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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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Heads Up: The New Facebook Can Auto-Share Your Online Activities


Like most businesses, Boingo derives pleasure and value from engaging with our community. But fundamentally, we respect your privacy — after all, we’re consumers, too. We don’t like the idea of our personal information shared without our explicit consent. That’s why we researched the privacy implications of Facebook’s new auto-share, i.e., “Gestures,” and provided instructions for disabling the feature. The skinny on app auto-share:  Facebook’s new auto-share feature affects anyone who has added social apps to their Facebook account. Social apps are created by popular sites such as CNN, YouTube, Flickr, and Spotify. The apps connect a specific site to you Facebook account, allowing you to click “Like” or “Recommend” to share a news article, video, photo, or song to your Facebook news feed. The first time you share content from a site, you must first “allow” the site to access some of your information. As you can see from the above screenshot, apps typically request access to your “basic information,” including anything you’ve “made public.” In other words, access to personal data is limited to what you’ve chosen to post on your Facebook profile, as well any public action on your part, e.g., posting or “liking” articles. That was

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One-Hour Boingo Wi-Fi Credits for Apple iOS Now Available Worldwide


The Boingo Wi-Fi Credits app is now available to Apple iOS fans all over the globe — rock on!  Boingo Wi-Fi Credits — an app that makes it easy to buy one-hour increments of Boingo Wi-Fi directly from iTunes — was previously available only to U.S. residents. While we’ve been thrilled by the popular demand for Wi-Fi Credits, we knew our work was far from done for our global community. Today, we’re relieved to fulfill the requests for Boingo Wi-Fi Credits to all countries on the iTunes App Store. Boingo Wi-Fi Credits is ideal for Apple device owners who need Wi-Fi access only occasionally. Buy one-hour bursts of Wi-Fi directly through the app and confirm with your iTunes account credentials. The base price for a global one-hour Wi-Fi credit is £2.99; the iTunes billing system automatically converts that price based on Apple’s predefined matrix of currency conversion rates. The benefit: you’ll be billed in your local currency with no conversion charges from your credit card provider.  The free app is available for download through iTunes and is compatible with Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad with OS version 3.0 or later. The app also identifies Boingo hotspots and allows you to search for hotspots

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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

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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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Caruso Affiliated Refashions the Shopping Experience [Video]


A few months ago, we announced that Caruso Affiliated had selected Boingo to operate the Wi-Fi services at its Los Angeles shopping centers, The Grove and The Americana at Brand.  Now, we’re happy to report that Boingo Wi-Fi has been live and connecting shoppers…such as L.A.-based Boingo employees! It’s a breeze accessing the Wi-Fi on your gadget while browsing around! But enough about us. Actually, we want to rave about our unprecedented, spectacular experience with The Grove’s complimentary concierge services (also available at The Americana at Brand). The staff took care of us the moment we arrived in the valet circle, checked in at relevant times during the day, and sent us home with smiles at the end of the day. Check out the video above for a visual of the first-class treatment we received from the staff at The Grove. What’s so necessary and special about concierge services at a shopping center? As The Grove team can tell you, plenty. They fulfill numerous guests requests for dinner reservations (at The Grove, as well as throughout L.A.), transportation, personal stylists, tourist activities, spa treatments and more. We requested a car wash and, like magic, a squeaky clean version of our car awaited us

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The Boingo and Krispy Kreme Totally Sweet Sweepstakes is Back!


We’re celebrating the recent addition of Boingo-enabled Krispy Kreme locations by bringing back the Totally Sweet Sweepstakes! We invite all fans of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Boingo Wireless to participate for a chance to win sweet prizes. To whet your appetite, we’re giving away free doughnuts to everyone who enters the sweepstakes — simply provide a valid email address through one of the registration processes described below, and we’ll send you a coupon redeemable at any participating Krispy Kreme location. A contest isn’t a contest without some competition, winners and grand prizes! So even though prizes will be awarded through a random drawing, you can maximize your chances of winning by submitting up to three entries every day until the final date of the sweepstakes on December 1, 2011. Be sure to read the official rules and terms and conditions for the Totally Sweet Sweepstakes. Here’s a summary: Prizes: All participants who provide a valid email address will automatically win up to three coupons for free Krispy Kreme doughnuts redeemable at any participating Krispy Kreme location. The following prizes will be awarded to winners selected through a random drawing: Grand prize: a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card, a complimentary year of Boingo Global Wi-Fi

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One Universal Boingo Plan to Connect Them All

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You asked for it.  You got it! You’ve been asking for a super simple Wi-Fi plan that would allow you to use your Boingo account on *any* Wi-Fi device.  Starting today, now Boingo subscribers can use their plans to get connected on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.  We’ll say it for you: Yippee! Boingo regional subscriptions include Wi-Fi access to use on any two devices – and if you want to add more, they are just $5 USD each per month.  You can have up to five devices on a single account, so it’s a great way to add family members to your plan. Here are the highlights of our re-vamped Boingo monthly offerings: The following regional Boingo plans, formerly limited to laptop-only access, now include connectivity  on any two supported devices of your choice: Boingo Unlimited Americas – unlimited Wi-Fi access in North and South America Boingo Unlimited UK and Ireland – unlimited Wi-Fi access throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland Boingo Unlimited Europe Plus – unlimited Wi-Fi access throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa Boingo Unlimited Asia Pacific – unlimited Wi-Fi access throughout Asia Pacific, including China, Japan, Australia, Singapore, and more The Boingo Global plan for

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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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5 Tech/Travel Gifts Daddy Will Love

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Looking for a last-minute Father’s Day gift? Our top five picks are sure to please the father in your life! MLB.tv subscription (mobile = $39.95, standard = $80, premium = $100) If dear old dad is a baseball and gadget fanatic, he will love the ability to stream live baseball games to a laptop, smartphone and compatible t.v. Additional MLB.tv features Dad will enjoy include: in-game highlights and stats, full-game archives, multi-game views. Roku Streaming Player (starts at $59.99) If Dad is looking to cut the cable chord but exploring ways to still keep up with his favorite shows, consider Roku, a compact box that connects to a television and streams shows from Netflix, Hulu and other services. We’re huge fans of Roku — check out our review here. Barnes and Noble NOOK Color eReader ($249): if Dad is a book lover, he’ll be thrilled with the compact NOOK Color eReader. It’s Wi-Fi enabled and can be used with a Boingo Mobile account that enables Dad to get online to browse the Internet and access email. Toiletry Travel Bag (various prices) Dads may not travel with too many accessories, but he still needs something to hold his toothbrush and razor at

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5 Tech and Travel Gifts for Rad Grads


We still remember how we felt after finishing high school, college and graduate school: we were elated and itching to travel, but we were also a little (or a lot) tight on money. Since these are the likely sentiments of most graduates this June, we’ve compiled a graduate gift guide designed to celebrate and support the rad grad. Do you have any gift suggestions that was a hit with your rad grad? Share your idea with the Boingo community! 1. Apple iPad 2 (starts at $499) Your rad grad doesn’t need an iPad 2, which is why s/he isn’t likely to buy one. But we’re betting that most rad grads really want an iPad 2. To minimize costs, opt for the lowest-priced option, the Wi-Fi only model. And remind your grad to install the free Boingo app for locating free and Boingo hotspots. Better yet, set up your grad with a Boingo Mobile account for $7.95/month so they can connect at over 325,000 hotspots globally. 2. Samsung Fascinate ($199 with two-year contract via Verizon Wireless) If your rad grad is in dire need of a phone upgrade, consider one of the hottest Android phones currently in the market: the Samsung Fascinate (check