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Government Budgets are in the use it or lose it stage, don’t lose it!

budgets

Often those with GSA accounts or other means to sell to government agencies, find the time frame from August 1st to September 30th, as their version of the black Friday holiday buying spree. Agencies spend a large portion of their budgets in the fourth quarter but the month of September carries with it the use it or lose it deadline. Many large federal contracts have been penned during the waning hours of the month of September and in some instances being at the right place at the right time can be your best ally.

If you have government clients or have access to government bids, this is the best time to work on those contract requisites and prepare your offers to win those bids. Vinpower has received requests from a number of resellers looking for product we offer to secure those bids and there will be more in the come until the September 30th deadline. So if you work with any government agencies that utilize duplication hardware, accessories, or media, Vinpower is your one stop solution.

For more details about Vinpower’s offerings, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a Vinpower representative near you.

The incredible sales of Mozart’s complete collection of music in 2016 shows there’s still a draw for physical media like CD’s

mozart

The best-selling CD of 2016 was from an artist who hasn’t played/composed a note in over 300 years. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the most popular artists to have ever lived. In 2016, “Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition” was released as a 200-CD box set, featuring every known piece of music ever written by the iconic composer. According to Billboard, unit sales have surpassed 1.25 million. Even though the sales are slightly skewed since Billboard counts each individual disc separately, the total CD sales volume is still incredibly impressive. Mozart’s endurance in the musical arena has once again proven just how beloved he remains amongst both music aficionados and casual music fans, but shows us an even bigger perspective.

What this tells me is that not only are physical optical disc media like CD’s still very relevant today, even in a declined state, but the more creative you are at creating packaging and offering content, the more valuable that media would be the marketplace. The key isn’t that 1 million people purchased a Mozart CD, because that’s not reality. It’s that over 6,000 people shelled out a significant amount of money to purchase a box set of 200 CD’s, which was equivalent to 1 million sales if not greater due to the value add price tag on such a box set.

This is a very encouraging sign to duplication houses and independent studios in that the more of a novelty you can make your product, the more likely to be able to sell it at a premium price. People still like conversation pieces and novelty items, so with some creativity, targeted marketing, and the right equipment and media, anyone can produce content that can be a juggernaut in the retail arena. Along with that, once again, this proves that CD’s are not dead and neither are the people that buy them, even if the artist on the CD is.

For more details about Vinpower and our expansive product line, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a Vinpower representative at a location near you.

Copy Protection isn’t just for the major studios, but for anyone that has content they don’t want others to copy.

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Picture for a moment that you have digital video content that you want to sell or share with others, what are your limitations? One issue could be that those that view your content, decide to make copies or upload online without your permission or consent. If you were hoping to sell that content, then you no longer have the opportunity because someone took that decision from you and made it available for free to anyone. If you had hoped to keep the content private, now its been released into the web or passed from person to person for all to share and see without your ability to selectively decide who can view the content and who can’t. Protecting content is not just a large enterprise or movie studio problem, it can be an everybody problem.

Vinpower has been developing hardware and software tools that enable companies and individuals to keep their content safe for many years now and we continue to improve the process and decrease the costs to do so. It shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg just to protect what’s rightfully yours. So don’t take any changes with your digital video content, add Vinpower’s copy protection to rest easier that you don’t have to be a victim.

For an added bonus, stay tuned to next week’s email blast for news on an upcoming offering from Vinpower Digital that will be a stretch from our usual offering.

For more details on Copy Protection or any of the Vinpower Digital product line, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a Vinpower representative near you.

WARNING! With the flash memory shortage, costs are inflated, leading to a flood of counterfeit and low quality USB & SD Flash media hitting the market!

USB warning

As the flash market is concentrating on the creation and subsequent market shift from the 2D/Planar to 3D NAND technology, it’s creating a shortage in supply for good quality flash memory in the storage market. This situation has a huge impact on the SSD market, but also touches on the standard USB and SD flash drives as well. Because of this, the oldest adage of economic principle of supply equals demand, has shifted to a greater demand that most suppliers can provide. Because of this, there are a lot of lower tier and unscrupulous manufactures trying to fill the underserved marketing place with lower priced high capacity USB and SD flash drives. The problem is that many of these manufacturers either can’t or purposely don’t use adequate memory to provide a fully functional product. The market is flooded with low cost flash drives that state they have a specific capacity only to discover that not only does the flash drive not have that capacity, but the memory it does have is low grade and can be corrupted easily, thereby crashing and losing all the data contained inside.

Vinpower has been aware of this situation for quite some time and we’ve worked tirelessly to help our customer overcome these issues so that they can use our USB and SD duplicators to produce effective and reliable copies of even the lower grade flash devices. At the same time, Vinpower has developed tools to help weed out the bad flash drives from the good ones, so that manufactures and wholesalers will be able to identify which flash drives are good and which are bad with confidence. The fact that Vinpower offers flash duplication hardware, gives us a unique perspective and capability to identify and weed out the negative from the positive flash drives. This helps avoid the potential nasty situation where a customer purchases a high capacity flash drive, like the popular 8GB version, then they find there’s only 3GB worth of memory on the drive and because of the extraneous circumstances the drive crashes and you lose everything stored on it.

I’m not saying that every low cost flash drive manufacturer is bad quality, but it’s more likely than not and it’s only going to get worst as long as the demand is high and production is lower for the larger more reputable companies.

For more details about Vinpower and our expansive product line, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a Vinpower representative at a location near you.

The Media is excited about the Optiarc 5290S PLUS drive

Optiarc media coverage

Recently, I wrote an email blast, proclaiming the return of the Optiarc drive and the DVD+R DL overburn feature, with the Optiarc 5290S PLUS drive. It appears we weren’t the only ones excited about the Optiarc 5290S PLUS and the overburn capabilities. There were a number of prominent online news organizations from different locations across the globe, that took it upon themselves to write about the announcement of this drive. Some of them were able to see for themselves after visiting our exhibition at the 2017 Computex tradeshow in Taiwan, while others picked up on my email blast and ran with the story from there. In any event, we are very proud and encouraged that there is so much excitement for the new Optiarc 5290S series of drives all over the world.

Here are a few links to some of the articles recently released about the Optiarc 5290S PLUS drive:

http://pc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/1065921.html

https://nl.hardware.info/nieuws/52290/computex-optiarc-en-plextor-dvd-branders-zijn-terug

http://www.cdrlabs.com/news/vinpower-digital-unveils-optiarc-5290s-plus-with-dvd-r-overburn-feature.html

http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/News/Details.aspx?NewsId=53834

For more details about the Optiarc line of drives or any of Vinpower’s product lines, visit www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with a Vinpower representative in your area.

Vinpower’s line of Optodisc white thermal printable media prevents discs from sticking together and damaging thermal print heads

Opto thermal no stick

The nature of the white thermal printable surface tends to create a more adhesive surface type that can lead to 2 or more discs sticking together. This can become a serious problem, especially when this media is being used with automated publishing duplication equipment for multiple reasons. Firstly, when the media sticks together, it could damage the writable surface of the disc leading to higher failure rates. Secondly, when placing multiple discs onto a writer drive tray, it could damage the drive. Lastly, and most seriously, multiple discs could be placed into the printer and break the print head. Replacement print heads are very expensive and could kill your production until the printer can be repaired.

When Vinpower created the Optodisc line of recordable media, we set out to make not only a better quality burning media, but also ensuring the printable surfaces were the best available. We weren’t immune to the stickiness issue, but upon discovering the problem, we quickly jumped in to find a solution. For some time now, Vinpower’s line of Optodisc white thermal printable media not only offers excellent print quality, but also ensures the least tacky surface greatly reducing the risk of the media sticking together. Because of this, the likelihood of creating bad burns or damaging the drives or printer due to sticky media is virtually null. So, if you want top quality white thermal recordable media in any format, CD, DVD, and Blu-ray, at great pricing, then Vinpower’s line or Optodisc manufactured recordable media is the perfect solution for you.

For more details about the Optodisc line of media, visit www.Optodisc.com or www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with a Vinpower representative in your area.

The new Optiarc 5290S PLUS drive offers the unique DVD+R DL OVERBURN feature that was so popular with the Optiarc 5280S-CB series

5290S PLUS overburn

Vinpower originally patented the unique DVD+R DL overburn feature a few years ago, at which point we worked with the Sony Optiarc team to implement that feature in the market leading Sony Optiarc 5280S-CB model. That feature became a big seller globally and created a huge demand. Eventually that model became End Of Life (EOL) and we thought the special DVD+R DL overburn feature would be a thing of the past. Fortunately, through Vinpower’s hard work and collaboration, we were able to bring back the Optiarc drive with the 5290S series and reintroduce the incredible DVD+R DL overburn feature on the PLUS model. So if you use DVD+R DL discs and discover that you have issues recording content because it’s slightly over the 8.5GB capacity limit, the Optiarc 5290S PLUS drives provides the ability to add up to 200MB* more recording capacity to overcome those frustrating limitations.

If you’re not familiar with what the DVD+R DL overburn feature is or how it can be useful for you, check out this link from a video we created for the original Sony Optiarc 5280S-CB drive previously and it will give you all the details you need to know and why it would be very useful for you or your business:


For more details about the Optiarc 5290S PLUS DVD writer drive or any of the wide range of Vinpower products, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.comor contact a Vinpower representative today.

*DVD+R DL Overburn only available with DVD+R DL media that supports 8.7GB burning capacity. For a list of supported media, contact Vinpower Digital.

Vinpower Digital would like to thank everyone that visited our exhibit at the Computex trade show

computex 2017 booth

Vinpower Digital exhibited at the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan and we were thoroughly appreciative of everyone that visited our booth. Vinpower exhibited numerous new and upcoming product lines and received a very positive reception from those that visited with us. Items of particular interests were the new line of Optical Disc Drives from Optiarc, Plexdisc, and Piodata; USB Duplicators (offering the ability to create and duplicate ROM type files, hidden partitions, password protection, with external log files of the operation through a PC); USB pen drives including a new offering in our Apple iPhone/iPad extended memory with the iXflash series; and many other offerings including our increasingly popular OPTODISC line of recordable media.

For those who unfortunately could not visit us at Computex, you are always welcome to contact us directly at one of our branch offices in the USA, Taiwan, China, or Europe. We thank all of our loyal and happy customers, partners, and friends and look forward to continued advancements and success throughout this year and beyond!
For more details about Vinpower and our expansive product line, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com

The iXflash offers the best solution for extended memory of your iPhone* or iPad*

iXflash release

Don’t miss the perfect picture or be forced to delete important images or Apps because your iPhone or iPad is running out of memory. The iXflash provides extended memory for iPhones, iPads, and iPods with a Lightning connection. The iXflash allows you to take pictures and videos with confidence, watch movies, and listen to music without sacrifice or requiring a connection to a computer or the internet. The iXflash frees you from the limitations of your storage capacity and opens up a world of possibilities!

Features:
• small device – HUGE CAPACITY: With added storage capacity of 32GB, 64GB, 128Gb, up to 256GB, you shouldn’t ever worry about running out of storage capacity on your iPhone. Never again will you be frustrated by messages that say, “Cannot Take Photo,” because there’s no more space for new photo’s or videos.
• Direct Photo/Video Capture: The iXflash allows you to take real time photos and videos that transfer directly to the iXflash’s internal memory, without using the memory on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.
• Photo/Video PROTECTION: The iXflash supports the Apple Touch ID feature to safeguard your photos and videos by locking access through fingerprint identification. This feature will protect any file stored on the iXflash from being viewed through an Apple mobile device or through a computer to ensure complete privacy.
• TRANSFER BETWEEN ALL YOUR DEVICES: The iXflash can quickly and easily transfer content between multiple iPhones or iPads, allowing you to share all or select photos and videos with friends and family quickly and securely. Plus with the USB 3.1 connection, you can back up all your content onto a computer or transfer content from a computer to view or listen to on your iPhone or iPad.
• APPLE MFi CERTIFIED: The iXflash devices are engineered to meet Apple’s stringent design specifications and are MFI (Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod) Certified.

For more details about Vinpower and our expansive product line, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a Vinpower representative at a location near you.

Piodata was created specifically for the duplication market to fill the void left by the top Japanese ODD manufacturers

Piodata

Piodata is an offshoot of a major optical disc drive (ODD) manufacturer catering to the duplication market. With the numbers of manufacturers for the common ODD used in optical disc duplicators decreasing, Piodata has remained. Piodata filled the gap as the key tier 1 Japanese ODD factory decided to exit the market. The Piodata DVS-S21DBK and the DVS-S21DBK PLUS are readily available and remain focused on the important global duplication market.

Advantages of Piodata:

1. Maintain quality and reliability by establishing a fixed BOM design, ensuring the main ODD components will not use downgraded parts.
2. Fine-tuned to maintain superior burning quality and speed, preventing “Donut Rings” on the recording layer for more stable payback.
3. Supports 4X DVD burn speed, providing the best burning quality.
4. The Piodata* drive uses enhanced components for the drive tray belt, enabling the tray to operate up to 6 times longer than a standard ODD drive tray under similar conditions.
5. The Piodata* is outfitted with a top quality OPU as well as an enhanced heat sink kit. This increases the burning stability (better quality), as well as prolongs the drives sustainability and reliability.
6. The Piodata* is able to continuously operate 24/7 by transferring heat faster through higher grade IC heat sink kit.

*Available on the DVR-S21DBK-PLUS model only.

For more details about Vinpower and our expansive product line, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a Vinpower representative at a location near you.