Mac Geek Gab Goes Nuts for AirParrot

One of the main advantages of AirParrot is streaming from older Mac and Windows computers to a compatible Apple TV, Reflector or other media receiver of choice.

Mac Geek Gab, a podcast featured on the Mac Observer, covered this topic in an episode last month. Hosts John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton gave a listener advice in regards to his skepticisms towards AirParrot.

The listener had an older Mac and a first generation Apple TV. He wanted to know if upgrading his Apple TV so it is compatible with AirParrot was worth it in terms of the movie streaming experience.

John and Dave recommended updating the Apple TV, and they gave advice for the process, suggesting looking through the Refurbished Apple TV store for cheaper, yet still high-quality options. Dave also highly endorsed AirParrot. “It works awesome; it really does,” he said. “I’ve had no issues whatsoever with AirParrot in that regard.”

Listen to episode 516 to hear the full review (starting at 45:14). Also, be sure to visit their website for archived podcasts or subscribe on iTunes and stay up to date on all things Mac!

 

Reflector AirPlay Password Options

Allowing anyone to connect to your computer to show their device is a great tool. However, there are times you may want to restrict access. On larger networks, unwanted and accidental connections can happen at inopportune times. 

The latest versions of Reflector allow you to set your own custom AirPlay password or use an Onscreen Code. Onscreen Codes are randomly generated numeric passwords displayed when connecting. You can also set a custom password.

Follow these simple steps to change your AirPlay password.

1. Open Reflector and click the Reflector icon in your dock.

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2. Click the Reflector option in your menu bar and select preferences.

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3. Choose a security setting that works for you.  

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4. Click save and enjoy!

If you enable Onscreen Codes, Reflector will prompt you with a random password. Enter this code when your device prompts you for a password. 

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Meet the Squirrels: Aaron Rinier

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

Aaron (better known as A-A-Ron or Papi) was raised in Canton, Ohio. He is the customer experience manager at Squirrels. He handles all things customer and support related. Aaron strives to make sure every encounter with the products at Squirrels is positive and issues are resolved in the quickest, most efficient manor possible.

The 2013 company retreat to Lake Tahoe has been the coolest thing Aaron has done with the company so far. “Renting jet skis on Lake Tahoe was so much fun, even though I fell into the freezing water,” he said.

According to Aaron, “the best part about working at Squirrels is my co-workers. It’s great to have a job that you look forward to everyday.” 

Learn more about Aaron!

Favorite things to do in your free time:  I enjoy doing projects around my house, and I love to golf; anything outside really.

Favorite food: Any kind of seafood

TV show: Shark Tank

Movie: Fight Club

Band/artist: Kid Cudi

Your idol and why:  My grandfather is my idol. He taught me what hard work is and to never give up.  

Your motto:  No matter how bad things get, they can’t take away your birthday. 

If you could be any animal, what would you be?  Honey Badger, is there really any other choice?!

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a doctor.  

If you could have one super power, what would it be?  I would want to be able to fly. 

Reflector for Windows 1.5 is Available

Reflector for Windows version 1.5 is now available. This version adds support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus—including frames. 

Version 1.5 changes include:

  • Added support for displaying the connected device’s name
  • Added additional GPO deployment entries
  • Added support for Onscreen Code connections
  • Various performance enhancements and bug fixes

Full release notes for version 1.5 can be found here: http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/release-notes/win/

You can download this update by selecting “Check for Updates…” from the Reflector menu. The new version of Reflector can also be downloaded from here: http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/download/

Reflector for Mac 1.6.4 is Available

Reflector for Windows version 1.6.4 is now available. This version adds support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus—including frames. 

Version 1.6.4 changes include:

  • Added support for displaying the connected device’s name
  • Added support for Onscreen Code connections
  • Various performance enhancements and bug fixes

Full release notes for version 1.6.4 can be found here: http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/release-notes/win/

You can download this update by selecting “Check for Updates…” from the Reflector menu. The new version of Reflector can also be downloaded from here: http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/download/

#squirrelsdoBVI14: Our 2014 Company Retreat

Earlier this year, the Squirrels team traveled to the Caribbean for the 2014 company retreat! We spent our time on the island of Virgin Gorda in the beautiful British Virgin Islands to celebrate the past year and plan for the year ahead.

Although we spent a good part of our week snorkeling, swimming, kayaking and relaxing on the beach, the most impactful moments of the trip came from our group sessions. We took time everyday to come together as a team and reflect on what we’ve done, recognized who we are now and created a mold for the future of Squirrels.

The retreat was a great way for the team to bond and rejuvenate. Now that we’re back in the office, we’re focused and ready to put our plans into action. Stay tuned for great things to come from Squirrels!

 Check out some highlights from our incredible week!

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Squirrels Sponsors a Teacher Through redditgifts Gift Exchange

Recently, reddit held its redditgifts for the Teachers 2014 gift exchange to help educators in need. Each year, teachers with inadequate budgets and resources reach out to the public for sponsorships and donations. Those who sign up for the exchange are matched with a teacher, given information about their needs and the necessary shipping information to send the supplies by the start of the school year.

As big supporters of education, Squirrels decided to sponsor a teacher through redditgifts. A lot of the Squirrels team is very passionate about music, and we were thrilled when we got matched with a music teacher in Iowa. The team donated $300 worth of creative, music and general supplies to help educate kids aged 4-11.

We appreciate reddit and the opportunity to make a difference in classrooms. Check out the Gift Exchange page on the redditgifts website to find this and other opportunities.

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Meet the Squirrels Support Team

If you’ve ever needed help with any of our products, it’s likely you’ve talked to one of the people on our support team. In the coming weeks, learn a little about each one of them.

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Meet the Squirrels: Mike Keeton

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

Mike came from Canton, Ohio to be a quality assurance analyst at Squirrels. He spends his workdays making sure the software that is released is up to spec and of the highest possible quality!

For Mike, being a part of the Slingshot development before its release was one of the coolest things he has done since starting at Squirrels. “Watching it evolve into what it is now was a great experience,” he said. “The best part about working at Squirrels is the fantastic group of people who push the envelope to make themselves and everyone around them better.”

Learn more about Mike!

Favorite things to do in your free time: Fishing, disc golf, golf and relaxing with a video game.

Food: Mexican

TV Show: Game of Thrones and Big Bang Theory

Movie: Hobbit and LoTR series

Band/artist: Black Keys (currently)

Your idol and why: I don’t have one specific idol. Many men have done great things and I think focusing on one person’s achievements doesn’t allow you to appreciate the full value of other’s achievements. 

Your motto: “Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.” It’s a phrase used by many and it’s very true!

If you could be any animal, what would you be? Some kind of bird of prey, like a hawk, eagle or condor. I’d like to be able to fly, go anywhere and have the aerial view of the world. 

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A bigger kid with bigger toys; I’m slowly succeeding! I was always interested in driving Formula 1 or Le Mans.

If you could have one super power, what would it be? It’s hard to pick just one, but I would like to be Dr. Manhattan from the Watchmen. I could have the ability to be in multiple places at once and go anywhere I wanted in the universe.

Squirrels Surge Back to Childhood

If you’re not familiar with Surge, we strongly encourage you to grab a can and experience the surge through your veins. Surge is a recently reintroduced citrus soda that originally debuted in 1996. The Coca Cola product was discontinued in 2002 and left Surge fans everywhere without their fix. 

Recently, Amazon and Coca Cola teamed up to reintroduce Surge to the world. For Squirrels, this meant the return of childhood memories and a nostalgic trip down memory lane to 90’s era technology, all-night video game sessions and LAN parties.

The youngest members of Squirrels haven’t even heard of Surge or had only heard of it as a legend. For them the realization of such a legend returning left them speechless.