November 21, 2017

Introducing Reflector 3 and Reflector Teacher screen-mirroring receivers

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Today we’re launching two new applications: Reflector 3 and Reflector Teacher. Both apps build on our previous screen-mirroring experience and customer feedback to create refined, faster and more reliable screen-mirroring.

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What’s new?

Miracast
In addition to AirPlay and Google Cast mirroring from iOS, Android and Chrome OS, Reflector 3 accepts Miracast connections. 

These new versions of our Reflector screen-mirroring software are compatible with a new set of devices that were not previously able to mirror to Reflector 2. Miracast is compatible with Reflector 3 and Reflector Teacher on most Windows 10 computers.

Under-the-hood improvements 
This generation of screen-mirroring technology introduces greatly improved speed, performance and stability. Faster connections and a more reliable screen mirroring experience should be expected.

iPhone X Frames
A new display engine allows Reflector 3 to display the edge-to-edge iPhone X screen with a frame.

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Screenshots
Instantly take full-resolution screenshots of any connected device.

Windows-Specific Upgrades
On Windows, Reflector 3 is located near the Start button instead of the system tray by the clock where Reflector 2 was located. Connected devices are now visible in a window instead of a pop-up menu. This makes devices easier to locate and manage.

Interface and Experience Updates
Reflector 3 was redesigned for modern operating systems and includes interface updates that make mirroring and managing connected devices easier. Common user actions are easier to find and use.

 

What’s Reflector Teacher?

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Reflector Teacher is an education-streamlined version of the Reflector software that educators use to wirelessly display iPads, Chromebooks and other devices in the classroom.

Since Reflector technology is already used in more than 100,000 classrooms worldwide, it only made sense to create an education-specific version of Reflector.

Reflector Teacher includes:

  • Reflector Student compatibility
  • Reflector Director compatibility
  • Preconfigured settings ideal for classrooms

Other education-focused enhancements are planned for the coming months. 

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Get Reflector 3 or Reflector Teacher today!

A seven-day free trial of both apps is available, but hurry, launch pricing is ends soon!

Reflector 3 and Reflector Teacher are regularly available for $14.99 USD. For a limited time, users can receive 20% off their purchase at the Squirrels online store.

Upgrade pricing is available for anyone who previously purchased Reflector 2. Simply open Reflector 2 and check for updates to receive an upgrade offer.

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For more information about both apps, visit www.reflectorapp.com.

November 20, 2017

Squirrels Chili Cook-off 2017: The Dethroning of “The Jons”

It seemed impossible to do. Who possessed the chili-making skill that could FINALLY dethrone the “Jons,” and take on the Chili Champion title?

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During out fifth annual Squirrels Chili Cook-off, it happened. Connal Kelly, a Squirrels account executive, came out victorious with her chili, Ezekiel Peppers Direct. This is Connal’s first win and her first chili cook-off appearance. Ezekiel Peppers Direct is a simple, yet highly delectable chili with a spicy kick that’s sure to satisfy your taste buds. The full recipe is below. 

When asked what the secret to her success was, she responded, “There were a lot of ingredients.”

Her chili rendition consisted of 27 total ingredients including Bell’s Amber Ale, ground beef, Anaheim chilies and Italian sausage.

Here’s the complete Ezekiel Peppers Direct recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 4 Anaheim chili peppers, roasted, peeled and diced
  • 4 Poblano chili peppers, roasted, peeled and diced
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced jalapeno chili peppers, minced
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 1 head of garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 lb. bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 lb. bulk hot sausage
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons granulated onion
  • 2 teaspoons hot paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 12 oz. Bell’s Amber Ale
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 16 oz. can kidney beans
  • 1 16oz can pinto beans
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • ½ cup water

Directions:

  1. Add the olive oil and butter to a large stockpot over medium high heat.
  2. Add the Anaheim chilies, poblano chilies, red bell peppers, jalapeno chilies and onions, and cook until caramelized, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and sauté 1 minute longer. Remove vegetables and set aside.
  4. Add the ground beef and sausage to the stockpot and cook until the meat is browned and cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes.
  5. Add the chili powder, cayenne, coriander, cumin, granulated garlic, granulated onion, paprika, salt and black pepper, and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in the beer and cook for another 3 minutes.
  7. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste and stock; cook about 5 minutes.
  8. Add the kidney and pinto beans; lower the heat and simmer, about 2 hours.
  9. After 2 hours if you would like a thicker chili, mix together 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and ½ cup of water in a bowl, combine.
  10. Stir into chili and simmer for another 15 minutes.

 

Five other members of the Squirrels team also entered their chili into the contest with hopes to get their name engraved on our chili trophy. We couldn’t have made this day happen without the rest of the amazing chilies that are all winners in our hearts (in order from 2nd – 4th place): El Caribe (Nate Wendell), Coup De Grace (Jon Bishop) and Bourbon N’ Bacon (Becky Shiring). Rabbit Food (Mike Bruin) and #NotMyChili (Kyle Gritzan and Jessica Chevalier) tied for 5th.

In addition to the delicious chili, we also enjoyed Fireball Sangria, cornbread, pumpkin chocolate chip cookie dough cups, pumpkin trifle and apple crisp.

Note: The Fireball Sangria tied for third place with Coup De Grace. Yeah, it was that good!

If you try out the Ezekiel Peppers Direct recipe, tell us what you think in the comments below! Enjoy!

November 14, 2017

Introducing DropStream: A New Way to Stream Media

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DropStream allows users to drag and drop media content to wirelessly stream it from their computers to bigger screens and louder speakers. Seriously, it’s as easy as it sounds.

Want more power? We have you covered with playlists, subtitles, system audio streaming and more! DropStream is available today for $9.99, or you can try it free for 7 days.

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Common Receivers
DropStream can stream media to Apple TV, Chromecast, Google Cast-enabled TVs, AirPlay-enabled speakers and Chromecast Audio devices. We even support Reflector-enabled devices so Fire TVs, Android TVs and media PCs can receive streams, too.

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Stream Movies
Stream all the most popular file formats in high-quality to a supported receiver. Add subtitles or choose embedded audio tracks to customize your experience.

Stream Music
Send seamless audio to any AirPlay-enabled or Chromecast Audio device — including Chromecast and Apple TV. Stream audio files, or capture and stream system audio to listen to Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and more.

Playlists
Keep track of what you want to stream and what you’ve already streamed. Playlist management in DropStream is simple.

Diverse File Support
Stream more than 30 video, audio and image file types!

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Goodbye to HDMI
The best part of DropStream is that it's completely wireless. That's right. It's finally time to get rid of the outdated HDMI cables and adapters that were used to connect computers to TVs. DropStream users don't need them anymore.

Stream from anywhere in the room. From the couch. From the dining room table. From bed. It's up to you. 

And more
DropStream is the perfect tool for media enthusiasts, binge watchers and anybody who is tired of consuming media on small screens with bad speakers. It's time to throw away the outdated cables and adapters. Watch your favorite shows or listen to your favorite music how you want, where you want.

Discover DropStream →

November 8, 2017

Squirrels Team Attends Georgia Educational Technology Conference

The temperatures are dropping, and that means one thing –  the Squirrels team is headed south for the winter.

Okay, not really. But members of our team are traveling south this week to exhibit at the 30th annual Georgia Educational Technology Conference (GaETC) in Atlanta.

Technology coordinators, media specialists, district administrators, superintendents and more will have the opportunity to learn about the latest in education technology and understand how technology plays a key role in education. And most of all, the more than 4,200 education professionals in attendance can join Squirrels to learn how to easily monitor and manage the wide range of student devices used in their schools (booth 733). Sounds enticing, right?

GaETC is dedicated to professional development of educators and gives attendees access to more than 250 concurrent sessions, nationally-known speakers, workshops focusing on the latest in technology innovations and over 200 exhibitors. 

What are some sessions that should be on your radar?
We’ve got a few in mind from our director of professional development, Becky Shiring, and certified Alpha Squirrels. Check out the session details below. Plus, our friend Leslie Fisher presents 12 times. View her session details here.

Wednesday, November 10
David Lockhart
What if We Ran Our Schools Like Google?
11 – 11:55 a.m.
Italian 1-2

The Best Setup…Googlifying Your Apple Device
1:30 – 2:25 p.m.
Kenyan 1-2

Super Spark: Tools To Start the Fire
4:30 – 5:25 p.m.
Gulfstream I

Thursday, November 9
Katrina Keene
BYODigital Leadership: Building a Grade A Culture
8 – 8:55 a.m.
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Leadership Discussion Panel – Interoperability
11- 11:55 a.m.
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David Lockhart
Become Future Ready! Start Coding Today!
11 – 11:55 a.m.
Salon 7

The Wallet Killer Gadget Extravaganza
3:15 – 4:10 p.m.
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The 5 Steps to Blend that Classroom Up
4:30 – 5:25 p.m.
Salon 7

Becky Shiring
Rethinking Assessment: Digital Tools to Engage, Assess and Differentiate
3:15 – 4:10 p.m.
Room Swiss 3-4

Friday, November 10
David Lockhart
Become Future Ready! Start Coding Today!
9:45 – 10:40 a.m.
Australian 3-4

Ready to talk EdTech with the Squirrels team? Stop by booth 733!

GaETC 2017
November 8 – 10
Georgia International Convention Center
Atlanta, Georgia
Booth #733

October 16, 2017

Ditto update offers organizations a custom screen-mirroring experience

The Ditto wireless presentation solution received a number of highly requested feature updates that will make each screen-mirroring experience feel unique to your organization.

The new customization features allow schools, businesses and other organizations to offer their users a personal and familiar screen-mirroring solution. 

So what's new?

Custom room codes

Ditto room codes are what users type into the Ditto connect page to wirelessly display their screen to the AirPlay or Cast receiver in the room. Previously, these codes were randomly assigned to each room by Ditto. An organization had no control over their codes.

That all changed.

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You can now customize Ditto room codes instead of using randomly assigned codes. The custom codes can incorporate your school name, company name, building name, room name or anything else.

For example, a school can now create a code like “Franklin Hall 101” to align the Ditto room code with the actual room. Custom codes are more memorable and more appropriate for each setting.

Custom-branded connection pages

Easily create your own branded Ditto connect page. Upload a logo, a unique background image and colors. Even insert a custom message for your users containing connection instructions or pertinent organizational information.

Using a branded connect page makes it feel like Ditto is a screen-mirroring solution tailored to your organization rather than a service provided by a third party.

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Custom subdomain

When you create a branded Ditto connect page, you receive a special URL that’s needed to access the page. You’ll want a simple way to direct your end users to the branded page so they can enter their Ditto room code there instead of our generic Ditto connect page.

That’s easy when you create a custom subdomain. Pair your branded connect page with a domain alias such as ditto.yoursite.com for an even more immersive experience and easier access. Learn how to create a custom subdomain.

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Room list view and search

The list of rooms in the admin portal can get lengthy if you have many Ditto rooms. Now you can easily search and find any Ditto-enabled room to make adjustments to rooms as needed.
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Customize your screen mirroring now

These features are free and available now for all Ditto customers. This update takes Ditto way beyond your standard screen-mirroring solution. Ditto provides quality and reliable screen mirroring during presentations and meetings. That’s a given. Now you can turn Ditto into a solution that’s completely in tune with and connected to your brand.



More to come

We're excited to bring even more user-requested enhancements later this year. Stay tuned: More updates to come.

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!