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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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Meet a Few of Boingo’s Superfans on Twitter


Here at Boingo, we aim to design our Wi-Fi service and apps around the best customer experience possible. That’s why social media engagement is so central to our efforts — the customer feedback on social networks helps to guide us on improving and updating our offerings. Since our community shares common interests in travel and technology, we also strive to curate interesting conversations on those topics. Obviously, the success of these initiatives relies heavily on community participation, which is why it warms our hearts when members converse regularly with us via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube and the Hotspot blog. To express our gratitude, we honor two individuals each month — one via Twitter and one via Facebook — as superfans of the month. Join our social communities today and let us get to know YOU as a Boingo superfan!

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Meet a Few of Boingo’s Superfans on Facebook


Here at Boingo, we aim to design our Wi-Fi service and apps around the best customer experience possible. That’s why social media engagement is so central to our efforts — the customer feedback on social networks helps to guide us on improving and updating our offerings. Since our community shares common interests in travel and technology, we also strive to curate interesting conversations on those topics. Obviously, the success of these initiatives relies heavily on community participation, which is why it warms our hearts when members converse regularly with us via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube and the Hotspot blog. To express our gratitude, we honor two individuals each month — one via Twitter and one via Facebook — as superfans of the month. Join our social communities today and let us get to know YOU as a Boingo superfan! Meet Boingo’s superfans on Facebook. We are so thankful for the great conversation and support from our superfan community! Adi Wresniyandaka Senior Principal IT Consultant Charity of choice: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Best city to Boingo: Tie between San Francisco, California and Minneapolis, Minnesota Favorite tech quote: “There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don’t

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Big Day for Boingo Bookworms!

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Dear Boingo Bookworms, You’ve been asking us about a Boingo Wi-Fi app for the NOOK, and we’re happy to tell you: your wish is our command! Starting today, you can install a special version of the Boingo app from the Barnes and Noble NOOK Apps™ Shop via your NOOK Color eReader. The free Boingo app enables Boingo Mobile subscribers to locate and connect to over 325,000 Boingo hotspots worldwide. Boingo Mobile is an unlimited monthly Wi-Fi subscription for only $7.95/month. The NOOK Color isn’t just any old ordinary eReader. The Android-based device includes full-featured online capabilities such as email, web-browsing with flash video, and social sharing (i.e., to Twitter and Facebook). Other features: 2 million book titles Magazines and newspapers An App Shop that includes popular apps such as Lonely Planet Phrasebooks, Quickoffice® Pro for Microsoft Office documents, Angry Birds and and an interactive Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss Did we mention that the fantastic Boingo-enabled NOOK Color, as its name suggests, boasts a 7-inch color touchscreen display? It’s quite a sight! Click here for a full list of specifications. Don’t yet own a NOOK Color? Visit Barnes and Noble online and buy yourself one for $249 with

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Our Favorite Green Tweeps

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In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, we’re honoring our favorite green organizations! These folks are superstars at educating the public about environmental issues, providing tips for everyday green living and working to heal the earth. Which green organizations do you follow? SmartPlanet offers environmental news and information across a wide spectrum of intersecting topics, including: technology, business, and life. They have an impressive editorial staff of seasoned writers from well-known publications such as ZDNet, Popular Mechanics, Entrepreneur, Discover Magazine, Nature and the Washington Post. Recently published articles that we enjoyed include “In growing cities, electric motorcycles, scooters to bridge gap” and “Los Angeles could use apartment rooftops for big solar gains.” Twitter handle: @SmartPlanet Join SmartPlanet on Facebook TreeHugger‘s stated aim is to drive “sustainability mainstream.”  The organization has more than delivered on this promise to become one of today’s top-ranked media outlets covering green issues. Their sustainable living philosophy encompasses topics from transportation, science + technology, design + architecture, travel + nature, culture + celebrity, food + health, to business + politics. We particularly enjoy TreeHugger’s vast library of videos (in association with PlanetGreen) that features powerful messages about the negative consequences of global warming and green

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Facebook Takes Huge Step for User Security


We recently covered some of the biggest security risks a user might face when connecting to unmanaged Wi-Fi networks (most free ones), including various hacking attempts to capture user data. One of the recommendations we made in that article was to make sure you’re using the secure browsing for your online services. We gave Google’s Gmail and Documents as examples. There is a setting that allows you to force SSL connections for all interactions. This is confirmed by seeing https:// at the beginning of every URL interaction with that service. We originally stated that Facebook doesn’t yet offer this — but hold the presses! Facebook announced this week that they are adding secure browsing for all Facebook activities. It is slowly being rolled out to all users, so you may not have it yet. ARTICLE: Facebook’s New, Simple and Essential Safety Feature We highly recommend enabling this option on your account, especially if you spend a lot of time Facebooking over public wireless networks. HOW TO: Click on “Account” in upper right of your Facebook home page and select “Account Settings” from the pulldown menu. About two-thirds of the way down the next page, choose “change” next to the “Account

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Tips For Getting a Good Hotel Deal


Looking for a lower hotel rate or upgraded room? Consumer Reports provides some great tips for scoring a deal. The bottom line? It never hurts to simply ask about discounts and specials. Haggle:  “Skip the toll-free booking number; call the hotel directly and talk about room rates with a clerk.” Watch the video above an example on how to negotiate. Know the lingo: “Ask for the cheapest nonrefundable rate. Be loyal:  Pick your favorite hotel chain and join the free loyalty program for member perks. Consider a suite: Sometimes, suites are the same price as regular-sized rooms. Compare rates:  “If you can document a lower price for the same date for a room you’ve already booked, you’ll get a refund of the difference.” Lock in a rate: “Get price quotes from three to five hotels, then lock in the lowest refundable rate. As your travel date nears, check prices again. If you find a better deal, cancel your original reservation in time to avoid a penalty.” Be a fan: Join hotels on Twitter and Facebook to receive deal alerts. Avoid annoying fees: “Before you book, ask the clerk if there are charges for anything other than occupancy and sales tax.”

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The Bits and Bytes of Nick Bilton, Lead Writer for the NY Times Tech Blog


Nick Bilton – I Live in the Future & Here’s How it Works from Nick Bilton on Vimeo. Nick Bilton, lead writer and technology reporter for the Bits Blog at the New York Times, rebels against the idea that technology and the Internet are rotting our brains. In his book, I Live in the Future & Here’s How it Works, Nick presents a history of technophobia and doomsday predictions to exemplify that humans have always had a natural resistance to change. However, once we overcome our fears and adapt to new technologies, our brains evolve in positive ways. Recently, we had the opportunity to chat with Nick over coffee to learn some additional information about his new book, as well as a few of his personal quirks. Here’s our interview with Nick Bilton: What was your primary impetus for writing this book? I kept hearing all these things about how technology is negative for society and the next generation. As someone who has grown up with computers, I just knew that wasn’t the case. That’s why I stepped up and did the research for the book. I wanted to defend technology and the Internet. In your book, you say that

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Gogobot, a New Social Site for Travelers


Travis Katz thinks the online travel business  is in need of innovation. The former GM of MySpace is aiming to fill that void with Gogobot, a new social network for travelers. The site is designed to ease the unknowns and tedium of travel planning by tapping into a user’s network of family and friends for more personalized recommendations. Community members can post questions about a specific place (e.g., “What are the best two islands to visit in Greece?”), share travel experiences (e.g., “We enjoyed the most delicious steak at Mastro’s in Las Vegas.”) and showcase the places they’ve been to through a visual feature (photos, maps) called Passport. As Kara Swisher of All Things Digital puts it,  Gogobot is “like Facebook for trips.” However, as Travis clarified with us in an interview, “Gogobot is not trying to replicate Facebook — we’re simply building on top of existing social networks where people already have a core group of connections.” Gogobot users have the option of logging in through Facebook or Twitter and sharing travel questions/reviews to these networks. When we asked Travis to describe Gogobot in a nutshell, he responded: “People love going on trips but hate planning them. It’s hard

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Congratulations to Eurail.com for Winning the Mashable Award for Best Social Media Customer Service!


A hearty congratulations to Eurail.com for winning the Mashable Awards category for Best Social Media Customer Service (be sure to watch the big reveal and acceptance speech in the video below)! Eurail.Com sells Eurail train passes online to folks traveling all over Europe (I have personally used the service and it’s great). Three years ago, the company launched Facebook and Twitter accounts as a way to offer personal travel advice and customer service. Clearly, the company’s superb work is much appreciated from customers all over the world. Kudos to Eurail.com! I had the honor of representing Boingo as a finalist at the Mashable Awards Gala. The event last Thursday in Las Vegas was quite classy – a geek version of the Oscars – and it was a great opportunity to meet some of the finest folks in social media. While we didn’t take home the title, the Boingo team and I were already ecstatic we made it as a top five finalist – and we have YOU, the Boingo community, to thank. A million thank you handshakes and hugs to you for your support and votes. It’s been heartwarming to see our community rallying behind Boingo – y’all are a

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Jingle Boingo All The Way

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Happy Holidays from all of us at Boingo! To celebrate this time of good cheer, we’ve been giving away all sort of goodies on Facebook as part of the “12 Days of Joys and Toys.” (We’re currently on Day 7, so there’s still plenty of time to join the fun if you’re not already participating.) Yesterday’s competition for the Fujifilm Instax camera was especially a hoot, with three rounds of challenges. In the third round, finalists wrote alternative versions of “Jingle Bells.” The entries were so good, we thought we’d share them with you. Enjoy! The winning entry, written by Shannon Eris: Dashing through security Watch where you touch me O’er TSA we go Shoeless all the way Boingo hotspots ring …Making spirits bright What fun it is to tweet and Skype A Boingo song tonight! Oh Boingo Rocks, Boingo rocks Boingo all the way Oh what fun it is to surf With a three hour delay Oh Boingo rocks, Boingo rocks Boingo all the way Oh what fun it is to surf With a three hour delay And the fabulous runner-up entries: By Deepika Priyadarshini: Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh what a fun is