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June 8 , 2015

5 Ways Apple Will Change the Classroom in 2015

This afternoon at the annual WWDC conference, Apple announced iOS 9 (among other new Apple projects) launching free to the public this fall. But what does this have to do with education? Should you care? If your classroom uses iPads, the answer is absolutely.

Advances in the iOS operating system will bring a world of possibilities to single-device, BYOD and 1-1 classrooms using iPads this upcoming school year.

Some of the innovative new features include:

1. Split-Screen

Using the iPad is much more multitask-friendly in iOS 9. Users will be able to see multiple applications on their screen at once, change the size of the split and manipulate both windows at the same time.

  • What this means for educators: Switching between applications can be frustrating when working on an assignment. Being able to view two applications side-by-side will streamline this process and allow students to complete work easier and faster.

2. News App

The News app will replace the Newsstand app. Instead of having to purchase subscriptions to publications, students will be able to instantly follow publications like The New York Times; specific interests like Technology; and popular or personal blogs.

  • What this means for educators: The News app will give students and teachers the chance to stay up-to-date on news that is important to them. Having access to a seemingly unlimited news stream will help facilitate current events discussions and give students a different perspective.

3. Notes App

An update to Notes shows vast improvements with iOS 9. This includes the ability to add bold titles, web links with previews, pictures, custom drawings and checklists to enhance the text of the note.

  • What this means for educators: Students can use the native Notes app to talk thorough notes, complete homework and more. With easy note deployment through messages, mail and social media, this may eliminate the need for a third-party note application.

4. Battery Life/Low Power Mode

These new software enhancements will add hours of lifetime to the battery of each iOS device.

  • What this means for educators: Longer use means fewer headaches keeping devices charged.

5. Keyboard

Instead of displaying an omnipresent uppercase keyboard, the keyboard on the iOS device will now use uppercase letters when the shift key is pressed, and lowercase letters when typing in lower case.

  • What this means for educators: This seems like a simple update, but imagine elementary schools. Students learning letters will be able to visualize the difference between upper and lower case letters.

The update to iOS 9 is free and is expected to be available this fall. If you’d like to try the update before everyone else, check out beta.apple.com.

May 28 , 2015

Reflector 2.0.3 for Windows is Available

An update to Reclector 2 is available! This update resolves an issue with AirPlay auto discovery.

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

Windows 2.0.3 update notes:

  • Resolved an issue that could cause AirPlay discovery to fail with certain MAC addresses
May 14 , 2015

Reflector 2.0.2 for Mac and Windows is Available

An update to Reclector 2 is available! This update improves use with certain Cast devices and resolves bugs on both Windows and Mac.

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

Mac 2.0.2 update notes:

  • Improved Google Cast performance with various Android devices (including Samsung Galaxy devices)
  • Reflector 2 will now prevent a Mac from going to sleep while a device is mirroring
  • Resolved a hang when closing Preferences on some Macs
  • Resolved a crash when toggling voice-over at the end of a recording
  • Resolved an issue that could cause the Stop button to disappear while AirPlay streaming and recording
  • Resolved an issue that caused some Preferences labels to become truncated on 10.9 and lower

Windows 2.0.2 update notes:

  • Improved Google Cast performance with various Android 4.4 and 5.0 devices (including Samsung Galaxy devices)
  • Reflector 2 will now prevent Windows from going to sleep while a device is mirroring
  • Reflector 2 now saves recordings to the Desktop for easy access
  • Resolved an issue that caused extra padding on some Android device frames
  • Resolved an issue that could cause the save prompt to fail to appear when finishing a recording
  • Resolved an issue that caused devices to resize larger on rotation when scaling was set to Default Size
  • Resolved an issue that caused some Cast devices to appear larger than AirPlay devices
  • Resolved an issue that caused sizing issues when swiping between videos on an iOS device while AirPlay streaming
  • Resolved an issue that could cause the trial watermark to appear skewed when streaming videos
May 7 , 2015

AirParrot 2.1.3 for Windows is Available

An update to AirParrot 2 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.

Windows 2.1.3 Release Notes:

  • Resolved an issue introduced in 2.1.2 that could cause the stored license key to become corrupt, requiring re-entry
  • Resolved an issue that could cause AirParrot 2 to refuse to install on valid Windows Vista service packs
May 6 , 2015

The Story of Squirrels #DreamSmallBiz

In honor of #SmallBizWeek and #tbt, we’d like to share the story of CEO Dave Stanfill, COO Drew Gould and the creation of Squirrels.

Humble Beginnings

In 2007, Dave and Drew worked for the same development company in Green, Ohio.

The release of the iPhone that year created a wave of excitement throughout the world. However, without the ability to create apps, Dave wasn’t sold. This changed a year later when the iPhone 3G was released with the ability to write applications. Dave drove to Pennsylvania to buy one immediately, and he and Drew decided to develop their own app.

They created a TV guide application and one of the first 100 apps in the Apple App Store. They charged a couple of dollars for it, and within days had more money than they had ever seen before. The successful app opened a number of big-time prospects like MTV, Viacom and Nickelodeon, all looking for guidance. Recognizing the great opportunities they had ahead of them, Dave and Drew quit their day jobs.

Napkin Studio Era

The pair formed Napkin Studio in September of 2008 and began making medical apps for a startup in California. While developing, Dave and Drew needed an easier way to share screens and display their work. Dave created AirParrot and Reflector to alleviate the complications during the development process.

The pair soon recognized that these applications had great potential in markets other than development. Squirrels LLC was formed in 2012 to house AirParrot and Reflector and any risks the applications may have entailed. With the unexpected success of the Squirrels apps, Dave and Drew decided to merge Squirrels and Napkin Studio. They brought everything together under one roof at the end of 2013.

#TeamSquirrels

Today, Squirrels has grown to 26 employees and is eager to expand further. The two co-founders have made it a priority to run their company less like a hierarchy and more like a family. In their group culture, they make sure every employee knows his or her role and how important they are to the whole.  Dave and Drew, along with their partners Cody, Matt, Sid and Cory, don’t feel the need to micromanage. Everyone knows how valuable they are, and that’s what’s used to motivate.

A workday at Squirrels is far from your typical eight-hour grind. When the group isn’t grinding away behind their computer screens, you’ll most likely find them sitting down for lunch as a company, in the midst of a Nerf gun war or shooting hoops in the parking lot. With a work-hard-play-hard mentality, #TeamSquirrels is able to create amazing software and design elements, offer support and market each product, all while establishing friendships.

The future of Squirrels LLC

What’s next for team Squirrels? Greatness.

“The goal has never been to make the best apps or the most money,” Drew said. “Our approach is to hire great people and build a team and army that’s ready for anything. Our employees are very talented and multi-disciplined to take on whatever we encounter next.”

“We could have sat back and enjoyed what we had, but we love what we do,” Dave said. “As technology grows we will continue to grow as well. Expect the unexpected.”

 Here’s to more products, more anniversaries and more cake. Happy Small Business Week!

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Squirrels is a software development company based in North Canton, Ohio. Our excitement and passion lies in creating high-qualty, budget-friendly software that can be used to enhance the devices already found in today's home and work environments. Follow our blog for all the latest product releases, #TeamSquirrels news and industry insight!