Black Enterprise CTIA Best in Show Awards
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

At the 2012 International CTIA Wireless Conference in New Orleans, Black Enterprise  presented its first ever “Best in Show Awards” to nine device and software manufacturers. Check out some of the winners chosen by our tech advisory board.

Most Accessible Storage/File Sharing App:
In addition to the standard cloud storage and file sharing tools, Box.com gives users the ability to leave comments, assign tasks, and receive alerts when a document has been edited. First 5GB are free; Business plans start at $15/user/month. www.box.com

Most Accessible Storage Device:
Western Digital’s My Passport portable hard drives range from 500 GB to 2 TB; are available in five colors: white, black, silver, blue, and red; and provide SmartWare automatic backup software and WD Security for password protection and hardware encryption. Prices range from $119.99 for 500 GB to $249.99 for 2 TB; www.wdc.com

Smartest Mobile Phone:
The Samsung Galaxy S III has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED
Screen and S Beam technology that lets a user transfer pictures, music, videos, and more from one Galaxy S III to another when the phones are placed back-to-back. Price TBA; www.samsung.com/global/galaxys3

 

Most Dynamic Mobile App:
No cash, no problem. The free PayAnywhere credit card reader and app can turn a smartphone into a mobile cash register. Merchants pay 2.69% per swiped transaction or 3.49% + $0.19 per keyed transaction. http://payanywhere.com

Most Inventive Tablet/Reader:
In addition to the newest version of the Android Honeycomb operating system  for tablets, the NoitAvonne Loop Tablet 10-inch has a mini-USB, mini-HDMI, a SIM card slot, and up to 64 GB Memory. Price TBA; www.noitavonne.com.

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.


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