Higher tariff’s for Made in China USB flash will certainly increase costs, but Vinpower’s Made in Taiwan flash media is not affected

Taiwan no tariff

The trade war with China is certainly taking its toll on many industries, including the USB flash market. Even though the general cost of flash is decreasing, the price you pay for Chinese manufactured flash will increase due to the tariff’s implemented by US customs. That means that those buying the Chinese USB flash media will ultimately be forced to pay a higher price for that product.

If you work with Vinpower to source your USB flash media, you won’t have any issues with higher pricing due to tariffs because all of our flash media is manufactured in Taiwan. That has two benefits, firstly Taiwan is a Trade Agreements Act (TAA) approved country, and secondly, it’s not impacted by added tariffs. This means that Vinpower’s USB flash will not only have a lower overall cost, but they can also be sold under GSA contracts.

For more details about Vinpower’s USB flash offerings or any of the products we offer, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a Vinpower representative near you.

Where does your USB flash media come from and can you trust it?

good vs bad flash

The USB flash market is a very tricky market to navigate. The main reason is it’s not as closely regulated as other forms of media. In fact, outside of the form factor of the USB connection, there is a lot of leeway in production quality for manufacturers that it creates a huge gap between good and bad quality USB drives. This gap is made even wider by the fact that flash has transitioned to 3D NAND Flash, creating greater capacity memory in even smaller devices.

Because of shortages and rapid fluctuations in costs, many suppliers are resorting to providing recycled elements or merely passing off defective flash in order to fill orders and offer cheaper pricing. In the end, there’s no way to tell if a USB flash drive is made from recycled parts or is defective just by looking at it. Even when you plug the drive into a computer, the limited details available may not reflect the problems that can/will occur when you attempt to use it. Because of this lack of knowledge, many customers are duped by low price knockoffs. Customers will take a chance on these defective drives where they end up realizing they have a high defect rate when trying to copy onto these drives. Worse yet, they’ll find that partial or the entire content disappears without warning and you are left with a useless drive that lost what could have been very important content.
So how can you tell which USB flash is safe and which is potentially defective? The only way to do that is by working with the various flash controller developers and using very specialized software tools developed to inspect and diagnose every single flash drive. This is what Vinpower provides when you purchase your USB flash drives from us. Not only do we work with a large array of USB flash controller and memory manufacturers and suppliers to get the special software tools needed to inspect them, but we also build the hardware that allows us to use that testing software on tens, hundreds, even thousands of drives at a time. Vinpower can do in-depth testing that no other supplier even thinks about offering so that we can provide 100% guaranteed perfect USB Flash drives with every single order.

For more details about Vinpower’s USB flash offerings or any of the products we offer, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a Vinpower representative near you.

Make an appointment to meet with Vinpower at the 2019 Computex In Taipei Taiwan

Computex 2019 meeting

The Computex trade show is quickly approaching and is just 1 month away. Taking place in Taipei, Taiwan from Tuesday, May 28 through Saturday, June 1, 2019, this is the perfect time to contact Vinpower and secure a meeting during the event. The start of Computex is exciting and symbolizes a fresh start with new opportunities, especially for the electronics Industry highlighting their latest advances and models typically from Taiwanese and Chinese manufacturers at Computex.

Vinpower will be exhibiting at Computex in the TWTC Nangang, J0118. We will be exhibiting some exciting new product lines that we have recently finalized. However, in order to be among the first to witness these incredible new products, you’ll have to visit us at Computex and see them for yourself. Vinpower is very excited about these new offerings and think they will be very popular. Therefore, if you plan to attend the show, please contact us to make an appointment to visit our booth. If you cannot make it, stay tuned for future announcements from Vinpower!

For more details about any products Vinpower Digital manufactures or distributes, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com or contact a Vinpower representative in your area.

The iXflash App offers free benefits for everyday use, even without the iXflash drive

ixflash app benefits

Our phones, which is almost a misnomer these days as we tend to use our cell phones more as micro Laptops and less for talking to other people. As the smartphones become more and more powerful with greater operational capabilities, they have become an indispensable part of our lives for business and entertainment. For example, virtually everyone that owns a smartphone, utilizes the ability to send and receive emails and instant/direct messages (IM / DM). Often these messages contain attachments, including compressed files, such as the most common compressed file extensions being .ZIP, .SITX, .7Z, .RAR, and .GZ.

If you’re an iPhone / iPad user, you know that those devices cannot natively open these types of compressed files without using a 3rd party App, which all have a cost associated with them. The unintended added bonus for the iXflash App is that it also offers a method to open and save / view files that are contained in a compressed file. Not only is the iXflash App completely free, but it can provide a very useful tool to open files that are currently unavailable through the iPhone and iPad’s native OS.

On top of that, the iXflash App can hold and open/playback many formats of content, such as music and movie formats, like mp3, mp4, High Efficiency Video Coding H.265, flac, and many more. If you just want a temporary storage to place music and movies that’s easier to install and remove from your iPhone and iPad than iTunes, the free iXflash is your ticket.

Everyone with an iPhone or iPad that uses a Lightning connection is welcome to download the FREE iXflash App and use these benefits for yourself and if you choose to purchase the actual iXflash drive, you can also take advantage of the many other wonderful benefits it offers, such as:

• Quick complete back-up of your entire photo album with just one touch.
• Live Recoding Plus – Able to take photos and videos directly to the iXflash without using devices memory
• Easily transfer files between PC/Mac computers and your iPhone, iPad, iPod.
• Set the drive to read only / write protect
• Enjoy music and movies without an internet connection
• Intuitive file management
• Plus, many other convenient features that make the iXflash drive even more than just an extended flash storage for your iPhone, iPad, iPod.

For more details about this topic or any product that Vinpower offers, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com or contact a Vinpower representative today.

The shutter of UltraViolet’s Cloud Movie Locker, shows the need to maintain a physical backup for your important digital content and movies

Ultraviolet out of business

It was recently announced at the end of January that the once popular UltraViolet cloud movie locker will be shutting down for good in July. What does that mean for the more than 30 million users expecting content they paid for to be available to them on demand through this service, who collectively stored more than 300 million movies and TV shows in their cloud libraries? It puts them in a bind, even they are allowing customers to link their collection to another Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) service, it requires them to investigate which other cloud service they want to port their content over too and whether all their content will be available through the service they choose. Even though there are a number of other DECE providers, they all don’t have the access to the same licensed content. Therein lies a major problem, such as what if the alternative DECE service doesn’t have access to the same copyrights that UltraViolet does? That means a movie title you own through UltraViolet may not be offered on the service you switched to. What does that mean, do you lose that title? Even after you switch your library to another carrier, what if that company goes out of business too? Since everything is held in the cloud and you have no physical copies of your content, ultimately, there’s a risk you could lose your entire library of movies.

That’s why it’s important to always maintain a physical copy of any digital content you own. Optical discs stored properly, have an extremely long shelf life and are not susceptible to the potential pitfalls that cloud based digital content is, such as data corruption or deletion. In fact, to prove the vulnerability of relying solely on Cloud storage, just recently, the once popular MySpace social media site confirmed that they irretrievably lost all data content from years 2003 through 2012. This data loss wasn’t because of the company being hacked or a virus, but simply due to an accidental deletion during a data migration from one set of servers to another. That would never happen with optical discs. If you want to make sure your movie collection or any digital content will always be available to you, keep a backup on optical discs!

For more details about this topic or any product that Vinpower offers, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com or contact a Vinpower representative today.

Vinpower is offering a free promotion to trade in your existing NON-Vinpower controllers for a NEW replacement controller!

Controller free exchange

If you are a reseller or even an end user and you have any new or used, working or non-functional SATA duplicator controller(s) in your possession, Vinpower is willing to offer a special trade-in offer* to trade it in for a fully functioning Vinpower controller! That means, if you have an old SATA version ACARD, Wytron, or any non-Vinpower manufactured controller in your possession, working or not, and trade it in to Vinpower, we’ll give you the choice to take 30% off a new replacement controller or we’ll give you a free Vinpower controller for every 3 non-Vinpower controllers you trade in. You heard that correctly, if you have any non-Vinpower manufactured (meaning Vinpower branded or Vinpower OEM versions) controllers, Vinpower will offer you either 30% discount towards 1 new Vinpower controller or a completely free replacement for every 3 trade-ins. I wanted to reemphasize the promotion so you understand we are serious and you can receive more than 1 free controller.

The promotion in a nutshell:

• Contact Vinpower to set up an RMA for any existing SATA controller you have in stock or built into a duplicator.

• These controllers do not need to be operational, but they must be natural SATA connection version (NO IDE models).

• The controller must not be manufactured by Vinpower, including OEM controllers Vinpower supplies as an OEM brand.

• There is a limit of 15 trade-in controllers per address, every 3 will be eligible for a free replacement controller.

• Quantities less than 3 qualify for a 30% discount on each controller, towards a replacement Vinpower controller.

• All Vinpower replacement controllers will come with Vinpower’s proprietary CopyLock copy protection feature FREE!

• Valid through June 30th, 2019 from Vinpower direct locations only, contact us at [email protected] for more details on where.

Don’t let this promotion pass you by, it’s your opportunity to upgrade 1 or up to 15 lesser controllers for the latest and greatest controllers on the market!

For more details about this opportunity or any product that Vinpower offers, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com or contact a Vinpower representative today.

Optical Disc Manufacturers saw huge spikes in stock prices as a result of last weeks massive global outages for key social media sites.

CD stock increase

Last week, there was an unexplained outage for major social media outlets, such as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and others, due to what was called a ‘server configuration change’. Whatever the root cause was, the fact remains that millions of users from those sites were locked out and could not access their personal information, including pictures, videos, and other personal details. This sent a shockwave of concern about the safety of content on servers and caused a rush of investors to purchase shares in companies that focus on the manufacture of optical discs.

Why would problems with cloud-based networks and the servers that support them cause a rise in the demand for an older technology like optical discs? The reason is simple, cold storage! Cold storage is taking content offline and storing it on a safe back-up solution which can easily be accessed to restore any lost data quickly. The best and most secure method of cold storage are optical discs. That’s because optical discs are laser inscribed (burned) data into a physical write once disc, that once written to is impervious to having its content deleted, altered, or disrupted through cyber-attacks. Plus, optical discs can retain data for many many years, some archival versions promise up to 1,000 years. That means that not only are optical discs impervious to being disrupted from outside forces, but they will also hold that data securely for a long time without using any electricity or other power source, making them more cost efficient as well. Since optical discs are still used for digital storage, all content on the discs can be located and uploaded quickly and easily.

Once the public saw the potential pitfalls in the servers supporting the gigantic cloud-based networks, which I have been touting for years, they realized there needs to be a more secure back up solution. This prompted investors to purchase stocks of companies producing just such a product in record numbers. That’s why Vinpower continues to not only continue focusing on optical discs, but also work diligently to make improvements and ensure that our Optodisc line offers the best quality, most reliable, and cost effective discs on the market.

For more details about this topic or any product that Vinpower offers, please visit our website,www.vinpowerdigital.com or contact a Vinpower representative today.

Vinpower will continue global tech support for all ACARD duplication controllers

ACARD-offer-support

Vinpower recently put out a press release detailing its recent acquisition of ACARD Technology Corporation’s duplication branch, including all IP’s, IC’s, CPU / SOC technology. You can read more this acquisition on the below links:

Vinpower news picked up by CDRLabs.com: http://www.cdrlabs.com/news/vinpower-digital-acquires-acard-technology-corp-s-duplication-product-line.html

Vinpower press release listed on Vinpower’s website: https://www.vinpowerdigital.com/main/PressReleaseDetail.aspx?ID=52

Acquiring ACARD’s technology, not only allows Vinpower to develop newer and more advanced duplication products moving forward, but it also allows us to continue supporting ACARD’s extensive customer base with tech support. Vinpower has the knowhow and continued firmware updates that will allow us to provide both in warranty and out of warranty support to all of ACARD’s previous customer base. If you were an ACARD distributor, you don’t have to ditch your existing customer base or existing inventory because you feel there won’t be any support moving forward. Likewise, as an end user with ACARD duplicators, you no longer need to feel abandoned when you encounter troubles with your controller.

With Vinpower’s extensive knowledge of the duplication market and incorporating the acquisition of ACARD’s technology, we’ll be able to provide full support toward previous and current ACARD duplication hardware. Whether you purchased the ACARD product a few months ago or a few years ago, Vinpower can assist you.

For more details about this product and support or any of Vinpower’s full product line, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com or contact a Vinpower representative in your region.

The ACARD duplication controllers now offers DVD video copy protection

ACARD copy protect

To match Vinpower’s existing proprietary duplication controllers, all new optical disc ACARD duplication controllers will offer the ability to add copy protection to all DVD video content. Vinpower has developed one of the most secure and cost-effective methods to implement DVD copy protection, which is available on their full range of optical disc duplication hardware, which now includes the ACARD controller. The copy protection application is embedded directly into all duplicated DVD video content, which includes protection from unauthorized copying or ripping the content from those discs.

This is another value add that Vinpower can bring when it comes to its own controller or the recently acquired ACARD duplication controllers. The prior ACARD controllers were not able to provide copy protection. The new ACARD copy protection feature is extremely easy to produce and costs a fraction of what it would cost to use other methods of copy protection. In addition, the resulting protected discs have excellent playback compatibility, ensuring that you can play your protected content across all known optical disc players and player software that accept DVD±R media. This is a key functionality, as what’s the point of adding protection if the user can’t play the content on their preferred player or software.

For more details about this feature or any product that Vinpower offers, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com or contact a Vinpower representative today.

Vinpower’s method of adding write protection to its USB drives prevents Viruses or Malware from spreading

USB write protect

It’s a common occurrence nowadays when someone has contracted a virus on their computer or it was infected by malware, perhaps you’ve even personally been affected. These infestations can range from the mundane to totally catastrophic. Most often these harmful programs infect our computers through phishing emails or clicking on the wrong websites. People can often protect themselves by being aware and diligent as to what links they click on or through antivirus software. Though there is another threat that many people don’t pay close attention to, the potential risk of sharing USB flash drives. If someone using a USB flash drive has viruses or malware on their computer, they can inadvertently transfer those pests from their computer to that USB flash drive. Those viruses will lay dormant where they will wait to pounce on an unsuspecting victim who also plugs what they think to be an innocuous USB flash drive into their computer. Similar to sharing a hat with a person who has head lice, as the lice crawls from the hat of the afflicted person onto the unsuspecting victim who puts the hat on, the computer viruses will transfer onto the unsuspecting computer, infecting it and any other computers that USB drive is plugged in and opened.

Vinpower has a way to prevent the spread of viruses and malware from computer to computer through USB flash drives. Using our USBShark or USBDupeBox USB duplicators along with write protect capable USB drives from Vinpower, the user can add write protection to every USB copy they make. In doing so, the write protected USB flash drives are impervious to anything infecting it or those infections passing from one device to another. The key is, once you convert the USB flash drive to a write protected / read only drive, the USB flash drive will not allow any new data to enter or transfer to another device, preventing any potential viruses or malware from infecting the USB flash drive.

If your company needs to create content onto USB flash drives for your employees, customers, or for any reason, you can rest assured that those drives will not spread harmful viruses by using Vinpower’s Write Protection / Read Only feature. Then when you want to allow user(s) to be able to alter and/or add new content on the USB flash drive(s), simply place the protected drive(s) into the Vinpower USB duplicator and turn off the write protect / read only feature. Within seconds the drive is back to its original state.

Don’t take any chances with your infrastructure, make sure you take as many precautions as you can to combat the rampant expansion of viruses and malware constantly attacking our personal and work-related computer content.

For more details about this item or any of the products Vinpower Digital manufactures or distributes, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com or contact a Vinpower representative in your area.