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ESPN Leadership Dinner

On Thursday, November 14th at 6:30 PM ESPN celebrated today’s visionaries and their role on leveraging innovation to impact change. The dinner will take place ahead of Beyond Innovation – an annual event hosted by Beyond Sport, which will convene a series of leaders and innovators across sports, technology, government and education to inspire cross-sector discussion and partnership on innovative solutions to the global STEM workforce crisis.

Both Thursday’s dinner and Beyond Innovation are private, invite only events. Thursday’s dinner kicked things off and was headlined by David Goldstein of SpaceX. Goldstein will give his perspective on the tech space and the opportunity to advance, such as landscape, insights on where the tech world is sitting at the moment, what does it take to work as a leader in tech, and lightly touch on the sport angle and how they can connect/engage. 

Thursday night’s turnout was phenomenal at the iconic Dodger Stadium. Beyond Innovation started the topic of conversation about how important the role of sports and STEM education is to our community.

David Goldstein, retired Air Force colonel, gave a very motivating speech on what it takes to be a good leader.

“You need to inspire, engage and have grit in what you do to help others get to their destination and be able to pass that knowledge on to our upcoming leaders as well.”

BenQ 27-inch

One of the best monitors for an aspiring graphics person. Affordable yet compatible with most terminals. Loaded with features its competitors lack.” – 360 MAGAZINE

BenQ Launches 27-inch 4K UHD PD2720U Thunderbolt™ 3 Monitor with HDR, Newly Redesigned Hotkey Puck, and eye-care™ Technology

The Monitor Comes Equipped with Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology for Ultimate High-Speed Mac or PC Compatibility for Designers and Creative Professionals

BenQ America Corp, a world-leading display technology and solutions provider, announced today the release of the PD2720U professional monitor as part of the DesignVue series. Engineered for marketing, business, and creative professionals, the 27-inch 4K UHD monitor offers Thunderbolt 3 daisy chain technology for full compatibility for Apple users. Exclusive AQCOLOR™ technology delivers an accurate and brilliant color experience. 

The PD2720U features advanced IPS technology with 4K resolution to deliver extraordinary clarity of fine details and textures for ultra-precise color rendition for professionals with visually intensive work. The monitor is also equipped with HDR10 technology to allow users to preview their video content in HDR throughout the editing process. With a customized M-book mode, the monitor minimizes visual differences between the monitor and the connected MacBook to create a consistent workflow. The monitor is also equipped with the latest color standards, Display P3 and DCI-P3, to ensure accurate color application for professionals, especially Mac users.

In addition to premier color accuracy, the PD2720U offers a newly redesigned Hotkey Puck G2 that allows professionals to use the OSD to customize shortcuts to preferred features, increasing overall productivity and work efficiency. With a 3-side edge-to-edge design, the PD2720U can display continuous pictures across multiple monitors for ample work real estate.  

Through Thunderbolt 3 daisy chain connectivity, the monitor is compatible with the latest Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C equipped Apple and Windows laptops, which allows the monitor to efficiently transmit and deliver video, audio, data and power for increased productivity and work real estate. For added productivity, the 27” monitor also features versatile ergonomics like height adjustment, tilt, swivel, and a 90-degree pivot to portrait mode.

While the PD2720U features enhanced compatibility, the monitor also includes BenQ’s ZeroFlicker™ and Low Blue Light Mode as a part of their eye-care™ technology. These features support a healthy viewing experience and reduce digital eye strain, fatigue, and other harmful effects of prolonged screen time. 

In order to provide enhanced efficiency for designers and business professionals, the PD2720U also offers specialized display modes to allow creative professionals to produce their highest quality of work. 

  • CAD/CAM Mode highlights superior contrast on lines and shapes of technical illustrations, bringing the smallest details into view. For an incredible display performance, pair CAD/CAM Mode with Pro/E, SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD, CATIA or other CAD/CAM software. 
  • Animation Mode controls and perfects every movement and lightens image areas with 10 levels of display to better visualize the details hidden in dark areas, without over exposing bright regions. 
  • Darkroom Mode adjusts the brightness and contrast of images to create the optimal setting for work in darker post-processing environments. 
  • DualView Mode allows the user to work on content in two different modes or color spaces simultaneously.

 “The PD2720U provides professionals in a variety of industries the versatility and flexibility to create high-quality work,” said Steve Yang, senior director at BenQ America Corp. “We always want to enhance our customers’ professional performances with user-friendly, compatible technology that will drive efficiency and accuracy.” 

The BenQ PD2720U monitor is now available at a retail price of $1,099.99. For additional information, visit https://www.benq.com/en/monitor/designer/pd2720u.html

About BenQ America Corp.

The world-leading human technology and solutions provider, BenQ is aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives by designing products with a purpose. BenQ sells and markets innovative technology products, consumer electronics, computing, and communications devices. Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment N’ Quality to Life,” BenQ focuses on the aspects that matter to most people today – lifestyle, business, healthcare, and education – with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, and enhance learning by providing people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, audio products, cloud consumer products, mobile communications, and lifestyle lighting. Because it matters. For more information about products and to purchase, visit www.benq.com

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Virgin Pulse Accelerates Global Innovation

Virgin Pulse, the leading global provider of health and wellbeing software, services and solutions, today announced that it has significantly expanded and enhanced its global capabilities to support members in more than 190 countries.

Recent advances underscoring Virgin Pulse’s global leadership include the company’s strategic partnership with Workplace Options, the world’s largest integrated employee support and work-life services provider. Through this partnership, Virgin Pulse members can engage in wellness and lifestyle improvement coaching, including weight management, nutrition, tobacco cessation, physical activity, and stress management, in local languages in every country Virgin Pulse serves. Clients will also have access to an integrated, multilingual Employee Assistance Program (EAP), allowing them to further localize the wellbeing experience for their global employees. The Virgin Pulse and Workplace Options partnership, the first of its kind in the employee wellbeing market, ensures that members around the world have 24/7 access to the digital tools and human support they need to build healthy habits and lifestyles.

“Virgin Pulse is driving this globalization to help organizations all over the world engage their populations in health and wellbeing, every day,” said David Osborne, CEO of Virgin Pulse. “We have members in nearly every country in the world. Our ability to engage them in their language and in culturally relevant ways, is the key to helping them build and sustain healthy lifestyles and prevent chronic conditions. At Virgin Pulse, we have been intentional in designing a health and wellbeing platform and experience that is purpose-built to engage people. In fact, we are proud to report that today, nearly seventy percent of our members engage with the Virgin Pulse platform at least 21 days every month. That level of engagement is life changing for our members and game changing for our industry.”

Enhanced Country-Specific Experiences

In addition to its global partnership with Workplace Options, Virgin Pulse has launched several global innovations including a Global Health Risk Assessment (HRA) with NCQA-certified content, and Virgin Pulse JourneysTM, a globally relevant behavior change framework that encourages members to build healthier habits, one small step at a time. The company has enhanced its global rewards structure, adding support for additional currencies and the ability for clients to launch country-specific stores with locally relevant merchandise. Expanded fulfillment options are also available through Virgin Pulse’s partnerships with OC Tanner and Tango gift cards. These enhancements, together with in-region support and platform availability in 20 languages, make it easy for Virgin Pulse clients to tailor wellbeing experiences to specific regions, populations and cultures.

 

Global Content, Language Expansion and Partners

As part it its recent content expansion, Virgin Pulse introduced new topics globally, including diversity and sustainability, for clients looking to increase literacy in broader workplace wellbeing areas. This content is available to all clients, out-of-the-box, in 20 languages. To further customize the wellbeing experience for specific populations, clients have the ability to author regional and country-specific content, daily cards and habits. They can also easily integrate content from their local partners as well as Virgin Pulse’s partners. As Virgin Pulse continues to grow its global partner ecosystem, clients will have the ability to integrate programs and solutions from a range of wellbeing providers including Kaia Health, Lifespeak, Allen Carr, GymPass, and more.

 

Bolstering its ongoing commitment to global innovation, Virgin Pulse continues to invest heavily in language support. With the recent additions of Thai and Dutch, the Virgin Pulse platform is now available in 20 languages, with Arabic planned for 2020.

 

Virgin Pulse GO

For global organizations, particularly those looking for a solution that can be rolled out quickly, Virgin Pulse has recently announced Virgin Pulse GO. This new, turnkey solution is designed to help organizations around the world build cultures of health in the workplace by offering employees a holistic, personalized wellbeing experience that supports physical, mental, financial and social wellbeing.

 

Also available in 20 languages, Virgin Pulse GO is a biannual event that includes a pre- and post-event health assessment, a 9-week intra-company challenge, as well as the ability to launch individual, peer-to-peer challenges and healthy habit challenges. Digital coaching across 30 topics, including smoking cessation and financial wellbeing, is also available through Virgin Pulse JourneysTM.  An ideal entry point for companies looking to jump-start wellbeing within their organizations, Virgin Pulse GO provides a seamless path to Virgin Pulse’s broader health, wellbeing and continuous engagement offerings. Virgin Pulse GO will launch in May 2020. For additional information, please visit Virgin Pulse GO

Global Data Security and Privacy

Virgin Pulse continues to set the standard and lead the wellbeing market in ensuring the data privacy and security of its members around the world. While many companies claim to be GDPR-ready, Virgin Pulse is committed to maintaining full compliance with all aspects of EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and has recently become the only wellbeing provider to earn APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system and the APEC Privacy Recognition for Processors (PRP) certification.

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GameStop Holiday Gift Guide

The 2019 GameStop Holiday Gift Guide is 60-pages long and absolutely filled with all things gaming. This year’s guide includes all of the major consoles including PS4 Pro, Xbox One X, the latest model Nintendo Switch and the handheld Switch Lite, along with all the accessories that go with them. Plus there are plenty of GameStop exclusives that will help anyone build the ultimate gaming collection with gear includes the Ocean Shadow Xbox One Wireless Controller, a Special Edition NBA 2K20 Xbox One X bundle, certain Fortnite Nerf toys, and even some Switch controllers. And they have toys from Pokemon to Funko Pop! characters and more.

To browse through the 2019 GameStop Holiday Gift Guide just go to HERE.  

Pace University, Randi Priluck P.h.D. , professor, social media, marketing

Twitter Bans Free Speech?

Twitter has banned all political ads on its platform becoming a hero for a day. It was a surprising move given the reluctance of tech companies to get involved in the content posted on their sites. Like most such actions, the actual impact will hardly be noticeable. Since Twitter is the only site to ban political ads, people will still be exposed to paid content from candidates on other larger networks. According to ComScore, Facebook and Google have significantly more unique users in the US than Twitter, so people will still be exposed to online political advertising. Second, Twitter makes news when influential people tweet. The more outrageous the statement, the more likely the information will spread, not only on Twitter, but in traditional news outlets as well. Pairing that with the fact that people tend to trust paid less than organic content, the tweets will still hit their targets who will be even more likely to believe what they read.

So, is it a public good that Twitter is banning political ads or not? It’s certainly a relatively easy thing for Twitter to do. It is much more difficult to monitor the ads and determine their veracity. This process would require flagging suspicious content and hiring people to evaluate the messages. The problem is that banning all political ads means that candidates who do not have strong Twitter followings will be less able to reach audiences with their messages, thus giving even more power to the powerful.

Artificial intelligence techniques are improving and tech firms may have more tools in the future to effectively monitor. In 2018 Instagram announced that they are using a machine learning platform called DeepText to detect bullying language. This kind of technology could be applied to political ads to flag them for internal review. However, the platforms may be reluctant to adopt the monitoring technologies because of the potential for increased scrutiny of their businesses by political and governmental entities.

Professor Randi Priluck P.h.D.
Priluck is Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies at Pace University. She also serves as Director of the Masters in Social Media & Mobile Marketing program in the Lubin School of Business, Pace University.


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IAITAM v MICROSOFT

Association of IT Asset Managers (IAITAM) CEO Dr. Barbara Rembiesa issued the following statement today:
 
Microsoft’s announcement that it will let end-users buy some of their own apps and licenses through Office 365 should be regarded with great concern by business owners, financial officers, and IT Asset Management (ITAM) program heads.” 
 
“This is the road to chaos and monumental waste, particularly if other software makers follow suit.  By basically bypassing all controls on licensing and purchases within companies, it will be incredibly difficult to know what has been purchased, who has purchased it, when it needs to be renewed, what needs to be ‘patched’ and which software is no longer being protected against hackers.  The result will be a rat’s nest of confusion, bad records and huge fines.”
 
“For years now, I have emphasized that you cannot manage what you do not know you have. For that reason, IAITAM developed a centralized ITAM model that incorporates 12 Key Process Areas (KPAs) and a set of best practices that assists IT Asset Managers with executing those processes. These identified best practices allow the ITAM program to be centralized, while the people they manage have appropriate empowerment and decentralized control.”
 
“For the model to work, the ITAM Program Manager has to be able to set up a program that tracks and stores information about specific IT assets with a centralized view of those assets as needed and required for future planning and compliance purposes. This includes being able to identify what software is in the environment and ensure that the software is licensed properly. The program begins with Acquisition Management and ends with Disposal Management. During that lifecycle, a Software Asset Manager needs to know that what the organization has in its environment remains compliant.”
 
“However, Microsoft’s announcement will change all of that.”
 
“Microsoft has said that on Nov. 19, 2019, it will begin allowing end-users to purchase Office 365 Power Platform low-code services, PowerApps, PowerBI and Flow. The user would be responsible for paying for the transaction and the applications themselves would be licensed to the user. The specific services are meant for business users and not IT administrators nor developers. The way most prior and existing licenses have worked, users would have to get permission from their administrators (to include the IT Asset Manager) to add those services.”
 
“Under the new way of doing things, if an organization receives an audit letter from Microsoft, the software publisher will have information on what is installed or supposed to be installed in the environment as an outgrowth of the business-driven transactions. Because the end-user would be in control of the license, the IT Asset Manager would have no way to prove what licenses are in the IT environment. This could lead to huge fines, as well as a security issue. If Microsoft finds that the organization or its end-users cannot prove software license compliance, the publisher could receive millions of dollars in penalties because the organization would be out of compliance.”
 
“The job of an IT Asset Manager is to protect an organization from losing control over its IT assets. Remaining in compliance with software license terms is a major money-saving aspect of a mature ITAM program. Without being able to prove compliance, the program’s core competency would collapse, and its value would become severely diminished.”
 
Following ITAM best practices is a roadmap for organizations to protect and get the most out of their IT assets. IAITAM offers courses and training opportunities throughout the year for agencies and businesses seeking to strengthen their cybersecurity and IT management.

ABOUT IAITAM
The International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers, Inc., is the professional association for individuals and organizations involved in any aspect of IT Asset Management, Software Asset Management (SAM), Hardware Asset Management, Mobile Asset Management, IT Asset Disposition and the lifecycle processes supporting IT Asset Management in organizations and industry across the globe. IAITAM certifications are the only IT Asset Management certifications that are recognized worldwide. For more information, visit www.iaitam.org.

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1More Speakers

1More shakes up the portable speaker market with bundled units.‘ – 360 MAGAZINE

By Vaughn Lowery


If you are in the marketplace for a portable Bluetooth speaker, then 1More is your choice. With impeccable sound quality and the ability to hang them around your student residence or apartment, this speaker system is the bang for your buck. You can purchase one speaker for $99 or 2 for $149.

If you listen to songs with heavy bass, then look no farther. The bundled, packaged audio system at high levels will last for approximately 4 to 6 hours before having to recharge. It’s like having a Bose and JBL Bluetooth system combined. Each loudspeaker has a tweeter and a subwoofer so when you pair the two, the sound quality is reminiscent of a small home theater, especially if you hang them diagonally apart with one being higher than the other.

Unquestionably one of the best in the industry, they store easily in small bags when you travel. Great for outdoor BBQs and you can hang on your bike or scooter so you can enjoy music while on a drive to the beach.

They charge relatively fast and are exceedingly durable. We found out this first-hand as the speakers would hop off our glass table or edge of a kitchen countertop. If they descend, the face will sometimes pop off in order to absorb impact. We recommend you hang speaks on a bait/hook or a doorknob to keep them intact.

By far one of the best products for people-on-the-move, attending college and/or residing in small urban spaces.

Buy NOW.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs. iPhone 11

Let’s quickly undertake a full comparison between the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 plus vs. the new Apple iPhone 11. These phones are from two of the biggest rivals in the Smartphone industry.


If you have the intention of buying any of these phones, then this review will help you to decide which one you’ll go for. Both handsets share similarities in terms of physical size, durability, build quality and video quality, yet, these two phones are vastly different.

A lot of people have been asking questions such as “Is the Apple iPhone 11 a better Smartphone than the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 plus or vice versa?”


Well, right off the bat, here is our detailed review of notable differences and similarities between Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Apple iPhone 11.
Key Differences and Similarities in Body & Design Between Apple iPhone 11 Vs. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
The Apple iPhone 11 boasts a moderate 6.1 inch OLED display, while the Samsung galaxy note 10 plus has a much bigger 6.8-inch dynamic AMOLED display.


They are both pretty thin, although the note 10 plus is thinner at 7.9mm, while the iPhone is 8.9mm thin. In terms of weight, the Samsung galaxy note 10 is a lot heavier at 196g, while the weight of the iPhone 11 stands at 194g.


The Note 10 plus has super slim bezels around the edges with the display covering almost the entire front screen.


Both Smartphones have improved water resistance ratings. They can both deal with a rainy day or an accidental drop in water.


Pros for Galaxy Note 10+
● Up to 1TB of internal storage
● Up to 1TB of microSD expandable storage
● Three powerful cameras
● Multipurpose S Pen tool
● Great edge-to-edge display
● Battery life is awesome with fast charging
● Amazing 6.8-inch display
● Beautiful design
● Live Focus effects for video


Cons for Galaxy Note 10+
● No headphone jack
● Quite expensive
● Low-light camera quality is poor.


Pros for Apple iPhone 11
● Amazing ultra-wide camera
● New Night mode is great
● Long battery life
● Superfast A13 Bionic processor
● Affordable price
● Tougher glass located at both front and back
● Durable design
● Available in six beautiful colour options.


Cons for Apple iPhone 11
● Fast charging not included
● Low 64GB storage
● LTE is slightly slow

Now you know what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and the Apple iPhone 11. Whichever one you decide would ultimately depend on your budget.


Overall, both the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and the Apple iPhone 11 ranks among the top Smartphones you can buy. So, if you feel that anyone of them is right for you, simply go for it.

About the author
Mary Hunter is a well-known American freelance blogger with advanced writing skills. Currently, she works as a translator at TheWordPoint translation service. Mary has experience in editing, marketing, and her works have appeared in numerous publications and website articles. From 2015 til the present, she has been studying at William Paterson University as a philosophy major.

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Should I Upgrade My iPhone?

With new iPhone devices launched by Apple every fall, trying to figure out when the right time to get a new iPhone – or even just a new iPhone case – can be really confusing.

Some folks wait at least two or three new iPhones before they jump on board, other people grab the latest and greatest iPhone as soon as it comes out, and some folks (some might call them crazy) are even using iPhones that came out five or six years ago.

To help you figure out when you should consider upgrading your iPhone we’ve put together this quick guide.

Hopefully the inside information below helps you better determine when the time is right to own the trigger on a new phone from Apple, taking advantage of the latest and greatest technology without feeling like you are upgrading just for the sake of upgrading.

Let’s dig right in!

How is Your Battery Life?

The number one reason to upgrade your iPhone is because your older iPhone simply isn’t holding a charge as long as it used to – spending a lot more time on the charger than off of it.

Like anything else man-made, the batteries inside of iPhones are going to degrade over time. They aren’t going to be able to hold as much juice on a single charge as they use to when they were brand-new.

Now, you might not notice any real difference in battery life between a brand-new iPhone and a-year-old iPhone. But the odds are pretty good that you’ll notice some serious differences between a two-year-old, three-year-old, or even four-year-old iPhone and one just launched this year.

Not only are the new iPhone batteries bigger and capable of holding a charge longer than ever before, but they also use next-generation lithium-ion battery technology. This helps them last a lot longer than previous iPhone batteries could – a great reason to get your hands on a new one.

How is Your Camera?

The folks at Apple are always looking for new ways to push iPhone photography further and further into the future.

Almost every new iPhone comes with a radically new set of cameras, brand-new camera sensor technology, and all kinds of improvements to the way that photos and videos are handled and captured through iOS and apps.

This latest version of the iPhone is such a revolutionary new leap forward (whether you go with the dual or triple camera configuration) that folks are having to buy entirely different iPhone cases because the new camera set up is so completely different.

If you feel like your iPhone isn’t taking photos or videos in high definition any longer, or if you feel like you could be getting a lot more out of your smart phone pictures with next-generation technology, it may be time to get your hands on a brand-new iPhone.

As we highlighted just a second ago, the latest iPhone offers the best camera experience of ANY phone – ever.

How is iOS Working?

Apple gets a little bit of heat every now and again when people with older iPhones learn that they aren’t going to be able to update to the latest iOS (with the new iOS version launching almost every September alongside new iPhone devices).

But the truth the matter is that iOS has grown by leaps and bounds ever since it was first unveiled more than a decade ago. Older devices just don’t have the power, performance, or horsepower necessary to use the latest iOS features designed for much more robust iPhone devices – and modern applications may be programmed to take advantage of hardware features not available in the first few iPhones, too.

At the end of the day, the reason that Apple doesn’t allow every single iPhone (or iPad, for that matter) to update to the latest iOS – dropping support for some devices over time – is because those devices can’t run the iOS any longer.

It isn’t some sort of planned obsolescence but is instead just a reality of the technology landscape we live in today.

If you have an older iPhone that either cannot update to the latest iOS version (and cannot access new applications because of it) or have an older phone that just isn’t run the latest iOS all that smoothly, it’s probably time to shell out for a new iPhone that will be good for at least five years (if you don’t upgrade again in the meantime).