social networking site allows users to notify their friends about their unborn child

Facebook unveiled a new “Life Event” for Timeline on Monday that allows Facebookers to share…

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Bluetooth Keyboards: Different Keystrokes for Different Folks

A wireless keyboard can be a tablet owner’s best friend when editing long documents. The right one for you depends on how you’ll use it.

There are dozens of Bluetooth keyboards on the market, and BlackEnterprise.com highlights six which represents…

By Robert S. Anthony

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Google Agrees to Pay a Record $22.5 Million in FTC Privacy Settlement

The Federal Trade Commission fined Google for going around Safari’s privacy settings

Google agreed to pay $22.5 million on Thursday to resolve Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges…

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Gabby Douglas: U.S. Olympic Gymnast With a (Multimillion-Dollar) Wholesome Brand

Industry experts expect the 16-year-old to score endorsement deals with premium brands outside of her current deal with P&G

As the first African American to win the Olympic women’s gymnastics all-around and team gold…

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Starbucks Partners with Square for Payments

The mobile payment processing platform will process payments in nearly 7,000 Starbucks stores in the US this fall

Square, the popular mobile payment provider, announced a partnership with Starbucks on Wednesday that would…

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Try renting instead of buying. “The easiest way to save big when students head back to school is by renting textbooks through a program like Rent-A-Text,” suggests Ellie Kay, author of The Little Book of Big Savings. Sites like BookRenter.com, CollegeBookRenter.com and Rent-a-Text.com have been popping up ever since Congress added some textbook-affordability provisions to the Higher Education Opportunity Act in 2008. These websites allow you to rent a book for a flat fee and then return it at the end of your semester, save you anywhere from 50% to 80% off the costs.

Amazon Launches Textbook Rental Service

College students can save up to 70% off the retail price on print textbooks with Amazon.com’s new renting program

Amazon, which last year started offering rental textbooks for Kindle users, today, announced they would…

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Want $300 in 30 Days? Samsung Will Pay You for Your Old Smartphone

The technology company announced it is giving away rebates of up to $300 for old smartphones

The tech company announced on its Facebook Page and samsungupgrade.com on Monday that customers who…

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Exposing Students to STEM Earlier 

The lack of black people in technology stems from the lack of STEM education. While America doesn’t produce a great number of white scientists, mathematicians and engineers, the disparity hits African Americans a lot stronger. African Americans received just 7 % of all STEM bachelor's degrees, 4 % of master's degrees, and 2 % of PhDs in 2009, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Thankfully, several extra-curricular programs like Black Girls Code are dedicated to teaching children and young adults from underrepresented communities. 

With this initiative promising to focus on youth at the beginning of their educational careers, students will become exposed to all that STEM has to offer in the classroom.

3 Ways Obama’s New Initiative Will Impact STEM Education

President Obama announced an initiative he said will improve the education of African-American students during…

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Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Ultrabook: A Thin Notebook for Less-Than-Thick Wallets

Today’s new wave of Ultrabook notebooks may be thinner and lighter than the unit you own now, but are they worth a trip to the electronics store?

The IdeaPad U310 from Lenovo, a 3.75-pound unit with a 13.3-inch display, a 1.7 GHz…

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Top 5 Ways to Take Control of Your Inbox

Handle emails more efficiently with these five tips

Mashable provides five ways to gain control over the growing number of emails in your…

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Google Maps Shows Service Alerts to New York City Subway Riders

The popular mapping site will notify straphangers of where they can and can’t catch a train

Google announced on Tuesday it will be unveiling service alerts and scheduled maintenance notifications for…

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Jay-Z to Serve As Executive Producer of ‘NBA2K13’

The Brooklyn-born rapper and entrepreneur adds executive producer to his accomplishments with upcoming “NBA2K13” game

Multi-platinum selling rapper-turned-entrepreneur Jay-Z is venturing into new waters with his latest business endeavor. It…

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How to Track the 2012 London Olympics

With the “social media games” starting today, see where you can catch coverage of the big event online

If you’re wondering how you can tune into the Olympics via social media, I have…

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The 3D printing revolution has ushered in a new era of customization. Human bones, fuel-efficient car parts, and even burritos now take only a few hours to produce through this innovative printing process. As you read this, engineers are using 3D printing technology to experiment with commercial airplane design, doctors are whizzing out organs, and NASA is testing 3D printers that are destined to land on Mars.

With technology constantly evolving, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at 6 noteworthy moments in 3D printing history. –Semhar Woldeyesus

3D Printing: 6 Incredible Moments in Recent Printing History

With technology constantly evolving, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at 6 noteworthy moments in 3D printing…

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Don’t Believe the Hype: 8 Commonly Used Apps That Disappoint

HuffPostTech compiled a list of the “least favorite, constantly crashing, glitch-prone apps or phone features…

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Anonymous YouTube Accounts a Thing of the Past?

The video-sharing website gives users the option of using their full name and actual photo on the platform

YouTube is encouraging users to swap their pen names with their full names when they…

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“We want our users to push themselves instead of just cheering on,” said Richard Wang, founder and owner of Fitocracy.  The online game and social network combines role-playing game (RPG) elements and fitness tracking to drive and motivate users to shed the pounds. The network helps you track your progress through the points system. Users who level up will gain numerous points, unlock achievements and quests, and, ultimately, lose weight.  Participants who do exceptionally well can be highlighted as a group leader among their fitness friends, and can opt-in to share their latest accomplishments with their Facebook and Twitter community. Available in the iTunes App Store, the app is compatible with various mobile devices: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad; requires iOS 4.0 or higher.

Forget a Personal Trainer, 7 Get-Fit Apps to Keep You Healthy

Don’t let calorie counting get the best of you! These apps have revolutionized healthy living—one exercise routine and meal at a time

With numerous health-related tech tools out on the market, BlackEnterprise.com tech columnist Hajj Flemings suggests…

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If Social Media Disappeared, Survey Shows 18% of Teens Would Avoid Communicating

Without social media, today’s youth would stop communicating altogether

A recent survey done by email marketing company AWeber shows 18% of teenagers would…

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Former AT&T Executive Joseph Durham in Talks to Acquire VoxPlus

African-American entrepreneur sets eyes on Detroit-based telecommunications firm

African-American entrepreneur Joseph Durham and a group of private investors are in talks to acquire…

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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 Things You Need to Know About LinkedIn

There’s a bevy of functions that are raising the stakes, allowing professionals to stay connected…

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Best Buy’s College Innovator Fund to Shell Out $100,000 for Tech Ideas

Calling all campus innovators: The retailer is awarding $100,000 in prizes and advising from the company’s development team

On Monday, Best Buy announced the launch of its College Innovator Fund, a contest that…

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Where are all the women at in the startup world?  If you read most articles about tech startup founders, you’re probably under the impression that only men create mobile apps and launch successful tech companies. Women only make up 35% of startup owners, according to a Kauffman Foundation article published last year. And when it comes to tech startup business owners, an estimated 5% are female.  

While the tech world is overwhelmingly male, you can’t ignore the female innovators giving male startup owners a run for their money. BlackEnterprise.com tech columnist Hajj Flemings has compiled a list of women from all walks of life influencing the startup space.

11 Women Who Are Changing the Tech World

While the tech world is overwhelmingly male, you can’t ignore the female innovators giving male…

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Samsung Galaxy S III: The Next Enterprise-Ready Smartphone

New Android phone does double duty as a personal and business device

Black Enterprise reviews the Samsung Galaxy S III, a business-ready, dual-core mobile device that can…

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In the past being called a geek was a way to say that someone was less than cool. Now, in 2012, being a geek is the new chic. From taped glasses and suspenders, to trendy blazers and the latest gadgets, the “Geeks” are now taking the world by storm. Their unique sense of style and their trendsetting ways have everyone dying to be just like them. But in the tech world, being a geek is more than how you look. It’s about the gadgets you carry, the places you go, and the people you know. See how you can go from chic to geek with these 11 tips: --Ashley Rushford

How to Go From Chic to Geek

Eleven tips to staying up to date in the tech world

A day in the life of a geek isn’t always about pocket protectors and taped…

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Female Leaders Winning: Bethann Hardison, a Leader in Fashion

Fashion industry leader Bethann Hardison talks her journey to diversify the industry.

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United Nations Hosts Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

On Nov. 19, the UN celebrates female entrepreneurs of 144 countries.

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