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June 16, 2015

AirParrot 2.2 for Mac and Windows is Available

An substantial update to AirParrot 2 is available! AirParrot 2.2 brings hardware encoding support to Macs running 10.9 and later. This update also brings Windows UI improvements and a better experience to touch devices like tablets.

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 Release Notes:

  • Hardware encoding - AirParrot 2 now uses available hardware encoding to capture screens and transcode media files at much lower CPU usage when streaming to Apple TV and Chromecast (OS X 10.9 and greater)
  • Audio streaming to AirPort Express generation 1 (version 1) now works properly
  • The power button and play/pause buttons are now disabled when not mirroring/streaming
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and stability improvements

Windows 2.2 Release Notes:

  • AirParrot 2 now better supports running on tablet and touch devices
  • AirParrot 2 now appears in the “Open With” context menu when right clicking a media file in Explorer
  • Audio streaming to AirPort Express generation 1 (version 1) now works properly
  • Pressing Control+L will now automatically reconnect to the last receiver
  • The power button and play/pause buttons are now disabled when not mirroring/streaming
  • Improved the “select an area” mirroring UI to be easier to use and better looking
  • Improved general mouseover, scrolling and tap areas (especially on touch devices)
  • Resolved a crash when rotating a Windows tablet while mirroring the screen
  • Resolved an issue that could cause media streaming to drop after roughly 30 minutes of streaming
  • Resolved an issue that caused duplicate devices, when connected via Quick Connect, to appear when re-opening the AirParrot 2 menu 
  • Resolved an issue that caused AirParrot 2 to stop sending sound when the AirParrot 2 volume slider was adjusted in the Windows sounds mixer
  • Resolved an issue that caused device names with special characters to appear mis-formatted
  • Resolved an issue that caused progress indicators to remain after disconnecting from a device while media streaming is connecting
  • Resolved a memory leak when using Classic Capture mode on Windows 8
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and stability improvements
June 16, 2015

How to Bag Free Trade Show Swag at ISTE 2015

Squirrels is giving away iPads, smart covers, gift cards and more

We are just a few short weeks away from the largest EdTech tradeshow of the year. ISTE 2015 promises to provide ample opportunity to network with peers, learn about the latest technology and trends and, oh yeah, get free stuff.

We get it. People love free stuff. It doesn’t really matter how trivial the items are.  If you are an exhibitor giving away t-shirts, software trials, pens, sunglasses, koozies, posters, notebooks, erasers, mugs and so on, you can expect to be in high demand once word spreads about your cool giveaways. 

As much as it pains us to admit as an exhibitor, we realize some people only stop by our booth for the free swag, and we’re ok with that. After all, ISTE attendees pay hundreds to thousands of dollars in registration fees, travel expenses, hotel accommodations and food. They are rewarded with a three-day, world-class EdTech development opportunity and endless aisles of knick-knacks to wear and display proudly in their classroom.

That being said, Squirrels is doing away with the little knick-knacks this year. We’re leaving the stress balls, notepads, pencils, slingshot rockets, water bottles and mugs in North Canton, Ohio, as we embark for Philadelphia.

Instead, Squirrels is giving away two grand-prize packages that will offer our winners much more functionality than the average freebie. 

Random Drawing

Our first grand-prize giveaway includes:

  • iPad mini 2 with retina display
  • iPad mini Survivor protective case
  • Twist Cable Lightning Connector
  • $50 iTunes gift card
  • $25 Best Buy gift card.

To enter, ISTE attendees must simply fill out the Squirrels ticket that comes with their registration packet coupon book and drop the ticket off at our booth (booth #1452). We’ll randomly select a winner before the end of the conference.

Button Prize

Our second grand prize giveaway includes: 

  • iPad Air
  • iPad Mini 2
  • iPad Air Smart Cover
  • iPad mini Survivor protective case
  • Two Twist Cable Lightning Connectors
  • $50 iTunes gift card
  •  $25 Best Buy gift card

To enter, attendees must stop by our booth to pick up a pin-back button. We’ll scan their badge to enter them into the button prize package drawing. In addition, we’ll have representatives walking around the exhibitor area to find people wearing the Squirrels button. Our reps will scan their badges for additional chances to win.

Are you excited? Stop by booth 1452 at ISTE 2015. We’d love to help inspire you to transform your classroom technology and maybe, just maybe, give you some free stuff.

In the meantime, check out Reflector 2 and AirParrot 2 to get a better idea of what we do!

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

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!