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Pepper Group Wins a Dozen 2013 Graphic Design USA Awards

Palatine, IL (PRWEB) October 09, 2013

Pepper Group, a Chicago marketing firm, recently received twelve 2013 American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design USA. The B2B marketing agency was recognized for a variety of marketing materials it created for 3M, Sogeti, MorrisAnderson, Transilwrap, Thermal Care, The Vaya Group and Hoffer Plastics Corporation. These accolades complement the company’s recent 2013 American Web Design Awards for, and

“We’re pleased to be acknowledged for such a wide range of work, from digital and trade show campaigns to advertising, lead generation, sales tools, logo design—and even a collectible book,” says Pepper Group President George Couris. “We’re honored to earn this extra recognition for our clients,” he adds.

Of the more than 8,000 entries GDUSA received, only the top 15% were recognized with Certificates of Excellence.

About Pepper Group

Pepper Group is a finely tuned team of seasoned professionals that helps clients drive revenue and profitability through effective marketing. The award-winning Chicago agency has 19 years of experience delivering creative, effective marketing solutions to clients in a variety of industries. Capabilities include marketing/strategy; websites and interactive; video, animation and demos; branding/identity; corporate communications; lead generation; product/service launches and event planning and support. Pepper Group was named a BtoB magazine Top Agency for the past six years in a row, and is one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies To Work For (TM).


Orange County Website Design and SEO Project Announced by JM Internet Group and Urban Geko

Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) October 04, 2013

The JM Internet Group and Urban Geko ( are proud to announce a cooperative project to enhance Urban Geko’s website presence across a range of interests for Orange County businesses, non-profits and other organizations. The project aims to increase not only the site visibility of Urban Geko but also extend the web design firm’s presence across social media.

“Orange County is a cross roads of tourism, industry, and hi-tech,” explained Reza Widjaja, founder of Orange Geko. “We actively participate in the life of Orange County but many potential clients still come to us via the Web and look to us to provide continuing leadership on best practices for website design.”

To learn more about Urban Geko’s services and to view the newly revised Website and information on Orange County web design, please visit There one can find a wealth of information on the company, which focuses not only on website design but also graphic design and corporate identity.

Website Visibility, Urban Geko, and Orange County

The project is unfolding across several dimensions. First, teams evaluated the keyword targets for Urban Geko and identified those keywords relating to website design and development that are very timely for Orange County businesses and organizations. Second, the website was inventoried and brought up to current best practices at a structural level while maintaining the exciting look and feel that gives Urban Geko its own identity as the pre-eminent graphic and website design agency in Southern California. Third, the two companies are working together on joint promotion to spur greater awareness of Urban Geko.

About Urban Geko

Urban Geko is an award-winning, top Orange County web design company with state-of-the-art creative services in website design and development, graphic design and multimedia design. Whether a business is located in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine or elsewhere in Orange County as well as Los Angeles, the company is Southern California’s top, professional web design agency for graphic design. WordPress, Magento, Joomla, even mobile website design (responsive design) - the website company makes brand identity shine in print, on the Web and in multimedia formats. Medical, industrial, retail, technology, real estate, non-profit, small business web design - Urban Geko has done it all.


About the JM Internet Group

The JM Internet Group provides SEO, Social Media Marketing, and Google AdWords training and courses for busy marketers and businesspeople. Online search engine optimization training helps explain keywords, page tags, link building strategies and other techniques needed to climb to the top of search engine rankings for Google, Yahoo, and Bing. The teaching methodology is hands on, with live examples and discussions, taught from the convenience of each student's computer.

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Mobile App Start Up Partners with Rip Media Group to Create Video Production and Content Marketing

(PRWEB) September 30, 2013

We needed to take a useful, yet complex concept, and make it simple to understand for millions of homeowners.

Rip Media Group, a leader in corporate introduction explainer videos and online marketing, announces new customer partnership with Home Auto Pilot.

Home Auto Pilot was referred to Rip Media Group to create compelling introduction videos while communicating the key benefits of the online aggregated Radio site. The company has the unique ability to allow automation from any location, via an iPad or iPhone.

Through a collaborative process, Home Auto Pilot and Rip Media developed creative videos showing the common challenges encountered by consumers trying to monitor and control home security, hvac, electronics, and more. See the video here:

"Working with Rip Media was wonderful. The experience we had was among the easiest and smoothest parts of our launch," said the advertising agency for Auto Pilot. "Rip Media Group team took the time to learn our needs and created wonderful marketing tools for us."

With ever shortening attention spans, brands are turning to entertaining video, animated ads and compelling content to turn complex concepts into simple stories the marketplace can understand. "We are proud of the videos we created together and plan to work with Maury and his team on more projects in the future."

Businesses looking to learn more about animated whiteboard animation videos and online marketing should contact Rip Media Group at 888.899.8910.

Rip Media Group was founded to developed creative, visual, and compelling campaigns that result in record setting growth. RipMedia focuses on increasing client sales, creating demand, and generating growth in companies as well as charitable organizations.

Rip Media Group's mission is to expand your business with integrated marketing: motion graphic videos, whiteboard videos, live action video, and integrate website optimization, and social marketing.


D4 Creative Group Creates 10 TV Spots for Veria Living

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) September 30, 2013

Designed to give the network a consistent voice, Philadelphia full-service and digital advertising agency, D4 Creative, created a series of animated spots that are humorous, sassy and will further crystallize the personality of the brand. Each spot is designed to engage the viewer and simultaneously promote one of Veria Living's programs. D4’s original soundtrack is a crucial element for the campaign by infusing a hip, pop, fun, and unforgettable ‘sunshiny’ feeling that will keep viewers smiling throughout their day. Here is a link to view a few of them:

D4 senior creative director David Lesser led the creative team for the campaign and oversaw the production that featured motion graphics designed at D4’s in-house After Effects and Avid HD facilities.

The Philadelphia ad agency is AOR for Veria Living, the first true 24/7 wellness lifestyle channel being distributed nationwide through various providers such as FiOS, Dish Network, RCN, and Cablevision.

Kurt Shore, President and Chief Creative Officer of D4 said, “We designed the campaign to be highly contextual, that is, we give something to the viewer at the exact moment they are watching — a little random act of wellness that that they can do while watching the channel.”

About D4 Creative Group

D4 is one of the region’s most successful creative and branding advertising agencies and is located in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia. The agency is a certified Woman/Minority Business Enterprise (WMBE). Unique to the region, D4 Creative offers full in-house audio suites, video suites, design suites and post-production suites. D4’s clients include Penn Maid, ARI Fleet, Weinstein Bath and Kitchen, Veria Living, Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano, Espoma, Frontier Communications, Sandia National Laboratories, and Nuna. For more information, visit our website at


Baby Hearts Foundation Releases New Video Explaining Congenital Heart Disease Produced by Rip Media Group

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 27, 2013

Rip Media Group, a Los Angeles based explainer video and digital marketing agency, specialized in understanding complex messages, and condensing them into compelling videos has introduced a medical video to help the medical field.

The agency has worked in the health care community with large medical and health care systems, but this is the first with a medical care sub-specialists category, pediatric cardiology. In the latest video “What is HLHS?” complex medical ailments and procedures are explained quickly, effectively, and in a compelling way for patients to understand congenital heart disease (more specifically Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.)

This type of patient educational video will help to break the gap between doctors and patients care. Adults face the difficulty of dealing with medical terminology and understanding the doctors indications, and many pediatric hospitals are lacking in content that can help young patients, as well as parents, understand their illness and the road ahead. “What we have done is create a message for the children and parents, to understand what congenital heart disease means, and, what the path ahead may look like. We felt it was best said by a character, rather a medical 3D video,” said Maury Rogow, President and lead Producer at Rip Media Group.

“The characters, styles, and types of animation created by Rip Media Group made it easy for me to explain a very complex disease and difficult treatment process in a unique and sensitive way. This is an innovating patient education tool that will help us (health care providers) to reach to our patients and their families in a simple and easy to understand format,” said the Dr. Nai Yu Tang, founder of the Baby Hearts Foundation.

The best way patients can help themselves and their doctors is by taking care of themselves and understanding the severity of their illness.

The video, seen here: is free for use, and may be downloaded and used in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and clinics across the globe to explain “hypo plastic left heart syndrome”. Rip Media Group is opening a download link for any medical practitioners that would like a copy to help patients. There may be more in a series.

Rip Media Group is on path to double in size in 2013, making them one of the fastest growing video production agencies on the west coast. “I am confident that our creative and technical abilities can develop the exact story that any community can understand. We are proud to help these wonderful children, Dr. Tang’s foundation, and would love to help other charitable communities as well,” said a designer at Rip Media Group.

Rip Media Group, a leader in corporate whiteboard animation, motion graphic animation, and explainer videos, is also creating information graphics to tell stories.

Rip Media’s mission is to expand your business through integrated marketing. Rip Media can be contacted for video and web services at: 888.899.8910.

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StrandVision and Shuttle Computer Group, Inc. Announce Digital Media Player Marketing Agreement for Electronic Signage Networks

Menomonie, WI (PRWEB) September 26, 2013

StrandVision LLC and Shuttle Computer Group, Inc. today announced a marketing agreement under which StrandVision will sell a new digital signage point-of-display digital media player. The device is based on Shuttle DS61 hardware that comes preloaded with, and is optimized to display, StrandVision's patented digital signage content software.

Branded the StrandVision R360 Digital Media Player, the new player is a slim (6.5" x 7.5" x 1.8"), powerful x86-based Linux digital signage platform that offers the best quality, performance and connectivity to process high-quality digital media. When coupled with StrandVision's Internet-based, hassle-free, digital signage software, it presents an unparalleled electronic signage package.

"At StrandVision our goal is to make digital signage setup and administration as quick and easy as possible and the R360 Media Player supports that goal," commented Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. "Customers simply plug the device into their display and connect it to the Internet. It automatically selects one of the StrandVision digital signage host servers from the cloud, logs in using a preloaded username and password, initializes the connection and begins transmitting the user's digital signage content in seconds. Remotely managed digital signage doesn't get any easier."

The R360 Digital Media Player works seamlessly with StrandVision's cloud digital signage servers and requires virtually no local administration. The fully configured player includes universal hardware to mount the unit directly onto a display or a wall mount, making installation quick and simple.

"Joining Shuttle's innovative hardware with StrandVision's software creates an easy-to-implement and manage package that will meet its customers' needs," said Marty Lash, director, sales and marketing, Shuttle Computer Group, Inc.

Complete Digital Signage Solution


The R360 Digital Media Player is remotely updated and managed by the StrandVision patented digital signage software minimizing end-user housekeeping. Each customer unit constantly receives digital signage content updates from the StrandVision Web portal yet can run independently if there is an Internet interruption. The StrandVision player is capable of self-correcting most issues and automatically sends system performance updates and alerts to StrandVision and digital signage system administrators.

In addition to a more powerful processor and increased storage and memory, the new StrandVision player includes several upgrades and features. Wi-Fi® communication, previously a $ 79.99 option, is now included; a DVI™ video output has been added, along with the previously available HDMI® port for connection to digital displays; a VESA™ mounting kit, which can save up to $ 150.00 for specialized wall mounts.

Priced at $ 699.99 (a $ 180.00 reduction from previous StrandVision media players), the fully configured system, including StrandVision's patented digital signage display software, is available immediately directly from StrandVision and through authorized resellers and system integrators. An optional two-year warranty that extends the standard one-year warranty to a total of three years is available for $ 89.99.

About Shuttle Computer Group


Shuttle Computer is the North American subsidiary of Shuttle Inc., a publicly traded company established in 1983. Shuttle specializes in small form factor PC hardware for digital signage, point-of-sale (POS) and interactive kiosks in the retail, restaurant, food service and hospitality industries, as well as motherboards and bare bones systems. For more information, visit or call 1-888-972-1818.

About StrandVision


StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wisconsin, delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers' LCD flat panel screens, as well as computer screens and websites. StrandVision's service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at, 715-235-7446 or by email.

Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. DVI is a trademark or registered trademark of SONIVOX, L.P. HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing. VESA is a trademark of the Video Electronics Standards Association. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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The White Mountain Footwear Group Revives Historic NH Facility While Restoring Employment

Westwood MA and Lisbon NH (PRWEB) September 05, 2013

The White Mountain Footwear Group with offices in Westwood Massachusetts and Lisbon NH is pleased to announce a new ecommerce initiative to provide our retail partners and our important consumers a new web based branding and sales platform. The White Mountain Footwear Group (WMFG) consists of its three major brands, White Mountain Shoes, Rialto Shoes and Cliffs by White Mountain Shoes. White Mountain is also in the process of launching its new brand, Summit by White Mountain.

Barry Bresnick, Director of eCommerce Development for the White Mountain Footwear Group, explains that White Mountain has a fabulous opportunity to leverage its many abilities in bringing the recognition and perception of its three brands to the level they deserve in the market place.

Amy Barnes, eCommerce Merchandise Manager, said, “White Mountain is the best kept secret in the footwear industry. It’s a substantial company that designs, sources, manufactures and sells great footwear products. The company has some of the best experts in the footwear industry.”

“White Mountain has its historic roots as a small town American manufacture in Lisbon NH nestled in the White Mountains. The company, at one point, provided important local employment in producing some of the best quality shoes at a very affordable price. White Mountain has always been the brand at the front of your closet,” Barry Bresnick added.

Bresnick further explained that the vibrancy of the local manufacturing economy in the 70’s and 80’s gave way to imports in a move to survive in a competitive market place. Local manufacturing was shut down and the Lisbon NH historic landmark became largely unused.

“The partners were smart in realizing they had to do a better job of presenting their products, supporting their retailers and reaching out to their consumer,” Bresnick said. The new web platform centers on the three new sites,, and He explained that the company history, better photography and graphics, lifestyle imagery, clearly focused branding and easy navigation are hallmarks of the new sites.

Kevin Mancuso, one of the four White Mountain partners, said, “It’s been a little frustrating trying to present our combined company in an effective manner. We have decades of experience in making high quality affordable shoes with understandable fashion. Our eCommerce department hit the nose on the head with the term Classically Refined. Our ecom team has now given us the tools to tell our story to both our retailers and our consumer. I won’t rest until the White Mountain name is widely recognized as the best made, greatest looking shoe at the best price. Because of their comfort, once you wear them, they never see the back of the closet.”

Partners Greg Connors and his brother Nick live in NH and go back to the beginnings of the White Mountain Footwear Company. Greg said, “My brother and I had a vision, it was simpler back then. You hired good people from your home town and you became one big family. We depended on our employees and they depended on us. They had the same pride as we did in making and sending our shoes all over the country.”

Nick Connors adds, “I love what the ecommerce team has done to further our company, but most of all, I come to work every day now seeing our home (building) rejuvenated, being used to house and ship all our products. It feels like the old days when community counted. We haven’t brought back employment to where it was but we see it coming. We have a great story to tell.”

Peter Fong, also a partner in White Mountain Shoes, said “Our ecommerce project has put a new face on our company. It makes us focus on our strengths and widens our ability to reach new distribution for our products. It just makes the pie a bigger pie.”

Bresnick summed it up saying, “The Company has a great culture of bringing family values to the work place. I like seeing good guys finish first. We have just started reaching out to new consumers. Our sales managers are reaching out to new important retailers. Going up to Lisbon, seeing the majesty of the area and the friendliness of the people is wonderful. For me this is like being on a star ship going where we have never gone before and at the same time getting back to our roots.”

Learn more about the White Mountain Footwear Group at:, or

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Faye Business Systems Group To Host SugarCRM World Tour San Diego On November 13, 2013

Woodland Hills, California (PRWEB) November 12, 2013

FayeBSG have attended and participated in the Cupertino and Santa Monica SugarCRM World Tour and finish the event off by hosting one of the closing sessions in San Diego. The world tour started in Calgary, Canada on October 15, and included stops in Vancouver, Denver, Portland, London UK, Cupertino, Paris France, Santa Monica, Texas and will finally be in visiting San Diego on November 13, 2013 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel.

SugarCRM is the market-leading customer relationship management (CRM) company that enables effective customer engagement enterprise-wide. The World Tour includes the introduction of the next generation, innovative CRM software – Sugar 7. CRM has evolved Sugar 7 focuses first on the needs of the user who interacts directly with the customer. SugarCRM has shifted their focus to leveraging a smart, fast, social customer engagement platform, so that every customer-facing professional across the enterprise knows their customer better, does their job better, and delivers a consistent, superior experience.

“We’re excited to host the San Diego event,” said FayeBSG CEO David Faye. He continued, “This event is one that shouldn’t be missed, perfect for those looking to implement a new CRM system, or for current Sugar users to get a better understanding of where Sugar is headed and how to further benefit.”

The San Diego Event is being held at Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, CA on Wednesday November 13, 2013 at 9.30 a.m. To reserve your seat please register now. The day’s events are scheduled as follows:

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.: Breakfast/Registration/Networking

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Faye Overview

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: SugarCRM Corporate Overview

10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: Sugar 7 Demo

11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Customer testimonial

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: QA/Networking

About FayeBSG

Faye Business Systems Group is a Southern California-based technology consulting and Software Company with over 25 years of experience helping growing companies become more profitable by working with them to optimize their financial and business systems. FayeBSG uses SugarCRM, Sage 100 ERP (formerly MAS 90), Acumatica, and a variety of custom software solutions to meet client needs. Services include software development, project management, packaged software implementations, custom software implementations, integration, consulting, training, and support. Faye Business Systems Group has completed hundreds of successful ERP and CRM projects, specializes in integration and custom development, and is one of Sugar's leading North American Gold Partners, as well as an Authorized Sage Reseller and Developer. They are also known for their award winning integration applications based around SugarCRM.

For more information, call (818) 280-4820, email info(at)fayebsg(dot)com, or visit Connect with Faye Business Systems Group on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

About SugarCRM

SugarCRM delivers an integrated solution that empowers every user who interacts with customers to better understand and engage their customer, so every connection drives value. SugarCRM’s market-leading open Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform delivers the agility, flexibility, and security required to equip each customer facing professional with the information and tools they need to know their customers better, do their job better, and deliver a consistent, superior customer experience across the organization every time. SugarCRM applications have been downloaded more than 11 million times and currently help over 1.2M end users across disciplines effectively engage their customers. Over 6,500 organizations have chosen SugarCRM's On-Site and Cloud Computing services over proprietary alternatives. SugarCRM has been recognized for its customer success and product innovation by CRM Magazine, InfoWorld and Customer Interaction Solutions.

For more information, call (408) 454-6900 or 1 87 SUGARCRM toll-free in the US, email contact(at)sugarcrm(dot)com, or visit You can also connect with SugarCRM on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Miller-Valentine Group Announces Fairway Breeze Apartments in El Reno, Oklahoma

El Reno, Oklahoma (PRWEB) November 10, 2013

In this pet friendly community, residents will enjoy contemporary floor plans, state-of-the-art amenities, fully-equipped gourmet kitchens, brand new energy-efficient appliances, full-size washer/dryer connections, exceptional closet space, patio or balcony with extra storage, and central air conditioning. Inside the clubhouse is a computer room and fitness center; on the community grounds will be a playground and outdoor picnic areas allowing residents to enjoy the weather and companionship of friends and family.

Unlike other apartment communities, Fairway Breeze Apartments has a personal attention, exceptional move-in and maintenance response commitment that is made to every resident. The professional onsite management team and 24-hour emergency maintenance service are just a few ways that Fairway Breeze Associates take care of the hassles of apartment living. These commitments backed by Miller-Valentines President of Residential Property Management, Jim Fenwick says, After being in business for over 50 years, Miller-Valentine Group is still honored to bring high-quality housing at affordable prices to those who need it most. It is our privilege to touch and enhance the quality of living and give our residents piece of mind while living at Fairway Breeze Apartments.

Since Fairway Breeze is not your typical affordable housing development, apartments like these do come with restrictions. Potential residents must have the following: verifiable income, be without criminal history, and have a zero balance with other properties in which they used to live.

Fairway Breeze Apartments will begin accepting applications in February of 2014. This beautiful, brand new community of two- and three-bedroom apartment homes will serve families who desire high-quality affordable rental housing. Additional community support for the development has come from local service providers, such as the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency and the City of El Reno.

For more information or to put in an application for Fairway Breeze Apartments, or other Miller-Valentine Group communities, please call us at (888) 854-3481, email us at fairwaybreeze(at)propemail(dot)com, or visit

About Miller-Valentine Group

Since our founding in 1963, Miller-Valentine Group has been dedicated to quality, value and service. Our vertically integrated companies offer total real estate solutions in the areas of Design/Build Construction, Development, Management, and Financing for both residential and commercial markets. They also provide Renovation, Brokerage, and Leasing services for commercial markets. All of Miller-Valentine Group's divisions have combined to provide customers with more than 13,000 residential housing units and over 50 million square feet of commercial space.

Miller-Valentine Group develops real estate in the Midwest, Southeast, and Southwest regions of the country, with offices in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, Ft. Worth, Texas and Miami, Florida. As an industry leader they offer a wide range of residential products, including multi-family, single family, military housing, active adult, independent and assisted living, as well as skilled nursing communities. The company also offers a vast array of commercial products, including office, retail, lodging, healthcare, manufacturing and distribution facilities.


The Hampton Inn Dulles/Cascades, Sterling, VAs Top Hotel and Part of the B. F. Saul Company Hospitality Group, Has Undergone an Extensive Renovation

Sterling, VA (PRWEB) October 17, 2013

Renovations are finished at the Hampton Inn Dulles/Cascades hotel, and the guest feedback is showing it.

Sterling, VAs number one hotel, the Hampton Inn Dulles/Cascades, has just finished the complete renovation of its Perfect Mix lobby, business center, and fitness room. The total cost of this renovation was over $ 250,000, but the feedback so far from guests has been that it was well-worth the investment.

The feedback from our guests, both on review sites such as TripAdvisor and through our guest satisfaction surveys, has been overwhelmingly positive, says hotel general manager, Rebecca Leo. The hotel was great before, but this renovation has really taken us to a new level. Nothing in the public space has gone overlooked; we upgraded everything: the lobby, the breakfast area, the business center, and the fitness center.

The Perfect Mix lobby and breakfast area of the Hampton Inn Dulles/Cascades have undergone a major transformation, including:

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