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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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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

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iPhone Apps for Road Tripping


Apple just revealed that there are a total of 65,000 applications available in the App Store. So many choices…so little time. That’s why it’s always helpful to get recommendations from industry pundits such as IntoMobile’s Will Park, who lists his top 13 apps for road tripping with the iPhone: Google Earth (free): view satellite imagery from wherever you are. uPackingList (free): never forget to pack something again. Trapster (free): avoid those speed traps and save yourself from traffic school. iSpy Game ($0.99): distract the kids with this traditional road trip game and maybe you’ll get some respite from the perennial “are we there yet?” question. Road Tip Lite (free): track your expenses! Cheap Gas! (free): locate the cheapest possible gas station. Trip It (free): organize your itineraries. Wi-Fi Finder (free): find a nearby hotspot…there’s a good chance you’ll locate a Boingo hotspot. Urbanspoon (free): satiate your hunger and find restaurants near you. iWrecked (free): document an accident that will hopefully not occur. HotelsByMe (free): get a good night’s rest at a hotel suited to your budget and preferences. AT&T Navigator (monthly fee): plot turn-by-turn directions. ClickonRadioLite (free): discover local radio stations. Will Park is Editor in Chief of IntoMobile