Tag Archives: Technology

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.

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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.

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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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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…

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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.

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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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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…

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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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5 Reasons Your Website #Fails

Entrepreneur Erica Robinson is in the process of marketing her Harlem-based yoga studio, Asali Yoga.…

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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…

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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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Jason Derulo Takes to Vine to Promote New Single

Recording artist uses video-sharing app to garner engagement around “The Other Side”

Early adopter to video-sharing app Vine, Jason Derulo is using the 2-month old social networking…

By Janel Martinez

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BlackStartup.com Helps Black-Owned Businesses Secure Funding

Morehouse College alums create crowdfunding platform for African-American entrepreneurs

A group of Morehouse College alums wanted to help other entrepreneurs on their quest for…

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Girl Scouts Chapter to Introduce Patch for Video Game Development

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and Women in Games International partner to create new skill patch

The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles has partnered with Women in Games International to…

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Facebook Upgrades Its Logo

Have you seen the tech powerhouse’s new main logo?

Facebook has unveiled a new logo. The social media giant nixed the soft blue line…

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Raygrid Calderon’s DreemKaCHer App Helps You Network From the Palm of Your Hand Smartphone

Young entrepreneur is helping others network their business to and through their smartphone

Having an idea for a more visually-creative resume, Raygrid Calderon emerges with an app that…

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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.

5 Strategies to Grow Your Email List

Tried-and-true tactics to develop your list

If you want to grow your email list, follow these tried-and-true tactics to grow your…

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Tech Startup of the Week: Bolstr Let’s Small Businesses Navigate Equity Investments Like Wall Street

Dynamic revenue-sharing engine allows 'main street small businesses' to connect with potential investors

One year after the JOBS Act, small businesses can use Bolstr to raise money from…

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BEYOND THE MUSIC  

“Music is the best way to sell other stuff,” says Ken Hertz, principal of Membrain. Despite many disruptions in the music industry, album sales rose to 330.6 million in 2011, a 1.3% increase over 2010. That’s not the only thing that’s rising. 

The future of digital media will see new streams of revenue and business models for artists beyond selling music, especially where social networks are concerned. This can come in the form of venture investments, sponsored tweets, increased concert and merchandising sales, and even landing a gig as the creative director of a leading company.

Will Twitter’s Music App Enhance Your Listening Experience?

Microblogging platform launches Twitter #music

Reports reveal that Twitter is gearing up to launch a music app on Friday. Citing…

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10 Awesome Apps for Grad Students

Check out these student-friendly applications

List of the best apps for graduate students.

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Are You Guilty of Showrooming?

57% of showroomers test products, then order on Amazon

While many shoppers are saving, retailers are getting hit hard by the rise in showrooming.…

By Janel Martinez

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6 Ways to Use Foursquare to Market Your Business

How your brand can use the location-based check-ins app

BlackEnterprise.com provides tips to marketing your business on the location-based check-ins application Foursquare.

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Google Rolls Out Person Finder Following Boston Marathon Explosions

Tech giant launches Person Finder to assist in locating victims of Boston marathon

Google launches Person Finder to assist in Boston marathon explosions on Monday.

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It’s only Wednesday, but already it is a full and eventful week in tech.  In this fast-paced industry, it’s out with the old (news about Facebook’s IPO) and in with the new—more news and speculation surrounding the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company. With talks of Facebook setting up shop to create a smartphone and Google Glass resurfacing with new developments, here’s a look at top tech moments so far this week.--Janel Martinez

5 Million American Households Tune Out Traditional TV

Growing number of people turning to Internet, cellphones to watch shows

With pricey cable and satellite TV services and an increase in “second screen” viewing, a…

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Will You Add a Smartwatch to Your Tech Wishlist?

The year of the smartwatch is upon us

Reports have surfaced that Microsoft is joining Apple, Samsung and LG in the development of…

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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 Use LinkedIn’s New Facebook-Like Mentions Feature

Platform begins rolling out tagging feature

How to use LinkedIn’s new mentions feature.

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Top 5 Email Productivity Boosters

Services that will cut down time spent on emails

Five services to make your email experience smoother and make your day more productive.

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Mark Zuckerberg and Other Tech Leaders Launch Advocacy Organization

Facebook founder announces FWD.us in Washington Post op-ed

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is joining forces with tech heavyweights to run FWD.us, a political…

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Dropbox Revamps Business Features

File hosting service adds new capabilities

Dropbox’s business-focused offering Dropbox for Teams is now Dropbox for Business, the cloud-based file hosting…

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5 Emerging Social Networks Worth Knowing

Social networks to keep an eye on

Highlight of five social media sites worth knowing.

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Has Social Media Caused You to Cut Friendships Short?

Twitter beefs, Facebook foes and IG trolls, social climate is breeding tension between friends

A recent online survey conducted by corporate training firm VitalSmarts shows nearly 20% of people…

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Kathryn Finney launched Digital Undivided with the intent of providing initiatives that change the digital space by increasing the number of urban women digital entrepreneurs.

Kathryn Finney Is FOCUSed on Getting Black Women STARTed in Tech

DigitalUndivided launches START, an event focused on bringing tech entrepreneurship to urban communities

Kathryn Finney, founder of The Budget Fashionista and DigitalUndivided, a social enterprise focused on increasing…

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Is It On Your Radar? 83% of Americans Have No Clue BlackBerry 10 Has Launched

New survey shows most Americans are unaware of the smartphone company’s latest operating system and smartphones

Most Americans don’t even know that the BlackBerry 10 has launched yet, according to a…

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Brick City Entrepreneurs Hack It Out At #BlackHack NWK

Blerdology holds hackathon at close of Newark Tech Week

Rutgers Business School juniors Christopher Arthur and Christopher Akparanta won #BlackHack NWK hackathon for CampusBord,…

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

5 Steps to Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile

How to create an enticing profile

BlackEnterprise.com’s social media contributor S. Lynn Cooper highlights what you should do to optimize your…

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U.N. Marks 1000-Day Milestone with Digital Rally

Today marks 1,000 days until target date of reaching goals outlined in Millennium Declaration

The United Nations, U.N. Foundation and other international organizations have launched Momentum1000, a global, “digital…

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Kalikie Co-founders, Bruce Hopkins and Tirrell Payton, wanted to create a text-to-speech platform that kept users engaged.

Tech Startup of the Week: Kaliki App In-Car Integration Allows Commuters to Listen and Drive

Founders Bruce Hopkins and Tirrell Payton are bringing on-demand content to road warriors

Kaliki Audio Newsstand partners with media publishers to convert their print and digital media into…

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Triumph or (Facebook) Fail: Will You Use Facebook’s App-Meets-OS Creation?

The 9 year-old platform has dominated the social landscape, and coming for a space in the smartphone/operating system game

SoundOff: What do you think of Facebook Home, an app-meets-operating system that allows users to…

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NewME Alum Hank Williams Launches New Venture, Platform

Williams hopes the Platform Summit will feed the innovation pipeline with more blacks and Latinos

Hank Williams, an alum of the first NewME Accelerator class, launched his newest venture, Platform,…

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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.

3 Ways to Spring Clean Your Inbox

Tips to de-cluttering and organizing email

Tips to spring cleaning your inbox.

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Facebook to Announce Phone Plans at Android Event

Will Mark Zuckerberg actually release a Facebook phone?

Facebook is scheduled to give invited press an opportunity to view “Facebook Home” and a…

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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.”

40 Years of Cellphone History

Happy 40th birthday to the cellphone

The original cellphone, which debuted in 1973, paved the way for many of today’s mobile…

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#SoundOff: Is Technology Helping or Hurting Children’s Development?

Study shows 52% of kids have access to mobile devices at home

Is technology helping or hurting children’s development? BlackEnterprise.com wants to hear from you.

By Janel Martinez

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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.)

6 Google Glass Contest Winners Pay $1500 to Try the Wearable Computer

Winners will pay Google $1500 in exchange for Glass

Six lucky winners selected to try Google Glass have agreed to pay the Menlo Park,…

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Twitter for Business Relaunches, Gets New Look and More Content

The microblogging platform relaunches its online resource for businesses

New and veteran Twitter users now have a hub where they can explore the platform’s…

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Google "announces" it's beta testing Nose, a new feature that allows users to smell their search results from their device (Image: Google)

April Fools’ Day 101: What You Can Learn From Brand Hoaxes

See what you can learn about social media marketing from this year’s pranks

BlackEnterprise.com has come up with five ways to inject personality into your brand’s social media…

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4 Ways to Use Facebook’s ‘Reply’ Button to Boost Customer Service Experience

Maximize customer service with the social networking site's latest feature

BlackEnterprise.com has outlined four ways your company can use Facebook as a customer service tool.…

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Journey to a Book Adventure

An information technology professional finds his real passion in storytelling

Because Parr didn’t have an itinerary for his travel, he promised to stay in touch…

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The CES 2013 Best in Show Awards

These 17 products represent the cream of the crop in electronics, software, and accessories

The International Consumer Electronics Show, held every January in Las Vegas, showcases technology from all…

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The company tops 100 domains, and its index of web pages reaches over 8 billion.

Google goes public with an opening price of $85 per share.  

Although Google is known for its April Fools Day pranks, this April 1 proved promising with the launch of Gmail.

Want That Old Thing Back? How to Temporarily Return to Former Gmail Compose

Switch back to the older version of the popular email service

How users can temporarily switch back to the old Gmail compose.

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Seasoned exec-turned-entrepreneur Tracey Solomon is the co-founder of e-commerce shop Hoseanna (Image: Tracey Solomon)

Tech Startup of the Week: Tracey Solomon’s Hoseanna Is a (Working) Girl’s Best Friend

Subscription-based web service delivers essentials to women on the go

Tracey Solomon partnered with Katrina Carroll-Foster to create Hoseanna, an e-commerce company where women can…

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WATCH: Nick Cannon Talks Business, Entertainment and Work-Life Balance

With his NCredible work ethic, this entrepreneur and entertainer has his sights set on conquering the world

Nick Cannon is a comedian, actor, entrepreneur, husband and father. Watch this video to find…

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Instagram Now Influences Your Klout Score

The online influence gauge finally takes a tally of your Instagram engagement

Klout, the San Francisco-based social media analytics company, announced Thursday that Instagram users are now…

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Yes, Women Can Succeed in Tech, But How Does the Uneven Playing Field Impact Their Journey?

Numbers show issues in terms of socioeconomics and race

A recent Forbes article highlights how women can succeed in tech, despite mainstream media’s portrayal.…

By Janel Martinez

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Tech Evangelist Adria Richards Breaks Silence On Recent Controversy

Techie speaks on firestorm

Adria Richards releases statement surrounding recent controversy.

By Janel Martinez

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7 Tips for Creating a Social Media Policy

Must-haves for your brand’s policy

BlackEnterprise.com outlines what you should consider when creating your brand’s social media policy.

By S. Lynn Cooper

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WATCH: Chinedu Echeruo On Navigating Tech Business Success

HopStop founder talks about the business of the location-based service

The technology founder of location-based website and app HopStop talks to Black Enterprise about launching…

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Major Tech Firms Refuse to Share Data About Workplace Diversity

Even Facebook doesn't want the public to know how pitiful their diversity numbers really are

Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and others block access to their diversity numbers

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The company formerly known as Research in Motion makes big announcement, unveiling a new operating system and new devices (Image: BlackBerry)

BlackBerry Z10 Sales Off to Slow Start

BB slowdown sheds light on the reformed brand

The BlackBerry hype was short lived, and sales of the company’s Z10 model is confirmation…

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Are You An Obnoxious Tweeter?

Internet company details 11 of the most common (and annoying) Twitter users

Israel –based company Conduit unveiled an infographic that highlights the tech industry’s most annoying Twitter…

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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.)

Lawmakers to Pump Brakes on Drivers Sporting Google Glass

Bill introduced that would extend texting-while-driving law

In an effort to keep all drivers safe behind the wheel, West Virginia Legislature Republican…

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Google awards grants to boost innovation

10 Alternatives to Google Alerts

Try these alternatives to the tracking tool

Google Alerts is next to get nixed from the tech giant’s offerings. Here are several…

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4 Tools to Help You Become a Savvy Social Listener

Enhance your social media listening

BlackEnterprise.com provides you with the top tools to help you become a savvy social listener.…

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Happy Birthday, Twitter! Celebrate the Milestone With Worthwhile Twitter Resources

Social networking platform offers tons of opportunities for users

Twitter turns seven today. Here are several resources for those of you looking to maximize…

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Samsung Elevates Smart TV Line with Enhanced Screens, New Content, Faster Processors and a Cleaner Interface

Tech company shows off its selection of smart, social televisions

At a glitzy press event on New York’s Wall Street, New York Giants quarterback Eli…

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Tech Startup of the Week: Lauren Maillian Bias’ Gen Y Capital Partners Provides Invaluable Opportunities

The Gen Y Capital Partners co-founder shares the do's and don'ts for investing in tech

Lauren Maillian Bias, co-founder of Gen Y Capital Partners, is Black Enterprise’s Tech Startup of…

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Verizon Awards $10,000 to Winners of National Innovative App Challenge

Ten teams of middle and high school students win big

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge winners are in. Beating more than 470 teams, the champs…

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New iOS App Allows Users to Tap Their Inner Hater

“Hater” app allows users to hate from the palm of their hand

The Hater app, which launched at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Startup Village, is…

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Former ‘American Idol’ Judge Launches YouTube Channel to Discover Online Talent

Simon Cowell seeks talent across the globe

Television personality and music executive Simon Cowell announced You Generation, the first global audition channel…

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Google+ Launches New Hangouts App, ‘Google Capture’

Google Capture for Hangouts allows users to capture those memorable moments midchat

Google introduced a new app for Hangouts, one of its most popular products, on Tuesday.…

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How to Reinvent Your Brand With Social Media

Consider the methods used by these five entrepreneurs

BlackEnterprise.com highlights tips to reinventing your brand via social media.

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Twitter Bringing March Madness to Mobile Masses

Microblogging service allows users to catch highlights within a few minutes of the action via “instant replay”

Beginning with tonight’s tip-off of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Twitter is supplying basketball lovers…

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ADD ALL YOUR SOCIAL PROFILES, ESPECIALLY FACEBOOK 

Everyone has a Klout score automatically generated from Twitter, which serves as the primary account. Up to 12 social media profiles can be linked to your account, with at least 6 more being added in the near future. Including more profiles creates a clearer picture of your brand’s total social impact, especially if your strongest platform is not Twitter. 

Tip: Adding Facebook significantly improves your score, more than adding other platforms.

Are Twitter-Style Hashtags On Facebook A Savvy Move?

Take our poll on Facebook’s possible new addition

Facebook is reportedly considering incorporating one of Twitter’s signature markers, the hashtag, into its platform.…

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The Best Places to Watch the 2013 NCAA Tournament Online

Catch the games live online

Top places to watch the 2013 NCAA Tournament online.

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

10 Online Courses to Step Your STEM Game Up

Take these classes from the comfort of your home

BlackEnterprise.com features the top online STEM courses.

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Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16, both football players at Steubenville High School, received a guilty verdict on all charges (Image: File)

Social Media Plays Immense Role in Steubenville Rape Trial

New technology making everyday people apart of conviction process

In a case that played out not only in the court room, but from smartphone…

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How Brands Can Leverage Pinterest’s New Data Analytic Tool for Business Success

What your brand needs to know about the platform’s latest feature

Here is what you need to know in order to get your business ahead of…

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Techturized founders, Candace Mitchell, Chanel Martin, Joy Buolamwini, and Jess Watson try to eliminate the search it takes for women of color to find hair styles and products that fit their lifestyles.

Tech Startup of The Week: Techturized Wins With Hair Care Company

Georgia Tech alumnas find a way to solve the trial and error process of testing black hair care products and styles

Hair care technology company Techturized is Black Enterprise’s Tech Startup of the Week.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 Rocks Radio City With Clever Dual Cameras and No-Touch Interface

Samsung took another step up the mobile tech ladder Thursday with the launch of the…

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Black Girls Code and MOJO MediaWorks Host SXSW Workshop to Teach Girls to Code, Create Mobile Media

Award-winning African-American women in tech partner to host iPod Film School & Web Design Workshop for Black girls at SXSW 2013

Kimberly Bryant, founder and CEO of Black Girls Code, and Allissa Richardson of MOJO MediaWorks…

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Ask and You Shall Receive: 5 Ways to Ask Your LinkedIn Connections for Help

Abide by the rules when asking an online connection for a favor

Five ways to ask for a favor from a LinkedIn connection.

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8 Google Reader Replacements

With the application shutting down on July 1, try these alternatives when aggregating content

While there is no replacing Google Reader, here’s a list of platform alternatives that will…

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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 Create an Effective LinkedIn Group

Step-by-step guide to setting up a valuable LinkedIn Group

BlackEnterprise.com maps out how brands can manage a niche group on LinkedIn.

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5 Social Media Pitfalls Brands Need to Avoid

Avoid these social media offenses

BlackEnterprise.com highlights five tricks of the trade to help you steer clear of common social…

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Black Church Moves Into the Digital Age

The web is the new frontier for Black church

Blacks in Technology’s “The Black Church in Cyberspace” panel at SXSW Interactive on Sunday had…

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LeVar Burton Brings ‘Reading Rainbow’ Brand Into 21st-Century

Actor talks iPad app, entrepreneurship and education

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Burton for an exclusive interview at South by Southwest (SXSW) to…

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Developing the ‘New Minority Entrepreneur’

SXSW panel examines what it takes to support minorities in entrepreneurship

The “Cultivating the New Minority Entrepreneur” panelists at South by Southwest (SXSW) discussed the changing…

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Panelists talk fitness at "Food, Faith & Fitness: The Digital Holy Trinity” at SXSW (Image: Mike Street)

How Tech and Fitness Drives Innovative Choices Toward Health

SXSW panelists talk the ins and outs of digital health

Panelists Andia Winslow, founder of The Fit Cycle; Dionne Ross, wellness and fitness trainer; personal…

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Former NBA Great Shaquille O’Neal Trades in Sneaks for Gadgets at SXSW

Shaq speaks on his inner geek, investing in tech and startup success

Shaquille O'Neal unveils his inner geek at at “Shaq Goes Social: The Big Interview” at…

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The ‘Scandal’ Influence: How Social TV and Engagement Can Drive Audience Viewership

Panelists discuss how 'Scandal' has become the social show of the season

Kerry Washington and the dynamic cast of ABC’s Scandal have taken over Thursday nights on…

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker drops into South by Southwest for one-on-one conversation with Time.com Assistant Managing Editor Steven James Snyder (Image: Mike Street)

‘Social Mayor’ Cory Booker Talks Waywire, Civic Engagement and the Power of Twitter at SXSW

The Newark mayor ventures to SXSW for one-on-one conversation

“Cory Booker: The New Media Politician” on Sunday, discussing his social media site Waywire and…

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5 Tips to Surviving SXSW

How to roll in Austin

BlackEnterprise.com SXSW correspondent Mary Pryor gives her tips to surviving the festivals in Austin.

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How to Manage the Investor Relationship

Entrepreneurs, see how to have a mutually beneficial relationship with your investor

BlackEnterprise.com outlines 5 tips to managing the investor relationship.

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5 Ways to Get Familiar With SoLoMo Marketing

How to leverage social-local-mobile

BlackEnterprise.com points out 5 ways you can get your business up and running with SoLoMo…

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Think Your Startup Is Ready to Pivot? Entrepreneurs Weigh In at SXSW

Pointers from the “Hold ‘Em or Fold ‘Em” panel

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with moderator Lisa Nicole Bell and the featured panelists— serial entrepreneur Clarence…

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How to Code: SXSW Interactive Panelists Provide Tips to Achieve Coding Dreams

Best tips straight from “The Learn to Code Movement” panel

SXSW Interactive panelists give provide tips to achieve coding dreams.

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