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!

July 13, 2014

Reflector for Android 1.0.1 is Available

Reflector for Android 1.0.1 is now available from the Google Play store. The update corrects an issue that could prevent Reflector from showing in AirPlay lists. A crash related to this broadcasting issue is also fixed. 

Get the update by downloading it from the Google Play store.

July 11, 2014

Introducing: Reflector for Android

Mirror to your Android tablet, phone or entertainment device.

Reflector for Android is an AirPlay receiver that runs on most Android devices. It allows your Android tablet, phone or entertainment system to receive AirPlay and AirPlay mirroring signals.

Reflector for Android is available in the Google Play Store for an introductory price of $6.99. Reflector is coming to Kindle Fire tablets and Fire TV soon!

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Mirror your computer screen to Android devices
Reflector for Android allows your phone or tablet to receive mirroring connections from almost any computer. Mirror your computer to a tablet running Reflector for Android and pass the tablet to others for wireless viewing. Mirror your computer screen to an Android phone, too!

Turn your Android device into another monitor
When used with AirParrot or Apple’s built-in screen mirroring, your Android tablet can become a second or even third display. Extend your desktop to the tablet for added desktop space. Watch movies, browse the web or chat on the extended display while important tasks are kept in front of you.

Mirror your phone, tablet or desktop to your TV
Reflector for Android adds mirroring functions to many HDMI-connected Android entertainment solutions. If you’ve got an Android entertainment device connected to a television, you can mirror your desktop or iOS screen to the big screen for others to see. Reflector for Android on Amazon Fire TV is coming soon!

Mirror your iOS device to your Android device
Reflector for Android receives connections from iOS devices that support AirPlay mirroring, too. Mirror your iPhone or iPad screen to an Android phone or tablet for wireless personal presentations and demonstrations.

July 11, 2014

Meet the Squirrels: Cody Baker

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

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Cody is a west coast Squirrel! Although he was raised in Bolivar, Ohio, he now lives and works from Seattle, Washington. Cody is a partner at Squirrels and also holds the titles of senior software developer and systems engineer. Cody’s main duty is developing and managing our cloud software and infrastructure.

“That means I spend a lot of my day writing python and database code,” he said. “I also maintain the backend systems and servers that enable our team to build and deliver your favorite Squirrels products. “

Cody has enjoyed his Squirrels experience in its entirety. “I love the variety of what I do at Squirrels; there’s no single coolest thing,” he said. “The best part about working at Squirrels is the team.”

Learn more about Cody! 

Favorite things to do in your free time: I like to get away from the computer when I have free time.  I enjoy traveling and the outdoors.  Seattle is amazing in the summer time and I love to bike and see all of the beautiful places here.  Lately, I’ve been repairing and remodeling a 1920s house. 

Favorite food, TV show, movie and band/artist:

  • Food: Thai Curry 
  • TV Show: The West Wing
  • Movie: Lost in Translation.  A close second is Contact w/ Jody Foster from the 90’s.
  • Band: Beach House.  I really love music; I listen all day and try to see something live at least once a week.  There’s a lot of artists I’m fond of, but Beach House never gets old and always puts me in a good mood.

Your idol and why: I think a lot of the people who do the best and most inspiring work stay out of the spotlight.

Your motto: Trust in people.  Sometimes people make bad decisions, but there’s almost always a good reason. 

If you could be any animal, what would you be? Manatee

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When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: Astronaut

If you could have one super power, what would it be? I’d love the ability to pause time for everyone but me.  It’d be great.  I’d sleep in as long as I wanted every morning, take the scenic route, and do some great reading, all without compromising my work/social life.

July 10, 2014

2014 ISTE Recap

The Squirrels team had an incredible three days at ISTE 2014.

Not only did we get to show off our software to hundreds of excited attendees, we got to speak with a ton of teachers, administrators and tech coordinators who have already implemented our software into their classrooms and schools. We received an incredible amount of quality feedback and are excited for what’s to come from our company in the future.

Thank you to ISTE and all exhibitors and attendees for making the conference such a success. Check out some of the pictures we got and congratulations to our prize pack winner Ya-Huei Lu!

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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!