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v2_facebook_timeline_lawsonFor those of you who don’t know (have you been living under a rock?), Facebook is slowly debuting the Timeline to its 800+ million users. Currently, this update is available for those who opt in, but it’s rolling out to replace the Facebook profile we’ve all come to know, love, and obsessively study.

v2_tech_newsThe countdown has ended. As we welcome a brand new shiny year, I’ve already been pouring through the magazine articles that promise me, “A New Year, A New You!” Here we go – again. Last year I was convinced that if Jennifer Hudson could lose weight through Weight Watchers, then I could too. And of course, there was an “app” to help me with that. I am not alone in my quest to find a quick way to a new and improved way of life – via my smartphone, according to a recent Nielsen study.

The State of the Media: The Mobile Media Report, the latest of Nielsen’s ongoing smartphone analytics research, tells us nearly half of all American mobile consumers (44%) now own a smartphone. Plus, Nielsen’s recently released State of the African-American Consumer Report, confirms 44% of all new mobile phones purchased by Blacks are smartphones, so that now 33%, or a whopping 14 million, of us own one.

v1_smartphone_battery_lifeNo matter what type of smartphone you have, the device can serve as your MP3 player, digital camera, gaming system, and even your TV while you’re out and about — as long as you have battery power. If it seems like smarter phones are getting less life out of their batteries... you’re absolutely right. Smartphones can help you get a lot done while traveling, but if you’re doing a lot on one in a day, you’re apt to see your screen go dark long before the sun goes down.

Watching out for a few small things during your day, however, can help extend battery life on your trusty device and make sure you’ve got enough juice to make it all day and well into the night.

121111_business_wifiby Jacqueline Lawson
Managing Editor

Email surveys are in and we asked you to share your favorite tricks for scoring free Wi-Fi while on the road. Now we’re back to share the wealth; read on to see how your fellow readers stay connected while traveling.

121111_business_facebookby Jacqueline Lawson
Managing Editor

I found out recently that in September 2011, in the U.S., the average number of minutes that each Facebook user spent on the site was 410. Last year, that month’s average was 287, signaling a 42% increase. Also during September 2011, Facebook commanded 14.7% of total U.S. consumer Internet-usage minutes, the most of any website. Given that the site is still on a growth trend, how could I be crazy enough to ask if it’s the beginning of the end for Facebook? Let’s explore.

121111_business_business_planA slowdown in the economy doesn’t have to be a barrier for starting a new business. In fact, some experts argue that, during a slowdown, you might find bargains in areas such as supplier costs and office leasing. If you decide the timing is right to start your business, remember that developing a business plan is your essential first step.  

121111_business_tsuTexas Southern University’s recently closed loan transaction through the Department of Education will provide significant financial benefit to the university.   According to Lewis Edwards, TSU Treasurer, the transaction funded the purchase of specific on-campus assets, including two student housing facilities consisting of University Courtyard (308 beds), Tierwester Oaks (424 beds) and East/West parking garages.   The facilities were originally financed as privatized transactions that were owned by non-profit limited liability corporations.

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