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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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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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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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How to Budget for Unexpected Windfalls

Having a plan for unexpected windfalls can be as important as anticipating surprise expenses. Just…

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How to Get Paid for Traveling

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