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'The Chatterati' tool highlights conversations taking place among Black Twitter users (Image: The Chatterati/The Root)

‘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…

By Janel Martinez

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Small Business advice from Twitter’s Founder

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…

By Janel Martinez

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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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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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Small Business advice from Twitter’s Founder

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…

By Janel Martinez

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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 launches University Pages (Image: LinkedIn)

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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Charisse Conanan and Adrissha Wimberly are the founders of Smarteys (Image: Source)

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…

By Janel Martinez

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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…

By Janel Martinez

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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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Black Blogger Month: BrothaTech, Breaking Tech Talk Down for the Masses

Whether you’re a self-proclaimed geek or tech novice, Terrance Gaines is speaking your language when it comes to gadgets and tools

As Black Blogger Month continues, Terrance Gaines, widely-known as BrothaTech, shares his tech expertise and…

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Accessing Files: File sharing and allowing team members to access content remotely and for co-located teams during meetings is critical.  Two recommended tools are Dropbox mobile app and Google Docs.

From 0 to 100 Million Users: How a Simple Video Can Change Your Business

Tips to leveraging video content

How video content can enhance your business model.

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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:

4 Ways to Drive Engagement on LinkedIn

Tips and tricks to enhancing your LinkedIn strategy

BlackEnterprise.com provides four practical methods to integrate into your LinkedIn strategy that will drive engagement.…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Small business owners should have a strong mobile strategy that enables them to run their company from a handheld device.  With nearly 90% of people using their smartphone throughout the day, it is important to connect with them at the point of decision-making and engage with those users in real-time. Follow these four easy-to-follow steps to take your startup to the next level with mobile technology.--Hajj Flemings

6 Apps Every Small Business Owner Should Use

Apps to make your small business run smoothly

Applications every small business chief should use.

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6 Ways to Optimize Your Retail Website For Search Engines

Quick tips to optimizing your e-commerce website

Six components of SEO that online retailers should know about when optimizing their e-commerce website…

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14 Low-Cost Ways to Test Your Website With a Small Audience

Affordable strategies to testing your business website

Affordable strategies to testing your website out on a small audience.

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Play GIG-IT lets gamers pick an artist, dress him or her in signature streetwear and create a concert that can be shared with friends across Facebook (Image: Play GIG-IT)

Play GIG-IT Offers Facebook Users a New Way to Game and Music Artists a New Revenue Stream

First-ever virtual 3-D concert game on popular social networking site merges music and technology

Play GIG-IT is a social game that allows players to create customized 3D concerts that…

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Google obtains Pyra Labs, the creators of Blogger. In December, Google Book Search (originally called Google Print) is released.  

Fun fact: The American Dialect Society voted “google” the “most useful” word of the year in 2002 at the top of this year.

#BlackTwitter Stops Juror B37’s Book Deal

Twitter petition launched by Genie Lauren ends book plans for one of six jurors who sat on the Zimmerman jury

One passionate Twitter user, Genie Lauren, known on the platform as @MoreAndAgain, began circulating a…

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Calling All Blerds: Blerdology to Begin 7-City Tour in Orlando

Social enterprise dedicated to supporting the Black tech community will kick off Blerd’s Night Out series in Florida this weekend

Blerdology is kicking off the first installment in its multi-city tour on Saturday, July 13.…

By Janel Martinez

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Jay-Z Spends Quality Time With Fans on Twitter

Rapper-turned-business mogul broke Twitter silence on Monday

Sean “Jay-Z” Carter breaks Twitter silence and answers a barrage of questions from his fans…

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Facebook Graph Search Function Begins Rolling Out Today to All U.S. Users

Advanced search feature now available to all users in the United States

Starting Monday, Facebook will be rolling out the social search tool known as Graph Search…

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Backpackers, Want to Try Google’s Trekker Device?

Web search giant is looking for adventurous types to try their new Street View tool

Google announced a new pilot program for Trekker, a backpack-meets-camera system designed to bring Street…

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Black Girls Code Competes to Win $50,000 in Microsoft Azure Developers Competition

Only TechEd nonprofit focused on girls of color is one of top three finalists

Black Girls Code (BGC) is in the running to win a $50,000 grant from Microsoft’s…

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Why You Shouldn’t Learn to Code for Your Startup

Tech entrepreneur makes argument that you should ditch the coding lessons

A tech entrepreneur shares why he thinks startup founders shouldn’t learn to code.

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6 Strategies to Generate More Leads From Facebook

How to use the popular social platform to generate leads

Ways startups can leverage Facebook to generate leads.

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Over the past year, people have used crowdfunding sites to raise hundreds of millions of dollars, which proves the value of the technique as a funding source. Look for this trend to continue and increase in the coming year.

11 Ways to Get Your Passion Project Funded Online

Tips to scoring financial support on your crowdfunding project

Tips to garnering financial support on your crowdfunding project.

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Former menswear designer, Rachel Brooks, created Citizen Made, an e-commerce platform to assist retailers who sell customizable products.

Maverick Maker Rachel Brooks Talks Business of Design and Technology

Citizen Made co-founder on transitioning to tech, mentorship and perfecting your pitch

Citizen Made co-founder Rachel Brooks talks to BlackEnterprise.com about her transition into the tech industry,…

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‘We Are the 15 Percent’ Site Generates Outpouring of Love

“We Are The 15 Percent” website features mixed race families and couples

Alyson West and her husband Michael David Murphy, an interracial couple from Atlanta, Georgia, have…

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#TechLife: Dozens of Companies Showcase Gadgets and Apps At CE Week 2013

Techies gather to see the latest devices during CE Week Line Shows and Exhibits

Snapshot of the companies present at CE Week, the annual mid-year industry event which features…

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4 Tips to Formulate a #Hashtag Strategy

How to build (or improve) your hashtag approach

Four tips to building a stronger hashtag strategy.

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9 Ways to Maximize Your Smartphone’s Battery Life

Increase time between charges by following these helpful battery-saving tips

Several ways to ensure your phone battery never dies.

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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

How to Protect Your Technology This Summer

Tips to prevent your tech from burning out

Ways to protect your tech this summer.

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5 Social Media Habits That Will Get You Unfollowed

Beware: Your social habits could be pushing followers away

Five habits to avoid on your social media platforms.

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Back to Basics: How to Embed Your Instagram Video

Although it’s not super easy, here’s how to embed Instagram videos on your site

How to manually embed Instagram videos.

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Instagram Video vs. Vine: Why Popular Photo-Sharing App’s Latest Element Wins for Brands

Instagram’s 15-second video sharing feature rivals Twitter’s Vine app

If you’re looking to try your hand at creating an online video, here why Instagram’s…

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In 2008, Gina McCauley launched Blogging While Brown, an annual conference where bloggers of color can network with one another, gain new skills to maintain their technical mastery in social media and technology, and gain opportunities for sponsorship.

Tech Startup of the Week: Blogging While Brown Strives to Make the Blogosphere a More Diverse Space

Gina McCauley on why the voices of Black bloggers matter in today's tech space

Gina McCauley launched Blogging While Brown, an annual conference where bloggers of color can network…

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Tech Terms Flood June Update of Oxford English Dictionary

“Tweet,” “live-blogging” and “e-reader,” among other tech terms added to OED

The Oxford English Dictionary announced it will officially recognize “tweet” in its latest update, defining…

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Neat mobile app now lets users share, report, collaborate from their smartphone (Image: Neat)

Neat Offers Entrepreneurs On the Go New Mobile Features

Cloud-based digital filing platform launches updated mobile app with expense reporting features

Neat unveiled updates to its mobile app on Tuesday, which would allow users to tap…

By Janel Martinez

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Top 10 Video Game Titles of E3 2013

Electronic Entertainment Expo debuts hot new games

The best game titles revealed at Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2013.

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Tech Startup of the Week: Fluencr Rewards Users for Promoting Brands

Former NFL Player Gerome Sapp found a way for anyone to leverage their social celebrity

Former NFL Player Gerome Sapp created Fluencr.com to provide a marketplace that allows anyone the…

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Facebook Announces Hashtags

Popular social networking site launches searchable hashtags

Facebook announced that it will begin rolling out hashtags.

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How to Find the Right E-Commerce Platform

See why determining which e-commerce platform starts with the entrepreneur

Infographic analyzes the drawbacks and benefits of the major e-commerce platforms — and which one…

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12 Traditional Father’s Day Gifts Revamped with Tech Upgrades

Give dad a tech gift this holiday

Traditional gifts (with a tech twist) for dad this Father’s Day.

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5 Tips for Achieving Live Video Success

How to prepare your business for live stream

Several pointers to prepare yourself (and your business) for your first live event.

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E3 2013: Sony Checkmates Microsoft At PS4 Press Conference

Japanese company appeals to hardcore gamers at E3 announcement

Hardcore gamers are pleased after Sony Electronic Entertainment Expo 2013 press conference announcements.

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E3 2013: Microsoft Releases Xbox One Details, Hundreds of New Games Coming to Next-Gen Console

Gaming industry’s annual trade show kicked off with Microsoft’s big announcements

At its 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) event Monday, Microsoft gave greater insight into consumers’…

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Everything You Need to Know About Apple’s WWDC 2013 Reveal

Annual gathering of developers gifts software updates and new products

BlackEnterprise.com explores what Apple revealed at one of its largest WWDC events to date.

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11 of the Easiest Online Businesses to Start Right Now

Legitimate online businesses you can start immediately

The easiest online businesses to start right now.

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Get Your (Digital) Life with Two-Factor Authentication

How to protect your digital presence

If you’re ready to protect your online identity, check out these two-factor authentication how-tos.

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20 African Tech Startups to Watch

These startups are changing the continent through innovation

Startups changing the tech landscape.

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13 SEO Tools for Startups

Entrepreneurs help you pick the best search engine optimization tools for your business

Helpful search engine optimization tools for your business.

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5. Choose a social media strategy—and work it daily. Not being on Twitter and Facebook is no longer an option for serious entrepreneurs. A social media presence is no substitute for a real marketing strategy for your business. On the other hand, in 2011, no marketing strategy is complete without an on-purpose, faithfully executed social media strategy. You and your business don’t need a presence on every social media platform out there, but you need to have a 2011 plan for at least two or three of the five most important social media sites. It’s not enough to just set up profiles and accounts on these sites. You must make time each day—beginning January 3—to actively engage and pay attention to those in your networks. And if you have zero social media engagement, the time to start is now.

4 Ways Social Media Will Keep You Cool During the Summer Slowdown

Before summer hits, prepare with these savvy social media tactics

Four social ideas to keep your content cool and customers engaged.

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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

7 Easy Steps to Optimize Your Business Blog Posts

How to enhance content on your blog

Seven easy steps to optimize old content on the fly.

By BlackEnterprise.com

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White House Attempts to Support High-Tech Patents

Major steps announced to encourage innovation

The White House announced on Tuesday five executive actions and seven legislative recommendations for Congress…

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5 Social Media Networks to Watch

Take a look at these emerging social sites

Five social networks to watch.

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Urban Delivery Founders Navigate Tech Scene with Bike Courier App

Ron Cade and Adrienne Sheares’ newly-launched app delivers orders in under an hour

Ron Cade and Adrienne Sheares founded Urban Delivery, an on-demand delivery service app.

By Janel Martinez

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4 Ways to Build B2C Relationships Online

Tips on establishing business-to-consumer relationships

Four tactics to build relationships online with your customers.

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Whoa, Baby! 8 Gadgets for New Parents

Over-the-top devices for babies

Eight over-the-top baby gadgets that both parents and baby can enjoy…but at a price.

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Rich Winley Dishes On ‘No Chains’ Food App and Launching a Mobile Product

The serial entrepreneur on developing an app

Black Enterprise talks with tech entrepreneur, Rich Winley to discuss his best practices for launching…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Man Who Threatened President Obama on Twitter Gets 6 Months

Donte Jamar Sims receives jail time after threatening to assassinate the president via Twitter

Donte Jamar Sims, 22, was sentenced to six months in prison after threatening to assassinate…

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No Chains helps customers find the best non-franchise restuarants that they never heard of. Founder Rich Winley got the idea while trying to find local food in Australia.

Tech Startup of the Week: ‘No Chains’ Unlocks the Best Local Restaurants and Bars

Accelerator graduate Rich Winley launches mobile food app

To help food lovers find local restaurants, tech entrepreneur Rich Winley launched ‘No Chains,’ a…

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Facebook Launches New Feature: Verified Pages

Social media juggernaut unveils verified pages and profiles

Social media giant Facebook launched verified pages and profiles on Wednesday. The latest feature, which…

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CNN and BuzzFeed Launch YouTube Channel for Millennials

“CNN BuzzFeed” to offer shareable news mashup videos to young adults

Social news site BuzzFeed announced its partnership with cable network heavyweight CNN on Tuesday. “CNN…

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Back to Basics: Your Guide to Creating a Top Secret Facebook Group

How to create a private group on Facebook

An easy-to-follow guide to creating a private Facebook Group.

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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.

5 Slip-Ups to Avoid When Creating Your Branded App

Avoid these mistakes when developing your application

Five mistakes businesses should avoid when developing their own branded app.

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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

10 Great Productivity Apps for Entrepreneurs

Tech tools that will keep entrepreneurs on task

Apps that help entrepreneurs with productivity.

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5 Surefire Ways to Make Your Website Work for You

Several steps to follow so that your site brings you business

Effective ways to help your website work for you—and your customers.

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Charles Ramsey Featured in Online Video Game

Cleveland hero is the star of “Charles Ramsey Burger Bash”

Charles Ramsey, the Cleveland man who garnered national attention with his rescue of three young…

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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.

10 HBCUs Effectively Using Technology and Social Media

Historically black colleges and universities use digital to appeal to prospective and returning students

See how these 10 HBCUs are effectively using technology and social media.

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Serial tech entrepreneur, Tanisha Robinson, launched TicketFire to help digitize event passes (Image: Tanisha Robinson)

Tanisha Robinson Talks Juggling Ventures, Tech Accelerators and Exit Strategies

See how this serial tech entrepreneur balances it all

TicketFire founder Tanisha Robinson talks juggling more than two tech startups, rocking the tech world…

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Look Under the Hood: 3 Rules for Buying a Website

Here’s what you need to know before purchasing a site

What you need to know before purchasing a website.

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Tech Startup of the Week: TicketFire Helps Ticket Holders Go Paperless

Serial tech entrepreneur Tanisha Robinson makes it easier to re-sell, share, or upgrade event passes

Ticketfire allows anyone with a paper ticket to scan it into a smartphone, where it…

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Teens Prefer Twitter Over Facebook

New study reveals teenagers are flocking to the popular micro-blogging platform

A recent Pew Research Center survey revealed that American teens are engaging on other social…

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7 Tips for Getting the Right Followers on Pinterest

How to get high-quality followers on photo-sharing website

Tips to getting the right followers on photo-sharing website Pinterest.

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7 Must-Have Apps to Organize Your Meeting

These meeting organizational apps will save you time and aggravation

These organizational meeting apps can help you coordinate, schedule, host and run meetings from the…

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Xbox One following the Xbox One reveal event on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Redmond, Washington (Image: Karen Ducey/Invision for Microsoft/AP Images)

Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft’s Xbox One

The latest game console from Microsoft debuted on Tuesday

All the specs on Microsoft’s Xbox One.

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Teens Create Bicycle-Powered Water Filtration System to Provide Safe Drinking Water

High schoolers led a team of inventors, bringing their high-powered device to the White House

Young innovators Kiona Elliot and Payton Karr presented the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam program’s pedal-powered filtration system…

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9 Social Marketing Metrics You Should Know

See which social metrics you should monitor

A panel of successful entrepreneurs share which numbers they’re monitoring on social media sites such…

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Does Yahoo’s Tumblr Buy Have the Makings of a Successful Acquisition?

With Yahoo's recent $1.1 billion Tumblr acquisition, one writer details why the buy is a major fail

Internet giant Yahoo revealed on Monday that it has purchased popular blogging and social media…

By Janel Martinez

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Nelson Mandela’s Grandsons Launch Social Network, Mandela.is

Ndaba Mandela and Kweku Mandela Amuah honor grandfather with new social hub

Mandela’s grandsons Ndaba Mandela and Kweku Mandela Amuah discuss the inspiration behind Mandela.is, how the…

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From Black Friday door buster specials to pre- and after-Christmas sales, the start of the holiday shopping frenzy may soon engage your inner shopaholic—and leave you with a mound of debt by New Year’s. The average American is expected to spend a little more than $700 on holiday gifts and seasonal merchandise in 2011, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2011 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey. Nationwide, sales are expected to reach $465.6 billion, putting retailers in the black.

If the shopaholic in you is ready to be unleashed, take steps to control your spending habits so you aren’t left in the red, with credit card debt and an empty savings account before the year is over. Here are some useful tips to control your inner shopaholic this holiday season. —Lynette Khalfani-Cox

7 Best Tablet Apps for Shopaholics

Mobile tools that’ll let you shop conveniently

Seven awesome retail apps that will help shoppers get the most out of their retail…

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NBA to Televise Social Media Awards

Second annual NBA Social Media Awards presented by SAP will highlight most-talked about moments in sports

NBA TV will televise the second annual NBA Social Media Awards. The awards will air…

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ODB and Eazy-E Holograms to Perform At Rock the Bells Festival This Fall

Late Wu-Tang Clan and N.W.A. rappers will be resurrected as holograms for annual hip-hop music festival

Holograms of Ol Dirty Bastard, widely known as ODB, and Eazy-E will take the stage…

By Janel Martinez

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3 Tools to Maximize Your Social Media Impact

Make the most out of social media analytics with these tools

Tools you can utilize to make an impact on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Never before has a group of black tech experts and financiers of such high caliber and influence been assembled for a comprehensive and engaging event as this year's Black Enterprise Entrepreneur's Conference in Columbus, Ohio. If you're a tech startup looking for an insider's view of the tech world, then you should be here. But if you can't catch the conversation on Twitter, follow the #BEEC hashtag. 

Here, BlackEnterprise.comtakes a look at 16 tech innovators preparing to educate and empower our registrants this week with business basics and hi-tech tools they'll  need to succeed in our nation's innovation economy.--Marcia Wade Talbert

Meet the Tech Titans at 2013 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference

Check out the tech speakers at the 2013 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference.

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Tioki Founder Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Connects Educators Through Online Network

Young woman of power merges education and technology

Mandela Schumacher-Hodge, co-founder of Tioki, provides insight into the intersection of education and innovation leading…

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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:

How to Get LinkedIn Endorsements That Really Matter

LinkedIn users are giving quick recommendations with the skill endorsement tool

Everything you need to know about LinkedIn endorsements.

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Why Your Social Media Strategy Isn’t Working—and How to Fix It

Five simple, easy-to-follow ways to fix your social media strategy

Five reasons your brand’s social media strategy isn’t working, and what you can do to…

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10 Essential Gadgets for Summer Travel

Here are some of the best gadgets to have this summer

Hot tech toys that will ensure you make the most of summertime.

By Janel Martinez

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10 Ways to Send Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts Online

Resources to let you show mom how much she means to you

A list of resources to let you appreciate your mother in special and exceptional ways…

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YouTube Launches Paid-Subscription Channels

Users can now pay to subscribe to channels

Google’s YouTube video site is changing the way it does business, unveiling a pilot program…

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How Brands Get Innovative on Vine

Twitter’s video-based content network allows brands to tap into their creative side

A list of several impressive and ground-breaking Vine campaigns.

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How #BlackTwitter Utilizes Popular Social Media Platform to Change Conversations About Race and Privilege

The Grio contributor explores the multiplicities of #BlackTwitter

The increase in the number of African-Americans using Twitter has sparked a social revolution of…

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NOOK Simple Touch, $79

For the Reading Mom: The NOOK touts having the longest battery life, offering 2 months worth of energy based on half an hour of daily use. The non-glare factor makes it easy to move from indoors to outdoors. The adjustable font and text size makes it simple for Mom to read whichever way is most comfortable for her. Ultra light is an understatement. The NOOK weighs in at less than 7.5 ounces. With access to over 2.5 million book titles and free newspapers, as well as the ability to borrow library e-books, she'll never run out of reading material.

10 Mobile Gadgets for Business

Gifts for those on the go

Being ultra-mobile gets easier each year as laptops and tablets get thinner and lighter yet…

By K. T. Bradford

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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.

12 Great Apps for Tech-Savvy Moms

Smartphone-toting moms share their favorite apps

With Mother’s Day around the corner, tech-savvy moms to give their picks on cost-efficient, mom-friendly,…

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New Study Reveals the Secret to Gaining Twitter Followers

Georgia Tech study shows informational content is better than self-expressive statements

A Georgia Tech statistical study reveals that posting informational content trumps self expression.

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YouTube’s Latest Feature Maps Out Videos Trending Across U.S.

Video-sharing website unveils trends map

YouTube’s parent company, Google, unveiled a new feature on Tuesday that maps out today’s most…

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L’Oréal USA Women in Digital to Provide ‘Next Generation Awards’ to Female Entrepreneurs Disrupting Beauty Tech

Leading beauty company to award three woman-led startups for creating innovative technology

L’Oréal USA is looking for three female tech entrepreneurs revolutionizing the beauty industry through innovation.…

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Omar Wasow, co-founder of BlackPlanet, launched the Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School in 2003.

Tech Guru Omar Wasow Explains How to Put More ‘Tech’ into Education

The BlackPlanet.com co-founder joins Black Enterprise and The Gates Foundation to moderate a symposium on education

Black Enterprise will be hosting a symposium on tech in education with the Bill and…

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4 Ways to Successfully Launch a Product on Facebook

How to launch your product on the popular social networking site

BlackEnterprise.com details how you can use Facebook to launch your product.

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Perspectives Leadership Academy senior presented Thermofier at the 3rd annual White House Science Fair (Image: Source)

Young Father Inspired to Invent Pacifier with Built-In Thermometer

Chicago teen Anthony Halmon moved by daughter to create Thermofier

BlackEnterprise.com spoke to Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) scholar Anthony Halmon about what it…

By Janel Martinez

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Techies Talk E-Commerce During #BETech Twitter Chat

Recap from BlackEnterprise.com’s latest technology conversation

Check out the highlights from the #BETech Twitter chat, “Behind the Screen: E-Commerce Entrepreneurs Share…

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Like with anything in life, practice makes perfect. If you want to deliver a successful pitch, you should practice it a minimum of 100 times before you even step foot in a public setting. Baer suggests recording yourself on video, and constantly refining and analyzing your pitch.  

Be sure to enunciate and speak slowly to hold the audience’s attention.

Placester Co-Founder Provides Dos and Don’ts for Pitching Investors

Frederick Townes of Placester provides pitching tips to seal the deal with investors

With Placester co-founder Frederick Townes speaking at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference, the savvy entrepreneur outlined…

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Frederick Townes, co-founder of Placester, will be speaking at the 2013 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference, May 15-18 in Columbus, Ohio.

Tech Startup of the Week: Web-Building Platform Placester Helps Real Estate Pros Stay Competitive

Founder and #BEEC2013 speaker Frederick Townes raised a $2.5 million seed round, see how

Frederick Townes, co-founder of Placester, a marketing and website-building platform for real estate agents, nails…

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Uber’s Taxi Service Returns to NYC

E-hail service is back in New York City

Taxi-hailing service Uber is returning to New York City.

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Move Over Boys: 4 Coding Schools Just For Girls

Check out these all-girl coding programs

A list of coding education programs directed at women and girls of varying ages.

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13 Million Facebook Users Have Never Touched Their Privacy Settings

How Graph Search affects your privacy

Helpful tips on customizing your privacy settings.

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How to Get Google Now On iPhone and iPad

Tips to setting up the assistant app on iOS devices

With Google Now placing a virtual assistant at your fingertips, here’s a quick how-to guide…

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Chris Rock Causes Morning Mayhem on Social Media, Calls Jason Kidd Gay

The comedian garnered some laughs and scoffs with early morning tweet

The morning after NBA center Jason Collins announced he was gay, receiving an incredible amount…

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How to Stay Connected to Your Customers Using CRM Software

CRM tools and tips brands should use

BlackEnterprise.com identifies four ways you can stay in touch with customers using CRM software.

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25 Most Engaged Brands on Twitter

Notebook of Love (@Notebook) tops the list, followed by Disney (@disneywords), and then ESPN (@ESPN)

Social media startup Nestivity announced the 25 most engaged brands on Twitter on Thursday.

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Chicago High School Student Creates App to Connect Caregivers to Parents

Shaquiesha Davis presented her Baby B 4 Me app at 3rd Annual White House Science Fair

Chicago high-schooler Shaquiesha Davis presented her Baby B 4 Me app at the 3rd annual…

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It may not be much of a surprise when names such as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Secretary of State Hilda Solis or singing sensations Bruno Mars or Cassie are recognized as Hispanic, but you might be taken aback when you hear actresses Reagan Gomez-Preston (The Parent ‘Hood/One on One) or Gina Torres (I Think I Love My Wife) are added to that very list, along with singers like Maxwell and Kelis. As part of our Hispanic Heritage Month coverage, BlackEnterprise.com is highlighting 15 figures in business, politics, arts and entertainment who you may not know are Latino.---Janel Martinez

 

5 Vital Tech Questions to Ask Your Startup

Consider these hard-hitting tech questions

Five critical tech questions to ask your startup.

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Voice-to-Text Apps Don’t Increase Driver Safety, Study Says

No distinguishable differences between manual texters and voice texters

According to a Texas A&M Transportation Institute study, voice-to-text apps, which assist many drivers sending…

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6 Coding Apps for Kids

Ways to get your child involved in the coding movement

Apps that will help kids get their code on.

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Get a head start. Waiting until the last minute to order your textbooks could result in high shipping fees and limited options. So always try to get a list of required textbooks and materials as early as possible. That way, before school starts you’ll not only have the chance to shop around, but also the time necessary to get books sent to you without paying extra “rush charges” for expedited shipping.

4 Ways Colleges Can Take Their Digital Presence to the Next Level

Tips colleges and universities can use to attract prospective students on social media, digital platforms

BlackEnterprise.com highlights the methods academic institutions should take to bring their social media presence from…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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3 Easy-to-Use Platforms to Start Your Website

How to pick the right platform for your website

Whether you want a basic blog or a full-blown website, here are your options.

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