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A profitable pivot (sorta) for Digital Donations

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re thinking big at Digital Donations Inc., as in Big Data. The Melville tech manufacturer has made its bones providing “alternative fundraising solutions” for nonprofit organizations, including ATM-based and point-of-sale-centered donation options. It even founded a virtual school to train charity-group founders, directors and staffers. Now, the 2014 startup is focusing its tech on for-profit customers – not abandoning its nonprofit doctrine but adding to it, according to co-founder and President…

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NYIT: Smartphone hackers making a power play

Be careful where you charge up your smartphone, lest you be “juice-jacked.” Yep, that’s a thing: the theft of smartphone data through the USB cords used to power your mobile device. Plug into the wrong charging station, and hackers can quickly learn what websites you’re visiting (while charging) and potentially access other proprietary, personal data, even without a traditional “data wire” connection. That’s the gist of a new paper by a team of New York…


To keep tradeshows on track, IPS eyes RFID

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new radio-frequency identification tool is looking to simplify life on the tradeshow circuit. That’s no simple task: With hundreds and often thousands (and sometimes hundreds of thousands) of deliveries made to arenas and other event venues, tradeshow logistics can be a nightmare. Enter the T3 Tracker, brainchild of Massachusetts-based general contractor T3 Expo. As the muscle behind numerous national tradeshows and conventions – they’re the folks who set it all…


With rival CEO aboard, FlightPartner eyes investors

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s another happy landing for FlightPartner Technologies Inc., which has recruited a direct competitor’s chief executive officer. The Stony Brook-based Software as a Service company announced this week that Shawn Sullivan, former New York-based CEO of French private-jet booking firm OpenJet, has come aboard as FlightPartner’s new chief operating officer. Sullivan, a Federal Aviation Administration-rated Airline Transport Pilot, is also the founding partner and former COO of FlightAware, a Texas-based data-services…


In e-health, one app to rule them all

By GREGORY ZELLER // With thousands of healthcare-related software programs and mobile apps now available to patients and providers, creating an industry-wide standard to evaluate their performances has been a virtually impossible mission – until now. An innovative professor at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is developing a tool that can evaluate the quality and “therapeutic potential” of computer- and mobile-based e-health applications – the first-ever digital resource designed specifically to compare and rate…


Moiety app makes long-anticipated Android debut

BY GREGORY ZELLER // It’s a little late showing up, but that probably won’t happen anymore. In a quantum scheduling leap for the Samsung set, the Moiety app debuted Tuesday on Google Play, the online store for products designed for Android operating systems. The iOS version of Woodbury-based Aeonic Ventures LLC’s flagship scheduling app – designed to work with any social group but especially divorced or separated co-parents and their “crews” – debuted in October…


FlightPartner, now landing everywhere

By GREGORY ZELLER // Now, everyone is in the air-charter-booking business. Well, not precisely. But any website can host the new “Quote and Booking” widget released this month by FlightPartner Technologies Inc., allowing visitors to research and reserve super-fancy private-jet flights from virtually any third-party webpage. FlightPartner is a virtual middleman between aircraft owner/operators and brokers who arrange private flights for professional athletes, C-suite executives and other high-net-worth clients. Incorporated in 2015 by founder and…