Old St. Trick: Naughty Nomorobo traps telemarketers

By GREGORY ZELLER // ’Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the land, robocalls haunted every woman and man – until Santa stepped in, and exacted a little robo-revenge. Welcome to A Very Nomorobo Christmas, a slightly offbeat holiday tale that spritzes pine-needle scent all over a somewhat brilliant marketing scheme that gives customers (and potential customers) an entertaining reason to come back and visit, while adding whole new dimensions to “jolly” St. Nick….

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Tech showcase, video VCs: pop goes the startup

By GREGORY ZELLER // With an updated database, a first-ever VC pitch and new iOS and Android apps incorporating a host of innovative functionalities, it’s fair to say the brains behind connectivity technology ObviPop aren’t taking the summer off. In fact, cofounders Brett Hayden Cohen and Christopher Migliorini, who incorporated Plainview-based ObviPop LLC in spring 2015, have been putting in extra time this summer. Among their additional assignments: preparing for the inaugural technology showcase at LISTnet’s…

Northrop Grumman-made robot used in Dallas

The robotic device used to take out the gunman in last week’s shooting rampage in Dallas is a Remotec Andros Mark V-A1. The device, normally used to diffuse bombs, delivered a one-pound payload of C-4 explosives and detonation cord, police said. The machine is manufactured by Northrop Grumman and cost the department about $150,000 in 2008. Dallas Police Chief David Brown said the plan to deliver the explosives came together in about 15 minutes. The Mark…