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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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Willing to Work for It (Guest Blog from Cherie Gruenfeld)

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Our resident butt-kicker, Cherie Gruenfeld, shares some hard-earned words of wisdom on the value of thorough preparation to meet any goal, whether professional or personal. Continue reading

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World Startup Report: 16 Countries and Counting (Guest Post from Bowei Gai)

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Guest blogger and World Startup Report founder Bowei Gai shares what he’s learned about the world’s startup community after a 6 month, 16 country trip that’s given him the opportunity to have thousands of startup conversations. Continue reading

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Let the (Hacking) Games Begin: Reducing Risks on Public Wi-Fi Networks During the Games

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The 2012 London Olympics are the most connected in history, and spectators at the Games and viewers from around the world are sharing their experiences real-time. The influx of connection-hungry visitors, skyrocketing mobile traffic and new hotspots means one thing for hackers: the Olympics are a golden opportunity for exploitation and data capture.

In an IDG Connect byline, we share tips to keep your data secure from hackers on public Wi-Fi networks at the Games, and at any other high-traffic events. Continue reading

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Like Boingo’s Wi-Finder App? Nominate Us For Best iPhone Travel App!


  If you’ve been using Boingo’s Wi-Finder app to access hotspots on your Apple iOS device, would you do us the honor of nominating Boingo for Best iPhone Travel App for About.com’s Reader’s Choice Awards? Our aim with Wi-Finder for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad is to help you find and connect to Wi-Fi hotspots, whether you’re around town or traveling on the road. We also want to help you keep down your monthly smartphone bill by offering you the option of connecting to Wi-Fi so you don’t run the risk of surpassing your cellular monthly megabyte limit and/or racking up roaming fees. So if Wi-Finder is doing its job for you, we’d be grateful if you took a minute to nominate Boingo. Click here to get started. Simply login through Facebook or About.com and cast y our vote. Many thanks!

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Has Wi-Fi Become a “Must Have” for Home Entertainment Devices?

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Hot on the heels of CES, the research firm NPD In-Stat released research this week about the significant growth in integrated Wi-Fi support for everything from digital TVs and Blu-ray players, to game consoles, picture frames and set top boxes. The company’s VP of research claims that Wi-Fi has moved from a “nice-to-have” feature to a “must-have” feature for any new consumer entertainment device, because consumers expect to be able to move content from device to device, and Wi-Fi’s established market penetration — along with new uses made possible by innovations like Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi Display — makes it the obvious technology of choice. As a self-avowed tech wonk (and longtime Internet nutjob), all of my network-enabled TVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top boxes (including an Apple TV) are connected to the Internet and are accessible to each other. But I’m a nutjob. And since I was ahead of the curve, I had to find ways to get Ethernet cables to each device, since they weren’t Wi-Fi enabled. But this ultimately created a much better content ecosystem for our family. How so? We use Apple’s Remote application to play music and videos throughout the house on various available speakers and

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Dave Graveline of “Into Tomorrow” Interviews CEO Dave Hagan at CES 2012 [Video]

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According to Dave Graveline of “Into Tomorrow,” “Boingo saves the day!” Graveline, an award-winning broadcaster covering technology, has been a longtime Boingo member since the days when we had just over 10,000 hotspots. In the video above, Graveline interviews Boingo CEO Dave Hagan on the company’s progress over the last decade — from the growth of our Wi-Fi ecosystem, the apps we’ve built for easy online access, the Wi-Fi operator partnerships we’ve forged, to how we’ve met the insatiable demand for Internet bandwidth on mobile devices. Watch the video to take a walk down memory lane with Boingo and hear CEO Dave Hagan discuss his vision for the company going forward. We’re especially charmed that Dave Graveline is such a fan of Boingo Wi-Fi. Our favorite Graveline quote: “Travel requires not just Wi-Fi; it requires Boingo.”    

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Got Fire? Now There’s a Boingo Wi-Fi App for Kindle Fire Owners!


Splendid news for eReader fans: we have officially launched the Boingo Wi-Fi app for the Amazon Kindle Fire! You can download the free app from the Amazon Appstore for Android. The Boingo Wi-Fi app helps you locate and connect to free and Boingo hotspots worldwide. Get online at over 400,000 Boingo hotspots on your Kindle Fire and download movies, music, magazines, books, games and more.  If you already have a Boingo account, just launch the app and enter your login information. Or, you can sign up for a new account directly from the app. Own a Barnes & Noble Nook Color? There’s a Boingo Wi-Fi app for that, too.

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10 Film Festivals and the Boingo Hotspots in Those Cities

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If you’re a film buff, check out Cheapflights.com’s list of top ten film festivals worldwide.  To help you stay connected online while you’re enjoying the cinema experience, we’ve provided links below to the Boingo hotspots available in each festival’s city. Have you attended any of the film festivals on this top ten list? Tell us about your experiences! 1. Sundance Film Festival – Park City, Utah, United States Click here to see a list of 29 Boingo hotspots in Park City, Utah 2. International Film Festival Rotterdam – the Netherlands Click here to see a list of 177 Boingo hotspots in Rotterdam, Netherlands 3. Cannes International Film Festival – Cannes, France Click here to see a list of 348 Boingo hotspots in Cannes, France 4. Guadalajara Film Festival – Guadalajara, Mexico Click here to see a list of 175 Boingo hotspots in Guadalajara, Mexico 5. Rooftop Films – New York, New York, United States Click here to see a list of 877 Boingo hotspots in New York, New York 6. Toronto International Film Festival – Toronto, Canada Click here to see a list of 264 Boingo hotspots in Toronto, Canada 7. Venice International Film Festival – Venice, Italy Click here to see a list of 63 Boingo hotspots in Venice, Italy 8. Hong

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Nashville Airport Wins 2011 Best Airport Concessions Program — Hooray!

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Congratulations to Nashville International Airport (BNA) for winning the 2011 Richard A. Griesbach Award of Excellence, an annual ACI-NA accolade that recognizes the best overall airport concessions program! Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) evaluates airports in Canada and the U.S. across seven concession categories, including food, retail, and customer service. There are three winners in each category but only one victor for the best overall airport concessions program. We’re thrilled for Nashville Airport — and not just because Boingo manages the Wi-Fi network there. Through our frequent visits to BNA, we’ve experienced for ourselves the all-around awesomeness of the airport’s concessions. We’ve indulged in Memphis-style barbecue at the award-winning Neely’s Bar-B-Que, and we’ve sipped on cocktails during music performances at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. Live music, in fact, is what makes BNA extra-special: their “Arts at the Airport” program features a full calendar of live jazz, blues, and good ole country music. The program also showcases a revolving collection of visual arts. Additional nice touches are BNA’s health clinic and green initiatives. We could spend all day exploring the gems at Nashville Airport. Congratulations, BNA team! We’re honored to manage your Wi-Fi service. P.S. If your gadgets are low on battery power, Boingo’s got you covered with charging stations

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A Special Boingo Customer Event at the Washington State Ferries

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Boingo is in the business of keeping you connected, and (in case you haven’t noticed) we crave connections with our community. That’s why we’re on social networks like Twitter and Facebook taking in your feedback, troubleshooting any hiccups and curating discussions about travel and tech. But the best is when we meet and thank our customers in person. And that’s exactly what we’ve been doing at the Washington State Ferries this week. Today (Thursday, 11/17/2011) is the final and biggest day of our customer celebration event at the Washington State Ferries. We’re giving away goodies that include complimentary Wi-Fi passes, free coffee, Boingo schwag, and more. Find us at the Colman Dock from 8:30AM – 5:30PM today, Thursday the 17th. Come by and give us a chance to shower you with appreciation. And of course, we’re all ears for feedback or troubleshooting requests. As always, thank you for being a Boingo customer.