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When it comes to bad passwords, trustno1

By GREGORY ZELLER // Better rethink that password, personal or commercial computer user: Chances are, you’re not fooling anyone. California-based digital password expert SplashData has released its annual list of the Internet’s worst passwords – the most commonly used and, therefore, most hackable secret codes, providing the least-effective defense of personal and professional data. As has been the case every year since SplashData started publishing its annual lists five years ago, “123456” is the web’s…


It’s all about class as Buncee tops 100K users

By GREGORY ZELLER // Award-winning multimedia presentation platform Buncee has rocketed past a major milestone. This month, the Calverton-based “digital canvas” – which helps users create and share messages and presentations incorporating video, audio and other elements – notched its 100,000th user. That number had climbed past 107,000 by Wednesday morning, noted founder and CEO Marie Arturi, and interest in the innovative platform shows no sign of abating. While Buncee’s easier-than-PowerPoint pitch still attracts its…


Zuckerberg, Powell-Jobs fund ESL startup

Ellevation, a software company that supports educators and English Language Learners – including those in the Central Islip school district – has landed $6.4 million from funds established by Steve Jobs’ window and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Emerson Collective, the venture fund established by Laurene Powell Jobs, and Zuckerberg Education Ventures, funded by Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were joined by the Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. English Language Learners, or ELLs,…


Canon inks deal for BlackBerry charger tech

Canon has reached a deal to license BlackBerry’s patented power-charging technology, which works with mobile devices and a range of consumer electronics. IGT, a Nevada-based gaming- and lottery-system IT specialist formerly known as International Game Technology, will also get access to the technology, the companies announced. The patent agreements were reached in November but not announced until Friday. Canon’s agreement covers BlackBerry charging technologies already in use in some Canon products. The exact terms of…


Siemens acquiring CD-adapco for $970M

By GREGORY ZELLER // Siemen’s AG has agreed to buy Melville software firm CD-adapco for $970 million. And, no, the deal is not related to the death of the LI firm’s founder. Peter “Steve” MacDonald, who launched CD-adapco over 35 years ago and was its chief executive and president, died in September. But news that Siemens will acquire his firm doesn’t indicate a panicked rush by a leaderless organization. Actually, it was part of the plan….


A cure for the complexities of healthcare administration

By GREGORY ZELLER // Now entering its sixth year, FJD & Associates has made a name leveraging founder Fred Dunwoody’s long experience in the sales divisions of major-league imaging firms like Canon, Minolta and Konica. Now the company is taking its proprietary Software As A Service, including its tablet-based data-capture and the Digital Writing Capture-to-Process solutions, into the world of healthcare. It’s a potential quantum forward leap – though the company’s first healthcare-industry deal, a…


Loyalty for those in loyalty programs

By GREGORY ZELLER // A decade later, an original Long Island dotcom is still flying high. Expert Travel Services LLC, dba ExpertFlyer, went wheels-up in 2005, based on the combined thinking of three cofounders with extensive commercial-flight experience. Chris Lopinto, the company president, was an IT expert who got into the miles and points game early. His father, John Lopinto, founded Communications Specialists Inc. in 1983, and the electronic manufacturing firm kept him in the…


Northwell launches network management platform

By GREGORY ZELLER // Northwell Health is off to a fast start. Just days after it officially rebranded itself, the former North Shore-LIJ Health System announced that it’s forming a new healthcare IT company. Launched in conjunction with Newport Health Solutions – a health-industry consultant with offices in New York City, California and Texas – Health Connect Technologies will focus primarily on developing and commercializing a suite of connectivity-focused network-management products. Health Connect is a…


Charmtech sets its sights on the mainstream

By GREGORY ZELLER // Interactive software designed to make digital content accessible to the vision- and learning-impaired may soon change the way everyone surfs the web. It’s the natural evolution of many high-tech products, noted Yevgen Borodin, a research assistant professor in Stony Brook University’s Computer Science Department: A cutting-edge product establishes a niche audience first, then swims into the mainstream. That’s the plan at Charmtech Labs LLC, which Borodin cofounded in 2010 with SBU…


Never an identity crisis at Tools4Ever

By GREGORY ZELLER // Couple old-fashioned customer service with ever-evolving product ideas and always think like a startup. That’s how Dean Wiech describes the recipe for Tools4ever, a global provider of identity and access-management solutions – the username/password combinations that let you into your email, for instance – and related security protocols. The managing director of New York operations for the Netherlands-based firm says innovation has set the tone since 2000, when Tools4ever opened its…


Drinking deep from the Internet of Things

By MITCH MAIMAN // The hottest buzz phrase these days is Internet of Things, or IoT. Broadly speaking, IoT is shorthand for smart, networked devices utilizing applications to communicate all manner of information. While not all IoT creations provide value to the users or to the companies providing the solution, when the right value propositions are understood and realized, companies can incubate or grow. With high-value solutions, consumers can greatly benefit from the connected nature…


Luis Gonzalez is InterConnecting the Americas

By GREGORY ZELLER // For Luis Gonzalez and his sales and marketing boosting InterConnecta, the future was on Long Island. And, it turns out, also in Peru. There were specific reasons for selecting Garden City as home base for his 2008 startup and subsequently opening a satellite office in Lima, the Peruvian capital. Long Island offered a quality of living not found in New York City, and Peru, where the CEO has extended family, gave…


A world of opportunity at annual CEWIT conference

The information-technology world is coming to Melville. Billing itself as “New York’s premier IT conference and international forum on emerging technologies for a smarter world,” the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology’s 12th annual international conference – CEWIT2015, for short – is slated for Oct.19 and 20 at the Melville Marriott. For two days, scientists, academicians, inventors, corporate executives and investors from around the globe will chat up emerging technologies in healthcare, infrastructure…


Teq beefs up its teacher dev platform

A major upgrade to Teq’s online professional-development platform will put teachers face-to-face with tech experts via video conferencing, according to the Huntington Station education-technology producer. The firm’s new “Instructional Support Now” feature allows K-12 educators to instantly connect with a member of Teq’s professional-development team, one of several additions to the company’s proprietary Teq Online PD line. The company is also introducing several new online administrative features, including an option that lets school-district clients combine…


Teq inks NY distribution deal

Huntington classroom-technology producer Teq has announced a new distribution deal covering its home turf. Teq has been named the exclusive provider of SMART Education Solutions software and hardware for all New York State K-12 school districts. The company will provide the latest SMART interactive displays and software to public school districts across the state, in addition to professional development products and SMART-qualified tech support. Among the products to be distributed through the exclusivity deal is…