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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….


Nomorobo: De-bugged, and loving it

By GREGORY ZELLER // At times, the fates have appeared aligned against Aaron Foss and his robocall annihilator Nomorobo. While the developer’s creation has killed it on landlines – literally, to the tune of more than 150 million thwarted robocalls – transitioning to mobile lines has been a long frustration. The robocall blocker has faced challenges both political and technical, and while diligently overcoming them all, it’s repeatedly found its carefully measured progress delayed by…


Patent secured, heartfelt app-maker stays tuned

By GREGORY ZELLER // An East Islip startup on the edge of financial ruin – and the brink of mobile-tech greatness – has taken a big step forward. Science Mobility LLC, the app-maker with a heart launched in 2014 by former Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory science librarian and grant writer Judy Wieber, has earned its first utility patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, covering Wieber’s Automated Text Response System. The now-patented system, which…


At Zuznow, giving enterprise mobility a voice

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s been a busy week for artificial intelligence-focused app-developer Zuznow, which has taken a bold step into voice-controlled software and recruited an IBM veteran to up its enterprise-mobility game. The Israeli tech import, a resident of the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology at Stony Brook University, speaks to the AI revolution with Susie, the “world’s first intelligent assistant plugin that brings voice-control and chatbots to any enterprise mobile…


The SBU ecologist who came in from the cold

If you’ve ever dreamt of tracking Antarctic penguin populations – and really, who hasn’t? – Stony Brook University can now make it happen. No, the university won’t fly you to King George Island or outfit you with a state-of the-art military-surplus Marpat Level 7 ECW Hooded Jacket. However, through a collaboration with NASA, the university is recruiting citizen scientists to lend a hand with a virtual census, of sorts, of Antarctica’s iconic inhabitants. Jokes aside,…


DOE taps SBU guru, for a billion-billion reasons

By GREGORY ZELLER // An ambitious nationwide computational-chemistry effort – which could enhance critical biomass-based energy production, among other next-level sciences – will be led by one of Stony Brook University’s biggest brains. The U.S. Department of Energy has named Robert Harrison, director of SBU’s Institute for Advanced Computational Science, chief architect of a DOE effort to improve the functionality of high-performance computational chemistry, which combines theoretical chemistry methods and super-efficient software to calculate structures,…


On time (and on budget, FYI) with Mobileware

By GREGORY ZELLER // An innovative Long Island software company is about to relaunch its flagship personal-budgeting app – one of the first downloads ever made available for the original iPhone. Not only that, but Stony Brook-based FYI Mobileware Inc. – actually, spinoff Mobileware, sans the “FYI” – is also working hard to push its popular community-based transit-scheduling apps into new markets, with a Philadelphia beta run coming soon. Yun Zhang, CEO and founder of…


Scheduling app schedules Apple debut

By GREGORY ZELLER // This time next month, there’ll be no excuse for forgetting to pick up junior after school. At least for iPhone users. Inventor Gregory Wagner, CEO of Woodbury-based Aeonic Ventures LLC, is about to flip the switch on The Moiety App, a mobile-scheduling tool designed specifically for separated co-parents but useful for any dynamic social group. The app is wrapping up its final beta run and will launch in the Apple Store…


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…