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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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Apple iOS 4.3 Has Launched — Here’s a Simple Summary


Apple has just release the iOS 4.3 software update for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Download the update by connecting your Apple device to your computer. You will need iTunes 10.2.1, released by Apple on Tuesday, to sync and update. Here’s a simple summary of what’s new in iOS 4.3: Faster browsing: Apple claims that Safari browsing is now double in speed due to the implementation of “Nitro,”  the JavaScript engine that drives the desktop version of Safari. Let us know if you notice a perceptible improvement. Personal hotspots via 3G: This feature allows you to share your 3G connection with other gadgets you have with you and/or other people within your vicinity (according to Apple, up to five devices can be connected). This may be useful if you are not within easy access of a Wi-Fi connection. But beware: most cellular data plans have megabyte limits, so you stand the risk of using up your allotted limit when you share your 3G connection. A really unwelcome outcome might have you paying mega bucks on mega overage. Also, sharing a 3G connection can slow the connection speed, especially if all the connected devices are running multimedia applications such as streaming

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The iPad 2: To Buy or Not To Buy?


Like most gadget geeks, I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the iPad 2. Apple’s official iPad 2 unveiling last Wednesday revealed some pretty exciting features, most notably: Support for iOS 4.3 and all its accompanying bells and whistles (click here for more details) Faster processor Front and rear cameras (Facetime, anyone?) 3G models offered through Verizon, in addition to AT&T Thinner body and white trim What’s more, Apple did not raise the price on the iPad 2, with the introductory 16GB/Wi-Fi only model at $499 — the same price as the equivalent model of the original iPad. So the big question is: to buy or not to buy the iPad 2? Based on the biggest additions noted above, is the iPad 2 a necessary gain for your situation? iOS 4.3 will be available as an upgrade on iPhones (3GS, 4), iPod Touches (3rd and 4th generation) and both the original and second generation iPads. So you don’t have to own an iPad 2 to reap the benefits of the new OS. If you plan to use an iPad only for leisure activities — not for productivity needs — then the additional processing power may not be necessary. I’ve found the

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Apple Announces iPad 2!

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Steve Jobs took the stage at the Apple event today to unveil…the iPad 2! Below are the details on the much-anticipated tablet: Features: Operating system is iOS 4.3 The main CPU is a Samsung A5 dual core processor, which makes the iPad 2 two times faster  than the original iPad New graphics processor that’s nine times faster than that of the iPad 1 Front and rear cameras HDMI compatible, enabling connectivity to TV or a large screen A gyroscope Battery life in the 10 hour range (same as iPad 1) Included accessories: Cable that connects the screen to another monitor “Smart covers” that come in different colors and use magnets to attach to the device Form factor: 33% thinner than before (thinner than the iPhone 4) Weighs a bit less, at 1.3 pounds compared with 1.5 for the original iPad 1 Available models: Three storage sizes for both the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi +3G models: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB. Colors: black or white Price: entry level model is the same as the iPad 1 at $499. The top-end model is $829. Shipping: March 11, 2011 in the U.S. Available in 26 other countries starting March 25. New applications available for iPad: Apple’s