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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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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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Coming Soon: Connectivity from Gate-to-Gate for Travelers

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Gate-to-gate connectivity may soon become a reality, with the FAA considering less stringent restrictions on the use of electronic devices on airplanes. Read on to learn more about the changes that may create what The Wall Street Journal calls a “major cultural shift for travelers,” and what the aviation industry needs to tackle to deliver this fully connected experience. 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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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.

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3000 New Hotspots in Japan Bring Boingo APAC Coverage to 150,000+ Locations


Today, we announced a new roaming partnership with Wire and Wireless (Wi2) that adds 3000 hotspots to the Boingo network in Japan. This brings the number of Boingo locations to almost 9000 in Japan and over 150,000 in the Asia Pacific region. Kanpai! Meeting the Wi-Fi needs of the international community has been (and continues to be) one of Boingo’s key areas of focus. For Asia Pacific, specifically, our 2011 efforts thus far include: The just-announced 3000 hotspots with Wi2 40,000 new hotspots in Korea via an agreement with LG Uplus The international release of iOS Boingo Wi-Finder Credits app An unlimited Asia-Pacific Wi-Fi plan that covers over twenty-five countries at one low rate The addition of New Bangkok Airport to Boingo’s managed and operated network We want to be the go-to Wi-Fi provider for those living and traveling through the Asia Pacific region, so we look for your continued suggestions on how we’re doing, and how we can serve you even better.  

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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