March 30 , 2017

Ditto Screen-Sharing Service Receives Update

DittoTypeGreyRGB.pngA new Ditto update is now live. This update includes:

Apple TV tvOS 10.2 Support - This update adds compatability with Apple's latest update for Apple TV, tvOS 10.2. 

Device Verification - Ditto can now connect to Apple TVs using the Device Verification feature. This feature requires users input a one-time code to begin sharing their screen to the Apple TV. After they enter the code once, they generally will not be prompted again until they visit goditto.com again to connect.  

Other improvements include:
  • Improved compatibility with Reflector 2 on Android Devices
  • Added volume adjsutment on Windows
  • Fixed a potential long delay on launching on Windows
  • Numerous stabiltiy improvements and bug fixes
November 1 , 2016

Why Higher Education Is Investing In Smart Classrooms, and What’s Missing

The college experience is gradually starting to resemble an education utopia for students. Higher education institutions are becoming a place where young adults can grow as individuals while surrounded by on-demand conveniences and like-minded peers. State-of-the-art leisure facilities and smart classrooms filled with collaboration and presentation technology are abundant.

That comes at a price, though. The cost of tuition has been increasing and state funding for higher education institutions has been decreasing ever since the recession. As tuition costs rise, high school students must make tough decisions when deciding which college to attend. This leaves schools looking for ways to add value and differentiate their offering from competitors to appeal to prospective students.

Funding down, tuition up
On average, states are spending 18 percent ($1,598) less per student, and annual published tuition at four-year public colleges has jumped by 33 percent ($2,333) since the 2007-08 school year. So how do schools differentiate themselves and show value in marketing materials for prospective students?

Lavish recreational facilities, apartment-style dorm rooms and pristine landscapes can all add value to a student’s educational experience. This is true of smart classrooms, too. It’s why higher education institutions are devoting more resources to equip learning spaces and offices with technology that facilitates collaboration, presentation and instruction.

According to The Center For Digital Education, higher education institutions will spend $10.8 billion on IT support and services this year. Network upgrades are a top priority on the agenda. Increased connectivity on college campuses can help educators reach students with modern teaching methods such as blended learning, personalized learning and competency-based learning.

The typical list of amenities in “smart classrooms” on college campuses looks like this:

  • MacBook or PC laptop
  • Projector
  • Large wall screen or TV
  • Apple TV/Chromecast
  • Microphone
  • Lighting controls
  • Speakers
  • Document camera
  • HDMI/VGA cables
  • Interactive white board
  • Wireless presentation pointer

What’s missing
While this technology contributes to a smart classroom, it doesn’t create a truly wireless or collaborative environment for students. It doesn’t do for instruction what a rec-center sauna does for the “college experience.”

Wireless content sharing is a common problem for higher education institutions. Imagine if every building on campus – academic buildings, administrative buildings, university libraries, student centers, conference centers and residence halls – had one simple and universal way to wirelessly display computer screens to TVs and digital projectors. Wouldn’t that be....convenient?

The key word there is “simple.” A school’s IT department must operate within a range of technical know-how that varies greatly among staff, students and faculty on campus. What’s common technical knowledge to a computer science professor may be a completely foreign concept to an adjunct journalism professor. This creates a barrier in the adoption of new tech services and solutions.

Collaborating in smart classrooms
The theoretical simple and universal screen-mirroring solution for college campuses mentioned above? Yeah, it exists. Think of it as a facilitator that’s used to display content in meetings, lectures and presentations. It makes HDMI/VGA cables obsolete and allows any student, teacher or faculty member to present from anywhere in a given room.

Content sharing is never going to be viewed as a game changer from a student’s perspective, and it’s just one component of an advanced smart classroom, but it’s an important feature of any room intended to foster collaboration. You can’t have a truly smart, collaborative and connected classroom until every individual in the room has the ability to quickly display his or her screen at a moment’s notice.

What makes your campus stand out?
While per-student funding decreases and tuition costs increase, higher education institutions will continue to look for ways to differentiate from competitors and add value, from campus technology offerings to student lifestyle enhancements.

What are some ways your school has tried to differentiate itself from competing schools? What’s in your school’s smart classroom? What type of technology would you like to see introduced to the classroom, lecture hall or administration offices?

September 13 , 2016

Ditto Screen-Sharing Service Update For Mac And Windows

The Ditto screen-sharing service has been updated to resolve a small issue that could cause connections to quickly drop when using tvOS 9 on a fourth-generation Apple TV.

September 9 , 2016

New Ditto Screen-Sharing Service Update

We’re excited to announce an update for Ditto -- the screen-sharing service for your workplace.

The update adds tvOS 10 compatibility for businesses, schools and institutions using the latest Apple TV. We also updated the Ditto Administration Portal to fix a few bugs and improve usability.

Find the complete list of Ditto updates below.

Windows 

  • Added compatibility for screen sharing from Windows computers to tvOS 10 on the fourth generation Apple TV
  • Added enhanced encryption when mirroring to Apple TV or the Reflector 2  screen-mirroring software
  • Resolved an issue that could prevent Ditto from launching on Windows 8.1
  • Improved screen capture and mirroring performance
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and performance improvements         

Mac

  • Added compatibility for screen sharing from Mac to tvOS 10 on the fourth generation Apple TV
  • Added enhanced encryption when mirroring to Apple TV or the Reflector 2  screen-mirroring software
  • Improved screen capture and mirroring performance
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and performance improvements
August 3 , 2016

Why You Should Scout Hotel Screen-Sharing Capabilities Before Booking Your Next Business Meeting

Make sure the next hotel you book for a business meeting or corporate event is equipped with a screen-sharing solution that can accommodate the needs of you and your business partners.

Meeting organizers prioritize location, space and basic amenities such as food, refreshments and seating when selecting a hotel for business gatherings. These elements are essential, but any good meeting space in today’s tech-driven world must have screen-sharing capabilities.

Can you recall your last business meeting that was computer-less? Didn’t think so. When coordinating business meetings with Guest Services, request a conference room that’s equipped with the Ditto screen-sharing service.

Conf Computer

Ditto makes screen sharing in hotel conference rooms and meeting spaces easier than ever before. Anyone with a Mac or PC can immediately – and wirelessly – share their computer screen to the big screen in a Ditto-enabled room.

Screen sharing is often confusing, inconsistent and everything but intuitive. With Ditto, it’s easy.

How Ditto works
It’s simple. Ditto assigns a unique code to the hotel conference room. Any hotel guest can walk into the room and immediately share their Mac or PC screen simply by visiting connect.goditto.com and entering the room’s unique Ditto code.

Ditto can be used in any hotel room that has an Apple TV, Chromecast or Reflector-connected display. The guest’s computer is the screen sender. The Apple TV, Chromecast or Reflector-connected display is the screen receiver.

After entering the code, Ditto runs a lightweight application on the user’s Mac or PC that automatically sends the computer screen to the appropriate TV or display. When the user is done sharing, he or she must simply close out of the application. The app is then wiped from the user’s computer. It’s that easy.

Unlimited screen sharing
Ditto brings completely unlimited screen sharing to any hotel meeting space and doesn’t require additional hardware, software or permissions for the meeting guests. No more wires. No more connection confusion.

Cross-platform connections
Mac users can wirelessly connect to Chromecast receivers, PC users can wirelessly connect to Apple TV receivers and vice versa.

Go Ditto
Be sure to request the Ditto screen-sharing service the next time your business uses a hotel as a corporate event venue.

If you would like to learn more about Ditto, visit www.goditto.com. Or, email our sales specialist Danielle Walker at dwalker@goditto.com.

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