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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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The iPod Touch: A Splendid Travel Companion

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Mark Sigal of technology site O’Reilly celebrated his 10-year wedding anniversary with the wife by taking a trip to Europe. What made their trip a little unusual is that they brought an iPod Touch as their only communication device — no cell phone, no pager, no laptop. And guess what? They survived the trip with flying colors (and probably saved a lot of moolah)! Here are some (free!) Apple apps that helped them: Google Mobile Maps (pre-installed): visually navigate to destinations in real time and push-pin favorite destinations. Yelp: search for restaurants and other businesses, then use Google Mobile Maps for directions. Facebook: share vacation adventures and pics with family and friends. Kindle: read your travel book on-the-go. Notes (pre-installed): capture daily food and water intake and other related health data. Additionally, Sigal shares a caveat about traveling with just the iPod Touch: “Not having reliable connectivity in mobile contexts crippled some of the utility of Google Mobile Maps since it essentially removed the Real-Time goodness of the app. Moreover, it crimped the ability to search for nearby restaurants when on the move.” And, in true technologist form, Sigal gives Apple a helpful recommendation for the Wi-Fi connection experience: “…

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Smartphones Bringing Wi-Fi Back…

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…not that Wi-Fi ever went away. But as Om Malick articulates in his article, the smartphone era is upon us and it is making us hungrier than ever for bandwidth. And 3G just ain’t cutting it: “[Wi-Fi] usage has grown as major 3G networks have choked under heavy mobile Internet use. There is no stopping smartphone sales, according to data collected by Infonetics Research, a market research company…With the growing availability of Google Android-based handsets, 2009 will prove to be a banner year for smartphones. In my opinion, the presence of PC-quality browsers, such as Safari, on smartphones and webkit-based browsers, as well as the growing popularity of social-networking services such as Twitter and Facebook as communication tools, have boosted the demand for wireless data. These tools demand data connectivity, and people want to check them while on the go. This spurt in usage has left the carriers that long saw themselves as Wi-Fi’s enemy coming around and embracing the insurgent technology. AT&T’s $275 million acquisition of Wayport and the recent agreement between Verizon and Santa Monica, Calif., Wi-Fi aggregator Boingo Wireless are signs that despite the availability of faster 3G networks, the low-cost economics of the Wi-Fi ecosystem are