August 27, 2015

Teach Like an Alpha Squirrel

Become an Alpha Squirrel at alpha.airsquirrels.com!

It’s no secret. Educators are some of our most devoted and passionate customers. We hear from teachers every day about how they use our screen-mirroring technology to connect classroom devices and enhance the student learning experience. That’s why we’re excited to announce our new Alpha Squirrels leadership program for educators.

The Alpha Squirrels program will allow educators who love our products to spread the word as certified Squirrels product experts. This advocacy program gives Alpha Squirrels members exclusive access to:

  • Squirrels-sponsored conference attendance
  • Squirrels-sponsored conference speaking engagements
  • Unreleased Squirrels products
  • Squirrels welcome package – T-Shirt, coffee mug/tumbler, sticky notes, water bottle, headphones, pens, pencils, etc.
  • Opportunities to appear in video interviews
  • Free AirParrot 2 and Reflector 2 licenses
  • Alpha Squirrels member certificate
  • “Alpha Squirrel” signature badges for Twitter, Facebook and email
  • Product training, press kits and talking points
  • Chance to visit Squirrels Headquarters
  • Alpha Squirrels features on the Squirrels blog, Instagram and Twitter
  • On-demand interaction with Squirrels product designers and managers

Become an Alpha Squirrel at alpha.airsquirrels.com!Our Alpha Squirrels will become product experts on the Squirrels suite of products – Reflector 2, Reflector Director, Reflector Student and AirParrot 2 – to help fellow educators improve their classroom technology solutions. It is our goal to empower Alpha Squirrels to elevate their status as EdTech experts, share knowledge within their professional network and support the Squirrels community.

We’re ready to find our Alpha Squirrels. If you’re an educator committed to EdTech or Squirrels products, you just might be one of them. For more information, visit alpha.airsquirrels.com or give us a call at 1-855-207-0927. Or, fill out the nomination form to become one of the world’s first Alpha Squirrels!

August 19, 2015

Reflector 2 Adds Live YouTube Streaming

YouTube is the online pinnacle of the video world. Tutorials, pranks, Vine compilations, music videos, talk show segments, lectures, GoPro footage, cat clips, documentaries and the list goes on and on and on. Today, we’re adding mobile device live streaming to that list.

Reflector 2 is the world’s first wireless screen-mirroring technology to enable live YouTube streaming. Anything that is displayed on your iPhone, iPad, Android device, Chromebook or Surface tablet can be instantly streamed to YouTube when connected to Reflector 2.

We know what you’re thinking. “That’s cool, but what does it mean for me?”

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Education

Teachers can instantly stream a classroom presentation from their mobile device to a live YouTube audience. The YouTube audience can hear what the teacher is saying and see the same content the classroom is viewing from the teacher’s mobile device. Sorry, kids. Being sick is no longer an excuse to miss the lesson.

Gaming

Uploading gameplay footage to YouTube is one of the latest gaming trends. Now gamers can do it live. The Reflector 2 YouTube live stream feature allows gamers to interact with their audience and put their skills on display to mobile gaming enthusiasts in real time. Yeah, we’re looking at you, Clash of Clans and Game of War fanatics.

Business/Tech/Cat Lady

Business pros can now use Reflector 2 to live stream presentations from their mobile devices to partners across the world. Tech enthusiasts and app reviewers can provide immediate demonstrations and feedback to their audiences. And yes, if absolutely necessary, that crazy cat lady in everyone’s life can instantly stream a video of Mittens the kitten trying to climb the stairs. Ah, the possibilities are endless.

Extras

Additional Reflector 2 updates include:

  • Webcam streaming to YouTube – Reflector 2 now supports webcam display alongside mirrored devices! This allows audiences to see a physical object or the presenter’s face during a presentation or YouTube Live broadcast. Users can even record instructional videos that include the webcam and mirrored devices.
  • Recording bar – We moved voice-over controls, recording, broadcasting and webcam controls to an easy-to-find, centralized bar in the Reflector 2 menu. Now everything you need is in one, consistent place.
  • Voice-over volume support – You can now adjust the voice-over volume via a slider in “recordings.” Additionally, our recording engine (which is majorly improved) will respect whatever the device volume level is set to when saving recordings.

We’ve had a busy summer here at Squirrels. Reflector Director, ScreenToss, Reflector 2.1 and AirParrot updates have hit the market. We hope you love them as much as we do. Stay tuned for more to come.

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.