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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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Wearable Tech: Are Smart Watches a Game Changer?

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From Star Trek to Dick Tracy to Inspector Gadget, we’ve been dreaming of the day sleek, wearable technology becomes part of everyday life. Now, with the advent of the “smart watch,” anyone with $150 to spare can sport this handy gadget on his or her wrist to read incoming messages, work towards fitness goals, and more. Continue reading

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Google I/O 2011 Conference: Key Takeaways

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A plethora of news has emerged from Google’s annual I/O conference. We’ve gathered the top highlights below. Honeycomb (Android 3.1) updates Faster browsing and smoother zooming Bluetooth support for peripherals such as keyboards and headsets during video chats USB connectivity Support for Wi-Fi connections even if tablet display is off Improved and expanded widgets Home button returns to selected homescreen rather than main center one Support for HTML5 video and enhanced CSS 3D Ability to save pages for offline viewing Available in a few weeks Ice Cream Sandwich preview Vision: deliver one unified operating system that works everywhere, regardless of device. Honeycomb tablet OS features to be available on Android smartphones, e.g., holographic user interface, more multitasking, a new launcher and richer widget Release date is fourth calendar quarter of 2011 Google Music Cloud-based music streaming music service Users can upload any music file they own — iTunes libraries, Windows Media Player, or file folders Ability to store up to 20,000 songs on Google’s cloud User’s Google music library is automatically synced across all owned devices App automatically caches most recently listened-to songs for access without an Internet connection. Streaming support for any number of devices The app will dynamically adjust views for

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In Your Ear With Alex Asseily


When he was five, Alexander Asseily fled Beirut with his family to escape the bombs. Since then, the thirty-four year-old co-founder and chairman of Aliph returns frequently to his homeland. When he talks about Beirut, there’s no mistaking the vivacity in his voice. Something else about Alexander’s voice? He’s got a British accent, acquired while growing up in London, where he briefly flirted with break dancing and, later during his teenage years, discovered the art of sculpting. At eighteen, Alexander made his next move: to college in California. There, our future headset hero could have chosen a very different path after starring in a short film project with Fred Savage (their costumes: disco gear). We know what Alexander did instead: along with college pal Hosain Rahman, he co-founded Aliph, maker of Jawbone headsets. Read my interview with the gracious Lebanese British gentleman, Alexander Asseily. What is the meaning of your company’s name, “Aliph?” The name Aliph is the first letter of the Arabic and Hebrew alphabets. What’s the most you’ve traveled within the period of a year? In 2006, when we were developing the first Jawbone Bluetooth headset, I circled the globe – between San Francisco, Hong Kong and London