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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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Traveling Abroad? Avoid a Hefty Phone Bill With These Tips


A few years ago, when I was just a little grasshopper, I went overseas with my smartphone. While I didn’t make any calls, I did continue to receive push email. Imagine my shock when the phone bill arrived a few weeks later with a $700+ balance. Smartphones are now a pervasive part of our everyday lives — so much so that we get separation anxiety when we leave our devices at home. The unhealthy implications of this aside, there are very practical reasons to bring along a smartphone when traveling: navigation, eatery recommendations, phone calls, etc. So what’s a traveler married to his/her smartphone to do? The New York Times provides a helpful guide for reaping the benefits of smartphone travel without incurring hefty bills: Get a GSM phone Check with your carrier for special deals on international roaming Buy a local SIM card Subscribe to Boingo Mobile Wi-Fi for $7.95 for online connectivity and to make VoIP calls Buy an old-fashioned calling card I’ve employed all the above tips and am happy to say I’ve not since been faced with an exorbitant communications bill. (That means extra money for fun stuff, e.g., clothes and shoes, while I’m in a

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Oh Yes, It’s a Limerick Contest


The merry folk at Boingo Wireless Hereby declare a limerick contest. If you think you’re clever And you win something never Give us a shot that’s your best The prize: a Targus universal power supply ($149.99 value) for charging your laptop and smartphone at home, in the car, or on an airplane. It’s yours if you’re among the top three limerick poets. The contest dates: March 15th, 16th, and 17th. Three winners will be announced at the end of the day on the 17th, St. Patrick’s Day! Here are the contest rules: Limerick must be of your own original work. Keep in mind that a limerick must fit a certain meter and rhyme, i.e., AABBA. For a detailed definition of limerick, please visit dictionary.com. Multiple entries encouraged! Maximum of one win per contestant. Must be a fan of both Boingo and Targus on Facebook in order to win. The Boingo Limerick Contest is subject to Boingo’s Terms and Conditions.

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Boingo Selected to Operate 6 Major Airports in the U.K.!


My friends, it’s a jolly good day for the Boingo community. Boingo Wireless has just signed an exclusive deal with airport company BAA to be the sole operator of Wi-Fi services at six airports in the U.K. [see list below]! This news means good things for those of you flying into, out of, or through the U.K. and on to your final destinations: Boingo is a neutral host operator: we welcome roaming users from other Wi-Fi providers. Network reliability is a 24/7 priority for us, so you can count on us for continuous and fast Wi-Fi access. We offer you world-class customer service — we don’t approach this stuff lightly. We’re opening up a London office to support the airports; this is especially interesting if you’re looking for a new career. It’s easy to get online with Boingo. Connect to “Boingo Hotspot” on your laptop or smartphone and choose from a variety of day pass and subscription options. And now, I present to you the U.K. airports to be powered by Boingo: London Heathrow (LHR) London Stansted (STN) Glasgow (GLA) Edinburgh (EDI) Aberdeen (ABZ) Southampton (SOU) (Wi-Fi services were previously provided in parallel by multiple operators, including Boingo.) Read the

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Want a VIP Airport Lounge Pass? Give Us Some Feedback For a Chance to Win One!


I consider myself a frequent traveler (I average one trip per month). Unfortunately, the airlines I fly with seem to disagree because I have yet to receive an invitation to relax in one of those luxurious airport lounges reserved for frequent travelers. Often, I watch wistfully as seemingly more “deserving” folks breeze into the Admirals/Presidents/Sky/Red Carpet Club (to name a few) and kick back before their flights. Can you relate to this? The good news is that I have three one-day lounge passes to give away. At last, this could be your opportunity to travel like the VIP you are. To qualify for our random drawing this Thursday, December 17th, simply answer this question for us: Besides email, what is your #1 online activity/application on a smartphone? Provide your answer in a blog comment, via Twitter (@boingo), or on the Boingo Facebook page. One-word answers are absolutely allowed! (And if you win, be sure to fill me in on your experience so I can live vicariously through you.) The following is a list* of airline clubs and airports where winners can use their 1-day lounge passes: Alaska Airlines – Board Room: Anchorage, AK; Los Angeles, CA; Portland, OR; San Francisco,

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The Culture of Internet Surfing on the Toilet and Everywhere Else

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Have you ever used your phone and/or laptop while, ahem, using the restroom? If you’re worried that chatting, texting, emailing, and surfing while on the can is socially unacceptable, then worry no more! According to a recent Intel study on technology etiquette, 75% of U.S. survey responders feel “it is perfectly appropriate to use Internet-enabled devices, including laptops, netbooks and cell phones, in the bathroom.” (Never mind the germs!) But you’re not quite off the hook when it comes to mobile usage in public situations: 69% of respondents feel that “checking e-mails, sending text messages and making phone calls while in the company of others, are unacceptable.” To be frank, I employ a mixed approach to mobile etiquette. I text and surf the Internet on my smartphone while in the company of friends, family, and colleagues. But I rarely answer phone calls while in the company of anyone (unless it’s an emergency), and I turn off my phone entirely when in a business meeting. However, I find it irritating to be in the company of people, including my friends, who constantly text, surf, and talk on their phones. Clearly, we are in need of some hard, fast rules, and Anna

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10 Mobile Apps You Won’t Abandon

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Is your smartphone filling up with applications you rarely (never) use? Welcome to the club. According to various studies, “smartphone users download many more apps than they actually use,” and “consumers stop using the vast majority of iPhone apps almost immediately.” If you’re looking for applications you will cherish and use daily, check out Fierce Wireless’ list of top ten mobile apps designed to be part of your everyday life: Aha (free): “…connects iPhone users from across major U.S. cities including Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle and Washington, D.C., to share real-time information on traffic conditions.” MotionX GPS ($2.99): “…premium location app optimized for the iPhone 3GS, complete with accelerometric-assisted GPS for improved accuracy…indicates and tracks the user’s position wherever they go–not just on street maps, but also topographic and satellite maps, which explains why the software is so popular with runners, hikers, skiers and boaters.” Put Things Off ($2.99): ” …expressly targets procrastinators… encourages users to focus on what’s important each day and ‘put off stuff that’s not’–its touch-based filing system incorporates a series of virtual trays that separate tasks according to priority level, with completed chores disappearing in a puff of smoke.” Available for iPhone. Sherpa (free): “..local discovery

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Nokia Enters PC Market


Nokia issued a press release today announcing their foray into the PC market. The Nokia 3G Booklet, “a mini laptop,” features the following functionality: Intel Atom processor 12 hours of battery life 3G/ HSPA and Wi-Fi A-GPS for navigation and geotagging Sounds like a compelling device! It’s interesting that a handset manufacturer is crossing over to the laptop market, and clearly the reverse strategy is also in effect. In a related article, Lorraine Luk of the Wall Street Journal discusses how PC-makers such as Dell, HP, Acer, and of course Apple have recently forayed into the smartphone market. Nothing like a down economy to spur innovation and more choices for consumers! Let’s sit back, relax, and enjoy the mobile computing race!