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Vinpower introduces its latest evolution in the escalation of USB duplication, the USB DupeBox

USB Dupebox

With flash memory becoming a bigger part of content distribution, the need to duplicate greater quantities of USB pen drives faster and more reliably, becomes a greater point of emphasis for many businesses and organizations. That’s why Vinpower created our latest line of USB duplicators, the USB DupeBox. The USB DupeBox isn’t just bigger, but also offers a number of improvements compared to the comparable USBShark Towers. Those improvements include:
• Move powerful power supply – Greater power so that the USB DupeBox can better handle duplicating larger external HDD’s with a USB connection
• Modular Configuration – The entire system is created so that the various wearable elements, like the USB connections can be accessed and swapped out if needed.
• Asyncronous operation – Offers full asynchronous duplication across a greater number of drives for a faster duplication process
• Row of 8 – The USB DupeBox offers 8 USB Connections across each horizontal row for greater volume of USB pen drives across each row
• Greater compatibility – The USB DupeBox has the ability to work with a larger array of USB pen drives on the market.
• Larger systems – New USBDupeBox offers up to 128 USB connections for our largest USB duplication capabilities compared to any of our previous offerings

This is just a sample of some of the improvements and abilities the USB DupeBox offers. If you provide USB duplication as a service, The USB DupeBox allows you to cut your time down dramatically by allowing you to copy more pen drives in a single operation. Check it out for yourself.

For more details on any of the products that Vinpower carries, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com or speak with an official Vinpower representative near you.

Vinpower’s Standalone Printer Controller works with an array of optical disc printers and is so easy, anyone can use it.

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Why waste a perfectly useful desktop or laptop computer dedicating it to your disc printer when it could be put to much better use for other important tasks, like checking Facebook. Vinpower’s compact lightweight standalone printer controller, model # VPD-PRT, allows the user to load multiple print files onto a USB thumb drive & print your discs virtually anywhere across a variety of optical disc printers. Vinpower has worked with a number of printer manufacturers to allow our printer controller to be paired with a wide selection of optical disc printers to give the user the opportunity to choose the printer they are most comfortable with.

The Vinpower standalone printer controller, VPD-PRT, works with the following optical disc printers:
• Primera Bravo 4100, Bravo se
• Epson A50,T50,P50,R290,L800
• Rimage Prism III
• Canon iPx4970
• HP FlashJet, Puma
• TEAC P55

The standalone printer controller is perfect for those who use volunteers or employees that are not accustomed to operating a disc printer, because it simplifies the print process so that anyone can use it. Even those that are not as technologically savvy can easily operate the Vinpower standalone printer controller. The VPD-PRT will be on display at Vinpower’s booth, South Hall (Lower) – SL7406, during the NAB trade show April 18th through 21st for anyone that would like to see the system in action for themselves. For more details on any of the products that Vinpower carries, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com or speak with an official Vinpower representative near you.

The iConnect Mini can double as your traveling media library. You can store an incredible amount of music, movies, and more for instant access across multiple Apple iPhones, iPads, and iPods.

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Have you ever had to remove your music from your iPhone or iPad because there just wasn’t enough space to store that and the massive collection of pictures, videos, emails, and or text messages using up all of the devices memory? You may not miss it initially because you can watch or listen to movies and music through an online streaming service. But what about if you didn’t have internet access or you were close to using up your allotted data minutes and you didn’t want to pay the overage charges, how will you watch and listen to your favorite entertainment then?

The iConnect Mini allows the user to store a tremendous amount of music, movies, ebooks, etc., and play them back through any iPhone, iPad, or iPod with a lightning connection*. Now that many of the airlines are charging for the inflight entertainment, you can bring your iConnect Mini and watch your favorite programs for free and at your convenience. Maybe you want to get some work done while on a flight, but don’t want to pull down a bulky laptop to try and balance on the tiny tray from the seat in front of you. Instead, transfer your work files from your computer to the iConnect Mini through the USB connection, then review all of your documents through your iPhone or iPad without needing extra space or internet access.

There are so many possibilities with the iConnect Mini beyond simply backing up photos and videos quickly, making the iConnect Mini as essential to you as your mobile phone. See for yourself at Vinpower’s booth during the NAB trade show April 18th ~ 21st at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.

For more details on the iConnect Mini or any of our line of mobile accessory products, please visit our website at www.pqiusa.com or speak with an official PQI USA or Vinpower Digital representative near you.

*The PQI iConnect Mini APP is required and can be downloaded for free from the Apple App store.

Eternal 5D data storage claims to be able to store up 360 TB of content for 13 billion years

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If you’ve seen the Superman movies or read the comic books, you’ll recall that Superman’s parents recorded the history of Krypton along with a lifetime of their own knowledge and possible answers for Superman on a small crystal that can last a lifetime and endure extreme temperatures. At the time, that seemed like the incredible musings of science fiction and just some far-fetched story arc to explain the unexplainable. Well maybe that crystal technology was not so far-fetched after all.

Scientists at the University of Southampton, in the UK, have made an amazing discovery using nanostructured glass, they have developed the recording and retrieval processes of five dimensional (5D) digital data by femtosecond laser writing. As described in a press release disseminated by the University of Southampton, the process works by “…recording using ultrafast laser, producing extremely short and intense pulses of light. The file is written in three layers of nanostructured dots separated by five micrometres (one millionth of a metre). The self-assembled nanostructures change the way light travels through glass, modifying polarisation of light that can then be read by combination of optical microscope and a polariser, similar to that found in Polaroid sunglasses.” In simple terms, these scientists found a way to laser inscribe a tremendous amount of data onto a glass disc by distorting the laser light as it penetrates the glass “disc” to separate the light particles and allow it to see in a 5 dimensional manner.

Of course this technology is in its infancy stage at this time, but just knowing it’s possible to record essentially all of our recorded history and ensure that it will last through another possible ice age or thermal meltdown and survive until the next species inhabits the Earth and evolves into intelligent sentient beings that can discover these historical archives and have a full historical understanding of who we were and what we accomplished in our time on Earth. That’s the stuff comic books are made of, but maybe comic books are not fairy tales but rather a challenge to reach our full potential.

To read the full press release about this new technology, you can click on the following link: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/news/2016/02/5d-data-storage-update.page

For more details on any of the products that Vinpower carries, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com or speak with an official Vinpower representative near you.

Contact Vinpower to schedule a face to face meeting at our booth # SL7406 during the 2016 NAB Trade Show.

free NAB pass 2016

Once again, Vinpower will exhibit at the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show in Las Vegas, NV, which takes place April 18 – 21, 2016. While attending the show, here’s your opportunity to visit Vinpower’s booth located in the South Hall, booth # SL7406 to see our latest line of duplicator hardware and media offerings as well as our exciting line of Apple mobile device accessories like the iConnect Mini.

If you haven’t already secured your entry pass for this year’s NAB, here’s another opportunity to reserve your entry pass to the show for free! But the offer is only good until April 1, 2016. That date is quickly approaching, so act now, or you may be forced to pay for the passes later. Simply click on the following link: www.NABShow.com/register, use the code: LV3467 and follow the directions for your free pass.

For more details on any of the products that Vinpower carries, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com or speak with an official Vinpower representative near you.

Here’s a very enlightening video for a topic most of us take for granted, the amazing technology behind an Optical Disc Drive

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When was the last time you thought about the incredible genius behind the invention of the light bulb, or even our ability to create and harness electricity for that matter? I would guess probably rarely if ever, because today we take these amazing leaps in technology for granted. That’s also true for how complicated it truly is to accurately and consistently duplicate optical discs through an Optical Disc Drive (ODD). I’ve worked in this industry for nearly 12 years and I honestly never knew how many intricate parts had to work together with essentially little to no room for error just to burn a single disc, let alone hundreds, if not thousands of them.

I recently came across this video about the amazing technologies behind an ODD and found it very fascinating. It’s a testament to the intellect of the engineers that developed the first CD recorder drive, then DVD recorder drive, as well as the Blu-ray recorder drive. They had to consider so many issues that the common person would probably have never imagined. The video is in Japanese with English subtitles, but I found it very fascinating and I imagine there are others out there that are like me and will be just as enlightened. Click on the below link to see for yourself how much thought and ingenuity the engineers have to consider to get the common ODD to work accurately, which we’ve taken for granted for many years:

Vinpower is proud to partner with a number of high quality ODD manufactures to offer drives that are enhanced exclusively for the duplication market. For more details on any of the products that Vinpower carries, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com or speak with an official Vinpower representative near you.

The iConnect Mini can easily allow people to share their photos, videos, documents, etc. with another person instantly.

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Picture this scenario. You’re at an event, maybe your child’s school performance, a concert, sporting event, or on a holiday. You’re taking tons of pictures and videos with your iPhone or iPad. A close friend or family member who’s with you saw your pictures and videos and wished they could have a copy for themselves. Without the iConnect Mini, you would have to go through the hassle of downloading the pictures onto a computer, tethering your phone so it’s unusable during the process, then going through your hundreds or even thousands of photos to find the few that you plan to pass along to that friend. Once you selected the pictures, then you have to transfer those photos onto a disc or a pen drive in order to give them to that friend. The friend may lose or forget to give back the pen drive, wasting your time and now you lost a perfectly good pen drive. The other option is to email each picture, 1 at a time due to size limitations, until you’ve sent all the pictures they want, then your friend has to open all of the emails and download each picture individually back onto their phone or computer. Of course for videos, you can forget email because they are too large to send.

There’s a much simpler way, just connect the iConnect Mini into your iPhone or iPad, transfer the pictures & videos with one button onto the iConnect Mini, then connect that same iConnect Mini into your friends iPhone or iPad using the Lightning connection and easily transfer the exact pictures, videos, documents, etc. that you want to share with them directly onto their mobile device and viola, you’re done. Instantly and hassle free, you are able to share images while still in the moment. If your friend doesn’t have an iPhone or iPad, then you can use the USB3.0 connection and transfer those files directly to their computer. If there are any pictures or files you don’t want anyone to have access to, you can easily use the Touch ID security to encrypt the files and prevent others from being able to see or access them from a mobile device or through the computer.

The iConnect Mini is the perfect accessory for anyone with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod, especially those that like to take and share pictures and videos with friends, family and loved ones. For more details on the iConnect Mini or any of our line of mobile accessory products, please visit our website at www.pqiusa.com or speak with an official PQI USA or Vinpower Digital representative near you.

Ransomware is on the rise and the best way to overcome its affects is to back up your data on optical discs!

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There have been a number of stories all over the world recently about companies or organizations that have been held hostage by cyber criminals using specialized malware that locks up all the computers and servers on a network, preventing anyone from accessing any of the files or content on them. The content is not deleted, but simply blocked from anyone being able to access them due to very sophisticated encrypted computer programs. The company or organization is then asked to pay a ransom in order to receive a virtual key to unlock all of the content, (hence the name ransomware).

In fact within the past few weeks, there were two public cases of a major city hospital and a major American city was attacked by a ransomware with two drastically different results. The Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, a hospital in Los Angeles, was hacked with ransomware and the hospital had no access to any of its patient’s files or anything helps on the computers. Ultimately, the hospital had to pay the criminals for access as even the FBI was powerless to restore the content. In another recent case, the city of Durham, North Carolina, was also attached by Ransomware, but this time they didn’t pay a penny because they continuously made back-up of all their files and simply restored their computers with the backed up files.

The best way to back up all your files, especially for SMB’s and individuals, is to back up your files onto optical discs. Optical discs not only allow you to recall and restore your archived content quickly, but they are impervious to viruses and outside attacks. Whether it’s ransomware, spyware, virus, etc., making copies of your important and critical files onto discs just makes sense and keeps everyone protected.

For more details on any of the products that Vinpower carries, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com or speak with an official Vinpower representative near you.

Vinpower is the only Controller manufacturer that supports drive firmware updates for all optical disc drives on the market today

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Vinpower has established itself as the premier manufacturer of standalone duplication controllers, especially for optical discs. We were the first to offer a wide range of unique and useful features and we’re still developing new helpful features, particularly for heavy duplicator users. While our competition is either leaving the industry or significantly reducing their offerings and capabilities, Vinpower marches on to ensure that we still provide the exceptional quality and range of features and options that we have become known for.

One of the key features that is critical, especially for heavy duplication users, is the ability to update the optical disc drive’s (ODD) firmware (FW) directly through the duplicator’s controller. Currently, Vinpower is the only controller manufacture that offers this feature, which supports all internal ODD’s that are available on the market today. Unfortunately, today’s ODD’s tend to see more glitches and bugs than previous years, this is mostly due to the low cost nature of the ODDs and the manufacturer’s limitations in time and resources to provide as wide of range of test as previously performed before releasing the drive onto the market.

Most of the bugs are related to media compatibility or other easily correctable issues, but in order to correct the problems, the user must upload the latest ODD FW. For those with duplicators using a non-Vinpower controller, that means you have to remove each drive, connect them to a computer, and update them one by one. That’s fine if you only have a small handful of drives. But if you have multiple duplicators with 10 or 15 drives in each one, then that process is going to be difficult and time consuming. With the Vinpower controller, you can update all the drives in the duplicator simultaneously in minutes without removing any of the drives. That saves a tremendous amount of time and hassle, keeping you focused on duplicating rather than updating.

For more details on any of the products that Vinpower carries, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com or speak with an official Vinpower representative near you.

It’s far cheaper to store content on Optical Discs than in “The Cloud”.

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Not only is an optical disc safer for your archival storage, but it’s also cheaper to maintain as well. Often people don’t think about the costs associated with storing content in “The Cloud”, but over time it really adds up. Yet, outside of the initial cost for the disc itself, there are no residual costs associated with storing content on optical discs. It cost nothing to store an optical disc in a drawer for safe keeping, when you need it you load it into a disc reader and view the content instantly. Yet when you store that content on “The Coud”, which is essentially just a server farm that a 3rd party controls, or even on your own servers, then there is a continuous cost that accumulates day after day, month after month and year after year.

Servers require a lot of electricity to operate, both to operate and maintain the server but even more so for the air conditioning that maintains the server’s temperature and protects against overheating. Even if you think The Cloud is free, once you go over the small allotment of “free” space, then many opt to pay a monthly or annual fee for greater storage capacity. It may seem fairly inexpensive in the short term, but rarely does anyone delete old content to make room for the new content, so those fees just continue to accumulate and escalate. Once you calculate those fees over the long term, then you’ll see how these small fees can really add up and the more content you store the more the cost of maintaining it increases.

Case in point, Facebook recently teamed up with Panasonic to create a whole ecosystem for offloading cold data (old content that is rarely if ever reviewed, but still needs to be available) from their servers and stored onto optical discs instead. They invested in storing content on optical discs in order to keep the content safe and easily available, while freeing up valuable storage space on their servers for new data that is more frequently accessed. This application drastically reduces the overall energy demand, saving a remarkably large amount of money. If it costs hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars to develop and implement this new cold data optical disc storage hardware and software, then you can imagine how much they must be spending on energy costs for that investment to make financial sense.

You may not be on the same level as Facebook, but the key is there are expenses that you could drastically reduce or eliminate by reducing the content stored on in The Cloud or on your own servers by placing cold data on optical discs and storing them in a safe and convenient location.

For more details on any of the products that Vinpower carries, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com or speak with an official Vinpower representative near you.