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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 Bits and Bytes of Nick Bilton, Lead Writer for the NY Times Tech Blog


Nick Bilton – I Live in the Future & Here’s How it Works from Nick Bilton on Vimeo. Nick Bilton, lead writer and technology reporter for the Bits Blog at the New York Times, rebels against the idea that technology and the Internet are rotting our brains. In his book, I Live in the Future & Here’s How it Works, Nick presents a history of technophobia and doomsday predictions to exemplify that humans have always had a natural resistance to change. However, once we overcome our fears and adapt to new technologies, our brains evolve in positive ways. Recently, we had the opportunity to chat with Nick over coffee to learn some additional information about his new book, as well as a few of his personal quirks. Here’s our interview with Nick Bilton: What was your primary impetus for writing this book? I kept hearing all these things about how technology is negative for society and the next generation. As someone who has grown up with computers, I just knew that wasn’t the case. That’s why I stepped up and did the research for the book. I wanted to defend technology and the Internet. In your book, you say that

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Verizon iPhone to Support Facetime Only with Wi-Fi


Today’s news items include a few articles about how Facetime on the Verizon iPhone will only work over Wi-Fi. Verizon’s iPhone FaceTime program will only work on WiFi For those Verizon customers anxious to take advantage of the coolest features of their iPhones from the start , they’ll need a Wi-Fi roaming account…like Boingo! As a friendly reminder, Boingo Mobile gives you unlimited access to more than 200,000 hotspots around the world for $7.95 per month, and Boingo Wi-Fi Credits lets you use your iTunes account to buy Wi-Fi connections an hour at a time for $1.99 per connect. For the iPhone (and iPad and iPod Touch) user on the go, these accounts can provide the connectivity and functionality you want and need to be the most connected iOS user on the block.

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Boingo Software Update for iOS 4.1 Now Available


Dear Apple iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad fans, Good news: we’ve updated the Boingo Mobile and Boingo Wi-Fi Credits apps to support Apple iOS 4.1. We’re excited to hear your feedback on a few improvements we’ve made based on your suggestions. Note: if your Apple device is already running iOS 4.1, you must install the new Boingo software in order to connect to Boingo hotspots. Previous versions of Boingo software will no longer work on iOS 4.1. To download the free apps, click on the following links: Boingo Mobile for iPod Touch/iPhone Boingo Mobile for iPad Boingo Wi-Fi Credits for iPod Touch/iPhone Boingo Wi-Fi Credits for iPad Here are the highlights of our iOS 4.1 software update: iPad support in portrait or landscape mode Option for auto-connection to Boingo hotspots Auto-notification of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots Even faster connectivity to hotspots Mapping feature displays hotspots near current location, with address and navigation information included Here’s a screenshot demo on using the new mapping feature: 1. To find a Wi-Fi hotspot near your current location, tap on Find Hotspots Near Me. 2. A map of Wi-Fi hotspots (denoted by pushpins) in your vicinity will launch. 3. Tap on a pushpin to view

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iPad Surpasses Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile in Four Days


Shocked. That may be the only word to describe our disposition after looking at updated web analytics for our managed network of hotspots. Within four days of release, the iPad has moved into second place among non-laptop devices, more than doubling the traffic of Android phones, and eclipsing the volume of devices from Blackberry and Windows Mobile. The iPhone took significantly longer to make this kind of impact when it was released in 2007, and the radical growth it experienced didn’t take off until the 3G edition was launched a year later (at a significantly lower price). The release is here.

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Win One Million Hours of Free Boingo Wi-Fi


  On Monday, we announced a new app to purchase one-hour Wi-Fi credits directly from Apple iTunes. We also launched a contest to give away an iPad to the 1000th customer of the new Boingo app. Never in our wildest dreams did we expect the winner to materialize within hours of our announcement! To keep the party going, we’re upping the ante with a bigger and better giveaway: one million free Wi-Fi credits. That’s a buttload of Wi-Fi! To qualify, all you have to do is tattoo a permanent Boingo logo somewhere on your body. Before you run out and make this commitment, however, be sure to read our full contest rules, including terms and conditions here. Read our press announcement here. If you need recommendations for tattoo parlors, we know of a few fine establishments that guarantee clean needles and plenty of painkillers. That’s because we’re no stranger to going under the needle — many of us, including our CEO Dave Hagan, sport one (even two) Boingo tattoos — yes, we dig our company.

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Get Ready: It’s the Boingo iPad Contest


  Have you heard the news? By popular demand, we’ve launched a new iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad application that allows you to purchase one-hour credits for Wi-Fi service directly from your Apple iTunes account. So you can buy $1.99 credits and redeem them — whenever it suits you — at 125,000+ Boingo hotspots worldwide. Looking for a Boingo Wi-Fi location while you’re on the go? There’s a mapping feature for that. You can read more details in our Boingo Wi-Fi Credits press release (note the “buy ten, get one free” special). Now, onto iPad giveaway time. We’re really excited about the new Boingo app — so much so that we’re giving away an Apple iPad to the 1000th person to download and register the new Boingo Wi-Fi Credits app from Apple’s App Store. With no further ado, here are the contest directions and rules: 1. Go to the iTunes App store and download the free Boingo Wi-Fi Credits app to your iPhone or iPod Touch. 2. Once installed, launch the app and enter your email address. Note: a valid email is required to register your entry. 3. Good news: You automatically win a Wi-Fi credit! 4. Potentially fantastic news:

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10 Travel/Technology Obsessions


Recently, I asked several Boingo folks to each share one travel or technology obsession of the moment. Unsurprisingly, my colleagues had trouble picking just one. (I knew I was dealing with a bunch of geeks and dreamers.) In any case, I narrowed down the list to ten items, below. What is your current travel/technology obsession (and yes, it’s okay if you have more than one ;))? The Apple iPad: “I’m excited that it will be the first e-reader in color.” Tim Fox, director of billing and reporting. Animoto: “Animoto takes your photos and video and turns them into these amazing little movies that will make your friends believe you’re a budding Spielberg. Free.” Dawn Callahan, vice president of marketing. Internet Radio App for Nokia Smartphones: “This is an all time killer app for me. Clear digital stereo streaming of 100+ radio stations from across the globe. Works on wi-fi as well as 3G networks.” Kishore Raja, senior device engineer. SonyPlaystation 3: “Blu-ray, games, 3D Movies coming this summer, Wi-Fi, and Netflix streaming — what more do you need?” Sush Wu, software test engineer. CNN App for Blackberry: This is my real-time “newspaper” fix during my bus commute to and from

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Boingo 2009 Holiday Gift Guide


I’m good with holiday gift ideas — except that they come to me at inopportune times, like smack in the middle of summer. By the time December rolls around, I’ve completely forgotten all my ideas (yes, I’ve tried writing them down; I just can’t locate the list). So frankly, I’m not the best person to be writing a holiday gift guide. However, my Boingo colleagues, when I polled them, had no trouble contributing some fantastic ideas: Fueltank UNO charger, $39.95: “Charge just about any device without having to search around for an outlet.” Dave Hagan, CEO. Panasonic Pet Cam, $250: “Watch what your pets (or thieves) are doing to your house. It’s accessible best over a broadband connection like Wi-Fi so you can watch from a Boingo location anywhere in the world. And, and! You can move the camera around remotely—up, down and side to side.” Colby Goff, SVP Strategy. Lensbaby SLR Camera Lens, $100-$350: “Lensbaby camera lens are a great way to add a unique flavor (e.g., texture or color-wise) to photos. Great for both professional and amateur photographers.” Brian Shields, Interactive Designer & Architect. Funky, Chic and Cool Laptop Backpacks, $59-$145: “I’m a frequent traveler and have really

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Interview With Globetrotting Photographer, Mark Leibowitz


Photographer Mark Leibowitz leads quite a cosmopolitan life: he travels all over the globe photographing fashion models and exotic cities. Open up an issue of Glamour or Conde Nast Traveler, and you’ll likely find Mark’s photographs. His signature prints — praised by the likes of Vanity Fair and New York Magazine — are a lovely fusion of documentary, travel, and fashion. Check out his portfolio here and prepare to be wowed. Recently, I had the opportunity to interview the gifted Mark Leibowitz about his travels: Is there a gadget you can’t live without? A camera. Whether it’s one of my professional cameras, a small point and shoot, or my iPhone, I always have one with me. Recently I’ve been shooting more with film cameras such as the Contax T2 and Toyo field cameras. They feel very retro even though digital cameras have really only come of age in the last five years. What are you listening to your on your iPod these days? Brett Dennen is my current favorite. I also just saw him in concert at the House of Blues which was a great show. It’s not often enough that I get to stand in front of the stage