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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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Tips For Using Boingo Wi-Finder on Apple iOS Devices

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If you own an Apple iOS device, we hope you check out our new app, Boingo Wi-Finder. It’s a  powerful Wi-Fi tool that helps you locate free and Boingo hotspots at thousands of locations around the globe. If you have a paid Boingo account, Wi-Finder connects you at 325,000 Boingo global locations — all with just one tap of a button. Here’s a feature summary of Boingo Wi-Finder for the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch: Location-mapping that displays hotspots nearby or at another destination through search. Blue pins represent free locations, and red pins present Boingo locations. Hotspot notification when a Boingo hotspot is detected (note: in order to see this notification, Wi-Fi must be turned on and Wi-Finder must be launched). Crowdsource platform that tracks success and speed of connects, so good open networks can be re-published to the Boingo Location Directory. So the more feedback you send us, the more data we have. Compatibility with iOS 3.0 and above. A few tips on using Wi-Finder for Apple iOS: Due to Apple API restrictions (i.e., third-party developers cannot access certain software layers of the iOS platform), Boingo Wi-Finder doesn’t have the exact same functionality it does on other

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Apps For Keeping Track of Your Business Expenses


  How many business travelers out there dread doing expense reports? We’re guessing most of you would rather skip it. Well, we’d love to propose a magical solution that saves you completely from expense reports but short of that, we found a few apps that might ease the process. Bright Hub, a great community site for all things technology, ranked their top expense tracker apps for iPhone, Android and Blackberry. Try out one of the apps and let us know if it eases your expense reporting pains. Top iPhone Expense Tracker Apps Expenditure: “Record what you buy and the amount of money it costs with Expenditure.” Cost: $1.99 iXpenseIt: “…great for tracking daily expenses and for maintaining a monthly budget…features an expense summary that details the total monthly expense, the average daily expense, and the most costly items.” Cost: $4.99 iWallet: “… tracks your expenses and income. You can record your expenses for the day and view the amount you have spent over a week. The app maintains expense records on a monthly and yearly basis as well.” Cost: $2.99 CashTrails: “… record your daily expenses and organize them into easily accessible categories. Include a note with the transaction and

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Introducing: Boingo Wi-Finder!


We’re super excited to share the news that today we’re launching our best app yet – Boingo Wi-Finder! As you know, Boingo software has always made it easy to get online at paid hotspots around the world.   Now we’re expanding that capability to find and get you connected to FREE hotspots, too!  Boingo Wi-Finder quickly connects you to open networks worldwide, like the free Wi-Fi at your neighborhood library or even an exotic coffee shop in a far-away land. Simply select “Connect” when Boingo Wi-Finder pops and you’re in. We’ve also added map and search tools that can find the nearest hotspot. And even cooler — the app automatically grabs information about free hotspots you connect to – like location and speed – and then publishes that information to the Location Database.  The more people use the app, the better the Location Directory gets.  (So tell your friends!)  You can even add your favorite free hotspot directly here. We think Boingo Wi-Finder is our coolest app yet – here’s just a sample of what’s under the hood! Determines the best free network if more than one is available Alerts you when a free or Boingo hotspot is detected nearby Connects

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Hashable: a New Way to Exchange Business “Cards”


At SXSW Interactive this year, many attendees skipped the business cards and instead swapped contact info via Hashable, “the ultimate networking app.” Hashable was super useful for us during SXSW (since we ran out of business cards the first day), and it’s an environmentally-friendly solution. The Hashable app (free), available on iPhone and Android devices, allows you to: Exchange contact information by entering the Twitter handle or email address associated with the other person’s Hashable profile. Check in to a location and tag the people with you. The check-in can be a public one that tweets your location and companions, or it can be used as a CRM tool that allows you to privately note meetings with people in  your network. See who your contacts are meeting through an “Activity” tab that displays public check-ins. If you’d like to give Hashable a try, sign up for an account here. To download the app for iPhone, click here. To download the app for Android, click here. Let us know if you find Hashable as useful as we did. Already have a Hashable account? Thumbs up or thumbs down?

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Tech Thursday Deals – 3/10/2011


Taking the plunge on the iPad 2? Check out the new selection of cases from Case Logic. We like the compact netbook sleeve for $21.99. Or if you’re accident-prone, consider the water-resistant case for $29.99. (Via Case Logic) The iPhone 4 with 32 GB of memory is going for $299.99 at Best Buy (list: $799.99). Or get the 16GB version for only $199.99 (list: $699.99).  A two-year service plan with Verizon is required. Specs include 3G and Wi-Fi, 3.5-inch multi-touch display and 5 MP camera. (Via Best Buy) If you’re in the market for a compact camera bag that fits your various accessories, check out the Canon Deluxe Gadget Bag for $34.95 (list: $50.00). Customers gave the bag an average rating of four and a half out of five stars but say it’s most ideal for those looking for a bag on the smaller side. (Via Amazon) The Android-powered Samsung Vibrant is on sale at Amazon for only $69.99 (list: $599.99). A service plan with T-Mobile is required. Specs include 3G and Wi-Fi, 4-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, 5 MP camera and 16GB internal memory. (Via Dealzmodo) Nick Bilton, lead writer for the New York Times tech blog, is the author

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CES 2011: The Three Tablets That Wowed Us Most


CES 2011 was a deluge of tablets. The eye-popping experience was akin to being a kid in a candy emporium. So we turned to the online coverage of CES to guide us. Below, we’ve listed the three tablets that wowed us most. These tablets reportedly include some impressive specs, specifically three sorely missing from the iPad: Flash-support, cameras and multitasking. Note that while we have yet to fully test and “tablet-optimize” Android and BlackBerry tablets, there’s a good possibility you can connect to Boingo Wi-Fi if you have installed Boingo Mobile app. Stay tuned for an update on our progress. Meanwhile, we encourage you to provide feedback to us if you connect to Boingo on these tablets. Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi-only version The Wi-Fi only version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab (watch the video above for a quick demo from the CES show floor) is a welcome option for tablet enthusiasts looking for a no-contract, lower-cost option. According to this Engadget article, the new model will have the same specs as the already in-market 3G/Wi-Fi one — just without the cellular connectivity. Recently-announced tablet competitors may steal some of the Galaxy Tab’s thunder, but we’re guessing the device will continue

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The Boingo 2010 Gift Guide For Gadget Geeks

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If you’re looking for gift ideas for the tech geek in your life, look no further. We fished for suggestions from the geeks we know best — Boingo employees. Here are a few of their favorite tech things: Apple iPad ($499 and up) powered by Boingo Wi-Fi ($7.95/month): “I’ve had my iPad for six months now and I’m still enchanted with it. And nothing beats the ability to get online at 200,000+ Boingo hotspots.” — Dave Hagan, president & CEO Apple iPhone 4 ($199 and up): “It’s a mini-computer, it has wi-fi (via Boingo!), it takes great pictures, and there’s never a boring moment with all the available apps, games, music and videos.” — Nadia Lee, senior A/P analyst Apple MacBook Air ($999 and up): “It’s light, thin and powerful. It’s all I want for Christmas.” — Jennifer Demeterio, web engineer Boxee ($199): “Boxee’s website says it best: ‘A lot of your favorite shows and movies are already available on the Internet. Boxee is a device that finds them and puts them on your TV. It’s easy to use and even better, there’s no monthly fee.’” — Brian Shields, web development and architecture manager Canon EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR

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Boingo Wi-Fi Now Powers Blackberry Devices


You asked for it, and we’ve delivered! Boingo Mobile, our Wi-Fi service for mobile devices and smartphones, is now available on the Blackberry® Curve 8900, Blackberry Curve 8320 and BlackBerry® Bold. For just $7.95 per month, Boingo Mobile gives you a high-speed alternative to cellular data so you surf the Internet, download large files, upload pictures, and stream video — all on your Blackberry. Usage is unlimited and you can connect all over the globe. That’s right, surf to your heart’s content while you travel for business or pleasure and save on international roaming costs. To get Boingo Mobile, first download our free login software directly to your Blackberry. The software tells you when you’re in a Boingo hotspot and automatically connects you. Next, sign up via the software; or alternatively sign up on a PC. We’re constantly working to expand our portfolio of smartphone support, which now includes the Android™, iPhone®, Symbian™ Series 60, and Windows Mobile™ platforms. We know how much y’all love those mobile devices of yours! To download the free Boingo software for Blackberry, click here. To download Boingo software for other mobile devices, click here. To sign up for Boingo Mobile Wi-Fi for your Blackberry,

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10 Mobile Apps You Won’t Abandon

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Is your smartphone filling up with applications you rarely (never) use? Welcome to the club. According to various studies, “smartphone users download many more apps than they actually use,” and “consumers stop using the vast majority of iPhone apps almost immediately.” If you’re looking for applications you will cherish and use daily, check out Fierce Wireless’ list of top ten mobile apps designed to be part of your everyday life: Aha (free): “…connects iPhone users from across major U.S. cities including Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle and Washington, D.C., to share real-time information on traffic conditions.” MotionX GPS ($2.99): “…premium location app optimized for the iPhone 3GS, complete with accelerometric-assisted GPS for improved accuracy…indicates and tracks the user’s position wherever they go–not just on street maps, but also topographic and satellite maps, which explains why the software is so popular with runners, hikers, skiers and boaters.” Put Things Off ($2.99): ” …expressly targets procrastinators… encourages users to focus on what’s important each day and ‘put off stuff that’s not’–its touch-based filing system incorporates a series of virtual trays that separate tasks according to priority level, with completed chores disappearing in a puff of smoke.” Available for iPhone. Sherpa (free): “..local discovery

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Smartphones Bringing Wi-Fi Back…

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…not that Wi-Fi ever went away. But as Om Malick articulates in his article, the smartphone era is upon us and it is making us hungrier than ever for bandwidth. And 3G just ain’t cutting it: “[Wi-Fi] usage has grown as major 3G networks have choked under heavy mobile Internet use. There is no stopping smartphone sales, according to data collected by Infonetics Research, a market research company…With the growing availability of Google Android-based handsets, 2009 will prove to be a banner year for smartphones. In my opinion, the presence of PC-quality browsers, such as Safari, on smartphones and webkit-based browsers, as well as the growing popularity of social-networking services such as Twitter and Facebook as communication tools, have boosted the demand for wireless data. These tools demand data connectivity, and people want to check them while on the go. This spurt in usage has left the carriers that long saw themselves as Wi-Fi’s enemy coming around and embracing the insurgent technology. AT&T’s $275 million acquisition of Wayport and the recent agreement between Verizon and Santa Monica, Calif., Wi-Fi aggregator Boingo Wireless are signs that despite the availability of faster 3G networks, the low-cost economics of the Wi-Fi ecosystem are