Squirrels Joins Forces with Habitat for Humanity

Recently, members of the Squirrels team and a few friends spent a Saturday morning giving back to the community. Squirrels joined forces with Habitat for Humanity, a world-wide organization that helps provide safe and affordable housing for families. Not only does Habitat for Humanity build and restore homes, it teaches buyers how to get out of debt and how to care for new homes. 

Habitat for Humanity Stark acquired a house in Massillon, Ohio and needed volunteers to help get the inside of the home ready to sell. Squirrels worked hard and got dirty, spending the day wiping down, painting and trimming the walls and ceilings of every room in the house. 

Many of the Squirrels employees grew up in and around the Stark county area. “We’re headquartered here, and this area has proved to be a great area to grow a company,” Squirrels cofounder Andrew Gould said.

"We’re lucky enough to be successful, and we welcomed the chance to give back to those less fortunate than us in the area,” he continued. “Habitat for Humanity seemed like a great way for us to satisfy our desire to work hard and give a family a chance to build something successful from humble beginnings—just like we did.” 

For more information on how you can volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in your area, visit their website to learn more about how to get involved

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Meet the Squirrels: Stephen Gerstacker

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

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Stephen is a senior application developer. A Dover, Ohio native, he writes and designs software for Squirrels. Stephen’s talents allow him to work with software across all platforms.

Since starting at Squirrels, Stephen has enjoyed attending Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference last year the most. “Attending WWDC had always been a dream of mine, and the company made sure I got to go,” he said.

In his opinion, the best part about working at Squirrels is his co-workers. “This is more of a team than a company, so it makes the day-to-day work a lot more enjoyable.”

Learn more about Stephen!

Favorite things to do in your free time: I spend my free time tinkering on computers.

Favorite food: Indian Food

TV show: Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Movie: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Band/artist: De La Soul

Your idol and why: I couldn’t say I have a specific idol, but I try to take inspiration from a lot of people. I enjoy people’s perspectives on and approaches to the world. This includes Salvador Dalí, MC Escher, Terry Gilliam, Grace Hopper and Stanley Kubrick. There’s probably more, but this list is getting pretentious enough as is…

Your motto: I don’t really have a motto, but I try to live by the “Do unto others…” “Be excellent to each other” ethos.

If you could be any animal, what would you be? Probably a dog. There’s something to be said for a simple life.

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? In my actual words, “a digger truck driver.”

If you could have one super power, what would it be? Flying. That seems like the most fun.

Squirrels Assemble Second Largest LEGO Set Ever Created

Some of the folks in the Squirrels office are big fans of Star Wars, and others are fans of LEGO sets. We combined both passions and had a large-group, long-running assembly of one of the largest LEGO sets ever produced—the 10179 Millennium Falcon. It’s a rare item, and at 5197 pieces, it’s massive. Check out some of our assembly shots below! 

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Next up, we’ll be assembling 10143: Death Star II, and we’ll surely be building some of the other largest sets, too!

Meet the Squirrels: Andy Yanok

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

Andy is a senior application developer at Squirrels. He was raised in Canal Fulton, Ohio and works on a bit of everything in development. He is well versed in iOS, Mac and Windows development. He can jump around and assist in application UI or work on the backend of Squirrels applications.

Andy has done a lot of cool things at Squirrels, but he mostly loves the uniqueness of the software and applications he is working with. “ Working on new and innovative technologies, not many developers get the opportunity to work on software that evolves as our software does,” he said. 

According to Andy, “The best part about working at Squirrels is working on software that so many people use.  Also, constantly learning new things.  I was once simply an ‘iOS developer’ now I’m a software developer. I constantly get to learn new software platforms and OS’s.”

Learn more about Andy!

Favorite things to do in your free time: Playing video games, watching TV with my wife, running.

Favorite food: Chipotle Burrito

TV show: NFL Football

Movie: Ghostbusters

Band/artist: Beck

Your idol and why: My mother.  She has all the traits and personality that I strive to have but can’t always replicate.

Your motto: "Oh wiwi?"

If you could be any animal, what would you be? Mountain Lion, because they thug.

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Baseball player (we see how that ended up).

If you could have one super power, what would it be? The ability to fly.

Meet the Squirrels: Development Team

It’s almost time to meet the Squirrels development team! Stay tuned tomorrow to meet senior Developer, Andy Yanok.

Want to meet more of the team? Read more in this series.

Reflector for Windows 1.4 is Available

Reflector for Windows version 1.4 is now available. This version fixes numerous bugs and improves overall application stability. 

Version 1.4 changes include:

  • Corrects a crash when sending audio
  • Adds ability to deploy Reflector across networks with automatic updates turned off
  • Reflector now remembers the “Show Frame” setting
  • Corrects an issue preventing Reflector windows from closing
  • Corrects a stream size issue when exiting fullscreen mode
  • Corrects an issue causing the device frame to display over top of streamed photos
  • When changing Reflector’s name as displayed to other devices, Reflector now updates the broadcast immediately

Full release notes for version 1.4 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/

Reflector for Android 1.1.1 is Available

Reflector for Android version 1.1.1 is now available on the Google Play Store

Version 1.1.1 adds better on-screen cues when using a hardware remote. This version also corrects a bug that prevented the FAQ from dismissing when mirroring.

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

Meet the Squirrels: Matt Becker

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

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Matt Becker is from Bolivar, Ohio. Along with being a partner, he is the company’s project manager. Matt takes great pride in the software development process from start to finish; he creates an efficient work environment that allows the team to work together and succeed, turns product visions and new features into a reality by monitoring product design goals and staying true to the initial vision and then ensures that Squirrels’ offerings meet customer needs.

When asked about the coolest thing he’s ever done at Squirrels, Matt said, “It’s really hard to say one thing was cooler than something else because we’ve been able to positively affect so many people by doing what we love to do. I’ve been able to contribute simply by being passionate and by trying to be a great leader. Being given an opportunity to do this is without a doubt the coolest thing that has ever happened to me.”

Matt’s favorite part of working at Squirrels is not feeling like he’s at work. “I never wake up and think to myself, ‘I’m not in the mood to work today.’ I’m surrounded by an awesome team that is capable of doing awesome things.”

Learn more about Matt Becker!

Favorite things to do in your free time: Drives to nowhere, learning new and crazy things (I’m currently learning how to assemble my own guitar effects pedals), basically trying to not have free time.

Favorite food: Pita chips and vegetables with hummus

Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones (unless NBA Basketball counts)

Favorite Movie: I count Star Wars Episodes IV - VI as one movie, because that’s how I watch them.

Favorite Band/Artist: I don’t have a favorite band/artist, but some of my favorite music genres are Trip-Hop, Downtempo and Post-Rock.

Your idol and why: Over the years, I’ve had a number of idols and people whom I’ve looked up to. But Steve Jobs is always on that list and usually very near the top. The way that he was able to productize something that was considered to be too nerdy or too techy, is something that I continue to try to understand.

Your motto: I’ve always told myself and others, “Do awesome things.” I’ll probably be using this more after seeing James Whittaker (@docjamesw) speak a couple times at a conference that I recently attended.

If you could be any animal, what would you be? Some sort of exotic bird, like a Macaw. To live in a jungle, fly around in the canopies, be generally beautiful and majestic… that sounds like a pretty good life.

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Up until I was about 16, I was convinced I was going to be a touring musician in a rock band. THAT… did not happen. 

If you could have one super power, what would it be? It’s not a “super power” per se, but if I could be adept in using the power of The Force, I’d be very satisfied.

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. Soon, you will be able to 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.