January 11 , 2017

Recorded With Reflector: 1600

Our “Recorded with Reflector” video of the week is 1600, an augmented reality educational app that will turn your $1 bill into The White House to teach kids and Americans about its role in democracy. You can download this app for free in the App Store or in the Google Play Store.

Tip: Move your phone around to explore The White House from different angles, and touch the Oval Office to reveal a surprise.

How to record with Reflector 2:

  1. Wirelessly connect your iOS device to your Mac or PC.

Pro tip: You can also mirror and record Android gameplay to Reflector using the built-in Google Home Cast technology on your Android device.  

  1. There are two ways to record your mobile device once it’s wirelessly mirrored to the Reflector software on your computer. You may click the “Record” button on the top right of the mirrored device (shown below). Alternatively, you can begin recording from within the Reflector menu (the little orange icon at the top of the image below).

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  1. Once you are done recording your iOS device, press the “Stop” button. Then select where to save the MP4 file on your Mac or PC.

Learn more about the Reflector 2 screen-mirroring app.

January 5 , 2017

Cord Cutter's Guide: How To Stream the Golden Globes

It’s officially award season. Up first…the Golden Globes!

This event is televised to 167 countries worldwide and generally ranks as the third most-watched awards show each year behind the Oscars and Grammy Awards.

If you want to watch the Golden Globes but don’t want to pay the price of cable, here’s a way that you can stream it.

Stream the Golden Globe Awards:

Viewers can stream the Golden Globe Awards on NBC using the streaming service that many cord cutters turn to, Sling TV. Subscribers who choose the Sling Blue package ($25/mo) have access to a number of channels, including NBC. However, if you only want to watch this one glamorous event, you can try Sling TV free for seven days!

Note: NBC live local feed in select markets, on-demand elsewhere.

Pro tip:

Finding ways to stream live TV is only half the battle for cord cutters. After all, nobody wants to watch Ryan Gosling or Natalie Portman accept an award on a tiny computer screen. Download AirParrot 2 on your Mac or PC to wirelessly mirror that live broadcast from your computer directly to an Apple TV or Chromecast.

Use your Sling TV account in the Chrome or Firefox browser to stream the event. Then open AirParrot and select your browser as the "From" option. Select your Apple TV or Chromecast as the "To" option. This will allow you to experience all the action on the big screen.

The image below was taken from the AirParrot menu and shows you how to do this. You simply select your browser or application. Then select where to send it.

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January 8, 2017
Golden globes
8:00 p.m. ET

Nominees include:

  • La La Land – Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
  • Manchester by the Sea – Best Motion Picture – Drama
  • Tom Ford – Best Director – Motion Picture
  • Stranger Things – Best Television Series – Drama
  • Jonah Hill – Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
  • Winona Ryder – Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama

Learn more about the AirParrot 2 desktop mirroring/streaming app.

January 4 , 2017

Recorded with Reflector: Super Mario Run

Our "Recorded with Reflector" gameplay video of the week is Super Mario Run. You can download this app for free in the App Store or pre-register for it in the Google Play Store.

How to record with Reflector 2:

1. Wirelessly connect your iOS device to your Mac or PC.

Pro tip: You can also mirror and record Android gameplay to Reflector using the built-in Google Home Cast technology on your Android device.  

2. There are two ways to record your mobile device once it's wirelessly mirrored to the Reflector software on your computer. You may click the “Record” button on the top right of the mirrored device (shown below). Alternatively, you can begin recording from within the Reflector menu (the little orange icon at the top of the image below).

Record iPhone Zoom

3. Once you are done recording your iOS device, press the “Stop” button. Then select where to save the MP4 file on your Mac or PC.

Learn more about the Reflector 2 screen-mirroring app.

 

December 30 , 2016

How Cord Cutters Can Watch Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve

New York City’s annual Times Square ball drop is attended by at least 2 million spectators in celebration of the new year. The festivities will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest and will include more than five hours of special performances by Mariah Carey, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and more.

This event is televised as part of the New Year’s Eve specials broadcasted by numerous networks and channels, including ABC. If you want to watch Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, but don’t want to pay the price of cable, here’s a way that you can stream it.

Stream Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve:

Viewers can stream Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve on ABC through the streaming service that many cord cutters turn to, Sling TV. Subscribers who choose the Sling Orange package ($20/mo) have access to the Broadcast Extra bundle ($5/mo) to watch live local broadcast channels, including ABC. Do you only want to use this service to watch the ball drop? You can try it free for 7 days!

Note: You can only stream ABC Live through Sling TV in select markets around the country. These areas include Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angelos, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco. If you live in one of these areas, the ABC live stream will be accessible.

Pro tip:

Make sure you have AirParrot 2 on your Mac or PC. AirParrot 2 allows you to wirelessly mirror that live broadcast from ABC directly to Apple TV or Chromecast using the Chrome or Firefox browser. You can experience all the action on the big screen and feel like you’re right in Times Square! After all, nobody wants to watch the celebration on a tiny computer screen.

Basic Antenna Option

Don’t forget the old-fashioned way! Since ABC is over-the-air (OTA) network broadcasting, it’s free to watch with a digital antenna if you live in range of an affiliate.

Dec. 31, 2016

Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve

8:00 p.m. ET

Learn more about the AirParrot 2 desktop mirroring/streaming app.

 

December 28 , 2016

2016 Squirrels Company Recap

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It’s hard to pinpoint the best place to begin our 2016 Squirrels year-end recap. No individual highlight or accomplishment would do this year justice. Only the culmination of many unique moments– from national recognition and globalization to new products, team members and more – can reveal the complete picture of our best year to date.

So we’ll start at the beginning.

January 2016

Squirrels Supercomputer Verifies Largest Prime Number Ever Discovered
The in-house supercomputer at Squirrels HQ is 2,400 times faster than today’s average consumer computer. It was built by Squirrels employees using their “10-percent time.” We used this computer in a coordinated global effort to find the largest prime number ever discovered (GIMPS). The efforts paid off in January 2016 with the discovery of a prime number that is 22,338,618 digits long.

Fortune Magazine Ranks Squirrels Among Top Three Best Workplaces For Technology
Fortune Magazine honored Squirrels in its Best Places To Work list after analyzing feedback from 48,000 employees at various companies around the country.

Squirrels Visits London
The Squirrels team made its first trip across the pond to attend a major education technology conference called Bett.

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February 2016

Squirrels Releases Reflector 2 For Android TV
Our AirPlay and Cast receiving software became available for Android TV, allowing people to wirelessly stream and mirror content from a wide range of devices directly to their TVs.

March 2016

Squirrels Named North Canton Business Of The Year
The North Canton Area Chamber of Commerce honored Squirrels as its business of the year. The company received recognition from several Ohio representatives. An annual awards dinner was held on March 2.

Squirrels Releases AirParrot Remote
The release of this new iOS app enables AirParrot users to control AirParrot from an iPhone or iPad. This was a significant release covered by publications such as 9to5Mac, LifeHacker, MacStories and iMore.

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April 2016

New Class Of Alpha Squirrel EdTech Experts
Squirrels selected its second class of Alpha Squirrel EdTech Experts. It included 19 teachers, principals, EdTech specialists, tech coordinators and more.

Reflector 2 And AirParrot 2 Add Support For 13 New Languages
We have a global customer base. It made sense to expand the language offering in Reflector and AirParrot to make our products easier to use for non-English speakers around the world.

June 2016

Squirrels Releases Cloud-Based Ditto Screen-Sharing Service
Squirrels released a significant new development in screen-mirroring technology. Ditto is a smart screen-mirroring solution that allows anyone with a Mac or Windows computer to walk into a Ditto-enabled meeting space and instantly (and wirelessly) present their computer to any screen connected to an Apple TV, Chromecast or Reflector-enabled device.

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Summer 2016 Alpha Squirrel Class Announced
Squirrels selected its third class of Alpha Squirrel EdTech Experts. It included 15 educators and EdTech specialists.

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Squirrels Attends ISTE 2016 In Denver
The Squirrels team took 15 employees to Denver for our largest and most ambitious conference exhibition to date. We also unveiled our DIY 20-by-20 island booth. It was a head turner.

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July 2016

Pokemon Go
…..because we were as addicted to it as everybody else.

Ditto Adds Audio Support
Squirrels added audio support after it was a highly requested feature in the first month of the Ditto release. Users can now share a screen and have accompanying audio come out of the TV or display that the user is connected to.

August 2016
Squirrels Adds iOS 10 Support To Reflector 2
Squirrels released the compatibility update to its flagship app, Reflector 2, before iOS 10 was publicly released.

Squirrels Sponsors North Canton Main Street Festival
It’s always good to give back to your local community, right?

September 2016

Squirrels Volunteers With Habitat For Humanity
Squirrels partnered with Habitat for Humanity for the fourth time to spend a day helping the organization build and restore homes for local families.

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Squirrels Company Retreat To Destin, Florida
The Squirrels team takes a weeklong trip each year to spend time collaborating, reenergizing and building camaraderie.

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October 2016

Fall 2016 Alpha Squirrel Class Introduced
The fall 2016 class included 26 EdTech experts from four different countries and 14 states.

November 2016

Cyber Monday 2016
Cyber Monday 2016 was the biggest sale in Squirrels history.

December 2016

Squirrels Holiday Party
Our annual holiday party took place at Chop and Swizzle in Uniontown, Ohio.

Whew! On top of all of that, we revamped our Edcamp sponsorship program and attended too many education conferences to name in one blog post. The Squirrels team had an incredible year, and we’re excited for an even better 2017. We would like to thank every customer, employee, educator and friend who helped make this year so special. We wouldn’t be here without you.

Stay tuned -- 2017 is going to be a big year.

About Us

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!