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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.

By Branden J. Peters

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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.

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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…

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How to Woo Investors 101

New organization teaches entrepreneurs about the fundamentals of getting funded

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

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Video will increase your web traffic.

3 Tips on Creating Video Content That Actually Works

Integrate video content into your marketing campaign seamlessly

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

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NBA Makes a Social Media Slam Dunk

The basketball league passes 1 billion views on YouTube

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

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.…

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Google Apps no longer free for new small business accounts

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…

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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…

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

Back to Basics: WordPress for Beginners

Learn how to maximize your use of the content management system

Five essential WordPress tips for newbies.

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

5 Biggest Mistakes Tech Entrepreneurs Make When Protecting Intellectual Property

5 Tips to protect and monetize your intellectual property

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

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Microsoft Tests Social Media Waters With Socl

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

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

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…

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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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Taking care of financial matters may be the last thing on your mind when you're dealing with a parent or loved one who is dying. But when a relative has been diagnosed with a terminal illness or has become very sick, you may need to take steps to protect their wealth and organize the family’s finances.  Planning for death isn’t easy, and can be a very stressful experience. However, educating yourself on what types of resources are available to you, and taking some time to review a will and other financial documents can help you and your family member better prepare for that loved one’s passing. Here are five financial steps you need to take when a parent or loved one is terminally ill. —Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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.

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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.

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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…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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…

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Wayne Sutton, a co-founder of the NewMe Accelerator, is now founder of PitchTo.co

‘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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Small Businesses Underutilizing Social Media

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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Hajj Flemings, founder of GoKit, is invested in developing a tech hub in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan (Image: Source)

‘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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Hosted by Power 105's Angela Yee and Hot 97's own Miss Info, the Hip Hop Dance Experience Video Game launch brought out a mixed crowd of hardcore gamers, writers and influencers to test their footwork during the kickoff event last month.  While many tried out the game, others enjoyed music spun by J. Period.

‘The Hip Hop Dance Experience’ Brings Out Inner B-Boy in NYC Crowd

Check out photos from the launch party in NYC

“The Hip Hop Dance Experience” video game launch celebration in New York City, hosted by…

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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.

By Yannique Benitez

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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 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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Black Weblog Awards 2012: And the Winners Are…

Elon James White takes a few prizes in this year's awards

Elon James White takes a few prizes in this year’s awards

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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.

By Janel Martinez

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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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LinkedIn Etiquette: Why Random Invites to Connect Are a No-No

Rule of thumb: Stick with who you know when it comes to connecting on the social networking site

Experts say LinkedIn users should refrain from connecting with anyone and everyone on the network…

By Janel Martinez

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Can Your Klout Score Kill Your Job Hunt?

Do you think it's fair for employers to use this tool?

Do you think it’s fair for employers to use this tool?

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President Obama and Mitt Romney talk military spending at the Presidential Debate. [Image: BarackObama.com]

‘Horses and Bayonets’ Win Social Media: 11 Best Romney Memes

Obama's zinger goes viral with unforgettable memes

Obama’s zinger goes viral with unforgettable memes

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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…

By Janel Martinez

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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…

By Robert S. Anthony

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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…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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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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Hundreds applied to the FOCUS100 Pitch-It Competition, but only four made the cut. These four promising start-ups founded/co-founded by black women proved to be the main attraction, not only because of their live products, but because of their experience, education, passion, and business acumen under pressure. All of the winners received coaching sessions with Jeanne Sullivan of Starvest Partners and Lauren Maillan Bias of Gen Y Capital. But only one stood victorious. The winner walked away with:


- Finalist status for TechStars NYC 2013 session


- A Non-Pitch Meeting with Andreessen Horowitz, and


- A Meeting with Comcast Ventures.


Can you guess who won?
Marcia Wade Talbert

Women Tech Startups Win Big at Pitch Competition [Gallery]

Four finalists lay it all on the table for VC Investors at the DigitalUnDivided #FOCUS100 Pitch Bootcamp & Symposium

Four female finalists from the #FOCUS100 Pitch-It competition demonstrate their unique mobile and new media…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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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How to Maximize Mobile Productivity

Try these apps for less procrastination

Try these apps for less procrastination

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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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70 Percent of BET Hip-Hop Award Tweets Came from Mobile Devices

BET viewers' mobile tweets surpass other award shows

BET viewers’ mobile tweets surpass other award shows

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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…

By Danielle Hester

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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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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…

By Hajj Flemings

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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…

By Janel Martinez

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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…

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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…

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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…

By Anthony Frasier

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Women of Power

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[RECAP] Activate Conference Wows and Inspires New York City Power Women

The Activate Conference, held Sept. 20 at the Times Center in NYC, featured speakers Keke…

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Cool Jobs: Television Executive Micheline Bowman Balances Career and Side Hustle

Fox News’ Micheline Bowman has more than 15 years experience in television and has a…

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