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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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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

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Boingo Summer Travels 2011: A Photo Slideshow With Animoto

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Click play on the video above and check out the array of destinations visited by the Boingo community this past summer in 2011. Just a word of caution: the photos could trigger or exacerbate the post-summer blues. If you’ve seen our videos before, you might recognize that we often use Animoto to produce our videos. Unlike standard photo slideshow programs with static presentations, Animoto creates polished and animated visual stories that look polished and professional. The company says the foundation of their platform is a “patent-pending Cinematic Artificial Intelligence technology that thinks like an actual director and editor.” We couldn’t tell you what that means exactly but we can guarantee that the resulting production — complete with a music soundtrack — will make you look like a cinematic genius. Animoto offers a range of pricing plans, including: Lite for free, Plus for $30/year, Pro for $249/year and a Reseller option for $499/year. Here’s a quick tutorial on the Animoto user interface: Step 1: Choose a template. Animoto offers various background templates, some of which are available to free accounts. There are also several holiday themes. Step 2: Upload photos and/or video clips. You can retrieve media from your computer, Facebook,

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A Special Invitation For LA Denizens: Come Shop With Boingo Wi-Fi

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As we mentioned earlier this week, Boingo Wi-Fi is up and running at LA-based shopping centers The Grove and The Americana at Brand. Naturally, this calls for a little celebration! If you’re in Los Angeles during the next two weekends, come shoot the breeze with the Boingo team of ambassadors at The Grove and The Americana at Brand. In return for the pleasure of your company, we’ll be offering free Wi-Fi on smartphones, free ice cream and a free iPad for one lucky somebody. Event details: Dates, Locations and Times: September 17 & 18 at The Grove from 11AM to 7PM September 24 & 25 at The Americana at Brand from 11AM to 7PM Free Gifts: Get a free ice cream voucher by downloading the Boingo app to your smartphone. Show a Boingo ambassador and the scoop’s on us! Login to the free Wi-Fi at The Grove this weekend or The Americana next weekend and register for a chance to win an iPad. Boingo ambassadors will be on hand to quickly walk you through the process. Bring the family and friends because there is plenty of merriment for everyone:  shops for the fashionable, tasty bites for foodies and theatres for movie-lovers. We recently enjoyed it

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Caruso Affiliated Refashions the Shopping Experience [Video]


A few months ago, we announced that Caruso Affiliated had selected Boingo to operate the Wi-Fi services at its Los Angeles shopping centers, The Grove and The Americana at Brand.  Now, we’re happy to report that Boingo Wi-Fi has been live and connecting shoppers…such as L.A.-based Boingo employees! It’s a breeze accessing the Wi-Fi on your gadget while browsing around! But enough about us. Actually, we want to rave about our unprecedented, spectacular experience with The Grove’s complimentary concierge services (also available at The Americana at Brand). The staff took care of us the moment we arrived in the valet circle, checked in at relevant times during the day, and sent us home with smiles at the end of the day. Check out the video above for a visual of the first-class treatment we received from the staff at The Grove. What’s so necessary and special about concierge services at a shopping center? As The Grove team can tell you, plenty. They fulfill numerous guests requests for dinner reservations (at The Grove, as well as throughout L.A.), transportation, personal stylists, tourist activities, spa treatments and more. We requested a car wash and, like magic, a squeaky clean version of our car awaited us

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Boingo Goes to the Home Depot Center Stadium


We spent the U.S. Fourth of July holiday at the Home Depot Center, where we watched a great soccer match between the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders. The Home Depot Center is extra special to us because it’s a Boingo-managed hotspot! We got online with our iPhone, iPad and Android smartphone to upload video clips to Facebook, watch replays on ESPN and send photos to our friends. Watch the video above for a play-by-play of our adventures. Continue reading

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10 Mother’s Day Gifts For the Gadget Mama

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Last week, we posted our Mother’s Day gift guide for the Travel Mama. Now, we bring you ten gift recommendations for the Gadget Mama this Mother’s Day. If your mama enjoys both travel and tech — lucky you! You’ll definitely find something among our suggestions that will bring a sweet smile to her face. 1. Gadget charger: make sure Mom never runs out of juice on her gadget! Check out these super-duper chargers: a) Brookstone 4-in1 Power Charger ($39.95): works with iPhone, iPod, BlackBerry, Samsung, Motorola Droid, Nokia, digital cameras and other micro/mini USB powered devices. Mom has a choice of four power sources: a standard wall plug, car power socket, computer USB port or 9-volt battery (battery sold separately). b) iGo Charge Anywhere ($39.99):  works with multiple devices, including mobile phones, Bluetooth headsets, smartphones/PDAs, MP3 players, portable gaming devices, digital cameras, GPS devices and more. This is a portable charger/battery with two USB outputs for charging devices anywhere. c) Powermat Portable Mat with Powercube ($59.99): compatible with most mobile devices and simultaneously charges up to three devices. 2. Extended gadget battery: perfect for those situations (e.g., conferences) when Mom doesn’t have access to a power outlet. All she has to do is install an extended battery, and she’s

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 4/19/2011

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Westin St. John Resort & Villas Close your eyes and imagine a  private 1200-foot-long white sand beach, a gentle breeze and the faint sound of Caribbean music. If you like that image, then check out the Virgin Island vacation package offered by CheapCaribbean.com. The $649 starting rate includes roundtrip airfare and four nights at the Westin St. John Resort & Villas. Travel between May 1 and August 19 (excluding May 13-15) and book by May 31, 2011. (Via CheapCaribbean.com) Virgin America is having a May sale for travel to and from major U.S. cities, including: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Orlando, Boston and New York. Airfare from one west coast city to another, e.g., Seattle to San Francisco, starts at $59, while travel from New York to the West Coast starts at $149. If you’re interested, hurry up and book by Wednesday, April 20th at midnight. Fly anytime in May and book at least seven days in advance. (Via Virgin America) Going to London for the Royal Wedding? Check out Lonely Planet’s Royal London Audio Walking Tour app for the iPhone, which is currently FREE for a limited time. (Via Lonely Planet) In honor of National Park Week, over

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Apps For Keeping Track of Your Business Expenses


  How many business travelers out there dread doing expense reports? We’re guessing most of you would rather skip it. Well, we’d love to propose a magical solution that saves you completely from expense reports but short of that, we found a few apps that might ease the process. Bright Hub, a great community site for all things technology, ranked their top expense tracker apps for iPhone, Android and Blackberry. Try out one of the apps and let us know if it eases your expense reporting pains. Top iPhone Expense Tracker Apps Expenditure: “Record what you buy and the amount of money it costs with Expenditure.” Cost: $1.99 iXpenseIt: “…great for tracking daily expenses and for maintaining a monthly budget…features an expense summary that details the total monthly expense, the average daily expense, and the most costly items.” Cost: $4.99 iWallet: “… tracks your expenses and income. You can record your expenses for the day and view the amount you have spent over a week. The app maintains expense records on a monthly and yearly basis as well.” Cost: $2.99 CashTrails: “… record your daily expenses and organize them into easily accessible categories. Include a note with the transaction and

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Hashable: a New Way to Exchange Business “Cards”


At SXSW Interactive this year, many attendees skipped the business cards and instead swapped contact info via Hashable, “the ultimate networking app.” Hashable was super useful for us during SXSW (since we ran out of business cards the first day), and it’s an environmentally-friendly solution. The Hashable app (free), available on iPhone and Android devices, allows you to: Exchange contact information by entering the Twitter handle or email address associated with the other person’s Hashable profile. Check in to a location and tag the people with you. The check-in can be a public one that tweets your location and companions, or it can be used as a CRM tool that allows you to privately note meetings with people in  your network. See who your contacts are meeting through an “Activity” tab that displays public check-ins. If you’d like to give Hashable a try, sign up for an account here. To download the app for iPhone, click here. To download the app for Android, click here. Let us know if you find Hashable as useful as we did. Already have a Hashable account? Thumbs up or thumbs down?