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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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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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The Boingo and Krispy Kreme Totally Sweet Sweepstakes is Back!


We’re celebrating the recent addition of Boingo-enabled Krispy Kreme locations by bringing back the Totally Sweet Sweepstakes! We invite all fans of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Boingo Wireless to participate for a chance to win sweet prizes. To whet your appetite, we’re giving away free doughnuts to everyone who enters the sweepstakes — simply provide a valid email address through one of the registration processes described below, and we’ll send you a coupon redeemable at any participating Krispy Kreme location. A contest isn’t a contest without some competition, winners and grand prizes! So even though prizes will be awarded through a random drawing, you can maximize your chances of winning by submitting up to three entries every day until the final date of the sweepstakes on December 1, 2011. Be sure to read the official rules and terms and conditions for the Totally Sweet Sweepstakes. Here’s a summary: Prizes: All participants who provide a valid email address will automatically win up to three coupons for free Krispy Kreme doughnuts redeemable at any participating Krispy Kreme location. The following prizes will be awarded to winners selected through a random drawing: Grand prize: a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card, a complimentary year of Boingo Global Wi-Fi

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One Universal Boingo Plan to Connect Them All

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You asked for it.  You got it! You’ve been asking for a super simple Wi-Fi plan that would allow you to use your Boingo account on *any* Wi-Fi device.  Starting today, now Boingo subscribers can use their plans to get connected on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.  We’ll say it for you: Yippee! Boingo regional subscriptions include Wi-Fi access to use on any two devices – and if you want to add more, they are just $5 USD each per month.  You can have up to five devices on a single account, so it’s a great way to add family members to your plan. Here are the highlights of our re-vamped Boingo monthly offerings: The following regional Boingo plans, formerly limited to laptop-only access, now include connectivity  on any two supported devices of your choice: Boingo Unlimited Americas – unlimited Wi-Fi access in North and South America Boingo Unlimited UK and Ireland – unlimited Wi-Fi access throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland Boingo Unlimited Europe Plus – unlimited Wi-Fi access throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa Boingo Unlimited Asia Pacific – unlimited Wi-Fi access throughout Asia Pacific, including China, Japan, Australia, Singapore, and more The Boingo Global plan for

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Zagat Guide Re-Defines Rules of Dining Etiquette


Tim Zagat, co-founder of dining and entertainment Zagat guides, says it’s time to establish new dining etiquette. As we read through the list, we keep wondering: how do these rules apply in different countries worldwide? Seasoned travelers, what are some region-specific dining etiquette that you’ve encountered? Here’s a summary of Zagat’s “10 New Rules of Dining Etiquette:” Men and women deserve equal service quality. According to Zagat, most diners  think men receive better service because they’re perceived as the bill payers. The person who invites pays the bill unless an agreement made in advance says otherwise. Whoever is ready first orders first. The Emily Post tradition is women order first. Fiddling with any gadget (e.g., a smartphone) is bad manners. Do not bring children to non-relevant restaurants (e.g., romantic places). Dress casually, the way they do in Los Angeles. Let the restaurant know if you can’t make it for a reservation. Enjoy yourself, but don’t overstay if there’s a line of people waiting to dine. Chivalry is dead except for the act of door-opening: men should open doors and women should let them. Customers should expect good food and service. Short of that, they have every right to be disappointed and tell all

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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 

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Tips For Getting The Most Out of Exercise Aids (Mobile Apps, Video)

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You’re about to take a business trip and you’d like to do some type of exercise while on the road. Or maybe you’re in town, but working long hours and getting to a gym or a yoga or pilates class just doesn’t fit into your schedule. In the wired world in which we live today, this is not the problem it once was. One session on the Internet will give you a wealth of material that you can download or apps you can use on your smartphone. There’s no shortage of video instruction – at all levels – for those who are serious about wanting to keep in shape. One iPhone app that I think is very good is Nike Training Club (it’s free). It has options for different goals: getting lean, toned, strong or focused and different types of workouts for each. The workouts are short and targeted. They talk you through the exercises and give you video so you can see how it’s done. Let me give a few pointers on how to get the most out of these sorts of aids: Be sure to select the appropriate level. A sure way to get discouraged and lose interest

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Gadling’s Top 10 Tech Solutions For Having Fun During a Layover


Winter weather isn’t always a wonderland, especially if your flight is delayed and you’re stuck at the airport. Well, those imaginative travel experts at Gadling have some tech diversions that might actually make your layover fun. Check out their ten favorite gadgets/accessories, and aw shucks, Boingo made the list! What’s your go-to solution for making layovers more tolerable? Monster Outlets To Go Smartphone Battery pack You Bars Boingo (Rock on!) Netflix streaming movies Headphones + splitters Kid tech Lugsac Combo laptop charger + USB Read the entire article here.

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The Boingo 2010 Gift Guide For Travelers


Need gifts for the travel junkie in your life? We polled road warriors on the Boingo staff, as well as those in the Boingo Facebook community, and rounded up our favorite suggestions. Boingo Employees: Amazon Kindle ($139 and up): “I’ve become very fond of my Kindle, especially as a traveling companion. The selection of books is great, as is the Wi-Fi connectivity. What’s more, the Kindle automatically syncs to my smartphone and PC.” — Jim Hamm, director of account management Apple iPad ($499 and up): “The one and only thing I absolutely *must* have when I’m traveling these days is my iPad. While I was skeptical of the iPad hoopla before it launched, I am now an unabashed convert. I use it in innumerable ways. The Kindle and Zinio apps allow me to bring along the three or four books and small stack of magazines I’m always juggling without taking up space in my carry on. I use the Maps and “Around Me” apps to figure out where I’m going or when I need to find a nail salon in a new city, pronto. I use my iPad on cross-country flights to catch up on podcasts (WNYC’s Radiolab and American

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3 Essentials For Island Castaways


If you were stranded on an island for a week, what are three items you’d want with you? Below, the Boingo Facebook community weighs in. You may be unsurprised to notice that the majority of responses include some form of technology, e.g., a smartphone, Boingo Wi-Fi. It goes to show you the inextricable value of technology to our everyday lives. Post your three essentials in the event you’re a castaway for a week.