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Fingerprint-Recognition Cellphones in the Works

Soon the passcode to unlock your cellphone will be your fingerprint

A Swedish biometrics company says they are working with a Japanese manufacturer on bringing fingerprint…

By Makkada B. Selah

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iPhone 5 Now Available Without a Contract

You can now have an iPhone as a pre-paid cell

Walmart announced it’s offering iPhone 5 without a contract

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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.

By BlackEnterprise.com

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You Can Message Mark Zuckerberg For $100

An audience with Facebook's CEO is just one way Facebook is monetizing its capabilities

What would you tell Mark Zuckerberg for $100?

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What Foursquare's new privacy policy means for small businesses

What Foursquare’s New Privacy Policy Means for Small Businesses

How small business can benefit from Foursquare's new privacy policy

Changes in FourSquare’s Privacy Policy will allow merchants to collect more data on users.

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

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One More Chance: RIM’s BlackBerry 10 to Debut in January With Smart Distribution Strategy

BB10 is RIM’s last chance to maintain relevance in smartphone world

With a minimum of six BB10 devices being released this year at a variety of…

By Janel Martinez

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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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Tech Brands Deliver Compact Devices, New Lineups & Glance At Bright Future During CES 2013

Consumer electronics companies spared no expense for their big announcements

From ultra HD TV’s to celebrities, consumer electronics companies delivered during their big announcements.

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Shaq Returns With ShaqDown On Smartphones

Retired basketball player is back at it in new iOS and Android-compatible game

Available now in iOS and Android, ShaqDown is a zombie-attack game starring former NBA champion…

By Janel Martinez

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How Small Business Owners Can Work from Anywhere

Having trouble with your IT solutions? Migrating to a cloud-based server could be the answer

The new option of having your company’s servers “in the cloud” could prove a lifesaver…

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Mobile Moms: 93% of Mothers Spent More Time Shopping on Cellphones in 2012

Moms are skipping stores and turning to their mobile devices to shop

Baby Bump survey shows 93% of moms spent more time shopping on their cellphone in…

By Janel Martinez

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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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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…

4 Must-Have Social Media Management Tools

How to track and manage your business’ social footprint

Four popular social media management tools for your business.

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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’s Latest Update Will Allow Users to Place Calls to Friends

The social networking site may let you chat for free

Canadians are now able to make free Internet voice calls, known as VoIP calls, to…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Google Gifts Chelsea Neighborhood With Free Wi-Fi

The tech company rolls out free Wi-Fi in one Big Apple neighborhood

Google announced Tuesday it will establish the largest neighboring free wireless Internet network in the…

By Janel Martinez

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Apple Hits 40 Billion App Downloads, Almost Half in 2012

The company finishes 2012 with record-breaking numbers

Apple announced on Monday that it’s App Store reached 40 billion app downloads.

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Wait for It: 5 Game-Changing Devices to Expect in 2013

2012 was a great year for tech, but these expected gadgets will make this year even better

Take a look at several game changing devices expected to launch in 2013.

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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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4 STEPS TO REEVALUATE YOUR BUSINESS STRATEGY

Simple Steps to Reevaluate your Business Strategy

When your marketing goes stale, so does your business

The purpose of cleaning up your online business is to stay relevant to consumers. So,…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Venus & Serena Star in New iPhone 5 Commercial

Venus and Serena Williams play every man's fantasy in the new iPhone 5 commercial

Venus and Serena Williams team up with Apple to help kick off the brand’s new…

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Kapor Capital Will Provide Scholarships for Women Of Color To Attend The Women 2.0 Conference

Company to Provide Scholarships for Minority Women to Attend Women 2.0 Conference

10 scholarships will be awarded to women of color.

The conference will focus on supporting the fastest-growing demographic in the startup space – women

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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…

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Follow Black Enterprise for the Latest 2013 International CES News

Grab a front-row seat to a showcase of the hottest tech products of 2013

Join us everyday next week as we report from the International CES about the newest…

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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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Hip-Hop Entrepreneur Vaughan Taylor Merges Music and Tech with Air Playd

From the music biz to digital, this entrepreneur talks ins and outs of web-based venture

Michigan native and current St. Louis resident Vaughan Taylor is bringing something brand new to…

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Study Shows Twitter Growth for World Leaders

2013 brings an increase in the number of politicians on Twitter

In 2008 the would be President, Barack Obama, used a social media platform in his…

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3 Tech Practices to Abide By in 2013

Tech-life expert maps out tech resolutions you should keep

Tech-life expert Stephanie Humphrey provides 3 tips to making sure you start 2013 off the…

By Janel Martinez

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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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E-Books’ Popularity Grew Dramatically This Past Year

E-book reading is up 21%

A new study found a huge uptick in e-book reading

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List of Top Viewed Wikipedia Articles of 2012 Released

The most popular articles on Wikipedia may surprise you

Lists of the top Wikipedia articles of 2012 have been released

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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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Recent Cloud Outages Reinforce the Need for Small Business Backups

How to avoid the risks that come with Cloud computing

Another huge cloud outage showcases the need to have a plan A and plan B…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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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Flickr Announces 3 Months of Commitment Free Flickr Pro

A late Christmas Gift from Flickr

Many photo sharing sites are now taking advantage of an opening market.

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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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Author Kaneisha Grayson is Her ‘Own Boyfriend’ — and Fundraiser, Too

With a little help from her 'friends,' an author closes in on Kickstarter goal

‘Be Your Own Boyfriend’ project is closer than ever to reaching young women all over…

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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.

By Yannique Benitez

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Facebook Creates Disappearing Posts

Ever want to send a message that was destroyed soon after it was sent? Now you can.

Facebook announces a new messaging app that doesn’t leave a trail

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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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Dropbox Adds 2 Million New Users

Dropbox has surpassed YouSendit to become the most popular file-sharing and storage service on the web

Dropbox’s latest promotional campaign has garnered 2 million new users

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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…

By Janel Martinez

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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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Tumblr Rolls Out Ipad App

Tumblr for tablets

Tumblr has released an update to its iPad app that includes full compatibility with the…

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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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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…

By Anthony Frasier

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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…

By Janel Martinez

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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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Entrepreneurs' Organization Signs Partnership with Microsoft

Microsoft Woos Small Businesses with Office 365 Trial Offer

Small businesses can now get a 90 day free trial of the Microsoft Office 365 suite

Microsoft is hoping to lure small businesses unhappy with Google’s decision to eliminate its free…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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…

By Janel Martinez

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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…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Instagram Responds to Concerns About New Privacy Terms…Sort of

All the photos you upload to Instagram become the property of Instagram according to new privacy terms posted by the site

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom tries to reassure users that the new Instagram privacy terms aren’t…

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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,…

By Janel Martinez

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In 2012, numerous brands and small businesses suffered serious backlash on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook for offensive tweets, questionable ad campaigns and controversial company statements. 

Here we take a look at a few examples of the biggest social media fails this year. Don't let your brand make the list in 2013!

5 Biggest Social Media Fails of 2012

A few of the biggest social media fails this year

A few of the biggest social media fails this year.

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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…

By Yannique Benitez

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How Business Owners Use Web Analytics to Cater to Customers

What web analytics tools are you using to grow your business?

More and more inexpensive web analytics tools are becoming available for small businesses previously only…

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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.

By Janel Martinez

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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…

By Yannique Benitez

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Will the Next Generation iPad Mini Have Better Screen Resolution?

Do you think the iPad Mini needs a better screen?

Sources in Taiwan say they know what the next generation of iPad mini will look…

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Google Flight Explorer Tenatively Takes Off

Flight Explorer may save you some money next time you're booking a flight.

Google is testing a new online tool that helps users find the cheapest airline tickets…

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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…

By Janel Martinez

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Will.i.am Releases New iPhone Camera Accessory

i.am+foto.sosho turns a regular iPhone into a retro-looking camera.

Black-eyed Peas singer Will.i.am has released a new iPhone accessory for photo-taking

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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…

By Yannique Benitez

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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.

By Janel Martinez

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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…

By Janel Martinez

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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…

By Yannique Benitez

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Whitney Houston Claims Most Googled Name in 2012

The pop-star diva beat out 'Gangnam Style'

Google released it’s 2012 Zeitgeist list and Whitney Houston is number one

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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…

By Yannique Benitez

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4 Ways to Handle Business When Email Is Down

Don’t let your loss of electronic mail keep you and your business down and out

Here are four tactics to keep your business running smoothly while email is down.

By S. Lynn Cooper

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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.…

By Janel Martinez

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Pinterest Adds Twitter Card Support

Pinterest jumps in where Instagram left off

Last week Pinterest enabled Twitter users to view photos from their site inline with their…

By Makkada B. Selah

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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.

By S. Lynn Cooper

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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.

By Yannique Benitez

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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…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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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…

By Janel Martinez

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Evernote Launches Small Business App

Evernote isn't just for personal productivity anymore

The increasingly popular productivity app now has a version for small businesses

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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.…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Google Apps no Longer Free for New Small Business accounts

Starting now, no more free Google Apps for small businesses.

Google Apps for business drops its free version, all new customers must pay.

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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…

By Yannique Benitez

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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.

By Janel Martinez

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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…

By Yannique Benitez

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Instagram Escalates Feud With Twitter

Trying to view an Instagram photo on Twitter? Out of luck.

Instagram has disabled Twitter cards which allow users to view Instagram photos while on Twitter…

By Makkada B. Selah

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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.

By Janel Martinez

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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…

By Yannique Benitez

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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…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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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…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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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.”

By Janel Martinez

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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…

By Janel Martinez

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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.

By S. Lynn Cooper

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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…

By Yannique Benitez

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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.

By K. T. Bradford

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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…

By Janel Martinez

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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…

By Yannique Benitez

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4 Ways Brands Can Use Google+ Hangouts

Try one of these four ideas to engage on the video chat platform

If you’re wondering how Google+ Hangouts can be used to increase engagement with your brand,…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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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…

By Yannique Benitez

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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.

By Janel Martinez

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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…

By Janel Martinez

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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…

By Yannique Benitez

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Self-Taught Teen Engineer From Sierra Leone Builds Battery, Radio Transmitter

The 16-year-old whiz kid invited to conduct research at MIT

Kelvin Doe is the youngest person in history to be invited to the “Visiting Practitioner’s…

By Janel Martinez

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Chris Bennett recalls the feedback he received for his company, Soldsie, while participating in the NewMe Accelerator in Silicon Valley.

‘Black in America’: Chris Bennett, One Year Later

From private equity to programming the web: What life looks like after the NewMe Accelerator

One year after participating in the NewMe Accelerator, which was featured in the CNN Black…

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New App ‘Foap’ Can Net you Cash for your iPhone Photos

Trading your Instagram or iPhone photos for cash?

iPhone users might be able to get money instead of just “likes” for those Instagram…

By Demetria Irwin

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‘Black in America’: Wayne Sutton, One Year Later

Now an advisor to startups, the co-founder of NewMe Accelertor talks diversity in Silicon Valley

BlackEnterprise.com follows up with Wayne Sutton, one of the co-founders of the NewMe Accelerator, which…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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…

By Yannique Benitez

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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…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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.

By Yannique Benitez

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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…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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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…

By Semhar Nyomi Woldeyesus

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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.

By Yannique Benitez

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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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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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