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It’s time to celebrate—Boingo style! We’ve been awarded our eighth Global Traveler award for “Best WiFi Service” and to celebrate we’re kicking off 8 Days of Giveaways to give our awesome fans the chance to win a VIP travel tech kit. This kit is loaded with all the tech essentials you need on the go—like earbuds, a phone charger, flash drive and of course free Boingo Wi-Fi for a year with access to more than a million hotspots around the globe. Join in on the celebration! To enter our 8 Days of Giveaways, head to Twitter and simply tweet @boingo what YOU are celebrating this year using the hashtag #BoingoCelebr8. Whether it’s a milestone birthday, a big client win, running your first marathon or something else, we want to hear your reason for raising a glass. Boingo’s 8 Days of Giveaways will run December 8-15, 2017. One winner will be announced each day.    

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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


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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10 Mother’s Day Gifts For the Gadget Mama


Last week, we posted our Mother’s Day gift guide for the Travel Mama. Now, we bring you ten gift recommendations for the Gadget Mama this Mother’s Day. If your mama enjoys both travel and tech — lucky you! You’ll definitely find something among our suggestions that will bring a sweet smile to her face. 1. Gadget charger: make sure Mom never runs out of juice on her gadget! Check out these super-duper chargers: a) Brookstone 4-in1 Power Charger ($39.95): works with iPhone, iPod, BlackBerry, Samsung, Motorola Droid, Nokia, digital cameras and other micro/mini USB powered devices. Mom has a choice of four power sources: a standard wall plug, car power socket, computer USB port or 9-volt battery (battery sold separately). b) iGo Charge Anywhere ($39.99):  works with multiple devices, including mobile phones, Bluetooth headsets, smartphones/PDAs, MP3 players, portable gaming devices, digital cameras, GPS devices and more. This is a portable charger/battery with two USB outputs for charging devices anywhere. c) Powermat Portable Mat with Powercube ($59.99): compatible with most mobile devices and simultaneously charges up to three devices. 2. Extended gadget battery: perfect for those situations (e.g., conferences) when Mom doesn’t have access to a power outlet. All she has to do is install an extended battery, and she’s

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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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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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Meet the World’s Worst Flight Attendant: A Travel Interview With Comedian Pam Ann


Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome aboard the airplane. Your flight attendant today is the zany, the glitzy, and the outlandish Pam Ann. She may fail to give you the right safety instructions or bring you that Bloody Mary, but if you’re up for some laughs, sit back and enjoy the ride! Pam Ann, née Caroline Reid, is a well-loved comedian who poses as a fictitious flight attendant regaling her audience with the vulgarities and quirks of airline travel. Her subjects of parody include airline crews, travelers, and the laughably absurd shenanigans that arise within the confines of a plane’s cabin. Pam’s stand-up routines are in high demand anywhere airplanes fly, which means she pretty much travels around the globe. Below, she shares some of her travel tips. Is there a gadget you can’t live without? I can’t live without my Blackberry; it is very addictive. When you travel, what is the one item you always take with you? Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. Great for long haul flights. What are you listening to your on your iPod these days? Jay Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” What is your favorite city in the world and why?

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On the Campaign Trail with Damon Dunn: Politician, Entrepreneur, All-Around Nice Guy


Damon Dunn is the poster child for overcoming adversity: he was raised by a 16 year-old single mother and grew up in poverty, but today he is a contender for California Secretary of State in 2010. How on earth did he get where he is today? According to Damon, it all comes down to hard work. His academic and athletic acumen landed him a scholarship at Stanford University, which ultimately led to a stint in the NFL. After retiring from the NFL, Damon attended Harvard Business School for the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program. Upon graduation, he co-founded a successful real estate firm. But Damon isn’t just about academics, athletics, business, and politics. True to his humble beginnings, he has also committed himself to civic services such as mentoring underprivileged and terminally ill children — even while on the campaign trail. Check out his travel tips below. Is there a gadget you can’t live without? I couldn’t live without my Blackberry. It’s astounding how mobile phones have become multifunctional tools for productivity, entertainment, retail and social networking. When you travel, what is the one item you always take with you? I take running shoes so that I can get

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A Travel Interview with Video Game Executive, Maria Stipp


“So, do you get to play a lot of video games?”’ That’s the question I recently put to Maria Stipp, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Owned Properties division of Activision Blizzard (the company behind such hits as Guitar Hero, World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, and more). Her answer? “I wish I could say my thumbs were worn out from playing video games. But unfortunately my thumbs take far more abuse from my Blackberry.” She puts the Blackberry to good use out of the office, too. An active globetrotter, Maria logs nearly 100,000 miles annually meeting with developers all over the world. Here are a few of her travel tips: When you travel, what is the one item you always take with you? Aside from my Blackberry, I always bring dress shoes. Once I forgot them and had to wear running shoes with my new suit to a senior customer meeting. Not a great look. What are you listening to your on your iPod these days? This assumes I have the time to listen to music. I have three year-old twins – you do the math! What is your favorite dining spot in the world? Currently, I’m

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10 Mobile Apps You Won’t Abandon


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