Did you know that 800,000 mobile games are available on the App Store? That equates to over a third of the 2.2 million apps offered to iOS users. Did you also know that 75% of revenue generated from the App Store comes from mobile gaming?
That got us thinking: If that many games are housed on the App Store and they generate that much revenue, what technology are people using to show off their skills?
Social video platform services such as Twitch offer gamers an opportunity to turn their recreational hobby into interactive gaming experiences that others can enjoy. Programs such as Gameshow, XSplit and Open Broadcasting Software (OBS) offer a way for enthusiasts to stream gameplay and connect with friends and fans over a shared love of games.
To start your streaming experience, you need to sign up for the streaming service, Twitch. On the top right of the Twitch website, select “Sign Up” to create your account. Don’t worry, it’s free!
2. Download and Install Gameshow
Now that you have a Twitch account, you will need to download and install Gameshow (also free) to share your gaming with the world. This software is compatible with Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Windows 10 64-bit, MacOS X El Capitan and MacOS Sierra.
3. Stream Mobile Games to Twitch
To start, open Reflector 3 to wirelessly mirror your device screen to your computer instead of using a cable. Connect your mobile device to Reflector using its native AirPlay or Cast technology. We recommend mirroring your device screen to Reflector first.
Open Gameshow from your computer Applications.
Gameshow may prompt you to “Register” to be informed about new features and updates. Select “Skip” or “Register.”
Click “Start Streaming.”
Choose a template for your stream. You can choose one that is already formatted for the game you are streaming, or you can make your own.
In this example we chose to use the “Game” template. Yours may differ.
Next is configuring your document
Stream To: Twitch
Game Title: Enter and select the game you want to stream
Encoder (we are using x264)
Encoder Settings (we are using Twitch: 720p30 x264 1250 kbps)
Continue configuring your document
Game Source Type: Computer
Game Process: Select Reflector 3
Window: Your device name and type should automatically appear (if your device is connected to Reflector 3)
The Gameshow window will appear on your screen
The document that you just configured will appear under “Master Layer 1” in the template you selected
Click on your document so it appears in your preview in the Gameshow window
Click “Output” in the menu bar and select “Output Settings”
Select your stream settings
Authenticate Twitch account
Ingest Server (same as what you selected when configuring document)
Encoder (same as what you selected when configuring document)
Encoding (same as what you selected when configuring document)
Optional: Record Settings
Click “Output” in the menu bar, hover over “Start/Stop Broadcasting” and select “Start Twitch: [stream key]”
Click “Output” again, hover over “Twitch” and select “Active Broadcast.” This will open up your Twitch account in your preferred browser.
Click “Go” below your preview window in Gameshow
21. What you see in the Gameshow window should be the same image that appears in your “Video Preview” on your Twitch dashboard page and on your channel homepage. There may be a slight delay of up to 30 seconds.
Note: It may take a few minutes to connect depending on your network conditions. Additionally, you may need to refresh the Twitch website if the stream does not appear immediately.
If you ever wished you could turn your iPad or iPhone into a remote desktop for your computer, then we’re about to make your day.
Our new AirParrot Remote iOS app makes it possible to view your computer’s display and control its mouse and keyboard from your iPad or iPhone. Similar remote desktop solutions are expensive, but AirParrot Remote costs just $6.99 in the App Store.
AirParrot Remote lets you manage and edit all of your computer’s documents and applications from your mobile phone or tablet. You don’t even have to be in the same room as your computer. Just make sure you’re connected to the same Wi-Fi.
The AirParrot Remote “remote desktop” feature is ideal for use at work or at home.
If you don’t feel like taking your computer to that next meeting, leave it at your desk. You can access your computer and all of its files from your iPad.
Pro Tip: If your conference room has an Apple TV, Chromecast or Reflector-enabled display, you can use AirParrot Remote to connect your computer (which is still sitting at your desk) to one of those devices for the entire room to see. It’s convenient, and everyone in the room will think you’re some sort of crazy tech genius or computer hacker.
The same concept applies at home. You can use your iPhone or iPad to edit a document or view a file that’s on your computer from anywhere in the house. This will come in handy when you’re in bed and realize you need your computer. Rather than getting up and going downstairs, simply open AirParrot Remote on your tablet or phone to access your Mac or PC.
Open AirParrot 2 on your computer and wirelessly connect your iPad or iPhone to it via the AirParrot Remote connection menu. Tap the “Display 1” option in the AirParrot Remote menu. Then tap on the screen preview window in the top right corner of the AirParrot Remote app. This will show you whatever is on your computer screen. Lastly, turn on the mouse and keyboard control options in AirParrot Remote by tapping the corresponding images at the bottom of the screen preview. You will now be able to control the computer’s mouse and keyboard from your mobile device.
Music is one of the few things that can make or break an event. Nobody wants to hear smooth jazz at a tailgate, pop music at a rodeo or heavy metal at Margaritaville.
Selecting bad music is frowned upon, but it’s not the worst thing you could do. The one surefire way to get your party-planning privileges revoked is to provide no music at all. Yikes.
We’d also like to take this moment to remind everyone that computer speakers are not party speakers. We’re sure that’s a rule somewhere in the unofficial party planner’s handbook.
Many people have great music on their computer, but they have no way to play it for a roomful of people. We can help with that. Our new AirParrot Remote + AirParrot 2 combo will help you and your guests curate a playlist full of songs that everyone wants to hear.
The AirParrot Remote iOS app ($6.99) is the companion AirParrot 2 ($12.99) users have been waiting for. AirParrot Remote gives you the ability to create media playlists in AirParrot 2 for the first time ever. It’s a feature many of you have been asking for, and we’re happy to add it.
AirParrot Remote is an app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Users can open the app on their mobile device, wirelessly tap into the media files on their computer and add those files to a playlist to begin streaming to AirPlay-enabled speakers in the home or office! If you don’t have AirPlay-enabled speakers, you can still stream the audio files to Apple TV or Chromecast for a fuller sound than computer speakers will provide.
Previously, AirParrot 2 users could only stream one audio file at a time. So they would continuously have to return to the computer to stream each new song to the external speakers. It was actually a really huge inconvenience. Now you can stream as many songs in a row as you want and control everything from your mobile device.
How it works
Open AirParrot 2 on the laptop
Open AirParrot Remote on your iOS device and wirelessly connect to your computer in the list of available devices
Select “Media” in the “From” list of the AirParrot Remote menu and then select your desired audio file
Select your AirPlay speakers or another destination in the “To” list of the AirParrot Remote menu to begin streaming that file
You may then continue to select audio files to add to your playlist
That’s it! Creating a playlist with AirParrot Remote is that simple. Make good music choices, and have fun using your new party tool!
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!
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