Reflector for Android 1.1 is Available

Reflector for Android version 1.1 is now available on the Google Play Store

Version 1.1 adds audio support and video playback controls. Under-the-hood improvements have also been made. 

This update also brings Reflector for Android to Amazon Fire TV. You can find Reflector in the Amazon store on your Fire Tv.

Version 1.1 release notes include:

  • Adds full audio support
  • Adds hardware video playback controls for devices like Amazon Fire TV
  • Adds video playback UI
  • Adds a link to Reflector for Android support portal
  • Adds ability to email Squirrels support directly with diagnostic logs
  • Adds a message to the notification drawer that Reflector is running and broadcasting
  • Corrects a rare crash when launching

Download this update by visiting the Google Play Store on your device.

Slingshot 1.1 is Now Available

You can now schedule sessions for future use and send invitations to those sessions ahead of time. This update also includes numerous changes that improve performance in slow or limited network conditions.

Slingshot will ask you to update when joining a session. If you prefer to update immediately, you can visit the app store on your device or get the latest desktop version here. Version 1.1 is available for all platforms today.

What’s New?

Session Scheduling

Slingshot 1.1 adds the ability to schedule sessions in advance. Scheduling makes using Slingshot for planned meetings and collaboration sessions easy. Invite others to join in advance and never miss another session again.

Improved Network Performance

A number of changes were made to this version of Slingshot that help improve performance issues caused by network conditions. Automatically hide webcams and screens when joining a session to prevent bandwidth issues. Audio can also be automatically muted. Under-the-hood improvements were also made to provide better performance.

Easier Communication

The mobile versions of Slingshot make it easier to control webcams and toggle audio options. The added controls are more accessible and always available when using the application on mobile devices. Accessible controls allow you to prevent unwanted distractions during a session.

Be sure to update Slingshot to take advantage of the improvements and new features!

Squirrels Back-to-School Sale

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For a limited time, grab AirParrot and Reflector for a discounted back-to-school price. Plus get free shipping on T-shirts and water bottles just in time for fall!

Vist the Squirrels store to take advantage of the savings!

The legal stuff:

SQUIRRELS BACK-TO-SCHOOL SALE.
Take 20% off any AirParrot or Reflector purchase prior to tax and shipping. Free standard shipping on physical merchandise orders totaling $50 or more. Offer valid on online purchases of in-stock items only. Offer not valid for purchase orders or bulk sales. Offer not valid on purchases outside of airsquirrels.com. To redeem this online offer, add the item to the shopping cart and the order total will be adjusted on qualifying orders. This promotion is not valid with any other offer that requires you to enter a promotional code at checkout. If a code is entered at checkout, this offer will be void. At this time we are unable to ship to U.S Territories or international locations. Not valid on previous purchases and may not be applied to future purchases. Offer ends 9/9/2014 @ 11:59 PM EST. No cash value. Void where prohibited by law. Qualifying orders only. Some restrictions apply.

Meet the Squirrels: Cory Shoaf

This is the fifth post in an ongoing Meet the Squirrels series. Read more in this series.

A native of Bolivar, Ohio, Cory is a partner of the company as well as the creative director and UI designer. Cory makes sure all of the departments have what they need to do their job with the most appealing imagery and design assets.

In Cory’s opinion, the best part about working at Squirrels is the people. “I believe there isn’t another company with the same personality and drive as what we have at Squirrels,” he said. “I love everyone here and it feels like a big family. When you have such a great community of people all striving towards the same goal, you can really create some great things.”

The company retreat to Lake Tahoe last year was Cory’s coolest experience at Squirrels (so far!). “It was an experience where everyone from the company was able to converse, share stories, think of new strategies and have a blast doing so.”

Learn more about Cory!

Favorite things to do in your free time: I love to play golf, mess around on various musical instruments and design icons in my spare time.

Favorite food: Pizza

TV show: Game of Thrones

Band/artist: Daft Punk

 Your idol and why: My Dad. He has always been an encouragement to me and I look up to him for advice and sometimes a good laugh.

Your motto: Party on.

If you could be any animal, what would you be? Dog. Dogs have the best existence.

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to play baseball for the Cleveland Indians. I would practice in the back yard pretending to hit home runs at Jacob’s Field (now Progressive field).

If you could have one super power, what would it be? The ability to see the future… an oracle if you will.

Meet the Squirrels: Sidney Keith

This is the fourth post in an ongoing Meet the Squirrels series. Read more in this series.

Sid came to Squirrels from Mineral City, Ohio. As one of the company’s partners, Sid wears many hats. A lot of the work he does stems from his degree in public relations: social media, syndicating press releases, business development, people management, sales, attending conferences and much more.

The coolest thing Sid has done at Squirrels was start it! “When Squirrels was first coming about, there were late, late, late nights at the office,” he said.  “I was still in college, so I would go out on a Friday night and come back after the bars closed to answer emails and work on things. Starting something from nothing has definitely been a pretty cool experience.”

Being a part of the beginning has given Sid the chance to fully appreciate what Squirrels is today. “Squirrels has become much more than a job. The people here are like family. Coming to work isn’t working. Sure, we get things done, but we’re having fun while we do it, and I enjoy it. I don’t dread coming in every morning because I get to see and be with people who are passionate and care about what we’re doing.“

Learn more about Sid!

Favorite things to do in your free time: I really enjoy hanging out with friends. Often times it’s the same people I work with. It really doesn’t matter what we do—barbecuing, bowling, going out on the town, going to the beach, etc.

Favorite food: I love grilled burgers and hot dogs, and I wear my Taylor Swift apron while I grill. Can’t get much more American than that, right?

TV show: Until last year, my favorite series was Californication on Showtime…. and then I watched Game of Thrones. Now I own Game of Thrones cups, blankets, paintings, maps, board games, card games and Blu-rays. I think you get it.

Band/artist: I listen to all kinds of music, so I can’t say I like Eric Church more than Taking Back Sunday because it’s comparing Apples and Oranges. My favorite music changes daily depending on mood, situation, location, etc. You’ll find me listening to the top 40, rap, 60s/70s/80s, alternative, house… the list goes on. I should say that I have every Taking Back Sunday and Taylor Swift album autographed and hanging on my wall.

Movie: Favorite movies are the same as music. My Blu-ray collection is 300 strong and still growing!

Your motto: A book I read in high school had a main character that lived by the motto “What’s life without risks?” I like to go by that, but a bit more toned down. 

If you could be any animal, what would you be? A turtle, but not just any turtle. Crush from Finding Nemo. Why? He’s chill and wise. He seems like he knows everything about the world (ocean?) but still doesn’t have a care. Also, who doesn’t like sea turtles?!

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a train engineer. Trains are awesome! When I was younger, I always made my mom take me to train museums and buy me model train sets. I had a really cool model set with tunnels, mountains, roads and all kinds of other stuff. This past January I drug my girlfriend to the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, and it was awesome. I actually think I would still do it—even if trains are a thing of the past.

If you could have one super power, what would it be? Flying! I hate flying commercially. It’s slow, inefficient, crowded, unhealthy, whatever. It’s a pain. I can see it now: no sitting in traffic, going through TSA check points, sitting next to toddlers or sweaty sick people. It would be great, and super efficient! No more red-eye flights home from Vegas!

Reflector for Android 1.0.1 is Available

Reflector for Android 1.0.1 is now available from the Google Play store. The update corrects an issue that could prevent Reflector from showing in AirPlay lists. A crash related to this broadcasting issue is also fixed. 

Get the update by downloading it from the Google Play store.

Introducing: Reflector for Android

Mirror to your Android tablet, phone or entertainment device.

Reflector for Android is an AirPlay receiver that runs on most Android devices. It allows your Android tablet, phone or entertainment system to receive AirPlay and AirPlay mirroring signals. 

Reflector for Android is available in the Google Play Store for an introductory price of $6.99. Reflector is coming to Kindle Fire tablets and Fire TV soon!


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Mirror your computer screen to Android devices
Reflector for Android allows your phone or tablet to receive mirroring connections from almost any computer. Mirror your computer to a tablet running Reflector for Android and pass the tablet to others for wireless viewing. Mirror your computer screen to an Android phone, too!

Turn your Android device into another monitor
When used with AirParrot or Apple’s built-in screen mirroring, your Android tablet can become a second or even third display. Extend your desktop to the tablet for added desktop space. Watch movies, browse the web or chat on the extended display while important tasks are kept in front of you.

Mirror your phone, tablet or desktop to your TV
Reflector for Android adds mirroring functions to many HDMI-connected Android entertainment solutions. If you’ve got an Android entertainment device connected to a television, you can mirror your desktop or iOS screen to the big screen for others to see. Reflector for Android on Amazon Fire TV is coming soon! 

Mirror your iOS device to your Android device
Reflector for Android receives connections from iOS devices that support AirPlay mirroring, too. Mirror your iPhone or iPad screen to an Android phone or tablet for wireless personal presentations and demonstrations.  

Meet the Squirrels: Cody Baker

This is the third post in an ongoing Meet the Squirrels series. Read more in this series.

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Cody is a west coast Squirrel! Although he was raised in Bolivar, Ohio, he now lives and works from Seattle, Washington. Cody is a partner at Squirrels and also holds the titles of senior software developer and systems engineer. Cody’s main duty is developing and managing our cloud software and infrastructure.

“That means I spend a lot of my day writing python and database code,” he said. “I also maintain the backend systems and servers that enable our team to build and deliver your favorite Squirrels products. “

Cody has enjoyed his Squirrels experience in its entirety. “I love the variety of what I do at Squirrels; there’s no single coolest thing,” he said. “The best part about working at Squirrels is the team.”

Learn more about Cody! 

Favorite things to do in your free time: I like to get away from the computer when I have free time.  I enjoy traveling and the outdoors.  Seattle is amazing in the summer time and I love to bike and see all of the beautiful places here.  Lately, I’ve been repairing and remodeling a 1920s house. 

Favorite food, TV show, movie and band/artist:

  • Food: Thai Curry 
  • TV Show: The West Wing
  • Movie: Lost in Translation.  A close second is Contact w/ Jody Foster from the 90’s.
  • Band: Beach House.  I really love music; I listen all day and try to see something live at least once a week.  There’s a lot of artists I’m fond of, but Beach House never gets old and always puts me in a good mood.

Your idol and why: I think a lot of the people who do the best and most inspiring work stay out of the spotlight.

Your motto: Trust in people.  Sometimes people make bad decisions, but there’s almost always a good reason. 

If you could be any animal, what would you be? Manatee

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When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: Astronaut

If you could have one super power, what would it be? I’d love the ability to pause time for everyone but me.  It’d be great.  I’d sleep in as long as I wanted every morning, take the scenic route, and do some great reading, all without compromising my work/social life.

2014 ISTE Recap

The Squirrels team had an incredible three days at ISTE 2014.

Not only did we get to show off our software to hundreds of excited attendees, we got to speak with a ton of teachers, administrators and tech coordinators who have already implemented our software into their classrooms and schools. We received an incredible amount of quality feedback and are excited for what’s to come from our company in the future.

Thank you to ISTE and all exhibitors and attendees for making the conference such a success. Check out some of the pictures we got and congratulations to our prize pack winner Ya-Huei Lu!

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SnakeClamp saves the day at ISTE 2014

ISTE 2014 was a success for Squirrels, but that’s not to say there weren’t some hiccups along the way.

In the center of our booth we had a television, computer and iPad displaying AirParrot and Reflector working in conjunction with one another. However, we needed some way to suspend our iPad from the display.  When the hardware we initially brought broke, we didn’t think we would be able to display the iPad. Luckily a fellow exhibitor, SnakeClamp, was there to save the day.

SnakeClamps are interchangeable hardware tools that feature different mounting bases, goosenecks and attachments to “hold what you need, right where you need it.”  They were gracious enough to give us some of their products; and they worked flawlessly! With the Rail Clamp, 18” Heavy Duty Gooseneck and iPad bracket we were provided, we were able to display our iPad at eye-level right from our backdrop.

We can’t thank the generous people at SnakeClamp enough for providing such an amazing product. Check out their website for a full list of products.

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