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With iOS 10, Nomorobo is ready to rock

By GREGORY ZELLER // Telemarketer terminator Nomorobo, slayer of 135 million robocalls and counting, slides onto iOS devices for the first time Tuesday, when Apple releases its anticipated iOS 10 operating system. It’s another lunge forward for Aaron Foss, CEO of Port Jefferson startup Telephone Science Corp., and his popular robocall blocker. Nomorobo has already benefitted from a high-profile deal making the tech available via one-click activation to all Time Warner Cable Home Phone customers,…


National stage for SBU’s computer-science center

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University’s cutting-edge Institute for Advanced Computational Science will play a key role in a national effort to give Big Data power to thousands of new researchers. The IACS will lend the number-crunching might of its high-speed SeaWulf computer cluster to the Molecular Sciences Software Institute, a new national initiative supported by a five-year, $19.4 million National Science Foundation grant. All told, the NSF is pouring some $35 million over the…


A+ Technology: New England is hot, but LI is home

By GREGORY ZELLER // The recent opening of A+ Technology and Security Solutions’ Connecticut satellite office doesn’t signal the pending defection of one of Long Island’s brighter tech stars. Instead, the new office – a 7,000-square-foot space in the City of Bridgeport, to ultimately be staffed by 20 employees – is just part of a larger expansion effort, according to President David Antar, who promises that Long Island will remain the epicenter of A+ Technology…


Moiety scores KiwiTech collaboration

By GREGORY ZELLER // A mobile scheduling app targeting divorced co-parents just got hitched. Woodbury-based Moiety Inc., a subsidiary of Aeonic Corp. and creator of The Moiety App, has announced a “strategic investment and development relationship” with KiwiTech, a unique developer/incubator/investment platform based in Washington. KiwiTech brings a handsome dowry to the marriage, including an undisclosed financial investment and “exclusive technology development capability,” according to Aeonic Corp. founder and CEO Gregory Wagner, who spun Moiety…


Zuznow is now making up for lost time

By GREGORY ZELLER // A visa snafu might have slowed the works a bit, but Israeli import Zuznow has taken it all in stride. The Tel Aviv-based startup is finally settling into its offices at Stony Brook University’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology, nearly a year after it originally intended. It took “a really, really long time” for cofounder and president Ken Levkovich and his wife, cofounder Rachel Levkovich, to get their…


Updating you on: Graphometric startup Web4Sign

By GREGORY ZELLER // There are good signs at Web4Sign, where everything is proceeding as planned. The graphometrically inclined Italian import has completed its move into Stony Brook University’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology and installed its proprietary software in data centers in Arizona and Georgia, all right on schedule, according to founder Raffaello Galli. The data-security startup, launched in Italy in 2015, has also reached the first plateau in its commitments…


Geek Squad will roll in the Prius C

The Geek Squad is getting a little less geeky. Best Buy’s technical support unit will begin replacing its signature Volkswagen Beetles with Toyota’s Prius C hybrids, the company announced, each with a redesigned logo. About 700 of the cars will enter the fleet immediately, with the rest added later in the year. A Geekmobile remains in the fleet for 48 months or until it reached 65,000 miles. Fuel efficiency was part of the reason for…


Famularo to head ERwin, move HQ to LI

Tampa-based software firm ERwin Inc. plans to move its executive offices to Long Island. Makes sense: Newly minted CEO Adam Famularo lives in Garden City. Famularo, a former CA executive who once ran the software giant’s cloud computing unit, comes to ERwin from Verizon Enterprise Solutions, where he was head of global channels until last month. And he’s not the only CA transplant. ERwin’s database modeling software was acquired from CA last month by Parallax…


Extended beta complete, meet Bettr for iOS

By GREGORY ZELLER // Bettr late than never. Originally scheduled to go live in December, Bettr – the social media-management app invented by Hofstra University chums James Knaus and Ashish Pandhi – has finally made its iOS debut. At least, its public debut: The free-download app that went live Tuesday in the iTunes Store has actually been in play for over a month, an extended invitation-only beta test that helped the creators make Bettr better….


Back story: How FLI Charge took flight

By GREGORY ZELLER // Mission impossible: a six-week window to prepare a functional but unattractive wireless charging-pad prototype for the glaring spotlight of the nation’s largest consumer-electronics showcase. Impossible, at least, for New York City’s FLI Charge, which wanted to pretty up the charging-pad technology in time for CES 2016, the annual Consumer Electronics Show staged in Las Vegas every January. In November – just a month after FLI Charge became a subsidiary of sometimes-controversial…


For Landscaper Outlet, the green is all online

By GREGORY ZELLER // How old school is East Norwich-based Martin Viette Nurseries? Consider: Russ Ireland is the third Russ Ireland to run the family business. Ireland – actually Russ Ireland III, co-owner with his brother, Michael – traces the family-owned enterprise to Oceanside’s Ireland’s Nursery and Landscaping, which Russ Ireland Sr. opened in the mid-1950s. Russ Ireland Jr. bought out the founder in 1964, and later purchased Martin Viette Nurseries while launching Ireland Gannon…


From Greg Artzt, 911 for 21st Century technology

By GREGORY ZELLER // He may have hung his shingle in North Carolina, but tech entrepreneur Greg Artzt sticks close to his Long Island roots. Artzt, the son of legendary Computer Associates cofounder Russ Artzt, doesn’t dine out on his famous name or his connection to CA, where he briefly toiled on his way up the ladder. Instead, he relies on his white-hot proprietary technology – and his personal knowledge of Long Island markets –…


A demand for Nomorobo-styled call blocking

By GREGORY ZELLER // U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s call for telecommunications carriers to make robocall-blocking technologies available free to landline and cellphone customers could be trajectory-changing news for Nomorobo, the Port Jefferson startup that does just what the senator is asking for. In his weekend demand for mandatory robocall-blocking services, Schumer cited statistics from the Consumers Union, a national nonprofit that advocates on several cornerstone issues including telecommunications, regarding violations of the federal “Do Not…


Russ Artzt: Still measuring life in ones and zeros

By GREGORY ZELLER // Old programmers never die. They just code away. For renowned digital developer Russ Artzt, that means there’s a life after CA. The cofounder of what started out as Computer Associates International, who “retired” last summer after a roller-coaster 39 years with now-CA Technologies, is back at the helm of a digital innovator – and ready to flip the switch on its first commercial offering. Artzt, a regional lifer who earned a…


Wheels up for Stony Brook’s FlightPartner

By GREGORY ZELLER // Now boarding: FlightPartner. Just 13 months since incorporating, FlightPartner Technologies Inc., is ready to launch its namesake B2B subscription service, designed to connect travel brokers to charter-flight providers. Founder and CEO Doug Schmohl said his startup, a resident of Stony Brook University’s Wireless and Information Technology center, had “one little bug” to work out, and was otherwise packed and ready for takeoff. The commercial debut actually marks the second version of…