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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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What’s in Your Bag? Check out CNET’s Smartphone Accessory Guide for Globetrotters

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We love this guide that CNET put together, and we’re honored by their shout-out to Boingo Wi-Finder, our award-winning app that connects you to Wi-Fi at 500,000+ Boingo hotspots and thousands of free locations worldwide. Plus, our iOS version includes FREE Boingo Security VPN, which keeps your data safe and sound by encrypting your connection over open Wi-Fi networks. Continue reading

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10 Cool Kid Tech Gifts Under $50


It’s no secret kids like tech toys as much as we adults do. But gadgets tend to be expensive, and they’re more fragile in the hands of kids. So we browsed around the interweb and found ten cool kid tech toys that won’t break your bank nor fall apart too easily during play. Please note we haven’t tried and tested all the products below. If you have, please share feedback on your experience. Know of other kid tech toys under $50? Please let us know in the comments section! 1. Scrabble Flash Cubes ($9.95): Scrabble is a board game classic but this digitized version is a great portable option. The set comes with five cubes that keep track of words and points electronically. For ages eight and up. 2. The Digi-Piggy digital coin counting bank ($14.95): This is a great little contraption for introducing kids to the habit of saving money. A little electronic screen on the pig’s snout displays the total amount of money in the bank. Every time coins are added, the screen updates. Comes in pink and white, requires AA batteries. Buy directly from the Digi-Piggy site or through Amazon. For ages three and up. 3. Crayola Color Wonder Sound Studio

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10 CyberMonday Tech Deals We Dig

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It’s Cyber Monday, y’all! If you’re hunting for some tech bargains, check out our ten favorite deals below. If the prices are right for you, hurry up and buy. These discounts are expiring at the end of today (11/28/2011) or within a few days. Know of other good tech sales? Share the wisdom! 1. Case-Mate Gadget Case Outfit your favorite gadget in a stylin’ case from Case-Mate, currently offering 25% off everything from its site. 2. Capacitive Touch Screen Gloves for Apple iOS Devices Baby, it’s cold outside. Keep those fingers warm and operable with gloves designed specifically for Apple touchscreen devices.  We’ve seen these gloves listed for as much as $30 but iGear is offering them for only $9.95. Comes in black, red, pink and gray. 3. Sony Speaker Dock for iPod and iPhone 4 Need a home base for your iPod and/or iPhone 4? The Sony dock station is on sale at Walmart for $49. That’s 50% off the list price of $99. 4. Samsung HD Flash Memory Camcorder If you’re looking for a pocket-sized camcorder, check out this Samsung one, which retails for $159.99 but is now on sale through Best Buy for $99.   5. Fujifilm 16 MP and 15x Optical

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Gadling’s Top 10 Tech Solutions For Having Fun During a Layover


Winter weather isn’t always a wonderland, especially if your flight is delayed and you’re stuck at the airport. Well, those imaginative travel experts at Gadling have some tech diversions that might actually make your layover fun. Check out their ten favorite gadgets/accessories, and aw shucks, Boingo made the list! What’s your go-to solution for making layovers more tolerable? Monster Outlets To Go Smartphone Battery pack You Bars Boingo (Rock on!) Netflix streaming movies Headphones + splitters Kid tech Lugsac Combo laptop charger + USB Read the entire article here.

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Tech Thursday Gadget Deals – 1/13/2011


We’re excited to bring you a new weekly post, Tech Thursday Gadget Deals, designed for those of us afflicted with a fetish for gadgets. Each week, we’ll feature five gadget deals geared towards helping you save money as you build your empire of tech toys. For Thursday, 1/13/11, here are a few discounts you might find compelling. Samsung Galaxy Tab for $299 through Sprint (list price: $499.99): Sprint is currently offering the lowest price on this tablet, hailed by the WSJ as the iPad’s “first credible competitor” in this article. We were wowed when we saw a demo of the Samsung Galaxy Tab at CES 2011. Read more about our impressions. Note that a two-year data contract is required with purchase. (Via Tablets Planet) HTC EVO 4G Android Phone through Amazon (list price: $299.99): We’ve had the opportunity to play with this device and we think it’s darn awesome. High-level specs include: Android 2.1 OS, 4.3” 480 x 800 WVGA OLED touch screen, 1 GHz processor, and 8MP camera with video. Note that a two-year Sprint data contract is required with purchase. (Via TechDealDigger) 40-inch Toshiba 40E200U LCD HDTV for $433.99 through Amazon (list price: $699): This Toshiba HDTV looks

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Jaunted Editor Cynthia Drescher on Making Business Trips More Enjoyable


Business travel can be a drag, even if it’s an opportunity to see and experience new places. So how can a frequent jetsetter bring some joy back into traveling? For answers, we went to travel connoisseur Cynthia Drescher, editor of Jaunted and contributing editor of HotelChatter. Drescher — who works, breathes, and lives almost exclusively on the road — says it’s about finding pleasure in the small things. Below are her three simple business travel tips. Got a tip of your own? Please share them with us in the comments section. 1. Love your luggage: Every single time I finish re-packing my rolling carry-on at the end of a trip, when everything fits just so and I can shove last-minute purchases in without endangering the safety of my gadgets, I step back and look down at my bag and say, “I love this bag.” There is no excuse for traveling with bad or mediocre luggage. This is of one of my little missions, to educate travelers on the importance of having the right travel accessories. You need to get to a point with your luggage (preferably always carry-on), where you’re in awe of its pure awesomeness. It should be a

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Survival Tips for the Epic Chaos That is Comic-Con


Whether you’re a geek, super hero or Jedi knight, there’s no getting around the crowds and the chaos that is Comic-Con — the world’s largest comic book and popular arts convention, held annually in San Diego. Luckily, the LA Times consulted an elite group of Comic-Con veterans, who offer the following tips on surviving and enjoying the event: “Bring water and snacks:” Summertime in California is hot, and the foodstuff at the conference is expensive (save your money for action figures and light sabers). “Plan ahead:” Prioritize who and what you want to see. Otherwise, you might find yourself in an infinite loop. “Don’t wear wear your cute shoes:” Four days of walking around is essentially equal to walking a marathon. So don the most comfortable shoes you have (or that money can buy). “Ditch your wheels:” Don’t count on parking spaces for your car — parking is almost nonexistent. Your options are taxis (be sure to bargain) and trolleys. “Gadgets, chargers and backpack:” Bring two sets of gadgets and chargers. Also, tote around a big purse or backpack to store your equipment and swag. “The celebs will be excited to see you too:” Prepare your questions (and backup ones),

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A Road Warrior’s List of Must-Have Gadgets and Services


Joe Brancatelli, writer for Portfolio.com and veteran road warrior, shares his list of gadgets and services for making life out of the office more bearable. Flight Tracker: FlightStats, online and mobile versions Computer Manager: LogMeIn offers “Web-based remote computer access, support, and management” VoIP System: Skype for laptops and cell phones “obliterates the high cost of calling” during international travel Wi-Fi Roaming Service: you guessed it…Boingo Wireless! “The world is full of WiFi hotspots, but most of them are behind a confusing array of high-priced firewalls. Boingo vaults you over most of those walls at a fair price: $9.95 a month for unlimited access in North America or $59 a month for unlimited global access.“ Portable Power System: $90 everwhereMax Laptop Charger Plug Adapter: Universal World Travel AC Adapter with USB Power Port External Drive: OWC Mercury (doesn’t require AC adapter) or eGo Portable hard drive (stylish) Read the entire article here.