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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RCR Wireless News interviews our President and CEO, Dave Hagan, on the evolutionary growth of Wi-Fi and how Boingo has stayed abreast of consumer demand, most notably in the mobile space. Here are the highlights of the article: The uptake of Wi-Fi services received a significant boost when chip giant Intel Corp. began pushing laptop chipset with embedded Wi-Fi connectivity. This lead to a proliferation of hot spots in public places where people could use their laptops like airports and restaurants. Over the past several years, Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices have become the driving force behind public Wi-Fi adoption. “I think we are past those friend or foe days,” Hagan said. “Most carriers realize and understand that consumers are increasing their data usage on smart phones and are looking at ways to offload some of that traffic.” Most public Wi-Fi deployments depend on either a customer pay model in which the user pays for each session, or a venue pay model where a location offers free Wi-Fi connectivity to customers. “There is really no such thing as free Wi-Fi,” Hagan explained. “It’s just a matter of cost shifting.” Read the rest of the article here.
Joe Brancatelli, writer for Portfolio.com and veteran road warrior, shares his list of gadgets and services for making life out of the office more bearable. Flight Tracker: FlightStats, online and mobile versions Computer Manager: LogMeIn offers “Web-based remote computer access, support, and management” VoIP System: Skype for laptops and cell phones “obliterates the high cost of calling” during international travel Wi-Fi Roaming Service: you guessed it…Boingo Wireless! “The world is full of WiFi hotspots, but most of them are behind a confusing array of high-priced firewalls. Boingo vaults you over most of those walls at a fair price: $9.95 a month for unlimited access in North America or $59 a month for unlimited global access.“ Portable Power System: $90 everwhereMax Laptop Charger Plug Adapter: Universal World Travel AC Adapter with USB Power Port External Drive: OWC Mercury (doesn’t require AC adapter) or eGo Portable hard drive (stylish) Read the entire article here.
Budget Travel magazine just announced their 2009 list of top 10 travel innovations that contribute to an “easier, more enjoyable and more affordable” travel experience. Drum roll please… Kayak.com: the discount travel site added new features, including “search sharing, a real-time map of available airfare and an iPhone application.” New York City: the Big Apple gets kudos for creating “new public spaces like making Times Square car-free and turning an abandoned railway into a walkway called the High Line.” Apple: the company continues to get recognition for the iPhone 3GS and its “built-in applications store for anything you might need on the road.” American Airlines: the “One-Way Flex Awards loyalty program…helps occasional travelers earn rewards.” JetBlue: it’s the little amenities, “like the Re:Vive bar kiosks at JFK airport,” that differentiates this popular airlines. Intrepid Travel: the adventure travel site is “carbon-offsetting all of its itineraries by early 2010.” Google: “Street View mapping feature for theme parks and trails” makes family vacations much easier to navigate through. Delta: customer service is friendly and stylin’ with the Red Coats, “agents dedicated to troubleshooting at a number of airports.” Hyatt: the ubiquitous hotel chain makes a habit of announcing “new surprise perks to