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For Xogito, getting there is only half the fun

By GREGORY ZELLER // Everybody needs a friend – especially early-stage entrepreneurs who know more about their specific field than they do about starting a business. That’s the thinking behind Xogito, a Huntington-based “global citizen company” offering software services ranging from design and user strategy to content creation and Big Data analysis – everything the eager entrepreneur who doesn’t happen to be a software specialist needs to know. Cofounding brothers Constantine and Aris Spathis put…


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…


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…


Admiring healthcare’s long view, seventeen years in

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a steely eye on an often-overlooked population and a dramatic growth plan in the works, eVero Corp. is in it for the long haul. That’s the sweet spot for the Melville-based provider of healthcare software solutions – long-term care, particularly for developmentally disabled patients. Founded in 2000 by brothers Christos and Constantine Morris, eVero aims to streamline long-term care management through a series of patient- and provider-friendly apps and software…


Major upgrade for onTime railroad-scheduling apps

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s all come together, literally, at Mobileware Inc., the Stony Brook-based app-maker aiming to keep the nation’s big-city commuters on or close to schedule. Mobileware, spun out of 2008 software startup FYI Mobileware Inc., has launched onTime Commute, a new iOS application that unifies the software maker’s previous catalogue of onTime apps – each offering customizable scheduling information for a different major commuter railroad – and mixes in a host of…


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…