July 31, 2014

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.

July 30, 2014

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!

July 29, 2014

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.

July 25, 2014

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.

July 21, 2014

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!