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December 23, 2015

Fortune Names Squirrels One Of 50 Best Workplaces For Camaraderie

Fortune.png-largeWe are proud to announce that Squirrels has been named one of the 50 Best Workplaces for Camaraderie by Fortune Magazine.

This recognition comes a month after Squirrels was ranked one of the Top 25 coolest tech companies in northeast Ohio by Inside Business Magazine for the second consecutive year.

Fortune takes into account employee feedback and measures how welcoming and fun companies are to all employees and the extent workers say they “can count on people to cooperate.”

Fortune outlined the following selection criteria:

“…employees were asked questions about how frequently they experience the behaviors that create a great workplace. Companies achieving the highest overall results in their size categories were then ranked based on employees’ feedback regarding the quality of the personal connections they experience with colleagues, taking into account how comfortable people feel being themselves; how friendly, cooperative, and fun the workplace is; and the strength of its teams. Results from the survey are highly reliable, having a 95 percent confidence level and a margin of error of 5 percent or less.”

This recognition is a great honor for us. We strive to give each of our 34 employees an unparalleled professional experience. Our employee-centric culture is something we will always strive to maintain no matter how large our company grows.

Company retreats, sponsored lunches, flex scheduling, Squirrels holidays, 10% projects, company outings, arcade games, paid health insurance, Hawaiian punch on tap and more have helped define us through the years. We have fun. We work hard, and we’re all excited to be a part of Squirrels.

Check out our complete company ranking and review.

December 22, 2015

Squirrels’ 1940s-Inspired Holiday Party Takes Flight At MAPS Air Museum

The 2015 Squirrels holiday party featured World War II-era planes, a Frank Sinatra-inspired vocalist and a museum full of snazzy-looking Squirrels employees.

Our 1940s-themed holiday party took place at MAPS Air Museum in North Canton, Ohio, on December 11. The party was held in the museum’s hangar among classic military planes and helicopters.

The Squirrels team enjoyed a night full of laughs, cocktails and entertainment, but it also used the experience as a learning opportunity. Museum guides were on hand to educate our team about each individual aircraft, World War II and relics from the time period. The MAPS Gallery of Heroes was also open for our staff to view detailed models and period items depicting the lifestyles and American history of the mid 1900s.

The Squirrels team made sure to look like it belonged in the same room as all of that American history. Employees and their significant others were dressed as aviators, first-class citizens, detectives and various other men and women of the time period. We even had a milk man.

Relive the night with us by checking out some photos below and the rest of the photos on Facebook. Huge thanks to Retro Peacock Photos for taking all of these incredible photos and making us look good.

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Don't forget to check out more photos on the Squirrels Facebook!

November 30, 2015

Cyber Monday sale offers 30% off Reflector 2 and AirParrot 2

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Our biggest sale of the year has arrived. Correction. Our biggest sale ever has arrived. We’re offering 30% off Reflector 2, AirParrot 2 and everything else in our online store today.

If you’ve been waiting to upgrade your old Reflector 1 or AirParrot 1 license, now is the time to do it. If you just happened to stumble upon our industry-leading screen-mirroring solutions today, your timing is impeccable.

New features, enhanced quality and a lot of tender love and care from our development team make Reflector 2 and AirParrot 2 the most complete screen-mirroring solutions we’ve ever created. We are beyond proud of both products, and we couldn’t be more excited for you to bring them to your classroom, boardroom, game room or entertainment room this holiday season.

All merchandise in our online store is 30% off today as well. Check out our collection of Squirrels t-shirts, AirParrot t-shirts and Reflector t-shirts.

Be sure to take advantage of our Cyber Monday sale while you can! As always, let us know if you have any questions.

October 30, 2015

AirParrot 2 Offers an Unmatched Streaming and Mirroring Experience with the New Apple TV

The first new Apple TV since 2012 promises to be one of the biggest tech hardware releases of 2015. What does this mean for AirParrot 2 customers? An unparalleled mirroring and streaming experience on a new, more powerful Apple TV.

We are excited to announce that both AirParrot and AirParrot 2 are compatible with Apple TV 4.

Use AirParrot 2 with the New Apple TV

Now that we got the good news out of the way, we’re going to hit you with more good news.

Compatibility with every mirroring-enabled Apple TV 
The price tag on the Apple TV ($150) will likely create school, business and home environments with old and new Apple TVs. Luckily, AirParrot 2 users can mirror and stream their Mac or PC screens to multiple generations of Apple TVs simultaneously without worrying about compatibility issues.

AirParrot 2 vs. AirPlay and AirParrot 1
AirParrot 2 provides a much more robust screen-mirroring solution than the built-in AirPlay function found in newer Mac models. The ability to mirror to multiple devices simultaneously, media streaming and compatibility with Apple TV, Chromecast and Reflector 2 makes AirParrot 2 a more feature-rich screen-mirroring solution.

Bonus: AirParrot 2 gives users the option to mirror specific apps or windows instead of the entire computer screen for privacy or to highlight specific content.

Stream to Apple TV 4
AirParrot 2 users can wirelessly stream their favorite movies and songs from a Mac or PC to the Apple TV 4 with the AirParrot 2 streaming feature. Are you thinking what we’re thinking? Looks like it’s time to wirelessly stream that new Adele song or Jurassic World from your computer to your Apple TV 4. Simply open AirParrot 2 and enjoy the show!

Pro tip: We recommend streaming movies rather than mirroring them for the best results.

Apple TV 4 features
Apple TV 4 boasts new features of its own including a new operating system (tvOS) with access to an App Store, deep Siri integration, a touch-based remote control that doubles as a game controller and powerful new app-development tools.

Overall, the new Apple TV and AirParrot 2 are a perfect match. Enjoy!

Learn more about AirParrot 2.

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October 22, 2015

What is Screen Mirroring?

The complicated answer: “Screen mirroring” is a tech-industry term used to describe a form of wireless device-to-device communication software.

In layman’s terms: “Screen mirroring” is a way to make your smart phone, tablet and computer screens appear on other screens. Simple, right?wireless screen-mirroing

The screen-mirroring market is young, and unlike the smart phone or tablet industry, screen-mirroring technology lacks a universally accepted word or application that defines it.

We often find that people don’t know what to look for when they need a mirroring solution because it isn’t a mainstream concept. What do you call it when you want to see your iPhone or Galaxy appear on your Mac or PC? What term do you use when you want your computer screen to appear on your TV or other computers simultaneously?

Mirroring technology is used to accomplish a wide array of tasks across many markets. We develop industry-leading apps for these markets every day. In this blog post, we will define screen mirroring, its primary applications and compatible devices.

What is screen mirroring?
Screen mirroring is the act of wirelessly displaying computer, smart phone and tablet screens on external devices in order to view and share content in real time from one screen to another.

Wirelessly send a computer screen
Users can wirelessly send a computer screen (Mac and PC), specific desktop window or application to one or more Apple TVs, Chromecasts or Reflector 2-enabled computers simultaneously using the industry-leading AirParrot 2 software.

Wirelessly send a mobile device to a Mac or PC
Users may also wirelessly display one or more smart phone/tablet screens onto a Mac or PC using the industry-leading Reflector 2 software. Compatible devices include iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Chromebook, Surface Pro and Android devices.

This mirroring app wirelessly displays mobile device screens by receiving AirPlay and Google Cast connections from iOS and Android devices. It’s the only screen-mirroring technology in the world that’s compatible with Google Cast-enabled Android phones and tablets.

All of that information is great, but seeing is believing. Check out our screen-mirroring tutorial below!

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Who uses screen-mirroring technology?
Screen mirroring is common in education, gaming, entertainment, business and application-development environments.

Education
Educators use screen mirroring to command the classroom from their iPads and show student Chromebooks, Android devices and iOS devices wirelessly to the entire class. Mirroring enables student device screens to wirelessly display on the teacher’s projector-connected computer, allowing every other student in the classroom to see any individual mobile device from the comfort of their desks. Screen-mirroring apps are a must for any edtech program.

Gaming
Mobile gamers mirror gameplay from their smart phone and tablet screens to a computer. From there, they can record their screen and post the video later or share it to the world immediately with the new Reflector 2 YouTube live stream feature.

App Development
App developers mirror mobile devices to analyze and test application interfaces. This allows them to review apps on the big screen and record the experience.

Business
Business professionals often mirror from tablets to computer screens and computers to Apple TVs or Chromecasts to share presentations, collaborate and brainstorm in the conference room.

Do you have any screen-mirroring experience or unique applications? Leave us your feedback in the comment section below. To learn more, visit http://www.airsquirrels.com.

About Us

Squirrels is a software development company based in North Canton, Ohio. We create high-quality, budget-friendly screen mirroring and device management software that’s compatible with today’s most popular devices. To date, our software can be found in hundreds of thousands of classrooms, businesses and homes. Follow our blog for all the latest product updates, Squirrels news and technology insight!