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Must-Have iPhone apps

We all know that there are countless apps in the app store. Some of them are great and other not so much. Unfortunately, most of us do not have time to sit down and sort through all of them to find the best ones. This post is intended to give some guidance to a handful of apps you might want to consider. Instead of boring you by listing off a bunch of apps that everyone already has like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter I will try to list some apps that maybe you don’t know about or at least some that I think that everybody should have.

            The first iPhone app which I believe is a must have for everyone is the “Find iPhone” app. This app shows you where your phone is on a map so that you can retrieve it. It also allows you to lock your phone remotely and play a sound so that you can hear it. I’m sure many of us have heard of this app already but I felt that it was worth my mentioning given how many times it has saved my bacon. If you ask any of my friends they will tell you how bad I am with misplacing my phone when I am over at their houses and this app has helped me find it many times. I will certainly not be removing this app from my phone anytime soon.

            “SoundHound” is another handy little app that I like to have on my phone. This app is  a brilliant idea. How many times have you been driving to work or school or anywhere for that matter to hear a song that you like on the radio that you don’t know the name of? This used to happen to me all the time until I got my hands on this convenient little app. There is finally a smartphone app that can figure out the name of the song that you are listening too by using the microphone on your iPhone. I have used this app to figure out the name of dozens of songs over the last couple of years which is why this app is definitely on my list of must-haves.

The next app that I like is the Netflix app. You may or may not be interested in this app depending on whether or not you are a Netflix subscriber. If you are a Netflix subscriber then you then you should really get this app if you don’t already have it on your iPhone. This app enables you to stream movies on your phone just as if you were in front of your computer. If you have unlimited data on your phone then this app is wonderful because you be able to stream all of the movies that you want and not have to worry about using too much data. Now only if the battery life on your phone was unlimited too…

Not too long ago I heard about an interesting alarm clock app that wakes you up naturally by monitoring your sleep cycle. The name of this app is called “Sleep Cycle” and I have come to be a fan in the past few weeks. The purpose of this app is to prevent sleep inertia by waking you up in you lightest sleep cycle. Now for those of you that don’t know sleep inertia is when we wake up in the morning feeling groggy and not fully awake. This is something that has happened to all of us at some point in time or another. Whenever we are asleep we go through different cycles known as Deep sleep and REM. Deep sleep is the part of sleep where our brains are the least active and is therefore the least desirable stage to wake up in. On the other hand, REM which stands for rapid eye movement is the most active stage of the sleep cycle for our brains. In fact, there is more brain activity during REM than when we are actually awake.  This app uses the very sensitive accelerometer in the iPhone to monitor what stage of sleep you are in and wake you in your lightest sleep stage. The app wakes you during a thirty minute window that ends with your set alarm time. So if you normally wake up at 7:00 then this app would wake you sometime between 6:30-7:00am. Alarm clocks like this have been around for a while now but are usually pretty expensive. At just $0.99 this app is definitely on my list of must-haves.

Recently a customer emailed us about an equalizer app that he was using in tandem with our headphones to get very good sound. The name of this app is called “Onkyo” which has quickly become one of my most used apps on my iPhone. This app is a sound equalizer that enhances the sound quality of your music. This app works pretty much like the music player that comes standard on your iPhone except that the equalizer works to improve the sound quality of your music. This is especially true when you are using this app with a high quality pair of headphones like the vFree or vBold just to name a few. The app allows you to make a playlist of all your favorite songs and also allows for you to search through your library via playlists, artists, songs and albums just like the music player on you iPhone. The equalizer is awesome on this app. Not only does it have different presets loaded onto it for different music genres, but it also allows you to adjust the bass and treble manually as well.  Overall, I love this app as it is a significant improvement in sound quality over the standard music player that your iPhone comes with which makes this app a must-have for anyone who is a high-quality sound enthusiast.

So there you have my five “must have” iPhone apps. I’m sure there are plenty of other great apps out there that I completely forgot about or don’t yet know about. If you feel that you know of a great app that everyone should have then please comment below and tell us about it. 

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Get Personal With Customizable Headphone Skins

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In the past year, Velodyne’s Designer Skins have taken on a life of their own. Starting off with 35 designs available on our website, the designer skins originally were created as a true fashion accessory to fit over our vFree wireless headphones to match any mood or outfit. Over time, we held a few contests, promotions and developed partnershnips that involved blank skins and non-Velodyne employees getting creative and designing their own. The “Artist Corner” has been a popular activity during music festivals and concert ticket lines. We have also partnered with the Anno Domini Gallery in San Jose, CA which has led to custom painted subwoofers in addition to several one-of-a-kind headphone skins that may have the chance to go into mass production.

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Blank headphone skins are available at Velodyne.com for you to unleash your inner artist. They are available in both white and black. You can paint them, draw on them with colored markers, or add other materials for a true multimedia art project.

Most recently, we have released the vLeve headphone, which is the perfect base for any one of our headphone skins, whether it be Designer, Artist Series, or your very own creation. The sound is incredible for a basic headphone with the unique teardrop design trademarked by Velodyne President Marta Hall.

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The most exciting development we have for the headphone skins is the custom design for musical artists, athletes/sports teams. We have designed a skin for The Mowgli’s, which we will debut at SXSW in March. We started by creating one for the 2013 California-Carolina All-Star game held here at San Jose Municipal Stadium last summer. From there, we have created many renderings that are still under consideration. There are other custom skins in the works, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, go to our site and pick up a skin for your vLeve or vFree. Or two or three.

How do you express yourself? The choice is yours.

 

 

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Another Great CES In 2014

welcometoCES2014This year’s International CES was great for Velodyne. We were able to hold many face to face meetings with our worldwide suppliers and distributors. We really do value our relationships and it’s nice to be able to solidify our partnerships in this manner rather than the usual Skype call. We also had the opportunity to connect with the press directly at Unveiled and conduct recorded and live-streaming interviews.

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IMG_4222During the course of the week, we were able to show off many of our new products. In addition to our vLeve, vBold and vQuiet, we had our vFit on hand. It had literally just come in, and is technically still not available, but our first fitness headphone was well-received. Our new wireless sub, the Wi-Q, was a big hit. We gave it front-and-center status in our suite at the Venetian, and are sending out several units for reviews. We also had many subs in finishes the public has not seen from Velodyne before. We had subwoofers in gold, red and purple metallic. Additionally we had a subwoofer wrapped in leather. CES gives us the ideal opportunity to get feedback from both the press and our customers on potential new products. Velodyne personnel and staff who really know our products inside and out were on hand to answer technical questions regarding our audio equipment. The constant flow of traffic through the suite was exciting and kept us going all week long.

IMG_4264A definite highlight was receiving the Editor’s Choice Award from Stereowise Plus. Velodyne President, Marta Hall was on-hand to receive the award personally.

Another highlight was Marta Hall’s interview on a webcast for Geekbeat.TV. She so eloquently shared information about our company and our three divisions, as well as our headphones and our artist skins. The exciting part for most was when she announced we would be giving our free headphones to everyone who came to our website to register for our newsletter. It was incredible – the response we received was outstanding. In Velodyne’s spirit of giving, it is just another fun way we can share our great products with the public.

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IMG_4236Due to some recent announcements by the Ford Motor Co., we had David Oroshnik from our LiDAR division present at the show this year. Our LiDAR car was on display in the Sands Ballroom, where thousands of onlookers each day could see our technology scan the environment in real-time, 3D, on a large flat screen. David held plenty of meetings and press interviews for this division and answered all of the product questions regarding our patented LiDAR technology as well. The questions ranged from basic, “What’s that?” to the very complicated. It was quite a busy spot to be as we also had our headphones and skins on display complete with a listening station.

IMG_4340Velodyne is a fun and intrinsically artistic company. We had one of our friends and fans, Marquette King, punter from the Oakland Raiders on hand to take photos, sign autographs and discuss his love of the brand. We also had two talented dancers from SCC Presents reign in the crowd and distribute literature. There was never a dull moment for us in the Ballroom.

IMG_4367We also participated in the Fashionware wearable tech fashion show again this year. This show is “growing up”. With it’s own room dedicated to the show in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, this year’s presentation had a full runway, modern lighting, 2 large screens and a hosted bar and warm appetizers. We had two models in the show, one wearing our vBold bluetooth headphone, and the other wearing our vFree. Both models wore outfits that were featured from other wearable tech companies. This was the perfect environment for us to show our products as fashion and technology are at the core of who we are. It was an honor to participate in this event.

How will we top CES 2014? We now have almost a whole year to prepare for next year’s show. We will need every last minute. Until then, Las Vegas. Viva!

 

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Marquette King Visits Velodyne

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This past week one of our higher profile supporters came to visit us at Velodyne Headquarters. Marquette King, punter for the Oakland Raiders stopped by during our office holiday luncheon to meet our employees and sign autographs. Charming and humble, with a wide, genuine smile, Marquette showed great interest as he toured our production and warehouse area. He even got a rare treat, to speak to our CEO and Founder David Hall.

King played for Fort Valley State University, where he was MVP his senior year. In that 2011 season, King led the Conference in punting with an impressive 43 yards per punt average.  21 punts landed inside his opponents’ 20-yard-line and sixteen of his punts were for 50 yards or more. The following year, he got a 3-year deal with the Oakland Raiders but ended up on the injured reserve list for the 2012 season. It wasn’t until the veteran punter on the team became a free agent that King was really in competition for the job during this last preseason, which he secured when his competition, a veteran punter, was cut.

Marquette loves our headphones. He has unique taste and sense of style,  and he is very interested in creating a custom headphone skin with Velodyne. His favorite headphones are our vBold wireless headphones, for their deep, rich sound. These headphones enable him to move freely without wires. And, he’s always on the move. We look forward to trying to keep up with him in the off-season.

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Velodyne at CES January 7-10, 2014

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Every year, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world descend upon the city of Las Vegas, Nevada for the International CES. Thousands of exhibitors use CES as the platform to share their technological innovations in consumer electronics. These big players in technology also launch thousands of new products at this show each year. We will kick off CES 2014 with Unveiled. This official CES media event will be held  at Mandalay Bay, Level 3, South Seas Ballroom C on January 5, 2014.

Just like last CES, Velodyne will have a presence in two spaces. In the Sands Ballroom, we will occupy spaces #71119 and 71121 with our LiDAR car. We will have one of our fully functioning LiDAR units on display, complete with a real-time readout/display on a monitor. We will also have a headphone listening station at the rear of the car for those who are interested in our personal audio line. We will also occupy last year’s suite at The Venetian, #30-131. In this suite, we will have not only have our headphones but our subwoofers and accessories as well. Current and new customers will be meeting with our sales and executive staff as well as demoing our offerings. New on the lineup for this year will be our vLeve with artist skins, vBold bluetooth headphone, and our vQuiet active noise canceling headphone. Additionally, our latest headphone, the vFit, just arrived at Velodyne headquarters this week, and will be on display. This new headphone is an in-ear model with an earhook which is great for keeping the headphones on during strenuous activity. We will also have our Wi-Q wireless subwoofer as well as many other favorites from both our sub and headphone line.

We will also be participating again in the Fashionware Show, which is a wearable tech fashion show held in the Venetian Ballroom Level 2 on January 9. This is a spotlight on the new popular sector where fashion and technology meet and a perfect fit for Velodyne.

Hope to see you there! Ping us in advance on Twitter if you’d like to meet up: @velodyneaudio

 

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Meet The Mowgli’s

The band in San Francisco at Fisherman's Wharf during America's Cup 2013

The band in San Francisco at Fisherman’s Wharf during America’s Cup 2013

Velodyne has recently partnered with The Mowgli’s, an 8-piece alternative rock band with a feel-good message of joy and love. They are best known for their song, “San Francisco”, which reached the 11th spot on on Billboard’s alternative chart in this year. Contrary to popular belief, most of the band hails not from San Francisco but from southern California. Velodyne was initially drawn to this band for their folk,indie-rock sound, rooted in collaboration with their large group of artists, musicians and friends. We saw an alignment to our company values in their support for charities such as charitywater.org, relayforlife.org and URawesome.org and their desire to change the world by performing random acts of kindness and being great human beings. Notably, when a recent Austin City Limits performance was cancelled due to rain, the band held an impromptu concert at a homeless shelter and  encouraged attendees to bring canned goods. The Mowgli’s…such good souls! This year’s tour is aptly named, “Random Acts of Kindness” and we at Velodyne could not be more thrilled to nurture the band on their trek across the U.S., leaving smiles and happiness in their wake.

Currently the band is finishing their tour supporting Walk the Moon, but we are looking forward to spending more time with them when they kick off their headlining tour to promote “Waiting for the Dawn”, their major label debut on Photo Finish Records/Island Records.

Enjoy this song, which was the theme for the San Francisco Giants 2012 season and was prominently played during their World Series-winning year.

Visit our Celebrity Spotlight page for more information and a signed headphone giveaway.

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Step Out In Style to Fight Addiction

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Velodyne had the honor of teaming with celebrities in a noble cause at the Summer Spectacular hosted by The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Awareness. Attorney Robert Shapiro and his wife Linelle founded their foundation when their son Brent succumbed to alcohol and drug abuse in his early 20′s. After the loss of their son, the Shapiros hoped to create awareness about alcohol and chemical dependency and stop the spread of this disease.

This party and fashion show raised over $500,000 for the foundation. Attendees such as Larry King, Paula Abdul, and Sugar Ray Leonard supported the successful event. Velodyne donated 35 of our vPulse in-ear headphones, the ideal fashion accessory for those on the go.

Marta Hall, Velodyne President, has been close to people who have struggled with addiction. “We need to recognize it as a serious illness and provide real solutions.”

The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Awareness  seeks to conquer alcohol and drug dependence through education and support.

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Going Cordless: Bluetooth Headphones

Probably one of the most annoying things about listening to music with headphones is the cords. They tend to always be where you don’t want them to be. They get tangled up. They get wrapped around something and are pulled from your ears. I’m sure there are various “solutions” to the cord problem, but none are so effective as Bluetooth headphones. It’s the most effective because it gets rid of the problem, literally. Bluetooth removes cords from the equation completely.

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Black and Silver vFree

The Velodyne vFree and vBold headphones embody all that is good about Bluetooth. They are perfect for many different situations. They’re great for late at night when everyone else is asleep, because you can move about without being tethered to your computer, iPod, or other device. When you’re cleaning up the house, there aren’t any cords to get in the way of whatever you’re doing. The vFree have hardly any noise leakage, so you don’t have to worry about disturbing others if you’re in a quiet location such as a library.

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Satin Silver vBold

In case you forget to charge up your vFree or vBold headphones, there’s an audio bypass cable that allows you to connect directly to your device. This can be used while the headphones are charging up, so you’re always able to use the headphones. The sound remains crisp and clear, and the bass is as deep and resonating as ever.

 

Finally, the Velodyne vFree and vBold headphones have a sleek, modern design that can go with any outfit. They can also be accessorized with artist-designed skins. The vBold comes in two colors: matte black and satin silver. The vFree comes in three colors: black, silver, and white. Each has its merits. The black and silver lean towards a more traditional headphone look, whereas the white is bold and stands out. Whichever version you prefer, the sound and design retain their quality.

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Finish Ticket Interview Following Sold Out Show

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Velodyne spent some time with Gabe Stein, drummer of Finish Ticket after their sold-out performance sponsored by Velodyne, Inc. at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Friday night. The band powered out an energetic performance to 600 adoring fans, their biggest headlining show yet. But not without first announcing the winner of our band merch pack complete with a pair of black vFree headphones, autographed by the band.

Velodyne: If you could say one word to describe the concert what would it be?

Gabe: Unreal.  As we were all driving back, we all decided it felt almost like a dream.

Velodyne: What was your favorite moment?

Gabe: Looking out and seeing my entire extended family—my uncles, aunts, parents, my band mates parents were all out there.  I also saw some old friends in the front row I didn’t know would be able to make it.

Velodyne: What were your most challenging moments? 

Gabe: Getting ready for it.  We spent obviously weeks and weeks preparing, getting ourselves ready.  We had a lot of preparation in addition to the music, like creating our own light boxes that said Finish Ticket.  It was stressful.  We found out it was sold out 18 minutes before we went on and that made everything okay.

Velodyne: What did you think about on stage? 

Gabe: Growing up I would play drums every day in my garage, thinking ‘maybe one day I’ll actually get to play for a few people.’  Getting to actually do that was always my ultimate goal.

Velodyne: How did you feel on stage?

Gabe: At first I was a little bit anxious, waiting to play.  The second we got on stage it was just like practice.  And it was like finally, finally here!

Velodyne: f you were a type of animal on stage, what would it be? 

Gabe: I would say a driving horse.  I learned at a young age the drummer is supposed to help keep the band together, keep everything moving, control the pace.  So I would say a horse, but in a cool way!

Velodyne: If you could take home only one photo from the concert, what would it be of? 

Gabe: Before our encore we all stopped playing and then the second we came back in the strobe lights went crazy.  I couldn’t really see anything or hear anything besides my drum set.

Velodyne: Any final thoughts?

Gabe: We’re just so thankful everyone came out to support us!

 

–Frankly, it was our pleasure.

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