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Nomorobo: A million users later, just getting started

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s a major milestone for robocall terminator Nomorobo, which sometime this week will be downloaded by its one-millionth user. Developer Aaron Foss’ call blocker – scourge of telemarketers, archenemy of autodialers – has overcome challenges both technical and political on its meteoric rise to mightiest robocall annihilator in all the land: to date, upwards of 221 million robocalls stopped in their virtual tracks. Now, standing at roughly 990,000 users as of…

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With lasers, almost time to cut the data center cord

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Credit Where Credit Is Due file – and the Stony Brook University Department of Computer Science – comes a potentially groundbreaking innovation laser-focused on the future of data centers. The plan: to use light beams and mirrors to replace the thousands of miles of cables snaking through the nation’s digital hubs, creating quantum leaps in performance and significant energy-usage reductions. But while recent coverage of a National Science Foundation-funded optics-infrastructure…


New patent, new goals for automated-text ace

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s official: Nobody automatically responds to texts like Judy Wieber. Wieber on Tuesday was issued Patent No. 9559991 – yes, the 10 millionth U.S. patent is coming soon – by the federal Patent and Trademark Office, granting permanent exclusivity to her Automated Text Response System. That tech – essentially, software allowing a mobile device to acquire and compile data on a carrier wave, and generate an appropriate response on the same…


FYI Mobileware remakes trendsetting finance app

A Stony Brook-based software startup has redesigned and re-launched one of the most popular – and, literally, one of the first – mobile apps for iOS devices. FYI Mobileware Inc., launched in 2008 by founder and CEO Yun Zhang, has upgraded its critically acclaimed iXpenseIt personal-finance app, optimizing the award-winning program for the latest-generation iPhones and iPads. One of the first 500 apps approved for Apple’s fledgling App Store back in 2008, iXpenseIt rode the…


Tools4Ever: Bringing order to data chaos, and fast

A Netherlands-based software firm with a thriving Long Island operation is clamping down on unstructured data. Tools4Ever, a global provider of digital identity and access-management solutions that runs its New York operations out of Lynbrook, has launched an “enterprise resource authorization manager” designed to help users regain control of unstructured data – information floating around an enterprise computer network that’s not organized according to network specifics. Also called “unstructured information,” such data is usually text-heavy, but…


Melville tech firm shares nonprofit know-how

A Melville-based tech manufacturer specializing in “alternative fundraising solutions” has opened an online school to teach charities the fundraising ropes – and will pay participants to attend. Digital Donations Inc. – which produces point-of-sale, ATM, online and mobile “donation-request” technologies – has opened the Digital Donations Learning Center, an educational platform offering ongoing training and mentoring for nonprofit founders, board members, staff and volunteers. Qualified 501(c)3 organizations who sign up for Learning Center programs receive…


Hot Moiety eyes ‘enhancements,’ Android

A month after it hit the ground running, Moiety is finding its legs. So says Woodbury-based Aeonic Ventures LLC, which this week reported on the progress of its flagship scheduling app, roughly a month after launching in the App Store. Designed to be useful to any social group but especially to divorced or separated co-parents and their “crews,” the app debuted on iOS devices Oct. 19, and Aeonic Ventures “couldn’t be happier” with its performance….