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Tech Whiz Jeff Belizaire Redefines Urban Culture Through Marketing

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

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

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

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

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

Highlights from the FOCUS100 Pitch Bootcamp

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

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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…

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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…

By Winston Ford

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Moo’s Business Cards Now Come With NFC Chips

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

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

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

Happy Birthday, Google: 14 Years of Innovation

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

By Janel Martinez

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Driverless Cars Given Green Light in California

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

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

By Janel Martinez

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Former teacher Raheem Jarbo, better known as "Mega Ran," turned his passion for rhyming into a full-time endeavor (Image: Source)

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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Company Offers Social Media Hacking Insurance

For a fee, company offers protection from hackers

For a fee, company offers protection from hackers

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5 Ways MySpace’s Redesign Will Revolutionize Music Marketing

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

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

By Winston Ford

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Nestlé Includes GPS Tracker in Kit-Kat Bars

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

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

By Janel Martinez

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The Top 20 Thief-Friendly PINs

Is your personal identification number at risk?

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

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Tracy Morgan’s Emmys Stunt Fools the Twitterverse

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

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

By Janel Martinez

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Get Into This: 4 Free Savvy Job Search Apps

On-the-go resources make getting that gig so much easier

Check out these four free app resources to make your job search that much easier…

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

Take a look at how these smartphones compare

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

By Robert S. Anthony

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5 Strategies for Digital Storytelling

Tips to creating a successful digital communication's plan

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

By Hajj Flemings

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What You Need to Know About Apple iOS 6

The latest update to the mobile OS has received mixed reviews

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

By BlackEnterprise.com

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HTC Debuts Windows 8X & 8S Devices

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

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

By Janel Martinez

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Google+ Reports 100 Million Monthly Active Users

The tech company also announced the acquisition of Nik Software

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

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Twitter Unveils New Look, Update for Mobile Apps

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

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

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Apple iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Break Sales Record

iPhone 5 has better pre-order sales than its predecessor

The iPhone 5 set a new pre-order record within the first 24 hours of sales.…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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5 Ways Small Business Owners Can Prevent Data Loss

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

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

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New Software Helps Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure

Stephfan Nurse created a software solution to help home loan modification applicants get approved

The Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) was created to help struggling homeowners keep their homes…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Everything You Need to Know About the iPhone 5

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

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

By Hajj Flemings

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: A Business Exec-Friendly Tablet

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

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

By K. T. Bradford

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Are You Buying into the Madness of Apple’s iPhone 5?

Apple's newest shiny new toy starts at $199

Apple’s newest shiny new toy starts at $199

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Past iPhone Design Revealed in Court

Samsung vs. Apple case reveals new facts about iPhone

Samsung vs. Apple case reveals new facts about iPhone

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

GoDaddy Outage the Result of Internal Glitch, Not Hackers

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

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

By Janel Martinez

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Nielsen report on young adults and teens' smartphone use

Growth in Smartphone Ownership Led by Young Adults and Teens

74% of 25-34 year olds, and 58% of teens, now own smartphones

A Nielsen report released on Monday revealed that young adults and teenagers are spearheading the…

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Toys ‘R’ US to Launch Tabeo Tablet for Kids

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

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

By BlackEnterprise.com

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

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

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

By Janel Martinez

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Democratic National Convention Beats Football in Ratings

Democratic convention ratings beat out the RNC and football kickoff

Democratic convention ratings beat out the RNC and football kickoff

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Social Media Guide to the 2012 Presidential Election

Your one-stop shop to election news on various platforms

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

By Hajj Flemings

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

1.5 million gift cards were sold, according to Yipit

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

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Iman Launches Online Magazine

The supermodel-turned-CEO debuts ‘Destination Iman’

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

By Janel Martinez

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Janel Martinez

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Cool Jobs: Jason Njoku Brings Nollywood to International Forefront

IROKO Partners founder talks global expansion, million-dollar deals

From London to Lagos, iROKO Partners founder Jason Njoku offers multifaceted Nigeria entertainment platform to…

By Octavia Goredema

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Randal Pinkett: Breaking Down Billion-Dollar Contracts

Company CTO Lawrence Hibbert also weighs in on new government opportunity

BCT Partners CEO Randal Pinkett and company CTO Lawrence Hibbert talk once-in-a-lifetime opportunities after landing…

By Amanda A. Ebokosia

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

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

By the Numbers: Social Media Prevails During RNC

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

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

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3 Must-Have Election-Tracking Tools

Stay in the know with these three resources

With the 2012 presidential election fast approaching, here are three political tools that will keep…

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

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

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

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

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

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

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Google Unveils Enterprise-Friendly Features for Its Apps Users

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

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

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

InstaEDU Allows Students to Schedule Particular Tutors and Lessons

Online tutoring site announces plans to expand its offerings

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

By BlackEnterprise.com

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

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

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

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10 Productivity-Enhancing Apps for High School Students

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

By Janel Martinez

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Consistency will seal the deal  

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

Tech Startup GREX Creates Perfect Match Between Employers and Candidates

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

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

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Burst App Allows Family & Friends to Share Memorable Videos

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

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

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How to Use Instagram to Further Your Business

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

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

The Rise of Online Study Halls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Survey Reveals New Technology is a Better Return on Investment than New Employees

Technology Making College Ultra Expensive For Students

Can you afford all the tools you need for school?

Can you afford all the tools you need for school?

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Nike Embraces the Interactive Era

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

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

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StatusPeople App Reveals Tweeters Who Buy Followers

Do you know anyone you suspect of buying followers?

Do you know anyone you suspect of buying followers?

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

Klout Update: What You Need to Know

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

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Obama Finally Beats Bieber’s Klout Score

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

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

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ZShock Reshapes Jewelry Business With 3D Printing

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

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

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

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

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

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Bluetooth Keyboards: Different Keystrokes for Different Folks

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

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

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Civil Rights Groups Create App To Fight Voter Suppression

If you have a smartphone, you can have everything you need to know about the election with a tap

If you have a smartphone, you can have everything you need to know about the…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Starbucks Partners with Square for Payments

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

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

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

Amazon Launches Textbook Rental Service

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

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

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

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

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

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Exposing Students to STEM Earlier 

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

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

3 Ways Obama’s New Initiative Will Impact STEM Education

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

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

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

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

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Top 5 Ways to Take Control of Your Inbox

Handle emails more efficiently with these five tips

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

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Google Maps Shows Service Alerts to New York City Subway Riders

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

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

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

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

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

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How to Track the 2012 London Olympics

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

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

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

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

3D Printing: 6 Incredible Moments in Recent Printing History

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

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

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

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Anonymous YouTube Accounts a Thing of the Past?

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

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

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Fitocracy, free  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5 Things You Need to Know About LinkedIn

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

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

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

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

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

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

11 Women Who Are Changing the Tech World

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

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Samsung Galaxy S III: The Next Enterprise-Ready Smartphone

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

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

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

How to Go From Chic to Geek

Eleven tips to staying up to date in the tech world

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

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Facebook and NBC to Announce Game-Changing Partnership for London Olympics

The non-advertising deal between the social networking heavyweight and media powerhouse will likely boost viewership and conversations across both mediums

NBC Universal’s NBC Olympics division and Facebook are set to announce an innovative cross-platform agreement…

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3 Tips for Spreading Your Health-Conscious Movement Online

Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks were able to leverage their presence on and offline, creating…

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Come the end of this month, the Olympics will be played out for all to see on NBC, but social-savvy fans and sponsors are set to connect with audiences on various social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. (Not to mention, NBCOlympics.com will live stream every single event and the network will provide two different apps for mobile devices.) With nearly everyone toting a smartphone, the main sporting event will spark record-level engagement on popular social networking sites; it’s not a conversation everyone had access to during previous Olympic games.  Web access has increased greatly since the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, China. According to the International Telecommunications Union, there were approximately 1.5 billion Internet users worldwide (23% of the world’s total population). By July 27, that number will jump to about 2.3 billion users—an average of 33% of the total population. With the games fast approaching, Mashable outlined how the popular networks stack up today:

2012 Olympics to Be First-Ever Social Games

According to the International Telecommunications Union, there were approximately 1.5 billion Internet users worldwide (23%…

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Amazon Is Reportedly Developing a Smartphone

With the success of the Kindle Fire, the electronic retailing company is venturing into new territory with its smartphone project

While the cards haven’t all been laid out on the table, word surfaced late yesterday…

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Uber App Allows Passengers to Secure Taxi Service Instantly

In a year’s time, a California-based startup revolutionized low-end luxury car transportation

Powered by a mobile app, available on the iOS and Android platforms, San Francisco-based startup…

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Africa Ahead of Most of Europe with 4G Service

Africa is currently the fastest-growing mobile market; thus far, countries such as Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania are 4G Internet efficient

Some countries in Africa have become connected to 4G internet before many countries in Europe.

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4. Be public. Market yourself. People must know what you offer. What separates you from everyone else? Why are you different from the next candidate? Understand your strengths and weaknesses. Think of yourself as a brand, a company.

5 Lessons From a Tech Entrepreneur

Lawrence Watkins, founder of Great Black Speakers, Great Pro Speakers, and co-founder of Ujamaa Deals, provides 5 tips for tech entrepreneurs

Lawrence Watkins, founder of Great Black Speakers, Great Pro Speakers, and co-founder of Ujamaa Deals,…

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In recent years, the gap between Caucasian and African-American travelers has lessened, making the African American sector of the U.S. population one of the fastest growing markets in the travel industry, according to the bi-monthly publication Black Meetings and Tourism. Based on surveys, polls and U.S. Travel Association research, Associate Publisher/Editor Gloria Herbert reports African Americans encompass 45% of the $125 billion in total revenues produced by multicultural travel. Not to mention, the economic impact of African-American leisure travelers is $48.3 billion. With the travel uptick among black Americans, as well as the blogger boom, has come a rise in unique voices weighing in on a bevy of travel topics—everything from must-have travel gadgets and sites to frequent to restaurant favorites and non-touristy sites to see. Here are several black travelers worth following on Twitter:--Corvida Raven

7 Black Travelers to Follow on Twitter

With the travel uptick among black Americans, as well as the blogger boom, has come…

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The Supreme Court’s Healthcare Decision Ignites 13,000 Tweets Per Minute

The landmark healthcare ruling sent the Twitterverse into a frenzy on Thursday

The Supreme Court’s healthcare decision generated a lot of buzz on Twitter, with interactions peaking…

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When LL Cool J (born James Todd Smith) was just a teen his mother used her income tax return (about $600) to buy him a drum machine. Some 27 years later, the Queens MC has become one of hip-hop music’s greatest of all time, parlaying his success into numerous ventures that don’t require the microphone he has tattooed on his arm. Needless to say, the return on his mom’s investment has been astronomical. With LL receiving the well-deserved I Am Hip-Hop lifetime achievement awards at this year’s BET Hip-Hop Awards, BlackEnterprise.com takes a hard look at the living legend’s diverse portfolio as part of our Decoded series. —Alvin Blanco

LL Cool J Partners with Sony to Launch My Connect Studio

The rapper-turned-actor-turned-entrepreneur debuted his virtual studio recording software at the Sony store in New York City

LL Cool J has transitioned smoothly from music to movies and the now the rap…

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The JOBS Act: Acceptance of Crowdfunding Provision Likely to Increase Startup Growth

With crowdfunding a concern of JOBS Act critics, see what makes the capital funding method viable

The JOBS Act has received support from lawmakers and startup advocates, as well as disapproval…

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African American and Latino Shoppers Use Mobile Shopping Technology More

Multicultural shoppers are outnumbering their Caucasian counterparts when it comes to making purchases on smartphones

Although smartphone use in the United States skews lower among African Americans and Latinos, a…

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Dell’s first ultrabook, the XPS 13 packs powerful performance into a sleek, strikingly thin, compact frame (Image: Dell)

Dell XPS 13: A Great Companion for the On-the-Go Consumer

A thorough review of Dell's first ultrabook finds the laptop quick, powerful, and light

Dell’s first ultrabook, the XPS 13 packs powerful performance into a sleek, strikingly thin, compact…

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

10 Best Travel Apps for Your Next Vacation

With countless resources at your fingertips (thanks to your mobile device), here are 10 apps…

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The League Scores Big with Social Media During 2012 NBA Finals

As adoring fans await Game 5, see how the NBA stacks up on its social media platforms

In May, 63% of live TV viewers multi-task with their smartphone, posting content online while…

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Comedian and show host Wanda Sykes is a Hollywood veteran, having appeared in hit films such as Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps. The actress was a vocal opponent of California's Proposition 8, which prohibits gay marriages in the state, and went public about her same-sex marriage at a 2008 Las Vegas rally. She was also the first openly gay performer at the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2009.

Gain & Wanda Sykes Help Consumers Find the Perfect Scent Interactively

Using her comedic skills and engaging personality, Wanda Sykes is on a mission to help consumers find their “ideal nasal mate” … for their clothes

Comedian Wanda Sykes stood alongside Hamilton Brown, North American brand manager for Gain, as the…

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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

7 Tech Tools for Travelers On a Budget

Whether you’re embarking on your first journey abroad or you’re an experienced jet setter, here…

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Digital media has not only seeped into nearly every part of our lives, it has become increasingly more mobile and social in recent years. During the X Media Lab: Global Media Ideas event in Sydney, Australia, which took place from June 8-10, the international community gathered to discuss the future of digital media and how they are contributing to this new world of opportunities. The digital media think-tanks and workshops pointed to smarter, faster, personal and more inclusive platforms and services for everyone to use. At the end of the conference, it was clear that revolutionary changes will take place in music, interaction design, and collaboration and connectivity, among other areas. –Corvida Raven

What Does the Future Hold for Digital Media?

During the X Media Lab: Global Media Ideas event in Sydney, Australia, which took place…

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Beyond Demo Day: An Update on TechStars Alumni

Meet seven founders that graduated from the startup accelerator program

Last Thursday was Demo Day for TechStars NYC’s Spring 2012 program, and 13 companies have…

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Growing Number of Young Professionals Venturing Abroad for Tech Jobs

An increasing number of millennials are seeking international job opportunities, citing experience abroad as a great addition to their resume

Recent graduates are entering a struggling job market. While 2012 hiring is expected to improve…

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How to Align Your Blog with a Big-Name Brand

For some bloggers, taking that platform to the next level will require partnering with big-name…

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Harvard Study Connects Google Search Results to Racially Biased Voting in ’08

A doctorate candidate at the Ivy League university performed a study highlighting hidden racial attitudes among voters

A doctorate candidate at Harvard University performed a study highlighting hidden racial attitudes among voters.…

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New Siri Features


I love the current Siri TV ads by Apple, and, quite frankly, it is the only place the personal assistant software seems to work.  All jokes aside, it will be interesting to see Siri on new iPad. Here are some of its enhanced functions:
--Users will be able to post Facebook updates and send tweets with their voice.

--Siri has partnered with Yelp, OpenTable, Rotten Tomatoes, and sports score updates ranging from the latest scores to stats and schedules.

--The software assistant will continue expanding globally with its new language support, which will now feature Spanish, Italian, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese, and optimize languages in 15 countries. 

Apple is working with automotive manufactures to launch “Eyes Free,” a new feature that will allow a car to bring up Siri voice control. Nine auto manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Jaguar and Toyota are working on this implementation with plans to incorporate the technology in the next 12 months.

WWDC 2012: Apple’s iOS 6 Boasts Over 200 New Features & Enhancements

At the 2012 World Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote on Monday the technology company unveiled the…

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Android App Reports ‘Stop and Frisk’ Activity

A new application allows bystanders to record videos of and report “stop and frisk” incidents

The Stop and Frisk Watch app, courtesy of the New York Civil Liberties Union, allows…

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10 Gadgets for the Tech Savvy Dad

Every year, Dad somehow ends up with a tool set, a gift card, or some…

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A rash of thefts is causing commuters to think twice about wearing expensive headphones such as Monster’s Beats by Dr. Dre on trains and buses. So what can you do to stay safe? You can go cold turkey and leave your audio gear at home, but if you can’t bear to be away from your tunes that long, there’s a partial alternative: Go small.  

Instead of donning a large, glitzy headset that can be spotted from the other end of a crowded subway platform, use a small, in-ear headset that’s not as obvious but still offers high-quality deep bass and clear high notes. Many of these units incorporate Apple iPod-, iPad- and iPhone-friendly inline remote controls and microphones. If you’re looking to swap your big headphones for small beats, check out these portable and trendy earphones.--Robert S. Anthony

6 Small Headsets That Pack Big Sound

Instead of donning a large, glitzy headset that can be spotted from the other end…

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Be a great storyteller 

Storytelling is the most important point of your mobile strategy and should be integrated into everything you do. Optimize your site for mobile since large portions of your customers are going to experience your messaging from mobile devices.  Also, brand consistency is key so make sure your loyal and potential clients can access your messaging. Lastly, think in sound bites. You want to communicate compelling, concise information when you post content. Have your customers wanting more.

4 Tips to Help Your Small Business ‘Go Mobile’

BlackEnterprise.com technology columnist Hajj Flemings provided four easy-to-follow steps to take your small business to…

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Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks of Black Girls Run! Give the Skinny on Their Nationwide Movement

The founders of BGR! talk camaraderie among female runners, spreading the word via social media and why it’s important to observe National Running Day beyond June 6

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the Black Girls Run! founders at the 5th annual Blogging While…

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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

5 Social Media Strategies That Will Grow Your Audience

With over 200 social networking sites at your disposal, it can be a challenge determining…

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A Child Shall Lead Them: Facebook Considers Lowering User Age

If Facebook decides to lower their user age, will this be the catalyst needed for adults to better understand the social network's privacy and security policies?

Regardless of how many countermeasures and safety nets Facebook bakes into its new-age policy, if…

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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.

Two Weeks Later, What Mark Zuckerberg’s IPO Move Means for the Future of Tech

How will the social network’s IPO impact the tech startup space?

Facebook has 901 million users, a value estimated at $111 billion per user. With reported…

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Venture Capital Access Program Seeks Minority Tech Startups

The Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York and the National Association of Investment Companies launched VCAP© to provide entrepreneurs nationwide with access to venture capital

The Venture Capital Access Program (VCAP©) seeks entrepreneurs across the traditional and digital business spectrum.…

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Dimension U Introduces Video Games as an Educational Tool

NT Etuk gets students engaged in learning by teaching them in a language they get

NT Etuk, CEO and founder of Dimension U, revolutionizes the education system by introducing video…

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5 Tech Moves to Watch This Week

With talks of Facebook setting up shop to create a smartphone and Google Glass resurfacing…

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Facebook Looking to Acquire Facial Recognition Tech Company Face.com

Recent reports indicate the social networking giant is in talks to acquire Face.com

Facebook might be interested in acquiring facial recognition technology company Face.com, according to recent reports.

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Liquid Soul Media CEO Tirrell Whittley and CMO Nick Nelson

Liquid Soul Media Brings Mainstream & Black Hollywood Together

Mastering integrated multicultural marketing campaigns, Tirrell Whittley and Nick Nelson help introduce niche films to wider audiences

With Liquid Soul Media, Tirrell Whittley and Nick Nelson have found a way to market…

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WATCH: Issa Rae on Building an Online Audience

The star of "Awkward Black Girl" talks audience engagement, raising capital and establishing a brand online

Issa Rae, star of “Awkward Black Girl,” talks audience engagement, raising capital and establishing a…

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Platinum League Introduces First-Ever Interactive Trading Cards

While most people collect sports collectible cards as a pastime, The Platinum League is bringing music to life with interactive trading cards

Combining his love and experience for music and sports, William Green, CEO of The Platinum…

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At the 2012 International CTIA Wireless Conference in New Orleans, Black Enterprise presented its first-ever Best in Show Awards to nine device and software manufacturers, including companies like Samsung, Western Digital, and Novatel. 

The winners were picked with the help of the Black Enterprise Tech Advisory Board, which includes Mario Armstrong, Ramon Ray, K.T. Bradford, Sherry L. Smith, Jeffrey L. Wilson, and Terrance Gaines. Winners had to be an exhibitor at the show or nominated for a CTIA Emerging Technology award. 

Tell us in the comments below, and on our Facebook page, if you agree or disagree with our choices, and let us know who you think is the best in show among all of our choices. Congratulations to our winners!

PHOTOS: Black Enterprise’s Best in Show Awards at CTIA Wireless 2012

Nine software and device manufacturers recognized for their innovation and creativity

At the 2012 International CTIA Wireless Conference in New Orleans, Black Enterprise presented its first…

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Facebook IPO: Shares Start at $42

The social network’s monetary value jumped from $38 per share to $42 on Friday

Facebook shares started trading at $42.05 per share on Friday around 11:30am EST on the…

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TWITTER:   I know that this is probably an obvious one, but how do you really engage with Twitter? Do you use it as a personal tool to connect with others? Promote your business? Both? Do you need a personal and business account? I would say, it all depends. I have one account for me personally, which I also use professionally. When my new book, Chasing Youth Culture And Getting It Right, is published in April, I will be using another account for book tweets only. I want to make sure that those messages go to people who want data on youth marketing specifically. So the moral of this story is, know your target market. Your tweets will have a greater impact if you’re really focused on who you’re trying to reach.

3 Reasons You Should Use Separate Twitter Accounts

Tech columnist Hajj Flemings answers the new-age question of whether or not employees should have more than one social media account

With lines being blurred far too many times than people would like to admit, BlackEnterprise.com…

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The Nextbook Premium 8SE doesn't have all the capabilities of a more expensive tablet, but it does give those devices a run for their money (Image: E Fun Inc.)

Nextbook Premium 8SE: Low Cost Doesn’t Have to Mean Cheap

Smaller than an iPad, bigger than a Kindle (and cheaper than both), the Nextbook Premium 8SE is an example of what today’s budget Android tablets can and can’t do

The Nextbook Premium 8SE from E-FUN Inc. comes with Android 4.0 (a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich),…

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Corvida Raven, founder of SheGeeks.net

Black Blogger Month: She Geeks, The Digital Diva

Revolutionizing the way technology is understood, Corvida Raven decodes social media, mobile gadgets and applications for the average consumer

Tech expert Corvida Raven has carved out her own space online with She Geeks, a…

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Virgin Atlantic to Allow In-Flight Cell Phone Calls

Virgin Atlantic is set to become the first airline to offer in-flight mobile calls, texts and web access in the air

Virgin Atlantic is redefining long-distance calling, allowing customers flying between New York and London to…

By Janel Martinez

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Celebrated Chef Marcus Samuelsson to Receive Spirit of Africa Award at Gala Event

Marcus Samuelsson Spreads Food Politics Through Digital Platforms

You’ve seen the chef/philanthropist on the Web and shows like "Top Chef Masters," catch him at the 2012 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo

Marcus Samuelsson’s social media footprint is sizzling—his verified Twitter account boasts over 51,000 followers; Facebook…

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Every year bottles of perfume, scarves, and restaurant dinner outings are the go-to picks for Mother's Day gifts. But have you noticed how your mom is texting a bit more, checking email and that she even has a Facebook page? Maybe she is ready for the next frontier. It is time to take a leap of faith and support in adding more tech gadgets to her life. Here are 6 gadgets that Moms will surely appreciate. –Yoli Ouiya

6 Gadgets for the Tech Savvy Mom

Don’t scramble to decide what to get your mom for Mother’s Day, check out these…

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Money, Power and Technology: How Floyd Mayweather Became a Social Media Heavyweight

The famed boxer has spread his brand beyond the boxing ring, amassing an online following that rivals tech heavyweights and influencers

With accounts on various social media platforms, Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. has spread his brand…

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

Code Academy Teaches Web Development to the Masses

The black-owned startup is schooling entrepreneurs on the art of coding from the ground floor of Chicago's new 50,000 sq. ft. coworking facility

In October 2011, tech co-founders Mike McGee and Neal Sales-Griffin started Code Academy, a 12-week…

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5th Annual Blogging While Brown Conference Hits Philly June 1-2

Get a special BE discount on registration for this year's annual blogger networking event

The Blogging While Brown conference 2012 hits Philadelphia, PA for two days of networking and…

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"Awkward Black Girl" creator Issa Rae

‘Awkward Black Girl’ Creator Issa Rae on Shorty Award Win and Online Racism

The producer, director, writer and star of “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” addresses the digital hate

“Awkward Black Girl” creator Issa Rae spoke to BlackEnterprise.com about her Shorty Award win, the…

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Ashton Kutcher’s Popchips Ad Sparks Controversy, Pulled After Online Outcry

The “Two and a Half Men” star’s latest commercial for the potato chip brand is being called “offensive” and “racist” across the web

Ashton Kutcher’s Popchips ad campaign released earlier this week has been removed from the snack…

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RAISE ENOUGH MONEY BEFORE OPENING FOR BUSINESS

Redding opened up Amy Ruth’s in 1998 with a $73,000 investment and it went on to become a $3 million company. While that achievement is to be lauded, under further inspection it should also to be avoided because Redding launched his business undercapitalized, a trend that he believes is all too common for many African American-owned businesses. “As Black people we always end up opening businesses underfunded,” he notes. “Due to that we rob Peter to pay Paul and don’t pay taxes or purveyors or utilities. Redding knew that opening his latest restaurant would mean securing enough funding—$2 million to be exact. The only way he was able to achieve that round of fundraising was by revising his business plan, something that he recommends for every entrepreneur looking to start over. “You have to put your new business together with a solid business plan so that you can get proper funding.”

3 Tips for Raising Venture Capital Funding

With SendHub's recent $2 million seed funding score making headlines, the company's co-founder Garrett Johnson provides three tips for securing venture capital support

Garrett Johnson, co-founder of SendHub, discusses how he raised $2 million from venture capital firms,…

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Karen Civil, founder fo KarenCivil.com

Black Blogger Month: Karen Civil, The People’s Voice

With access to Lil Wayne and Dr. Dre, this trusted blogger is a every music lovers favorite source for all things music

With KarenCivil.com, this 26-year-old gives hip-hop fans all access to their favorite stars with a…

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Since its 2008 launch, Klout has been praised as a helpful tool for social influence, and criticized on score inconsistencies all in the same breath. Technology blogger Diego Basch summed it up best: “It’s simply a game that measures how good you are at it. Your Klout score measures how good you are at getting a high Klout score.” 

While Klout maintains that their "True Reach" metric is a work in progress, it’s hard not to view the number as the end-all, be-all of one’s digital influence.  It matters so much so that companies are using the scoring system to decide whether or not they’ll employ an individual. Sam Fiorella’s job interview was cut short when he admitted to not knowing about Klout. After the dismissal, Fiorella spent the next six months working to boost his Klout score, ultimately reaching 72. With interactive influence determining whether or not you’ll land your next job (or VIP status at an upcoming event), here are 5 tips to boosting your Klout score in 5 days.--Terrena Carriman

Clout vs. Klout: Why the Latter Doesn’t Measure True Influence

While some employers will check a prospective employee’s digital influence, it should not blow one’s chances of getting a job

BlackEnterprise.com columnist Hajj Flemings examines whether or not a job applicant’s Klout score outweighs his/her…

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Christen Rochon, founder of DivasAndDorks.com

Black Blogger Month: Divas & Dorks, Best of Both Blogs

Proving women excel in tech just a well as fashion, Christen Rochon is a successful diva and a dork in the digital space

Mixing technology with fashion, Christen Rochon’s Divas & Dorks is a unique online destination catering…

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Facebook Allows Users to Disclose Organ Donor Status

On average, 18 people each day die waiting for an organ transplant. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is trying to combat the discouraging figure with his latest feature

In an exclusive interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief…

By Janel Martinez

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Smart Homes Save Money

Digital solutions that will lower the cost of your energy bill

Remote working is becoming more popular as companies strive to save money and become more…

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Tag, You’re Paid

Ex-music industry executive shows how to make a picture worth $1,000

“Every photo has a story behind it, but the Internet separates a photo from its…

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WATCH: Second Annual Black Blogger Month Launches May 1, 2012

The month of May has been christened Black Blogger Month as we celebrate the 20 of the most impactful and successful voices online

The month of May has been christened Black Blogger Month as BlackEnterprise.com celebrate the 20…

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Women of Power

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On the Move: Jocelyn Allen to Lead GM Diversity Efforts; Chicago Defender Gets First Female Exec Editor

Both General Motors and the Chicago Defender appoint female power players to top leadership positions.

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Meet Dariany Santana, Co-Host of Women of Power TV

Model and actress Dariany Santana is one of the hosts of Women of Power TV.…

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