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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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Worried About Exceeding Your Cellular Data Max? Boingo, Baby!

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Information technology behemoth Cisco recently released its Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast (2010-2015) report and well, the predictions aren’t all that surprising. In a nutshell, Cisco sees Internet traffic quadrupling by 2015, “reaching 966 exabytes per year.” It’s clear what’s behind this exponential growth: the proliferation of web-enabled devices coupled with the increased usage of high-bandwidth applications such as video, VoIP and streaming content. According to Nielsen, the average smartphone user is using 89% more data per  month as compared to one year ago. Increasing demand for Internet bandwidth has led carriers to implement tiered data plans to offset soaring costs. Verizon, for instance, recently announced their new tiered pricing schematic. So what to do in order to avoid overage fees and have a more carefree online experience? Boingo, baby. But you already knew that. 🙂 To re-cap, Boingo Wi-Fi is a great complement to your cellular data service. Most of our Wi-Fi plans give you unlimited access so you don’t have to worry about exceeding your maximum limit. Our service options are tailored for your geographic needs, e.g., if you’re traveling and connecting primarily in Asia, then the Boingo Asia Pacific plan is for you. Other unlimited geographic options include North and South America,

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10 Mother’s Day Gifts For the Gadget Mama

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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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Travel Tuesday Deals – 3/29/2011


Despite its reputation as one of the most expensive cities in the world, London does feature some great sights that are free for the taking. Check out this MSNBC list of  twenty free attractions in London. Notable places on the list that do not charge for admission include: British Museum, home to the Rosetta Stone Houses of Parliament, home to the House of Commons and the House of Lords National Gallery, which includes artwork by Van Gogh, Renoir, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Tate Modern’s permanent collection, which includes works by Pollock, Warhol, Rodin and Matisse Wallace Collection, which is “stuffed with 17th- and 18th-century art works” Most of the Hawaiian Islands were not damaged from the recent tsunami in Japan, so — as Governor Neil Abercrombie declared — Hawaii is open for business! Given that Hawaiian tourism is predicted to decline for quite some time, you may find more deals available.  According to Frommer’s, the month of May is a time for bargains. For instance, travel company Beach Destinations is currently offering airfare and six nights on Oahu and Maui starting at $832. The company’s default accommodations, which can be customized, are typically budget-friendly. The departure date is May

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Boingo Software is Not an Evil Genie


One of the many advantages of being Boingo’s community manager is that I get to hear a lot of customer feedback — the good, the bad, and yes, every once in awhile, the ugly. Feedback, no matter what the flavor, is important because it allows us to improve. In some cases, customer dialogue also makes us aware of misconceptions that we need to debunk. One of the big ones?  Boingo laptop software is evil and designed to suck up your money. Is this true? Nope. Let the debunking begin. Once upon a time, Boingo customers told us they needed a tool that would notify them when they were in a Boingo hotspot. We thought this was a good suggestion given the majority of our hotspots are roaming locations and therefore it’s hard to know when and where you could use the service.  So we designed a piece of software that automatically pops up on your laptop to alert you when you’re in a Boingo hotspot. Since the software also stores your username and password, all it takes is one click to get online.  Nice! We received positive feedback, especially from Boingo Unlimited customers who expressed that the software’s notification feature