December 31, 2014

Happy New Year from #teamsquirrels!

While 2014 was a year full of excitement, hard work and growth, our team is anxious to jump into 2015 and continue that legacy. But, before we do, it’s time to look back on some of the our favorite memories of 2014!

“I would have to say my favorite Squirrels memory in 2014 is when Drew finally got fed up with this old crappy printer that never worked correctly, then decided to throw it out the window. It was very satisfying to see that printer pay for its transgressions against us.”

– Dustin

“My favorite memory was in BVI when a group of us set out to kayak to the island that was way too far away. One person kept capsizing their boat, and the other took on water and started sinking. Two fellow Squirrels came out to save the sinking kayak, and others switched kayaks to ensure everyone was safe. Character, teamwork and compassion were shown in that trip – summarizes the Squirrels well. “

– Jessica

“Nothing made me happier in 2014 than watching our team grow. Seeing new, excited faces and fresh enthusiasm and energy come to the team continues to inspire me.”

– Dave

“I have many fond memories, and one I think everyone will enjoy involves NERF guns. Andrew purchased a gun with a grenade launcher on it, and my first shot with the grenade went straight into Matt E’s face. Direct shot with no warning. He lived, but he wasn’t pleased.”

– Sid

“My favorite memory was the final week of the Slingshot push. We were all exhausted, frustrated and tired of being around each other by that time., but, we stayed focused, came together and really showed what this team is capable of doing.”

– Matt E.

“The Saturday we all came in and tested/worked on Slingshot during the April pre-launch push is my favorite memory.  Everyone came in at about 10am and hammered on Slingshot until sometime early in the evening, but a lot of us stayed later. That night, as things slowed down, everyone left was hanging out here in the development office telling stories and drinking beer—all very chill.  Definitely a cool day.

– Jon Z.

“My favorite memory was floating in the ocean in BVI with my cousin Andy, having a cousinly conversation.”

– Matt Y.

“One of my fondest memories of the last year would have to be traveling to Belgium with Dave and getting to work with a development team there. From being in a different work environment to just being in Belgium, it was a trip that I will remember for a long time.”

– Matt Bowen

“My favorite 2014 memory is when everyone from the company crammed into the conference room and toasted some really expensive champagne as we celebrated the successful launch of AirParrot 2. Best feeling ever.” 

– Cory

“I would have to say my favorite memory from 2014 would be the day we all sailed on the catamaran in BVI.  I really enjoy the peacefulness of the ocean and the great company of my co-workers.”

– Aaron

“My favorite memory is the sequence of events that inspired Squirrels Game Night.

July 14, 2014: Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

15:00: Six men sit down at a RISK board armed with cigars, beer, and dreams of world domination.

19:30: A drunken World Congress is held during dinner. Pacts and Border agreements are made.

23:30: Three players have been eliminated. All pacts have been dissolved.

July 15, 2014

00:30: The map is split between two Super Powers: Stephen and Jon B.

01:20: Legions of tiny grey soldiers swarm the Western hemisphere. Jon B is victorious.

01:30: Jon B stumbles to Villa 2 to find everyone still awake and playing “Never Have I Ever”

01:31: Jon B’s life is complete.”

– Jon B.

“One of my favorite memories is the day we released AirParrot 2 and many of us were sitting in the conference room watching the page visits and the servers crashing. It felt great to see how well it was doing after all the hard work we put in.”

– Andy

“Oh, the memories of 2014 are full of laughs and great times. It’s hard to just sum it up in a few sentences. 

1. ISTE when multiple teachers came up to me and couldn’t believe I was real! With all of the back-and-forth emails I do everyday, it makes me feel good to meet the people I correspond with! 

2. One word: NERF

3. Our corporate retreat this year was full of great, fond memories. We all really had the time to bond as colleagues and friends. BVI is a trip I will never forget and always cherish.”

– Meghan

“Seeing our holiday party venue was one of my favorite moments of the year. All of the attention to detail made it an excellent night and already has me looking forward to next year!”

– Nate

“There are plenty of memories that stand out and the team has done some great things this year. My fondest memory though is more personal. Squirrels gave Kyle and I an opportunity to attend Agile Development Conference West, where I was able to learn from and collaborate with some great minds in software development. A number of those interactions were experiences that I’ll never forget. I expect that those memories will continue to motivate me well into the future.”

– Matt Becker

“Looking back at all the amazing things we have done and experienced together, one thing in particular sticks out in my head. After we got settled into our villas on our private beach in Virgin Gorda, I grabbed a paddleboard and hit the water. Slowly going over everything I could reach, hearing nothing but the wind, tiny splashes against the bottom of my board and the faint laughter of my co-workers was a surreal moment. It showed me what amazing things could be created when unique individuals come together to create an ecosystem to work, play and enjoy together.”

– Kyle

You’ve Got the Gear… Now What?

The holidays are filled with new gear and gadgets with a lot of awesome capabilities. This year we unwrapped Apple TVs, Fire TVs, Chromecasts and iPhones.

AirParrot and Reflector take your new tech to the next level. Our software works with the latest and greatest, so you have many more ways to play with your new toys (don’t worry, we wont make you share!). 

What can you do with your new gear?

Apple TV

In addition to the many of “channels” available for Apple TV, you can also stream media and mirror other Apple device screens.

AirParrot allows you to stream any media files or mirror your Mac or PC screen to an Apple TV. Just fire up the software on your computer and select the device.

AirParrot includes other features like multiple destination support, audio only and specific app mirroring. At $14.99, AirParrot is the best way to experience your movies, music and more.

Chromecast

This tiny, inexpensive TV stick is already powerful, but AirParrot turns your Chromecast into a media powerhouse. Stream music or media to your Chromecast from a Mac or PC, or mirror your screen.

AirParrot works great with Chromecast and enables screen mirroring without a browser extension. Audio is even sent with the screen when mirroring!

 iPhone/iPod/iPad

Check out Reflector! Reflector allows you to mirror an iOS device to a Mac, PC, Android device or Amazon Fire TV. Play games on a big screen, make instructional videos, mirror side-by-side, record and more. Whether it’s work or play, Reflector is a great addition to any environment.Try Reflector free for seven days or purchase for $12.99!

Amazon Fire TV

Mirror and stream content to your Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Simply run Reflector on the Fire TV and stream content from your iPhone or computer. Even mirror your screen! If you’ve got an iPhone or iPad, mirror directly from the device and share content on a bigger screen.

Streaming movies and music to Fire TV is easy. Just install AirParrot on your computer, select your Fire TV from the device list and choose your media. 

December 23, 2014

AirParrot 2 for Mac and Windows Version 2.1 is Available

A new version of AirParrot 2 for Mac and Windows is now available. This version adds support for subtitles, local audio and displaying current artist, track and album information. AirParrot 2.1 also includes the ability to mirror just a selected portion of the screen. Find the full list of changes below:

Mac

  • Subtitles – AirParrot 2 now supports media files with embedded and external subtitles!
  • Now Playing – AirParrot 2 shows current artist, track and album information for iTunes, Spotify and Radium when mirroring audio only.
  • Local Audio – AirParrot 2 now allows mirroring audio to local computer speakers in addition to other devices.
  • AirParrot 2 now allows you to choose other audio input devices, in addition to system audio.
  • Mirror Selected Area – Select just a desired area of an application or a screen to mirror.
  • Added indicators on mouseover for display identification
  • Added menu bar indicator when mirroring is paused
  • AirParrot 2 now appears in “Open With…” menu for media files
  • AirParrot 2 menu now closes when selecting another menu bar item
  • Resolved an issue with display extension driver that could prevent certain Macs from waking on 10.10.2
  • Resolved an issue with display extension driver that previously warned users of drag and drop issues with certain MacBooks – all MacBooks are now safe to use with AirParrot 2
  • Resolved an issue where “Very High” video quality setting actually produced a very low quality video stream
  • Resolved an issue that prevented audio streaming to audio devices with multiple interfaces with self-assigned IP addresses
  • Resolved an issue where bluetooth-discovered Apple TVs could overwrite the mDNS information for the device
  • Resolved an issue where multiple connected monitors could cause the “To” list layout to break
  • Numerous miscellaneous bug fixes, stability improvements and performance updates

Windows

  • Subtitles – AirParrot 2 now supports media files with embedded and external subtitles!
  • AirParrot 2 now allows you to choose other audio input devices, in addition to system audio
  • Mirror Selected Area – Select just a desired area of a screen to mirror.
  • Added indicators on mouseover for display identification
  • Added menu bar indicator when mirroring is paused
  • AirParrot 2 now appears in “Open With…” menu for media files
  • AirParrot 2 menu now closes when selecting another menu bar item
  • Resolved an issue where “Very High” video quality setting actually produced a very low quality video stream
  • Resolved an issue that prevented audio streaming to audio devices with multiple interfaces with self-assigned IP addresses
  • Numerous miscellaneous bug fixes, stability improvements and performance updates

Release notes for version 2.1 can be found here: http://airsquirrels.com/airparrot/release-notes/

You can download this update by selecting “Check for Updates…” from the AirParrot preferences menu. The new version of AirParrot 2 can also be downloaded from here: http://www.airsquirrels.com/airparrot/download/

Reflector for Android 1.1.6 is Available

An update to Reflector for Android is now available. this update resolves an issue that prevented some streamed videos from playing. The update also includes miscellaneous fixes and improvements. You can get this update by visiting the Google Play Store.

Note: This is not an update to Reflector for Fire TV. A Similar update has been submitted to Amazon and is waiting approval. 

‘Twas the Weekend Before Christmas

‘Twas the weekend before Christmas and you could tell by each grin, 

that everyone was anxious for the festivities to begin.

The halls were decked, decorations carefully placed,

ready to celebrate all weekend with great style and taste.

The employees were nestled snug in their office spaces,

making apps wasn’t the only thing bringing smiles to their faces.

Once everyone was draped in sweaters that made them look strange,

they met Friday to begin the white elephant exchange.

After everyone selected a gift, ready for a gag,

they tore each present from its wrapping (or Chipotle bag).

Some were funny, some useful, some that needed turned on,

but most of them dealt with happenings in ‘the john.’

With bellies full of cookies and gummy worms by the heap,

each employee went to bed early, too anxious to fall asleep.

For the next day was no average day, a festivity for the hearty,

it was the eve of the annual Squirrels Christmas Party.

On Saturday evening, in suits and dresses,
each Squirrel gathered to celebrate the year’s successes.

During dinner, Jon gave everyone his or her moment of fame,

in a surprise award ceremony, calling each person by name.

“On David! On Andrew!

On, Cody and Matt!

On, Sid! On, Cory!

Everyone accept your awards, stat!

To ‘The Squirreliest Squirrel!’

To ‘The Oldest Old Man!’

Now ‘The Office Cat!’ and ‘The Cutie Patootie!’

You’re all a wonderful clan!”

The festivities continued, dancing at lightning paces,

with plenty of photo shoots with our cardboard faces.

But as dawn arose and the sun came creeping,

everyone decided to spend all of Sunday sleeping.

This time of year, Squirrels would like to thank you,

our loyal customers, why we do what we do.

We hope your season is both merry and bright,

Happy holidays too all, and to all a good night!