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NY1: "Sound Advice: Tom Rush"

12/21/2016

NY1: "Sound Advice: Tom Rush"

NY1 VIDEO: The Schimmel Center at Pace University presented Tom Rush, an important figure in the American folk and singer/songwriting traditions. WFUV DJ Eric Holland talks to Rush about songwriting and more in this Sound Advice report.

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Fortune: "What Amazon’s Echo Snag Can Teach Entrepreneurs"

12/20/2016

Fortune: "What Amazon’s Echo Snag Can Teach Entrepreneurs"

The retail giant sold out of Echo and Echo Dot online, but has it stocked in stores.

Amazon’s hit Echo and Echo Dot voice-activated speakers are sold out online, but still available in Amazon stores.

That ironic twist for the world’s biggest online retailer was reported on Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal, which said the top-selling speakers that create a connected home, can still be found at Amazon’s brick-and-mortar stores. Online customers have to wait until after Christmas to receive their orders.

“Due to demand, we encourage customers to purchase an Echo if they see it available,” an Amazon spokeswoman told the Journal. An Amazon spokesperson was not immediately available to comment to Fortune.

The Echo and the smaller Echo Dot connect to Amazon’s interactive, connected-home system called Alexa, introduced in late 2014. The system responds to voice commands, which allow users to create lists, search the web, check weather conditions, or play podcasts, among other things.

The Dot, released earlier this year, was Amazon’s best-selling online item following the Thanksgiving holiday, with sales likely goosed by a 20% discount that brought the price down to $39.99. The Echo and Echo Dot normally retail for $179 and $49.99 respectively.

There’s a lesson here for businesses much smaller than Amazon: You need to be diligent about your supply chain, particularly during the holidays.

“This is why it is so important for small-business owners to stay close to their customers, maintain strong relationships with suppliers, follow market trends, and really know their industry,” says Bruce Bachenheimer, a clinical professor of management at Pace University in New York. “They cannot simply rely on the recommendations of a sales rep and act as stock keepers or inventory managers.”

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Washington Post: "Miss Puerto Rico takes the crown at the Miss World pageant"

12/20/2016

Washington Post: "Miss Puerto Rico takes the crown at the Miss World pageant"

Photo: Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle reacts after winning Miss World at MGM National Harbor on Dec. 18 in Oxon Hill, Md. (Zach Gibson/AFP/Getty Images)

Stephanie Del Valle, a 19-year-old student from Puerto Rico, was crowned Miss World in a splashy ceremony Sunday at the new MGM National Harbor.

What’s Miss World, you ask? The pageant is the lesser-known competitor to Miss Universe — a global beauty contest with a progressive bent, eschewing the swimsuit competition to judge women on their athletic prowess and charitable works, instead. (Also, their modeling skills — it is a beauty competition, after all.)

[Miss World is the biggest beauty pageant you’ve never heard of. What’s it doing in D.C.?]

The contest was presided over by Megan Young, a former Miss World who has local ties — born in Alexandria, Va., she represented the Philippines in the pageant, and subsequently became a huge star in that country. Del Valle’s win was a big upset for the crowd favorite, Catriona Gray of the Philippines, who made it to the top five.

Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramirez of the Dominican Republic was first runner-up, followed by Natasha Mannuela of Indonesia. Our own Miss World America (yes, that’s a different pageant from Miss America) Audra Mari of Fargo, N.D., made it to the top 10. And Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin never had a chance — though she made headlines for speaking out against human rights abuses in China, she butted heads with organizers throughout the pageant and was relegated to the back row for some of the dance sequences.

Del Valle is a student at Pace University in New York, studying law and communications, but with an interest in the entertainment industry.

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Military Times: "6 ways to win at group learning — strategies from military-serving colleges"

12/19/2016

Military Times: "6 ways to win at group learning — strategies from military-serving colleges"

. . . How to be a role model and get the most out of a group-learning exercise? Here are six strategies.

1. Learn from everybody. At Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, former Marine communications technician Cpl. Hernan Gallego and his fellow finance students have formed competitive teams to develop hypothetical companies. The group work makes up 15 percent of the grade, and Gallego relies on his teammates to fill in the gaps in his knowledge. “These are finance majors, marketing majors, accounting majors,” he said. “If there is something I don’t know, all I have to do is turn to a teammate, and there is someone there who can help me out.”

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New York Daily News: "President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet picks reflect his own personal characteristics"

12/19/2016

New York Daily News: "President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet picks reflect his own personal characteristics"

. . . "It would appear the President-elect is equating similar personal characteristics with loyalty and personal commitment," explained David Caputo, president emeritus and professor of political science at Pace University.

But the "shielding from alternative arguments" likely to arise from ensuing group think "could lead to missteps," he said, especially "in an environment where the processes and the use of power are often different from the private sector world" - where most of Trump's choices have had their careers.

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USA Today: "Travelers, beware! Hacking lurks in plugs and ports"

12/19/2016

USA Today: "Travelers, beware! Hacking lurks in plugs and ports"

. . . Tell your phone to say "no." Disable location services, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when possible. Also, think about the permissions associated with third-party apps, which may have access to your microphone, camera and contacts. "If you need to play games on your mobile, then disable Internet access to those apps," says Darren Hayes, a digital forensics and cybersecurity expert at Pace University.

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TechNewsWorld: "Magic Leap Catches Flak Over Tricky Video"

12/14/2016

TechNewsWorld: "Magic Leap Catches Flak Over Tricky Video"

. . . Magic Leap has raised US$1.4 billion in funding without anyone seeing its technology. Investors include Google and Andreessen Horowitz.

Google's Sundar Pichai and Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson sit on its board, and Magic Leap has signed a deal with LucasFilm.

Why were companies with strong technical expertise attracted to Magic Leap?

"The people at the top who do the deals are often under pressure to do the deal before the required amount of due diligence can occur," said Larry Chiagouris, a professor of marketing at Pace University.

"I doubt that the most senior people even personally had the time or the skills to do the due diligence needed," he told TechNewsWorld.

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Taipei Times: "Tsai-Trump call offers a window of opportunity"

12/12/2016

Taipei Times: "Tsai-Trump call offers a window of opportunity"

The trans-Pacific telephone conversation between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and US president-elect Donald Trump last week shocked the world as it opened a new window of opportunities and challenges for Taiwan, writes Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, Professor of History and Co-director of the B.A. program in ‎Global Asia Studies at Pace University.

Diplomatically, Trump sent a strong message to Beijing that he went beyond the “one China” policy to recognize Taiwan as a political equal and the third-largest client of US arms sales.

Bypassing the White House and the US Department of State and ignoring 35 years of US diplomatic protocol, Trump seems to be prepared to play tough with China and might want to make Taiwan a bargaining chip in negotiations with Beijing over major political, strategic and economic issues.

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Teen Vogue: "The GPA That Will Double Your Chances of Qualifying for Scholarships"

12/08/2016

Teen Vogue: "The GPA That Will Double Your Chances of Qualifying for Scholarships"

. . . If you’re lucky, your school will actually have a merit-based scholarship calculator posted online, like these calculators from Pace University in New York and Bradley University in Illinois.

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Daily Caller News Foundation: "Hackers Are Gunning For Your Personal Data By Tricking You"

12/05/2016

Daily Caller News Foundation: "Hackers Are Gunning For Your Personal Data By Tricking You"

. . . “Phishing scams are a highly effective social engineering attack – everyone clicks links and it’s easy to impersonate a person or entity’s email or link,” Pace University Prof. Darren Hayes told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “It plays on our emotions.”

And there are studies to back that up. One study conducted at a German university of 1,700 participants found that roughly half of people click on infected links from email addresses or Facebook accounts they are unfamiliar with even after knowing the risks. (RELATED: Everything Online Is Connected, Now There’s A Growing Need For Cyber Insurance)

“Cybersecurity is not terrible in the USA, but we always appear to be several steps behind the hackers,” Hayes said. “We should, however, be concerned about the brain-drain in government when government employees are leaving in droves to start up their own companies in cybersecurity. Additionally, enormous vulnerabilities exist in our critical infrastructure,” he concluded.

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