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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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Headed to City by the Bay for WBA Wi-Fi Congress and Industry Awards (Hope We Win!)

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The Wireless Broadband Alliance is hosting its Wi-Fi Global Congress next week in San Francisco (11/5-8), and we’ll be sending our own contingent up to represent. Not only because we’re on the short list for two industry awards (see more below), but also because as the largest carrier-grade Wi-Fi industry event in the world, it’s an essential forum to establish and maintain the global Wi-Fi relationships that have made Boingo what it is. Continue reading

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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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Travel Tuesday Deals – 08/16/11


Play unlimited golf and stay in a rustic log cabin in Northern Michigan for $149 per night (or $238 for two nights). Rates are for stays Mondays through Thursdays, September 12-October 13, 2011 at the Garland Lodge & Resort. Rooms feature cathedral ceilings and stained glass windows, and the surrounding grounds hold four full golf courses (72 holes).  (Via Lonely Planet) End your summer with a bang and go ziplining between the trees in Portland, Oregon! Seriously — and bring the kids. The adventure takes place at Tree to Tree Park, “a playground in the trees featuring aerial ropes courses, zip lines and tree-top obstacles.” Admission is $45 per adult and $25-35 per child. Stay at a participating hotel and add some wine touring along the Sip 47 wine route. Hotel accommodations range from $109 to $249. (Via Frommer’s Travel) Enjoy a two-week Mediterranean cruise that will be a feast for the eyes, as well as fodder for the brain. Swan Hellenic is offering a tour of the most historic ports in Athens, Greece, Sicily and Italy that will be curated by experts in ancient history and geology. The price per person starts at $1899, and the cruise departs on October 14, 2011 from Athens. (Via Sherman’s Travel)

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 7/10/2011

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Climb aboard Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas for a seven-night cruise along the Adriatic Coast. Prices start at $479 per person for sail dates in August, September and October 2011. Depart from Venice, Italy and stop off in Italian cities such as Ravenna, Bari, as well as Koper, Slovenia and Dubrovnik, Croatia. If you go, we’re jealous. (Via SmartTravelDeals) Southwest Airlines has your post-summer travel covered! Starting today, the airlines is offering one-way tickets between select U.S. cities starting at $59. Purchase by August 1, 2001 for travel between August 23 and December 14. Note that the cheapest fares are available for flights Monday through Thursday. (Via USA Today) Want to take a tour of Asia? Check out Cathay Pacific’s All Asia Pass, which gives you twenty-one days of travel to Hong Kong and your choice of up to four listed Asian cities starting at $1,329. Departure cities include Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Book by July 31, 2011 for travel between August 16 and November 29, 2011. (Via Frommer’s) If Istanbul is on your travel wishlist, head over to ShermansTravel to find roundtrip deals starting at $545. Soak in all the history and ancient architecture and eat some exotic food! Low fares valid

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The Big, Serene Disconnect in Big Sur, CA


Living in a connected world is a beautiful thing…until it becomes a disruption to peace and relaxation. Like many of you, we at Boingo find that the Internet, the gadgets and the constant connectivity sometimes impede our ability to kick back and live in the present. So while we’re in the business of keeping you online in as many places as possible, we also think it’s healthy to unplug now and then. Recently, we unplugged with a getaway to Big Sur, a coastal mountainous region in the Central Coast of California about 120 miles south of San Francisco and 245 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Big Sur offers stunning views of the ocean and foothills, lush hiking trails and a down-to-earth vibe. But the big thing missing in Big Sur? Cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity. And that’s not so bad when you need to completely unwind. We stayed two nights in the lovely Little Gem cabin at the Heart Circle Mountain Ranch, a 36-acre private expanse located on a secluded hilltop about two miles off Highway 1. Little Gem features a stocked kitchenette, dinette with skylight, queen-sized memory foam mattress, wood-burning stove, claw-foot tub, wraparound deck and BBQ grill. Every item in the cabin — from the furnishings

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Meet a Few of Boingo’s Superfans on Twitter


Here at Boingo, we aim to design our Wi-Fi service and apps around the best customer experience possible. That’s why social media engagement is so central to our efforts — the customer feedback on social networks helps to guide us on improving and updating our offerings. Since our community shares common interests in travel and technology, we also strive to curate interesting conversations on those topics. Obviously, the success of these initiatives relies heavily on community participation, which is why it warms our hearts when members converse regularly with us via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube and the Hotspot blog. To express our gratitude, we honor two individuals each month — one via Twitter and one via Facebook — as superfans of the month. Join our social communities today and let us get to know YOU as a Boingo superfan!

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Meet a Few of Boingo’s Superfans on Facebook


Here at Boingo, we aim to design our Wi-Fi service and apps around the best customer experience possible. That’s why social media engagement is so central to our efforts — the customer feedback on social networks helps to guide us on improving and updating our offerings. Since our community shares common interests in travel and technology, we also strive to curate interesting conversations on those topics. Obviously, the success of these initiatives relies heavily on community participation, which is why it warms our hearts when members converse regularly with us via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube and the Hotspot blog. To express our gratitude, we honor two individuals each month — one via Twitter and one via Facebook — as superfans of the month. Join our social communities today and let us get to know YOU as a Boingo superfan! Meet Boingo’s superfans on Facebook. We are so thankful for the great conversation and support from our superfan community! Adi Wresniyandaka Senior Principal IT Consultant Charity of choice: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Best city to Boingo: Tie between San Francisco, California and Minneapolis, Minnesota Favorite tech quote: “There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don’t

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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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Frommer’s Top 10 Airports For Business Travelers


Travel guide company Frommer’s has named their best ten airports for business-friendly travel. Their criteria for this list centered around the efficiency of an airport, rather than whether it is a “major global hub.” “Bonus points” were awarded to “airports with alluring in-terminal hotels, streamlined baggage claim service, and snappy train service to vital business districts.” Do you agree with Frommer’s list? Which airports would you add or omit? Changi (SIN) in Singapore: Catch a nap in a sleep room or a flick at one of the movie houses. *Chek Lap Kak (HKG) in Hong Kong: Two downtown train station allow you to check baggage and print boarding passes. A nine-hole golf course is available as a fun diversion during flight delays. *Haneda, a.k.a, Tokyo International (HND) in Tokyo: This airport is closer to central Tokyo than Narita is, and a new international terminal offers an array of food options. Ronald Reagan National (DCA) in Washington D.C.: Separate security lines at each terminal make getting through security an efficient process . Plus, there is plenty of seating throughout the airport. *Kastrup (CPH) in Copenhagen: According to Frommer’s, this is the “most-connected” of Nordic airports, with electronic signs posted throughout the

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A Canadian in San Francisco


Chris Vollick, a Canadian blogger,  is a self-described “simple guy” who enjoys food, beer and wine. Last summer, Chris discovered that Boingo Wi-Fi is just his style, allowing him to simply click on a button to connect all over Canada and in the U.S. Chris was kind enough to write the Boingo team about his experience connecting in his favorite hotspot: AT&T Park in San Francisco. Ladies and gentlemen, in his own words, Chris Vollick. I want to start by telling you what a great service Boingo offers and how easy it is to use! I was lucky to have Boingo sponsor my Wi-Fi for a series of blogging events throughout my native Canada, as well as in the United States. The service worked great! Everywhere I traveled, the Boingo apps on my laptop and phone were constantly letting me know that I was in a hotspot and could login with just one click. And from what I have seen, Boingo’s hotspot locations continue to grow every day. My most memorable use of Boingo was last summer when I was offered a trip to San Francisco, CA by Virgin America and Klout, as part of a promotion.  I went to