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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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Boingo Snapshot: Trends We See With Mobile Devices


This morning we distributed something we like to call the “Wi-Fi Snapshot” [DOWNLOAD]. It’s a collection of statistics that we think are interesting, based on what kinds of Wi-Fi enabled devices our web server sees in the 60 airports where we run the network.  It also includes some metrics based on connection/session data we’ve logged over the hundreds of thousands of hotspots that comprise our network. The most significant data point is that for the first time in our history, mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) make up a majority of the Wi-Fi device audience. In June, 58.9% of all Wi-Fi enabled devices that loaded our walled garden page (where we ask if you want to log in or buy access) were not laptops. And 83% of those devices were running iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch). This is in stark contrast to 2007, when laptops represented 99.9% of all devices we saw, and most of the other 0.1% were Win CE devices (Pocket PC, Windows Mobile). Another key indicator is the explosive growth of iPads in the marketplace. Remember that when Apple announced the iPad, many pundits claimed the tablet was a product that no one wanted. It wasn’t small enough

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A Special Invitation For LA Denizens: Come Shop With Boingo Wi-Fi

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As we mentioned earlier this week, Boingo Wi-Fi is up and running at LA-based shopping centers The Grove and The Americana at Brand. Naturally, this calls for a little celebration! If you’re in Los Angeles during the next two weekends, come shoot the breeze with the Boingo team of ambassadors at The Grove and The Americana at Brand. In return for the pleasure of your company, we’ll be offering free Wi-Fi on smartphones, free ice cream and a free iPad for one lucky somebody. Event details: Dates, Locations and Times: September 17 & 18 at The Grove from 11AM to 7PM September 24 & 25 at The Americana at Brand from 11AM to 7PM Free Gifts: Get a free ice cream voucher by downloading the Boingo app to your smartphone. Show a Boingo ambassador and the scoop’s on us! Login to the free Wi-Fi at The Grove this weekend or The Americana next weekend and register for a chance to win an iPad. Boingo ambassadors will be on hand to quickly walk you through the process. Bring the family and friends because there is plenty of merriment for everyone:  shops for the fashionable, tasty bites for foodies and theatres for movie-lovers. We recently enjoyed it

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Caruso Affiliated Refashions the Shopping Experience [Video]


A few months ago, we announced that Caruso Affiliated had selected Boingo to operate the Wi-Fi services at its Los Angeles shopping centers, The Grove and The Americana at Brand.  Now, we’re happy to report that Boingo Wi-Fi has been live and connecting shoppers…such as L.A.-based Boingo employees! It’s a breeze accessing the Wi-Fi on your gadget while browsing around! But enough about us. Actually, we want to rave about our unprecedented, spectacular experience with The Grove’s complimentary concierge services (also available at The Americana at Brand). The staff took care of us the moment we arrived in the valet circle, checked in at relevant times during the day, and sent us home with smiles at the end of the day. Check out the video above for a visual of the first-class treatment we received from the staff at The Grove. What’s so necessary and special about concierge services at a shopping center? As The Grove team can tell you, plenty. They fulfill numerous guests requests for dinner reservations (at The Grove, as well as throughout L.A.), transportation, personal stylists, tourist activities, spa treatments and more. We requested a car wash and, like magic, a squeaky clean version of our car awaited us

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Apple iOS 4.3 Has Launched — Here’s a Simple Summary


Apple has just release the iOS 4.3 software update for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Download the update by connecting your Apple device to your computer. You will need iTunes 10.2.1, released by Apple on Tuesday, to sync and update. Here’s a simple summary of what’s new in iOS 4.3: Faster browsing: Apple claims that Safari browsing is now double in speed due to the implementation of “Nitro,”  the JavaScript engine that drives the desktop version of Safari. Let us know if you notice a perceptible improvement. Personal hotspots via 3G: This feature allows you to share your 3G connection with other gadgets you have with you and/or other people within your vicinity (according to Apple, up to five devices can be connected). This may be useful if you are not within easy access of a Wi-Fi connection. But beware: most cellular data plans have megabyte limits, so you stand the risk of using up your allotted limit when you share your 3G connection. A really unwelcome outcome might have you paying mega bucks on mega overage. Also, sharing a 3G connection can slow the connection speed, especially if all the connected devices are running multimedia applications such as streaming

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Apple Announces iPad 2!

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Steve Jobs took the stage at the Apple event today to unveil…the iPad 2! Below are the details on the much-anticipated tablet: Features: Operating system is iOS 4.3 The main CPU is a Samsung A5 dual core processor, which makes the iPad 2 two times faster  than the original iPad New graphics processor that’s nine times faster than that of the iPad 1 Front and rear cameras HDMI compatible, enabling connectivity to TV or a large screen A gyroscope Battery life in the 10 hour range (same as iPad 1) Included accessories: Cable that connects the screen to another monitor “Smart covers” that come in different colors and use magnets to attach to the device Form factor: 33% thinner than before (thinner than the iPhone 4) Weighs a bit less, at 1.3 pounds compared with 1.5 for the original iPad 1 Available models: Three storage sizes for both the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi +3G models: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB. Colors: black or white Price: entry level model is the same as the iPad 1 at $499. The top-end model is $829. Shipping: March 11, 2011 in the U.S. Available in 26 other countries starting March 25. New applications available for iPad: Apple’s

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Android Marketplace Finally Available Online


One of the biggest nuggets unveiled at the Google press conference today is that the Android Marketplace is finally available via a standard web browser, making Android apps more accessible. Hooray! Previously, Android users had access to apps only via the pre-installed Android Marketplace app on their handsets. Now, the ability to browse and install apps from a computer makes for a much more flexible and enjoyable user experience. To access the new Android Marketplace: Launch your computer browser and visit: https://market.android.com Login via your gmail account. Browse the store — the UI is brilliantly simple: Apps are displayed by the standard sections: Featured, Top Paid and Top Free. You can also browse apps by category. Apps that are already installed on your phone are labeled as “Installed.” Download an app by clicking “Install.” Within minutes, the app magically syncs to your phone. No cords required.  Tweet a comment with a link to the app by clicking on the “Tweet” icon on each app’s dedicated page. This new development finally puts the Android Marketplace user experience on par with that of Apple’s. Do you agree? P.S. If you have an Android phone, check out the free Boingo app and let

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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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Rocking With My Roku


Recently, my voracious appetite for movies led me to discover Roku, a streaming player that allows me access to a world wide web library of movies, shows, music, videos, podcasts, games, and more. I’ve only had the Roku player for five days but I already know: it’s my #1 recommendation for a gadget gift this holiday season. (I am not affiliated in any way with the company other than as a customer.) Here’s the high-level: Cost: $59/$79/$99. Click here to compare the three different models (I went for it with the $99 model) Includes: Roku streaming player (4.9 x 4.9 x 1.2 inches; roughly the size and weight of a paperback book), HDMI cable, composite AV cable, remote control and batteries, power adapter Required: television, high-speed Internet, e.g., Wi-Fi Setting up the Roku player was easy: the HDMI/AV cable connects the Roku and the television, and the power adapter connects the Roku to the electrical socket in the wall. Just power on and select the Wi-Fi connection; no special software involved. Next, I did a tour of the default channels: Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu Plus, and Pandora. To access the shows and music on those channels, I had to validate

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The iPod Touch: A Splendid Travel Companion

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Mark Sigal of technology site O’Reilly celebrated his 10-year wedding anniversary with the wife by taking a trip to Europe. What made their trip a little unusual is that they brought an iPod Touch as their only communication device — no cell phone, no pager, no laptop. And guess what? They survived the trip with flying colors (and probably saved a lot of moolah)! Here are some (free!) Apple apps that helped them: Google Mobile Maps (pre-installed): visually navigate to destinations in real time and push-pin favorite destinations. Yelp: search for restaurants and other businesses, then use Google Mobile Maps for directions. Facebook: share vacation adventures and pics with family and friends. Kindle: read your travel book on-the-go. Notes (pre-installed): capture daily food and water intake and other related health data. Additionally, Sigal shares a caveat about traveling with just the iPod Touch: “Not having reliable connectivity in mobile contexts crippled some of the utility of Google Mobile Maps since it essentially removed the Real-Time goodness of the app. Moreover, it crimped the ability to search for nearby restaurants when on the move.” And, in true technologist form, Sigal gives Apple a helpful recommendation for the Wi-Fi connection experience: “…

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Nokia Enters PC Market


Nokia issued a press release today announcing their foray into the PC market. The Nokia 3G Booklet, “a mini laptop,” features the following functionality: Intel Atom processor 12 hours of battery life 3G/ HSPA and Wi-Fi A-GPS for navigation and geotagging Sounds like a compelling device! It’s interesting that a handset manufacturer is crossing over to the laptop market, and clearly the reverse strategy is also in effect. In a related article, Lorraine Luk of the Wall Street Journal discusses how PC-makers such as Dell, HP, Acer, and of course Apple have recently forayed into the smartphone market. Nothing like a down economy to spur innovation and more choices for consumers! Let’s sit back, relax, and enjoy the mobile computing race!