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Satoshi Nakamoto, creator of Bitcoin, is said to have an estimated $400 million worth of the virtual currency.

The Creator of Bitcoin Has Been Uncovered

It's a man in California, and his name is Satoshi

Will they find him?

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Zhong Lin Wang's new form of energy generation could let you power an iPhone simply by walking down the block.

Need to Charge Your Phone? Go for a Walk

Researcher Zhong Lin Wang's new power source is inspired by the same prinicples that makes your hair stand on end: static electricity.

Zhong Lin Wang’s new form of energy generation could let you power an iPhone simply…

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Facebook and Instagram Reveal New Rules to Combat Gun Sales

Facebook's new rules will provide a warning and in-app education if users search for the purpose of purchasing illegal firearms

Facebook just announced new rules

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New Museum's NEW INC program is the first tech incubator created by a museum.

New York’s New Museum is Opening a Tech Incubator

The first class will have 100 spots open for year-long residencies

The New Museum is starting up an interesting technology project

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Flexcoins offline bitcoins are safe, but the company has no way to replace the hundreds that were stolen.

Another Bitcoin Bank is Robbed By Hackers

The banking and wallet service had its wallet cleaned out less than one month after the largest bitcoin exchange was robbed of its 744,000 bitcoins

Who will be struck next?

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Comcast Extends Program Offering Low-Income Families Free Broadband Access

The cable giant's merger with Time Warner Cable will expand the low-income service to even more major cities across America

Are you receiving the service from Comcast?

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The next-generation console is leading the charge in console gaming, outselling Microsoft's Xbox One.

Sony’s PS4 Sells 6 Million Units Thanks to Japanese Launch

The Japanese company sold 5 million consoles before bringing it to its home base

Will Xbox ever catch up?

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In "The Internship," Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn play Google interns. According to Glassdoor, they are the ninth-highest paying company for interns.

San Francisco Tech Interns Earn More Than Median U.S. Household

Software and services company Palantir takes the top spot, paying about $7,000 per month

Being an intern doesn’t sound so bad after all

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Kickstarter's users have pledged over $1 billion to various projects, including the Veronica Mars movie.

Kickstarter Reaches $1 Billion in Pledges

$619 million of Kickstarter's billion-dollar milestone came from returning donors

More than half of the $1 billion was raised since March of last year

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The Microsoft founder has given away over $23 billion thanks to his philanthropic organization.

Bill Gates is, Again, the Richest Person in the World

He's stepped down as Chairman at Microsoft, but will be helping new CEO Satya Nadella as his Technology Advisor

Microsoft stock rose and so did Gates’ bank account

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Apple's TV accessory lets you stream music, movies, and podcasts from the iTunes store.

Apple Sells Over 10 Million Apple TV’s in 2013

“It’s a little more difficult to call it a hobby these days,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in Friday's shareholder's meeting

How many more will they sell?

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At over $600 the Blackphone is a little pricey, but comes bundled with various encryption and security services.

Geeksphone’s Blackphone Makes Security Simple

Blackphone, a joint venture between America's Silent Circle and Spain's Geeksphone, may give you peace of mind through encryption

The $629 Blackphone comes bundled with phone and text encryption services

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The Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange filed for bankruptcy after losing $473 million in bitcoins.

Mt. Gox Goes Bankrupt, Losing Nearly 750,000 Bitcoins

The Bitcoin exchange company, Mt. Gox, has filed for bankruptcy protection but the feds are still looking into investigating its business practices

The feds are still looking into investigating its business practices

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The electric car manufacturer has Supercharger stations throughout the country, enabling coast-to-coast travel.

Tesla Reveals Plans for $5 Billion Battery Factory

The 10 million-square-foot facility would allow Tesla to make 500,000 vehicles per year

Tesla Motors announced its plans to create its proposed “Gigafactory,” a massive $5 billion battery…

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The security hole allowed hackers to spy on your unencrypted data ranging from bank information to personal emails.

Update Your iPhone Before Hackers Steal Your Data

Apple's security patch fixes a major bug affecting millions of iOS devices and Macs

iPhone hackers are stealing data so you better update it soon

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The Android smartphone isn't boasting any high-end specs, but does have a removable panel for modular add-ons.

Boeing Debuts Self-Destructing Android Smartphone

The Boeing Black is meant to handle sensitive data and "self destruct" if the device is tampered with

Boeing’s “Black” smartphone can wipe its contents as soon as someone tries to break inside

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Join IBOM LLC and Black Enterprise for a conversation on using social media to take your business global.

#SMW 2014: Innov8tiv Talks How to Launch A Global Business

Technology news site Innov8tiv, hosted a panel during Social Media Week 2014 at NYU, in partnership with IBOM LLC, and Black Enterprise

Technology news site Innov8tiv, hosted a panel during Social Media Week 2014 at NYU, in…

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The telescope was launched in 2009 and has discovered over 900 planets.

NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers 715 New Planets

The exoplanets orbit 305 stars, revealing the existence of more multiple-planet systems similar to ours

One planet in the habitable zone is twice the size of Earth

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The all-electric luxury sedan scored a near-perfect score in Consumer Reports' tests.

Tesla Model S Named Best Overall Car of 2014

The all-electric sedan is pricey, but Consumer Reports says it's a "technological tour-de-force"

It’s the first all-electric vehicle to win the coveted spot

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Kinshasa's robot cop works 24 hours a day and records traffic data.

Kinshasa Installs Two Robotic Cops to Curb Traffic Accidents

Kinshasa's traffic cops are eight feet tall, solar-powered, and made of steel

Kinshasa’s robotic traffic cops are outfitted with cameras that record traffic information and send it…

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The Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange filed for bankruptcy after losing $473 million in bitcoins.

Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Shuts Down, Leaves Investors Penniless

The company's Twitter feed, like its website, has also been scrubbed

The world’s largest bitcoin trading company, Mt. Gox, has gone offline amid allegations of theft…

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The YotaPhone has two screens, certainly making it stand out from the pack.

Dual-Screened YotaPhone Will Arrive in the US This Year

The dual-screened YotaPhone is rethinking how you interact with your device

The phone’s marquee feature isn’t the high-end 5-inch HD touchscreen on the front, but the…

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Samsung's latest flagship smartphone has a heart rate sensor, 16-megapixel camera, and a quad-core processor.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Unveiled at Mobile World Congress

The 5.1-inch smartphone is more evolution than revolution, but still leads the pack in features

Health section added to S5

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For four days, the newest smartphones and consumer electronics will compete for your attention.

Mobile World Conference 2014: 4 Things You Need to Know

Cutting-edge smartphones, wearable gadgets, and computing for cures are all present in Barcelona for Mobile World Conference 2014

Quite possibly the biggest reveal was the Samsung Galaxy S5

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If Amazon releases its own TV box, competitors like Apple and Roku may have to play catch-up.

Amazon’s TV Box Rumored to Arrive in March

The rumored 'Amazon Box' could threaten sales of both Apple TV and Roku's offerings

The box will likely be powered by Google’s Android OS

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Google's ATAP team has partnered with universities and institutions to create a phone that can detect its surroundings in real time.

Google’s “Project Tango” Smartphone Maps Your World in 3D

The prototype devices are only available to select developers, but could be a sign of things to come for the average consumer

Google’s Tango prototype smartphone uses a motion tracking camera and depth sensor to build 3D…

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Join IBOM LLC and Black Enterprise for a conversation on using social media to take your business global.

#SMW14: ‘Advances in Global Entertainment Technology’

Join IBOM LLC, Black Enterprise, and Jason Njoku for a conversation on using social media to take your business global

Moderating the panel will be Black Enterprise’s own Associate Producer Janell Hazelwood

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Candy Crush Saga’s $500 Million IPO is Sweet But Its Future is Sour

The immensely popular mobile game is going public, but investors should be worried about its potential decline.

Do you play Candy Crush?

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Buys Messaging Startup WhatsApp for $16 Billion in Cash and Stock

The acquisition is Facebook's largest purchase since Instagram in 2012

WhatsApp will continue to operate independently and “retain its brand”

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Joshua Reeves, CEO of ZenPayroll.

ZenPayroll Raises $20 Million To Handle Paying Your Employees

ZenPayroll's quick and simple payroll service faces stiff competition from entrenched competitors like ADP, Intuit, and Paychex

ZenPayroll is in direct competition with other, more established payroll solutions

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Luis von Ahn, co-founder of Duolingo, doesn't want to charge anyone for learning a new language.

Duolingo Raises $20 Million For More Languages, Certifications

Duolingo wants everyone to learn a new language, and wants to do it on the cheap

With a successful round of funding, the language learning app Duolingo wants to offer more…

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#SMW14: ‘Innovate or Die: How to Successfully Leverage Your Brand in the Age of Social Media’

Black Enterprise hosts conversation on branding and social media Tuesday, February 18 in NYC

Black Enterprise presents “Innovate or Die: How to Successfully Leverage Your Brand in the Age…

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Beverly Tatum, Ph.D., will be honored with the Barbara Graves Awards at the 2015 Women of Power Summit. (Image: Spelman College)

Spelman College President Beverly Tatum On Preparing the Next Gen of STEM Leaders

Black Enterprise’s ‘Educating Our Daughters’ speaker discusses women in STEM

Black Enterprise caught up with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum to talk about the future of…

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How to Successfully Launch a Product on Facebook

Social media expert S. Lynn Cooper gives power women tips to enhance their digital presence

BlackEnterprise.com contributor and Women of Power workshop moderator S. Lynn Cooper’s tips to successfully launching…

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How to Make Your Website Work For You

Social media expert S. Lynn Cooper gives power women tips to enhance their digital presence

BlackEnterprise.com contributor and our Women of Power workshop moderator S. Lynn Cooper provides her surefire…

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Verizon Executive Michelle Dutton Talks Women in STEM and the Importance of Exploring Technical Fields

Vice President of Global Network Systems and Support at Verizon on career trajectory and opportunities in technology

Black Enterprise caught up with the Michelle Dutton, Vice President of Global Network Systems and…

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Tech Companies Pledge More Than $750 Million to Obama Education Campaign

Fewer than 30% of schools have broadband connectivity, among other tech necessities

President Obama announced Tuesday that technology leaders pledged more that $750 million in computers, cash,…

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High Schooler Jaylen Bledsoe Heads His Own Tech Company, Bledsoe Technologies LLC

Fifteen year old CEO oversees a successful technology company

Jaylen Bledsoe, 15, founded his Missouri-based IT consulting company, Bledsoe Technologies LLC.

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10 People You Should Be Following on Twitter

Founder and chief executive of Quintessence Multimedia Melinda Emerson (@SmallBizLady) lists top individuals to follow

Founder and chief executive of Quintessence Multimedia Melinda Emerson (@SmallBizLady) highlights game changers to follow…

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Focus on the problem  

Rather than addressing a problem a potential user may encounter, many entrepreneurs talk solely about the solutions their product promises to deliver.  Your app might offer a great resolution to an issue; however a successful pitcher will draw people in, discussing problems a potential user faces in their daily lives.  

Focus on the user’s pains. Why do people care? What is bothering them? What upsets or frustrates them?  

A huge chunk of time should be dedicated to addressing the problem. It draws people into the conversation. If you’ve grabbed a potential user’s attention, they will ask you about the solution.  

Reminder: Keep it moving if you get stuck. Trust, more people will notice if you freeze.

Thought Leadership 101: How to Become a Thought Leader Online

Social media expert S. Lynn Cooper gives power women tips to enhance their personal brand online

Black Enterprise has tapped social media expert S. Lynn Cooper to provide tips on branding…

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Onboarding service for international students    Many students from other countries attend American colleges and universities.  For those who have not lived in America for awhile or for those who have lived in homogenous neighborhoods until attending college, the college experience may be overwhelming. If you enjoy meeting new people and are compassionate perhaps you can work with the office of student affairs at your school to create a welcoming service and hospitality program for international students.

Congress Urges High School Students to Participate in STEM Student App Challenge

Congressmen invite high school students to flex their tech skills

Open to all high school students in the participating congressional districts, The House Student App…

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Headsets are high up on the list of must-have tech gadgets to gift this holiday season. While some prefer their earphones bedazzled with gems or coated in their favorite color, others like them simple and in-ear or—the exact opposite—over-ear and as large as ever. BlackEnterprise.com has got you covered, suggesting some of today’s latest headphones for the tech geek (or novice) in your life.--Janel Martinez

Listen Up! How to Become a Savvy Social Listener

Women of Power workshop moderator S. Lynn Cooper gives power women the scoop on effective listening

Black Enterprise Women of Power moderator S. Lynn Cooper provides power women with the top…

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With Christmas around the corner, time is running out to gift your favorite techie that high-tech item on the top of his/her wish list. Whether it’s a big-ticket gadget like Xbox One or PlayStation 4, or easier on the wallet such as Logitech Washable Keyboard K310, here are a few of our favorite tech things this season:

Samsung Reportedly Unveiling Galaxy S5 on Feb. 24

Tech company expected to release new smartphone

Samsung will unveil the much-anticipated Galaxy S5 at its “Unpacked 5” event in Barcelona later…

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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.

How to Handle Your Online Reputation Like a Woman of Power

Social media expert S. Lynn Cooper gives power women a social media makeover

If you’re a power woman, chances are you’re utilizing professional social media site LinkedIn. Here,…

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9 Places to Get Business Tech Advice in a Pinch

Looking for tech advice? Check out one of these resources

Top places to get business tech advice.

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The Phat Startup Hosts Panel Discussion with VaynerMedia CEO Gary Vaynerchuk

Innovative entrepreneur drops gems on crowd at Alley NYC

Vaynerchuk, who released Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a…

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The New Alchemy: Engineering Grammy Gold

Alchemists creating Grammy hits with latest studio technology

As the 56th annual Grammy awards approaches, BlackEnterprise.com contributor Carolyn Malachi takes a look at…

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4 Ways to Improve Your App’s SEO

Tips to improve your app's search engine optimization

How to improve your application’s search engine optimization.

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‘Black Techies’ teamed up with Tumblr to organize a 30-plus hour hackathon, which took place over Martin Luther King weekend, at the microblogging site’s headquarters in the Flatiron District in New York City’s Silicon Alley. In true collaborative spirit, organizations such as All Star Code, Blacks in Tech and Silicon Harlem showed their support for Black Techies’ first overnight event.

[Photos] NYC Tech Group Honors Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Through Hackathon

‘Black Techies’ teamed up with Tumblr to organize a 30-plus hour hackathon, which took place…

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Women of Power 2014: Tips for Managing Your Online Reputation

Social media expert S. Lynn Cooper gives power women a social media makeover

Black Enterprise has tapped social media expert S. Lynn Cooper to provide tips for taking…

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‘Black Techies’ Hosts Hackathon to Honor Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hackers work against clock to create social good innovations

Black Techies joined forces with Tumblr to organize the MLK Dream Code Hackathon. The 30-plus-hour…

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5 Ways to Get App Customers Coming Back

These tips will help you retain your app clientele

Five proven techniques for improving customer retention without changing your product drastically.

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Black Girls Code Wins First Place in Windows Azure Developers Competition

TechEd nonprofit focused on girls of color wins $50,000 grant

Black Girls Code wins first place and $50,000 in AzureDev community campaign.

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Tumblr Announces @Mentions for Users

Similar to Twitter, social network adds @ mentions support

Tumblr announced on Tuesday users will be able to @ mention others on the site.…

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10 Ways to Declutter Your Digital Life

Are you willing to digitally declutter in 2014?

BlackEnterprise.com provides you with a few ways to declutter your digital life in 2014.

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CES 2014: 5 Things to Know About Day One

The most interesting tech findings from CES kickoff

USA Today goes behind the scenes at The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.…

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CES Sneak Peek: Look Inside Of #CES2014 Before Anyone Else

Divas & Dorks' founder Christen Rochon gives you a sneak peek into this year's show

The International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business…

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CES Unveiled Preview: 3 Stylish Gadgets to Grab in 2014

Products any stylish techie would appreciate

The most stylish gadgets at 2014 CES Unveiled Preview.

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Mobile Advertising Projected to Increase 64% in 2014

Mobile and native advertising is on the rise

Companies almost tripled then amount of money spent on mobile advertising.

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3 Reasons You Should Continue to Use Email Marketing in 2014

Email marketing is still alive and well; see how you can leverage the service

Email is not going anywhere. It’s neither dead nor dying. In fact, as you’ll see…

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With Christmas around the corner, time is running out to gift your favorite techie that high-tech item on the top of his/her wish list. Whether it’s a big-ticket gadget like Xbox One or PlayStation 4, or easier on the wallet such as Logitech Washable Keyboard K310, here are a few of our favorite tech things this season:

11 Gift Ideas for the Tech Enthusiast in Your Life

Here are a few of our favorite tech things this season.

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#NPRBlacksinTech Twitter Chat Series Spotlights Blacks in STEM

NPR’s ‘Tell Me More with Michel Martin’ hosts Twitter chat with innovators of color

From Dec. 2 through Dec. 20, NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin is chatting…

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How I Turned Failure Into 30,000+ Newsletter Readers

See how an entrepreneur turns a failure into a major marketing success

One entrepreneur shares her account of turning a failure into a major success.

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Instagram Direct: Photo-Sharing Platform Lets Users Send Pics and Videos Directly to Friends

Instagram unveils direct messages

Instagram announced Thursday Instagram Direct, a feature that will let users share photos and videos…

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Do you have any career advancement or job seeking issues you'd like addressed? E-mail questions to careerquestions@blackenterprise.com. Aisha Taylor (@realTAYLORmade) is co-owner and chief consultant at TAYLORmade Professional Career Consulting, a Web-based, full-service career consulting company committed to “equipping, preparing, and empowering today’s professional” globally. Check out her weekly insights on job-seeking and interviewing success every Friday on BlackEnterprise.com.

How to Kick Your Email Addiction

Five steps to kicking the habit

Chris Hunter, co-founder of Phusion Projects, LLC, delves into email addiction.

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Kollective South’s Sian Morson Introduces Atlanta Community to Tech

Tech entrepreneur establishes co-working space in historic district in Atlanta

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the Kollective Mobile founder to discuss the inspiration behind Kollective South,…

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7 Indicators of an Exceptional Digital Brand

How well are you branded online?

Seven indicators will assist you in measuring how well you’re branded online.

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8 Brands That Excel on Snapchat

Brands are using the time-sensitive image-based social media app to their advantage

Eight brands that prove time-sensitive images are an asset to marketers.

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13 Tips for Retailers Planning to Offer Online Shopping

How to prepare for online shoppers this season

Steps retailers should take to prepare for online shoppers.

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HealthCare.gov Website Relaunches, White House Reports Improvements

Site shows improvements in load times and greater server capacity

The federal government’s health care website is running more smoothly, according to the Obama Administration.…

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Felecia Hatcher of Feverish Pops On Her Social Media Savvy Company and Sweet Life of Entrepreneurship

PopPreneur invests in business and burgeoning tech ecosystem in Miami

For her passion for tech, love of entrepreneurship and dedication to the next gen, BlackEnterprise.com…

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14 Surefire Ways to Avoid Cyber Monday Scams

Cyber Monday deals could cost you (more than money) if you’re not careful

Tips to staying safe and secure online during the holiday shopping season.

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It doesn’t matter if you prefer ultrabooks, tablets, or MacBooks, you’re not going anywhere without a smartphone. It is definitely a requirement for every entrepreneur. But a tech entrepreneur needs one because it's web enabled. The Samsung Galaxy S III is a great example. The latest in the Galaxy S series offers more than most smartphones. It has one of the most sophisticated mobile experiences to date. It’s light, thin and can fit right in the palm of any hand, plus the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system makes multitasking simple. You have the option to watch HD videos while emailing or texting, if you so choose.

Why Mobile SMS Marketing to Drive Holiday Sales Is Smart for Black Businesses

Black businesses can take venture to next level with SMS marketing

As African-Americans over-index on mobile phone usage, this means of cost-effective reach might be just…

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Market more creatively 

Since Instagram is visual platform, you can periodically share fun, filtered versions of your latest marketing handbills and flyers, and "invite" other users by tagging them in the comment section of the photo. The more likes and comments you get, the better. But be sure not to create a marketing stream of photos with only your promotional fliers, though. This can get spammy fast.

9 Tips for Covering Company Events On Social Media

Perfect your social media strategy during events with these helpful tips

How to cover events live via social media.

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

White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans Hosts Twitter Roundtable on STEAM

WHIEEAA gathers tech experts, founders and supporters for social roundtable

To commemorate 2013 American Education Week (November 18-22), The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence…

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Nigeria’s Kuluya Launches Exclusive Partnership with Nokia

Online gaming company strikes deal with Swedish corporation

Nokia has entered a noteworthy partnership deal with Nigerian online gaming platform Kuluya. The online…

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Small Business advice from Twitter’s Founder

Black Twitter Sends Strong Message to USA Today, But Impacts Bottom Line In the Process

Savvy ways to strike back without giving unnecessary page views and advertising revenue

In light of the USA Today “race-themed” headline, Atlanta-based techie points out how Black Twitter…

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Twitter Alerts Launch in UK and Ireland, Would You Use the New Service?

Social networking giant rolls out Twitter Alerts service across two countries

Twitter Alerts, which launched in September for emergency accounts, government organizations and relief and charity…

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#DrivingInnovation: Twitter Chat Provides Platform for Entrepreneurs to Discuss Diversity in Tech

NewME Accelerator alums participate in BlackEnterprise.com Twitter chat on tech and innovation

Two years after airing of CNN’s Black in America, BlackEnterprise.com hosted its first #DrivingInnovation Twitter…

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5 Tips to Stop Failing At Social Media Marketing

How to master social media for your business

Five specific tips for small business owners to enjoy more success at social media.

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JOIN ASSOCIATIONS. If you’re a female entrepreneur, look into local chapters of the National Association of Women Business Owners. If you are starting a plumbing company, check out the local chapter of a national plumbers association. You’d be surprised how many fields have associations. You can receive great product discounts, invitations to great conferences, and a network of peers. Entrepreneurship can be lonely, so cultivating a group of peers is important. And of course, there is the newly formed Young Entrepreneur Council (I’m a board member!).

3 Key Lessons for Tech Founders

Sage advice for entrepreneurs navigating the tech space

Three lessons that have helped tech founder Neil Thanedar to get out of my comfort…

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SOCIALgrlz Launches Campaign to Fund First Mobile App for African-American Girls

Founder Marissa Jennings provides digital content platform for girls ages 13-17

SOCIALgrlz founder and FOCUS 100 fellow Marissa Jennings launches crowdfunding campaign for first mobile app…

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Women Interactive Founders Look to Fix Tech Industry’s Gender Issue

Brains behind Women Interactive Creative Technology Conference on filling tech pipeline with women of color

The founding curators of Women Interactive Creative Technology Festival, Sabrina Harvey and Ashia Sims, spoke…

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Formerly known as Black Web 2.0, B20 commits to featuring innovators transforming the tech space (Image: B20)

Black Web 2.0 Relaunches As B20, New Layout and Groundbreaking Content

Pioneering site is still committed to sharing stories of blacks in technology

Six years since Black Web 2.0 hit the web, Benton announced its relaunch as B20,…

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13 Web Tools That Will Improve Your HR Department

These tools will help small business owners handle HR-related duties

Web tools to help small business owners manage HR-related tasks.

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Grammy Nominated Artist Carolyn Malachi On the Power of Social and Her Blerd Appeal

Singer, songwriter and producer strikes chord with many blerds

During downtime on her recent tour, BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the Queen of Blerd Music…

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12 Tips for Improving Low-Tech Industries With High-Tech Offerings

Tips for an entrepreneur looking to use a high-tech offering to improve a traditionally low-tech…

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3 Components of a Website That Sells

Here’s what you should consider when creating your website

If you’re thinking about building or redesigning your website, here are the three components you’ll…

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Founded by James Norman, GroupFlix offers its subscribers shows from premium channels (Image: GroupFlix)

Tech Startup of the Week: GroupFlix Offers New-Age TV Viewers a Much Needed Alternative

James Norman is giving power to the viewers

Detroit native James Norman spoke with BlackEnterprise.com about what GroupFlix offers that competitors like Amazon…

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Style Bloggers of Color Attendees Learn the Business of Blogging at 2nd Annual Conference

Strength of Nature’s Beautiful Textures presents 2013 Style Bloggers of Color Conference

Founded by Mattie James of Mattieologie, the two-day conference featured a bevy of social media…

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The Business of Mommy Blogging

12 Ideas for Revamping Your Boring Company Blog

How to spruce up your company's content

Tips to sprucing up your company’s blog content.

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5 Things to Look For In An Online Customer Support Platform

Here's how to vet an online customer service platform

Here are five steps to take when vetting a software-as-a-service (SaaS) or crowdsourced platform for…

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Tech Startup of the Week: Pigeonly, Data Company Takes Flight with $1 Million Seed Investment

NewME alum and Pigeonly CEO provides platform that connects prison population and outside world

Frederick Hutson is the founder and CEO of Pigeonly, a data company that supports connections…

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PayPal Lets Customers Complete Payments With QR Codes

Online payments company lets users purchase with QR codes

Online payments company PayPal announced Tuesday that its app will produce a QR code that…

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10 Tips to Host a Successful Video Seminar

How to create a successful virtual event

Tips for creating a successful virtual event.

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5 Ways to Improve iOS 7’s Battery Life

Tips to help iOS 7 users preserve their battery life

Here are a few tips to help extend the battery life on your iOS 7…

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Digital Undivided Champions Diversity in Tech With FOCUS 100

Annual tech conference draws large crowd of women entrepreneurs and executives to Ogilvy Worldwide headquarters in New York City

Held at Ogilvy Worldwide headquarters in New York City, the three-day annual event (October 4-6),…

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Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Talks Entrepreneurship and Hip Hop

Tech entrepreneur shares tips to business success at The Phat Startup NYC meet-up

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian talked about his entrepreneurial journey at The Phat Startup NYC MeetUp…

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10 Best Blogs for Business Advice

Want to take your business to the next level? Check out these blogs for greater insight

Internet-based business advice from these 10 blogs, which include The Daily SEO Blog, Unbounce and…

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How to Incorporate Visual Social Media Platforms in Your Content Marketing Strategy

Use visual-based social media platforms to garner sales

BlackEnterprise.com lists the various ways you can use images to boost revenue.

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Top 10 Free Tools Every Entrepreneur Should Use

Must-have tools for entrepreneurs

BlackEnterprise.com contributor Courtney McKenzie highlights 10 must-have productivity tools for every entrepreneur.

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Social Media Week Lagos Comes to London

Success of first-ever Social Media Week Lagos sparked invite to capital city of England

SMW Lagos, produced by Dragon Africa and AFRIKA21, is back and heading to London, England…

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Sprint Announces Mobile Health Accelerator Powered by Techstars

Based in Kansas City, Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator brings innovation to emerging tech hub

Sprint and Techstars have partnered to launch a mobile health accelerator in Kansas City. Beginning…

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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

Why 3D Printing Will Benefit Your Business

3D printing is a game changer for small businesses

While there are amazing advancements being made in the world of 3D Printing, there are…

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15 Baseline Tech Skills All Entrepreneurs Should Have

Entrepreneurs tell it like it is when it comes to skills you must possess

Founders weigh in on tech skills all entrepreneurs should possess.

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Are You Making These 5 Online Marketing Mistakes?

One of these online marketing mistakes could be costing you

If you’re not satisfied with your results from online marketing, you’re probably making one of…

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New iPhones in Store Today

iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C on sale

Apple’s two new devices, the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C, went on sale on…

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‘The Chatterati’ Tool Brings Word on the Street into the 21st Century

The Root’s innovative tool highlights engagement happening among Black Twitter users

In May, The Root unveiled The Chatterati, a proprietary tool that relies on algorithms and…

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Hootsuite:  One of the most popular third party apps is Hootsuite, which allows you to manage multiple social network accounts (including Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook) simultaneously.  Two of Hootsuite’s key features are scheduling tweets in advance and integrating analytics (i.e. your clicks stats). In addition to the desktop interface, there’s also a mobile version that allows you to manage your account on the go.

Back to Basics: All You Need to Know About HootSuite

A guide to using HootSuite

Here’s how you can take your social media game to the next level with HootSuite.…

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Curlistas Share Tips on Natural Hair Blogging

‘Let Your Hair Down Expo’ hosts on expanding your digital empire

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Let Your Hair Down expo hosts Jenell Stewart of KinkyCurlyCoilyMe! and…

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What to Consider Before White Labeling Your App

Is this the right option for your business?

The following are a few things you’ll want to consider before pursuing or accepting any…

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Tablets and mini tablets will see a tremendous jump in market share and become the new standard for mobile content. While mobile phone browsers will still be important, look for most users to embrace tablet based content & apps in 2013.

Tablets to Outsell PCs Before Year’s End

Research firm numbers show consumers prefer mobile devices over personal computers

The sales of personal computers will take a hit for the first time in the…

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Twitter Files for IPO

Social media giant has filed initial paperwork to go public Thursday afternoon

Social media giant has filed initial paperwork to go public Thursday afternoon.

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Which Tech Duties Can I Outsource? 15 Entrepreneurs Weigh In

Entrepreneurs weigh in on tech duties.

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How to Measure Your Company’s Digital Marketing Efforts

Evaluate your digital marketing efforts with these steps

It’s a good idea to take time out of your schedule to regularly evaluate how…

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Apple’s Big Reveal Recap: Techies Give Thoughts on iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and iOS 7

Apple announced on Tuesday its iPhone 5 replacements after much speculation

As many suspected, Apple announced the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S during its big…

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How to Follow Apple’s Big Reveal

Here’s how you can get the scoop on Tuesday’s announcement

Apple has yet to confirm whether or not the big product reveal, which starts at…

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Video will increase your web traffic.

5 Ways Your Business Should Be Using Video

How to use video to improve business practices

Ways to use video to save time, pump up marketing and improve business practices.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs. LG G2: See which big smartphone is the best pick for you (Image: Sources)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs. LG G2: Battle of Big Smartphones Comes Down to Complex vs. Convenient

Which smartphone will you choose?

The battle of the big smartphones will be in full force this fall as manufacturers…

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Video Games May Sharpen Brain Power in Older Adults

Acquiring video game skills may translate into better multitasking abilities for middle-aged and elderly adults

A study led by Adam Gazzaley of the University of California San Francisco tested a…

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Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch: A Pretty Cool, Pretty Smart-Looking Dumb Terminal

Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch brings smartphone capabilities to your wrist with help from the Galaxy Note 3

Samsung debuts the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

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Real-World Influence 

The new algorithm is making social networking prowess less of a big deal. In addition to factoring in your actions on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other networks already included, Klout now uses information from Wikipedia.

“We had to figure out how to balance the real-world influence with the online influence,” said Klout founder and CEO Joe Fernandez. “We still lean more toward the online influence but now your real-world influence is coming more and more into play.”

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How to Make Your Content So Valuable, It Goes Viral

Here’s how to get people engaged around your content

Give your networks a reason to talk about you. Online and social media buzz around…

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4 Tech Investments Your Startup Should Splurge On Early

When it comes to tech, here’s what your company should invest in

A list of what your startup should splurge on early.

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Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert's got game off the court as brand ambassador for Activision's Call of Duty brand ambassador (Image: Roy Hibbert official site)

NBA Player Roy Hibbert On Gaming and Serving As a ‘Call of Duty’ Brand Ambassador

During offseason, the 7-foot-2 player promotes 'Call of Duty: Ghosts' and other Activision titles

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with NBA player Roy Hibbert at his first E3 to talk about…

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There’s an app for practically everything. Whether you need to check the weather, your route to work, or the calorie count for all three meals of the day, you can do so instantaneously with the numerous downloadable apps for mobile devices. While the luxury of having access to almost anything is one of today’s greatest perks (thank you, technology!), the expected glitches can turn a loving relationship with applications into an annoying one. 

HuffPostTech compiled a list of the “least favorite, constantly crashing, glitch-prone apps or phone features that we use nearly every day.”

6 Things You Should Know About Mobile Video Advertising

Infographic details all you need to know about this sector of advertising

Check out the infographic for more things you didn’t (but should!) know about mobile video…

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The Root Hosts ‘March on Twitter’

Online news site will commemorate 50th anniversary of March on Washington with digital forum on Twitter

The Root is tapping into that viral vigor with the launch of #MarchOn Twitter, a…

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Black Twitter Responds to Fast Company’s ’25 Smartest Women On Twitter’ List

#SmartBlackWomenOfTwitter dominates Twitter timelines

BlackEnterprise.com tracked the #SmartBlackWomenOfTwitter hashtag.

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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.

7 Reasons Your Brand Should Start Podcasting

Why you should leverage the audio content opportunity

BlackEnterprise.com contributor Courtney McKenzie outlines why your brand should begin podcasting today.

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How to Create a Successful Podcast

Seven tips for launching a winning podcast

BlackEnterprise.com contributor Courtney McKenzie walks you through the steps necessary to create a successful podcast.…

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Tech Startup of the Week: WeDeliver, Helping Local Businesses Deliver Excellence

Chicago-based startup helps local merchants provide white glove service

With technology changing the way the courier industry operates, WeDeliver’s co-founder Jimmy Odom talks to…

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7 Ways B2B Marketers Can Get Started on Facebook

How B2B marketers can benefit from the popular social networking site

Keep the following seven items in mind as a B2B marketer using Facebook so you…

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Video App Vine Hits 40 Million Users

Video-sharing app proves to be a viable social contender

Vine announced via Twitter that it now has more than 40 million registered users.

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Facebook Partners With Phone Companies to Launch Internet.org

Initiative designed to bring affordable Internet access to 5 billion people

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of Internet.org, a partnership aimed at…

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Google Glass Will Use Built-In Trackpad

The mystery surrounding Google glasses is finally starting to dissipate. California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom wore the high-tech specs on his Current TV show. During the interview, you can hear Google co-founder Sergey Brin warning Newsom “don’t touch the pad on the side.” (Click here to watch the video.)

Google Announces 2014 Release Date for Glass

Internet company pushes Glass release date back to next year

Google has pushed back the shipping date for Google Glass.

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Apple iPhone 4 (16GB, $199; 32GB, $299, with apple.com)  Thin build: check. HD video recording: check. And nearly 40% longer talk  time: double-check. A personal favorite, this phone is one you can tote  with you poolside (or to the beach) to shoot a few summertime flicks, enjoy a good read via the iBooks app or show off your new tan with  FaceTime, a video calling option signature to the iPhone4.Carrier: AT&T or Verizon Wireless

Next iPhone May Come in Gold

Gold will be the first new color since iPhone debut

Apple’s popular smartphone will reportedly come in gold.

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It’s never easy to search for a new job while you’re already employed. Professionals often find themselves having to sneak around to send out resumes, go on interviews, or speak with potential employers. 	While you shouldn’t feel trapped in your current position, it’s very important that you conduct your job search with integrity and skill. Consider these tips when searching for a new job and avoid having to compromise your current paycheck. —Aisha Taylor

8 Simple Split-Testing Tools to Try

Optimize your website with these tools

Eight simple split-testing tools to try.

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LinkedIn Targets Students With New University Pages

Professional networking giant is targeting a younger demographic with latest offering

Starting September 13, LinkedIn will let college administrators set up profiles, which will allow students…

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Founded by James Oliver, Jr., WeMontage allows users to design wallpaper with their own photos (Image: Source)

Tech Startup of the Week: WeMontage, Unwrapping Interior Design for the Consumer

James Oliver, Jr. solves design issue through technology with his startup

James Oliver, Jr. of WeMontage caught up with us to talk about WeMontage

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Gerome Sapp created Fluencr, a marketplace that gives individuals the same access to their favorite brands and initiatives that athletes and celebrities have and get rewarded for their influence.

Former NFL Player Gerome Sapp On His Journey from Athlete to Tech Founder

Former football player creates platform where influencers gain endorsements from brands

By aggregating algorithm’s of social actions generated by an individual to a specific brand, Fluencr…

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Apple iPhone 4 (16GB, $199; 32GB, $299, with apple.com)     The lecture hall isn’t the time to be on your phone, but after class, why not? This thin-build smartphone is a fan (and personal) favorite. It's easy-to-maneuver design, extensive app options, and camera and HD video capabilities outshine that of its competitors.  With 40% longer talk time, students have no excuse not to call home. It’s carried in black and white; through AT&T or Verizon Wireless.

iPhone 5S: 5 Things to Expect From the New iPhone

Given what we know from the rumors and iOS 7, here’s what you can expect

Five features you can expect from the next gen iPhone.

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Social Influence: Nas Raises Over $60,000 on Crowdtilt for Family Stranded By Fire

Rapper uses his celebrity and fame to raise funds for family in need

Queens-bred rapper Nas started a Crowdtilt campaign, urging others to help raise funds for the…

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Apple to Announce Next Gen iPhone on September 10

Mark your calendar, the tech giant is expected to unveil the next iPhone early next month

Apple is slated to unveil its next iPhone at a special event on September 10.

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Tech Startup of the Week: Financial Management Service Turns Millennials Into ‘Smarteys’

Financially savvy duo founds startup that helps young people manage their money

Smarteys founders sat down with BlackEnterprise.com to talk about entering a new industry, how they…

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Report Shows Number of Seniors Using Social Media More Than Tripled

Nearly 43% of Internet users ages 65 and older report they use social media

A report released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that the number…

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12 Tools for Collecting Leads on Your Website or Blog

These tools will help you aggregate leads

Tools to use to collect leads on your website or blog.

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MoviePass CEO Stacy Spikes On Grabbing a Slice of the Movie Pie

Founder of MoviePass app looks to create a blockbuster of his own

BlackEnterprise.com spoke with MoviePass CEO Stacy Spikes about his newest venture and the convergence of…

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3. Do seek "trade credit" from vendors and suppliers. 

Too many entrepreneurs dream of going to a bank and getting a business loan or line of credit for their enterprise. But maybe you don’t need a traditional bank loan at all to launch or grow your business. 

If you can get your vendors and suppliers to agree to provide you with trade credit---i.e., the ability to pay for goods and services over time---you can creatively and more frugally run your operations.

How to Start That Online Business You’ve Been Thinking About

Five easy-to-follow tips to get your online business idea off the ground

Several easy ways to get a head start on your online business.

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Usain Bolt Added to ‘Temple Run 2’

Six-time Olympic gold medalist is now in popular video game

Usain Bolt is now a playable character in the endless running game available on Apple…

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White House Recognizes Tech Leaders As ‘Champions of Change for Tech Inclusion’

Eleven individuals honored at White House event for implementing initiatives that add more women, minorities and underserved youth to tech pipeline

As part of the White House Tech Inclusion initiative, the Champions of Change for Tech…

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7 Steps to a Headache-Free Website Makeover

Tips that ensure a smooth and successful website redesign

Follow these 7 steps to ensure a smooth and successful site redesign.

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