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It’s time to celebrate—Boingo style! We’ve been awarded our eighth Global Traveler award for “Best WiFi Service” and to celebrate we’re kicking off 8 Days of Giveaways to give our awesome fans the chance to win a VIP travel tech kit. This kit is loaded with all the tech essentials you need on the go—like earbuds, a phone charger, flash drive and of course free Boingo Wi-Fi for a year with access to more than a million hotspots around the globe. Join in on the celebration! To enter our 8 Days of Giveaways, head to Twitter and simply tweet @boingo what YOU are celebrating this year using the hashtag #BoingoCelebr8. Whether it’s a milestone birthday, a big client win, running your first marathon or something else, we want to hear your reason for raising a glass. Boingo’s 8 Days of Giveaways will run December 8-15, 2017. One winner will be announced each day.    

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Google + Starbucks is a Wi-Fi Win-Win


The announcement of Google Starbucks Wi-Fi is great news for consumers and coffee lovers – and exciting news for advertisers looking to share their brand messages with Starbucks customers via Boingo Media. Continue reading

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TV Everywhere, Brought to You By Wi-Fi


Streaming video is having a bit of a moment. But will the Wi-Fi networks that deliver binge-worthy TV shows and the hottest viral videos be able to keep up? Continue reading

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Google Offers: Boldly Going Where No Brand Has Gone Before – Subway Station Wi-Fi Networks


Through Boingo’s location-based media services, Google Offers is the first brand to reach one of the most connected, mobile commerce savvy, always on-the-go audiences in the U.S. – New Yorkers – in a location where they were previously disconnected: subway stations. Google Offers is sponsoring Boingo Wi-Fi in six subway stations and more than 200 hotzones throughout the city through September 7, and as part of the sponsorship will be offering New Yorkers the chance to check out location-specific offers near them, as well as a reliable Wi-Fi connection to keep them in the know on the go. With the explosion of mobile connectivity, and the increase in Wi-Fi availability at consumer venues, today’s advertisers have new opportunities to leverage value-added, location-based media services to capture and keep the attention of smartphone crowd. Continue reading

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Start Spreading The News: Free Boingo Wi-Fi in Manhattan All Summer Long!


New Yorkers! Starting today, you can connect to Boingo for free at participating subway stations and around town, courtesy of our friends at Google Offers. Just connect to “Boingo Free WiFi” below ground or “Boingo Hotspot” above ground on your laptop or mobile device and you’re all set. Continue reading

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Google Releases First Version of Google Wallet Today


Google announced today that is has released the first version of Google Wallet to Sprint customers with a Nexus S 4G phone. Google Wallet is an app that turns your phone into a wallet that securely stores your credit card information. To pay a tab, you tap your phone to a compatible NFC reader offered through the merchant. Watch this demo for more details: For now, only Citi Mastercards and Google Prepaid Cards are supported; however, Google says it aims “to eventually support all the payment cards you keep in your leather wallet today. So the only plastic you’ll need is your phone.” Google Wallet also stores loyalty rewards and Google Offer deals. Google says that it envisions Google Wallet to be more secure than carrying around plastic in your wallet. In order to make a purchase, a PIN is required. Account details are stored on an encrypted computer chip called Secure Element. What are your thoughts on Google Wallet? Are you going to give it a whirl as soon as it is available on your credit card of choice? If you’re not an Android user, do you hope Google Wallet will be available on other smartphone platforms? For more details

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What Do You Love? Google Gives it to You


Google just covertly launched a new search tool, and now we’re about to let you in on the secret. We first heard the news from Mashable, who says the “mysterious service” has not officially been announced by Google. It’s a mystery to us how Mashable found out. Ready for the big reveal? The new Google product is “What Do You Love?” and it’s a search service that displays a multi-media array of your results in a boxed layout. The results pull from Google’s tools and platforms — allowing you to see videos, alerts, trends, photos, translations, maps, etc. related to your search term. However, the search results are limited to Google products. That means, for example, that videos are limited to those on YouTube and photos are limited to those on Picasa. Perhaps Google will include non-Google content when it officially launches What Do You Love? The What Do You Love? page format is easy on the eyes, and some of the search boxes resemble widgets that enable you to use a specific Google function without leaving the portal. For instance, you can play videos in the YouTube box and scroll through the different video results within the webpage . You can also click

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Google I/O 2011 Conference: Key Takeaways


A plethora of news has emerged from Google’s annual I/O conference. We’ve gathered the top highlights below. Honeycomb (Android 3.1) updates Faster browsing and smoother zooming Bluetooth support for peripherals such as keyboards and headsets during video chats USB connectivity Support for Wi-Fi connections even if tablet display is off Improved and expanded widgets Home button returns to selected homescreen rather than main center one Support for HTML5 video and enhanced CSS 3D Ability to save pages for offline viewing Available in a few weeks Ice Cream Sandwich preview Vision: deliver one unified operating system that works everywhere, regardless of device. Honeycomb tablet OS features to be available on Android smartphones, e.g., holographic user interface, more multitasking, a new launcher and richer widget Release date is fourth calendar quarter of 2011 Google Music Cloud-based music streaming music service Users can upload any music file they own — iTunes libraries, Windows Media Player, or file folders Ability to store up to 20,000 songs on Google’s cloud User’s Google music library is automatically synced across all owned devices App automatically caches most recently listened-to songs for access without an Internet connection. Streaming support for any number of devices The app will dynamically adjust views for

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Android Marketplace Finally Available Online


One of the biggest nuggets unveiled at the Google press conference today is that the Android Marketplace is finally available via a standard web browser, making Android apps more accessible. Hooray! Previously, Android users had access to apps only via the pre-installed Android Marketplace app on their handsets. Now, the ability to browse and install apps from a computer makes for a much more flexible and enjoyable user experience. To access the new Android Marketplace: Launch your computer browser and visit: https://market.android.com Login via your gmail account. Browse the store — the UI is brilliantly simple: Apps are displayed by the standard sections: Featured, Top Paid and Top Free. You can also browse apps by category. Apps that are already installed on your phone are labeled as “Installed.” Download an app by clicking “Install.” Within minutes, the app magically syncs to your phone. No cords required.  Tweet a comment with a link to the app by clicking on the “Tweet” icon on each app’s dedicated page. This new development finally puts the Android Marketplace user experience on par with that of Apple’s. Do you agree? P.S. If you have an Android phone, check out the free Boingo app and let

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Rocking With My Roku


Recently, my voracious appetite for movies led me to discover Roku, a streaming player that allows me access to a world wide web library of movies, shows, music, videos, podcasts, games, and more. I’ve only had the Roku player for five days but I already know: it’s my #1 recommendation for a gadget gift this holiday season. (I am not affiliated in any way with the company other than as a customer.) Here’s the high-level: Cost: $59/$79/$99. Click here to compare the three different models (I went for it with the $99 model) Includes: Roku streaming player (4.9 x 4.9 x 1.2 inches; roughly the size and weight of a paperback book), HDMI cable, composite AV cable, remote control and batteries, power adapter Required: television, high-speed Internet, e.g., Wi-Fi Setting up the Roku player was easy: the HDMI/AV cable connects the Roku and the television, and the power adapter connects the Roku to the electrical socket in the wall. Just power on and select the Wi-Fi connection; no special software involved. Next, I did a tour of the default channels: Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu Plus, and Pandora. To access the shows and music on those channels, I had to validate

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Deck the Halls with Boughs of Wi-Fi


This holiday season, Boingo and Google have cooked up a little something to take the edge off your travel excursions: the gift of airport Wi-Fi. That’s right: from November 10th to January 15th, you can access complimentary Boingo Wi-Fi at select airports in the U.S. (see list below). This limited time offer is brought to you by Google, a premier sponsor of Boingo’s Sponsored Wi-Fi Access program. Our sponsorship program benefits everyone involved by allowing: Travelers to enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi Sponsors such as Google to have the opportunity to interact with potential customers Airports to preserve non-airline revenue needed to offset decreasing airline-related revenue Love is all around! Here is a list of participating airports: Austin (AUS) Baltimore (BWI) Billings (BIL) Buffalo (BUF) Bozeman (BZN) Des Moines (DSM) El Paso (ELP) Greensboro (GSO) Houston Airports – Hobby (HOU) Houston Airports – Bush (IAH) Kalamazoo (AZO) Louisville (SDF) Memphis (MEM) Milwaukee (MKE) Monterey (MRY) Nashville (BNA) Newport News (PHF) Norfolk (ORF) Oklahoma City (OKC) Portland, Maine (PWM) South Bend (SBN) Toledo (TOL) Traverse City (TVC) State College (UNV) Spokane (GEG) St. Louis (STL) Washington D.C. – Dulles (IAD) Washington D.C. – Reagan National (DCA) Have a safe and happy holiday season.