July 30, 2015

AirParrot 2.2.1 for Windows is Available

An update to AirParrot 2 for Windows is now available!

We’re constantly working to ensure the best user experience for our customers on every platform. We hope this update will allow our devoted fans to continue to use AirParrot 2 seamlessly.

You can update AirParrot 2 by selecting “Check for Updates” from the AirParrot 2 preferences menu. Additionally, you can download the new version from the AirParrot 2 download page.

Windows 2.2.1 release notes:

  • Improved Cast mirroring and streaming support, especially on lossy networks
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and stability improvements

Enjoy!

 

July 22, 2015

AirParrot 2.2.1 for Mac is Available

An update to AirParrot 2 for Mac is available!

You can update AirParrot 2 by selecting “Check for Updates” from the AirParrot 2 preferences menu. Additionally, you can download the new version from the AirParrot 2 download page.

Mac 2.2.1 Release Notes:

  • Hardware acceleration now more intelligently defers to software encoding if performance would be better in software
  • Improved Cast mirroring and streaming support, especially on lossy networks
  • Added a preference to manually toggle between hardware and software encoding
  • Added better support for “Dark Mode” in OS X 10.10 and later
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and stability improvements

 

July 16, 2015

5 Big Security Features in Reflector 2

We developed Reflector 2 to bring the most robust screen-mirroring technology on the market to a diverse global audience. Reflector is now compatible with Android and Chromebook devices in addition to its original iOS support. But, as Peter Parker’s uncle once said, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

We knew it was time to step up our security game as we advanced our screen-mirroring capabilities. Any tech company, no matter its size, is responsible for ensuring the security of the people who enjoy its products.

Reflector 2 provides the following security options to bring privacy to your screen-mirroring experience and prevent unwanted connections.

    1. On-screen password protection – Reflector 2 can populate a unique, on-screen code that’s required for other devices to connect to it. Since the code appears on-screen, only those in the same area as the Reflector 2 user will be able to see it.

      Security Preferences for Reflector
      Reflector 2 has a number of security features to prevent unwanted connections.
    2. Set password – Have you ever wanted to use your grandma’s birthday as a password? How about your first pet’s name, or the street you grew up on? Go for it. Reflector 2 users can create their own passwords. Every mobile device that tries to connect to Reflector 2 must enter the user-generated password.
    3. Connection prompts – Users have the ability to set connection preferences before devices are shown. Reflector 2 can automatically “Connect and Hide,” “Connect and Show,” or ‘Disconnect” devices upon connection. These preferences can be saved for future use.

Tech Tip: “Connect and Show” doubles as a time-saving benefit in classroom and business settings because it allows students or colleagues to connect without interruption.

  1. Accessibility presets – Reflector 2 can turn off Google Cast or iOS connections entirely. For instance, users can eliminate the Google Cast connection option if they know only iOS devices will be connecting and vice versa.
  2. Reflector Director screen previews – The Reflector 2 companion app allows users to see screen previews of each connected device before broadcasting the screen to a larger audience. The screen preview feature works as a content filter to ensure that nothing inappropriate or unsavory will be shown. Previews can be viewed and selected directly from the iOS device Reflector Director is installed on.

Security has always been a moving target. As privacy demands evolve, so will we. We are confident that the steps we have taken will provide you with a private, worry-free Reflector 2 experience.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.


* On-screen password protection and user-generated password options are not available for connected Android devices because Google Cast does not support password functionality.

June 25, 2015

Squirrels Debuts Reflector Director

We couldn’t be more excited to introduce our latest development in screen-mirroring technology. Reflector Director, a companion app to Reflector 2, is a brand new, first-of-its-kind technology that allows Mac and PC users to remotely control their displays. 

Picture this: With Reflector, you’re using an iPad or iPhone to command a presentation in the boardroom, deliver a lesson plan in the classroom or show vacation photos in the family living room. Your audience is captivated watching the big screen as you dictate what they see directly from your mobile device.

This display of technical know-how and Reflector screen mirroring technology is impressive. That is, until it’s time to mirror a different mobile device simultaneously.

Your time-crunched coworkers, eager students or impatient relatives grow increasingly distracted as you hurry back to your computer to manage the screen while another peer, student or family member connects their mobile device as well. Momentum halted. Audience lost. Game over.

We created Reflector Director to fix that awkward transition because nobody likes awkward moments. We cringe just thinking about it.

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Reflector Director helps you keep an engaged audience…engaged. You can preview and manage mirrored devices directly from your own mobile device with Reflector Director.  It allows you to immediately show the classroom what a specific student is working on or the rest of the boardroom that interesting graphic your coworker has on his tablet from the iPad or iPhone you’re holding in your hand. All without missing a beat.

A good presentation thrives on preparation, confidence and audience engagement.    Reflector Director makes audience participation and collaborative learning via mobile devices seamless. Device management has never been easier, and your audience has quite literally never been more connected.

Reflector Director features include the ability to: 

  • Show and hide devices without disconnecting/reconnecting
  • Highlight one device to spotlight important content
  • Eliminate distractions with full screen mode
  • Change frames for optimum screen compatibility
  • Observe screen previews of each connected device before displaying to a larger screen

Reflector Director is a tool with the ability to change the way people learn and collaborate. Its value in education, business and home entertainment makes it a breakthrough in screen mirroring technology.

Check out Reflector Director for yourself. We hope you love it as much as we do. Visit www.reflectordirector.com for more information!

June 23, 2015

5 Things You Need to Know at ISTE 2015

More than 17,000 education professionals and edtech thought leaders are set to visit the City of Brotherly Love next week. That can only mean one thing: ISTE 2015 is finally upon us.

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The largest edtech conference and expo of the year has something for every attendee. Educators will discover how to infuse their classroom with the latest, trendiest learning technologies from the most revered names in education. But where do you begin? 

A conference this large can be a little daunting, so we’ve compiled the following tips to help make your experience as valuable as possible:

  1. ISTE is a marathon – don’t sprint!
    The first morning of ISTE is like opening day for the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Everyone is eager to become immersed in the most comprehensive edtech conference on the planet. So many vendor displays to visit. So many old friends to catch up with. So many great presentations to attend. It can be dizzying and, eventually, exhausting. Much like Phillies fans after the big game, you’ll be ready to pass out after day one at ISTE if you don’t pace yourself. 

    Make a schedule or game plan before you arrive. This will help you manage all of your to-do items. Remember that you don’t have to accomplish everything in one day. That would be like trying to see all of Disney World in a day. It’s just not possible. You will have plenty of time to visit the vendors, socialize and see quality presentations to get the most out of your ISTE experience.

  2. The tool must always be secondary to the goal
    You will come across a lot of cool new tools during your time at ISTE, but not all of them will be a good fit for your classroom. Incorporating new technology without a corresponding plan for its use in the classroom can negatively impact the student learning environment. It’s important to know exactly how you’re going to implement a new piece of technology, how it will interact with other classroom technologies and how it will yield value to your students. Doing a little research and planning before you purchase new classroom tech will ensure that you are effectively managing your class time and school budget.
  3. Stay hydrated
    This sounds like a no brainer, but it really is a big deal. Do you live life by the coffee-in-the-morning, beer-in-the-evening philosophy? That could be problematic at ISTE. We recommend bringing a refillable water bottle to keep yourself feeing awake, refreshed and healthy during the day. 
  4. Think socially
    Utilize the social media outlets at your disposal to get the most out of your ISTE experience. Industry professionals in attendance will flood the social sphere with ISTE dialogue on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You can’t be everywhere at once, but your fellow ISTE attendees will be in all of the other great sessions and presentations you can’t attend.

    Curate a list of hashtags (#ISTE2015 and #edtech) to follow all of the action. Social media is a great way to pick up speaker quotes, tech innovations, best practices and event details that you would otherwise miss.

  5. Meet new people
    This one is simple, but it might be the most important. ISTE gives you the opportunity to become absorbed in an education culture with thousands of like-minded professionals. Take the time to get to know some of them. If you are going to ISTE with colleagues, make a conscious effort to split up from time to time. You can learn a lot from interacting with peers. Their experiences become your experiences, and you just might make a lifelong connection.

Good luck at #ISTE2015! Check out what Squirrels is giving away at the conference this year (hint: it’s iPads).

Let us know about some of your memorable ISTE experiences in the comments section! What do you enjoy most about ISTE?