March 21, 2016

AirParrot Remote: A Tool For The Living Room

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AirParrot Remote is a couch potato’s dream. It takes being lazy to a whole new level by giving you the full list of AirParrot 2 features and controls on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. That’s right. Leave your computer on the desk where it belongs because you don’t need it beside you to mirror your computer or stream songs and videos to your TV anymore.

Screen mirroring and streaming your computer to your big screen TV has always been cool, but was it convenient? It is now.

Without AirParrot Remote
Without AirParrot Remote, lounge time is constantly interrupted. Each time you want to stream or mirror something to your TV, you need to access your computer. So your laptop must be sitting by you on the couch, end stand or pillow. We cringe thinking about the brightness in your peripheral vision.

If the computer isn’t beside you, then you have to get up and walk to it.

Ugh. Talk about ruining the vibe.

With AirParrot Remote
Open the AirParrot Remote app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. You will be able to control the AirParrot 2 software running on your computer no matter where the computer is located in the house. AirParrot Remote allows you to control your computer’s mouse and keyboard from your phone. So, not only can you begin mirroring your computer display and select media files to stream, you can also open a document, view it on your TV and begin editing it from your phone or tablet. Crazy, right?

Goodbye, nightmares
Do you know what couch potatoes have nightmares about? Effort. So we used AirParrot Remote as an opportunity to add playlist support to keep things ultra easy.

Previously, AirParrot could only stream one media file from a computer to Apple TV, Chromecast or AirPlay-enabled speakers at a time. Now you can use your mobile device to create large playlists full of songs and movies you’d like to play in order. Minimal effort. Optimal relaxation. You’re welcome.

For all the couch potatoes
We all have our couch potato moments. Things should be easy when you’re in couch potato mode. AirParrot Remote does just that – it makes life easier! It brings control of AirParrot 2 to your phone or tablet so you can begin streaming and mirroring your Mac or PC without ever leaving the couch.

Learn more about AirParrot Remote. You can purchase this iOS app in the Apple App Store ($6.99).

Note: Make sure you have the most recent AirParrot 2 update running on your Mac or PC to ensure compatibility with AirParrot Remote. The latest AirParrot 2 update is free for current AirParrot 2 customers. If you do not already have AirParrot 2, it costs just $12.99 in our online store.

October 30, 2015

AirParrot 2 Offers an Unmatched Streaming and Mirroring Experience with the New Apple TV

The first new Apple TV since 2012 promises to be one of the biggest tech hardware releases of 2015. What does this mean for AirParrot 2 customers? An unparalleled mirroring and streaming experience on a new, more powerful Apple TV.

We are excited to announce that both AirParrot and AirParrot 2 are compatible with Apple TV 4.

Use AirParrot 2 with the New Apple TV

Now that we got the good news out of the way, we’re going to hit you with more good news.

Compatibility with every mirroring-enabled Apple TV 
The price tag on the Apple TV ($150) will likely create school, business and home environments with old and new Apple TVs. Luckily, AirParrot 2 users can mirror and stream their Mac or PC screens to multiple generations of Apple TVs simultaneously without worrying about compatibility issues.

AirParrot 2 vs. AirPlay and AirParrot 1
AirParrot 2 provides a much more robust screen-mirroring solution than the built-in AirPlay function found in newer Mac models. The ability to mirror to multiple devices simultaneously, media streaming and compatibility with Apple TV, Chromecast and Reflector 2 makes AirParrot 2 a more feature-rich screen-mirroring solution.

Bonus: AirParrot 2 gives users the option to mirror specific apps or windows instead of the entire computer screen for privacy or to highlight specific content.

Stream to Apple TV 4
AirParrot 2 users can wirelessly stream their favorite movies and songs from a Mac or PC to the Apple TV 4 with the AirParrot 2 streaming feature. Are you thinking what we’re thinking? Looks like it’s time to wirelessly stream that new Adele song or Jurassic World from your computer to your Apple TV 4. Simply open AirParrot 2 and enjoy the show!

Pro tip: We recommend streaming movies rather than mirroring them for the best results.

Apple TV 4 features
Apple TV 4 boasts new features of its own including a new operating system (tvOS) with access to an App Store, deep Siri integration, a touch-based remote control that doubles as a game controller and powerful new app-development tools.

Overall, the new Apple TV and AirParrot 2 are a perfect match. Enjoy!

Learn more about AirParrot 2.

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September 15, 2015

5 Reasons You Need iOS 9 on Your iPhone or iPad

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Another year, another Apple OS update. What’s so great about this one? Turns out, a lot.

New features in iOS 9 complement last year’s iOS 8 release (a complete overhaul and redesign of Apple’s mobile operating system). iPhone and iPad users will enjoy iOS 9 for many reasons, including faster and stronger AirPlay connections. We’ve compiled five reasons we think you’ll fall in love with your Apple device all over again.

1. You can multitask like never before.

iPads are much more multitask-friendly in iOS 9. Users will be able to see multiple applications on their screen at once, change the size of each application and manipulate both apps at the same time: a dream come true.

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2. You won’t have to pay for the news you need.

The News app will replace the Newsstand app. Instead of having to purchase subscriptions to publications, you can instantly follow publications like The New York Times, specific interests such as Technology and popular or personal blogs. Stay updated on topics and trends that are important to you, for free.

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3. You can organize yourself better than ever.

The Notes app is vastly improved 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. Take thorough notes, make precise lists and jot down illustrations all in one app.

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4. Longer battery life. Need we say more?

New software enhancements will add hours of battery life to your iOS device. You read that right: HOURS. Running in low power mode will also improve battery performance, meaning less scrambling to find the nearest outlet.

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5. It’s FREE.

Getting all of these improvements and more for free is a no-brainer. Alongside a free compatibility update for current Reflector 2 users, upgrading to iOS 9 is a win-win!

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September 14, 2015

#SquirrelsDoOBX15: 2015 Company Retreat

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In June of 2014, while sitting in a beach house on the shores of the British Virgin Islands, 22 people set goals and a course of action for the year to come. We did not meet those goals.

We exceeded them.

In August of 2015, 29 people gathered on the shores of the Outer Banks in North Carolina to reflect on the past year and our bounty of successes. We looked at our products, finances, the market, what we did right and what we could do better. We all knew that the countless cups of coffee, handfuls of candy and sleepless nights were worth it.

But we’re not stopping there.

This year, #TeamSquirrels vows to continue to innovate. We’re listening to our customers, adapting to the markets and will develop products and programs that greatly benefit our loyal users. We’re dedicated to being at the forefront of “the latest-and-greatest” and are looking forward to another exciting year.

Stay tuned for the fruits of our retreat. In the meantime, check out some pictures from our week in OBX!

September 10, 2015

Your Screen-Mirroring App won’t work with iOS 9 (unless you have Reflector 2)

It’s true. Every wireless screen-mirroring app on the market won’t work with Apple’s new iOS 9 platform. Don’t go slamming that panic button like an old-school alarm clock just yet. We’re here to tell you that we have a solution.

We’ve known since the earliest iOS 9 beta version that Reflector 2 in its current form, as well as every other wireless screen-mirroring solution, would not be compatible with iOS 9. Were we surprised? Not at all. Like any good company, Apple is always evolving and advancing its technology. It was time for us to evolve, too. We often tout ourselves as the creators of the first and best screen-mirroring technology on the market. How could we continue to claim to be the best if we couldn’t make Reflector 2 work with Apple’s latest operating system?

Here we are on September 10, 2015 — the day after Apple’s big event. Problem solved. Solution in hand. We won’t bore you with all of the technical details. Just know that you can rest easy and mirror your iPads, iPhones and iPods as you always have.

iOS 9 update

The official free Reflector 2 iOS 9 update will be released later this month. In the meantime, you can download a beta version of our software update if you just can’t wait!