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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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Our Favorite Green Tweeps

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In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, we’re honoring our favorite green organizations! These folks are superstars at educating the public about environmental issues, providing tips for everyday green living and working to heal the earth. Which green organizations do you follow? SmartPlanet offers environmental news and information across a wide spectrum of intersecting topics, including: technology, business, and life. They have an impressive editorial staff of seasoned writers from well-known publications such as ZDNet, Popular Mechanics, Entrepreneur, Discover Magazine, Nature and the Washington Post. Recently published articles that we enjoyed include “In growing cities, electric motorcycles, scooters to bridge gap” and “Los Angeles could use apartment rooftops for big solar gains.” Twitter handle: @SmartPlanet Join SmartPlanet on Facebook TreeHugger‘s stated aim is to drive “sustainability mainstream.”  The organization has more than delivered on this promise to become one of today’s top-ranked media outlets covering green issues. Their sustainable living philosophy encompasses topics from transportation, science + technology, design + architecture, travel + nature, culture + celebrity, food + health, to business + politics. We particularly enjoy TreeHugger’s vast library of videos (in association with PlanetGreen) that features powerful messages about the negative consequences of global warming and green

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Hashable: a New Way to Exchange Business “Cards”


At SXSW Interactive this year, many attendees skipped the business cards and instead swapped contact info via Hashable, “the ultimate networking app.” Hashable was super useful for us during SXSW (since we ran out of business cards the first day), and it’s an environmentally-friendly solution. The Hashable app (free), available on iPhone and Android devices, allows you to: Exchange contact information by entering the Twitter handle or email address associated with the other person’s Hashable profile. Check in to a location and tag the people with you. The check-in can be a public one that tweets your location and companions, or it can be used as a CRM tool that allows you to privately note meetings with people in  your network. See who your contacts are meeting through an “Activity” tab that displays public check-ins. If you’d like to give Hashable a try, sign up for an account here. To download the app for iPhone, click here. To download the app for Android, click here. Let us know if you find Hashable as useful as we did. Already have a Hashable account? Thumbs up or thumbs down?

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Tips For Getting a Good Hotel Deal


Looking for a lower hotel rate or upgraded room? Consumer Reports provides some great tips for scoring a deal. The bottom line? It never hurts to simply ask about discounts and specials. Haggle:  “Skip the toll-free booking number; call the hotel directly and talk about room rates with a clerk.” Watch the video above an example on how to negotiate. Know the lingo: “Ask for the cheapest nonrefundable rate. Be loyal:  Pick your favorite hotel chain and join the free loyalty program for member perks. Consider a suite: Sometimes, suites are the same price as regular-sized rooms. Compare rates:  “If you can document a lower price for the same date for a room you’ve already booked, you’ll get a refund of the difference.” Lock in a rate: “Get price quotes from three to five hotels, then lock in the lowest refundable rate. As your travel date nears, check prices again. If you find a better deal, cancel your original reservation in time to avoid a penalty.” Be a fan: Join hotels on Twitter and Facebook to receive deal alerts. Avoid annoying fees: “Before you book, ask the clerk if there are charges for anything other than occupancy and sales tax.”

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The Bits and Bytes of Nick Bilton, Lead Writer for the NY Times Tech Blog


Nick Bilton – I Live in the Future & Here’s How it Works from Nick Bilton on Vimeo. Nick Bilton, lead writer and technology reporter for the Bits Blog at the New York Times, rebels against the idea that technology and the Internet are rotting our brains. In his book, I Live in the Future & Here’s How it Works, Nick presents a history of technophobia and doomsday predictions to exemplify that humans have always had a natural resistance to change. However, once we overcome our fears and adapt to new technologies, our brains evolve in positive ways. Recently, we had the opportunity to chat with Nick over coffee to learn some additional information about his new book, as well as a few of his personal quirks. Here’s our interview with Nick Bilton: What was your primary impetus for writing this book? I kept hearing all these things about how technology is negative for society and the next generation. As someone who has grown up with computers, I just knew that wasn’t the case. That’s why I stepped up and did the research for the book. I wanted to defend technology and the Internet. In your book, you say that

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Gogobot, a New Social Site for Travelers


Travis Katz thinks the online travel business  is in need of innovation. The former GM of MySpace is aiming to fill that void with Gogobot, a new social network for travelers. The site is designed to ease the unknowns and tedium of travel planning by tapping into a user’s network of family and friends for more personalized recommendations. Community members can post questions about a specific place (e.g., “What are the best two islands to visit in Greece?”), share travel experiences (e.g., “We enjoyed the most delicious steak at Mastro’s in Las Vegas.”) and showcase the places they’ve been to through a visual feature (photos, maps) called Passport. As Kara Swisher of All Things Digital puts it,  Gogobot is “like Facebook for trips.” However, as Travis clarified with us in an interview, “Gogobot is not trying to replicate Facebook — we’re simply building on top of existing social networks where people already have a core group of connections.” Gogobot users have the option of logging in through Facebook or Twitter and sharing travel questions/reviews to these networks. When we asked Travis to describe Gogobot in a nutshell, he responded: “People love going on trips but hate planning them. It’s hard

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Congratulations to Eurail.com for Winning the Mashable Award for Best Social Media Customer Service!


A hearty congratulations to Eurail.com for winning the Mashable Awards category for Best Social Media Customer Service (be sure to watch the big reveal and acceptance speech in the video below)! Eurail.Com sells Eurail train passes online to folks traveling all over Europe (I have personally used the service and it’s great). Three years ago, the company launched Facebook and Twitter accounts as a way to offer personal travel advice and customer service. Clearly, the company’s superb work is much appreciated from customers all over the world. Kudos to Eurail.com! I had the honor of representing Boingo as a finalist at the Mashable Awards Gala. The event last Thursday in Las Vegas was quite classy – a geek version of the Oscars – and it was a great opportunity to meet some of the finest folks in social media. While we didn’t take home the title, the Boingo team and I were already ecstatic we made it as a top five finalist – and we have YOU, the Boingo community, to thank. A million thank you handshakes and hugs to you for your support and votes. It’s been heartwarming to see our community rallying behind Boingo – y’all are a

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It’s the Totally Sweet Sweepstakes!

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As we announced over the summer, Boingo is now operating the Wi-Fi services at ten Krispy Kreme locations in Southern California. So we thought we’d have a belated celebration with the Totally Sweet Sweepstakes, a contest in which you are guaranteed a prize just by participating. Here’s a list of all the goodies we’re offering: Free Krispy Kreme doughnuts (up to three coupons per participant) for all participants (redeemable at Krispy Kreme locations in Southern California). Three months of free Boingo Wi-Fi and a deluxe gift pack for five participants, selected via a random drawing on December 10, 2010. The deluxe gift pack includes: one dozen glazed doughnuts per week for a whole year (redeemable at Krispy Kreme locations in Southern California), one Boingo/Krispy Kreme t-shirt, one Boingo water bottle, one Krispy Kreme travel mug, and one 1-pound bag of Krispy Kreme coffee. One year of free Boingo Wi-Fi, a $100 Amazon gift card and a deluxe gift pack for one grand prize winner, selected via a random drawing on December 20, 2010. Take a bite out of this Totally Sweet Sweepstakes now! Add your entry to the random prize drawing every time you participate in any of the following

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Travel Strategist Loves Boingo on iPad


Travel strategist Steven Frischling a.k.a. @flyingwithfish a.k.a. is one of our most active community members on Twitter. We enjoy his musings on travel and technology, as well as his wry sense of humor. As it turns out, Steven seems to enjoy Boingo as much as we enjoy him: he chose Boingo Wi-Fi as the iPad App of the Week! Thanks, Steven. Here’s an excerpt of Steven’s review: Internet on the road, it’s a link to everything. Even with 3G iPhones and Blackberries, iPads with 3G and mobile 3G and 4G USB dongles to get travelers on the road, generally nothing is as quick as wifi for uploading, downloading and viewing graphics heavy internet content. This week’s iPad App of the Week is an App is I use on my iPad and iPhone and is a service I have used with my Blackberry, Windows netbook and Apple laptops … this week’s iPad App of the Week is Boingo. To read the entire article, click here.

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9/23/2010: The Day a Facebook Outage Causes Massive Freak-Out


It’s currently 1:45 p.m. here in Los Angeles at Boingo headquarters, and Facebook has been down for a little over an hour. The world is freaking out. We consulted the Twittersphere to get a gauge on the madness. Here are our ten most favorite tweets on the crisis: What? Just heard Facebook is back up. Gotta update my status! 2:19 p.m. Over and out.

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Boingo Among Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 10 Travel Tweeters


Entrepreneur Magazine’s May 2010 issue features a list of top ten travel tweeters, and Boingo made the list! We’re pretty darn excited. If we were at a red-carpet awards event (clad in Versace), this would be our acceptance speech: Thank you, Entrepreneur Magazine, for choosing Boingo as one of ten best travel tweeters among the likes of @Jaunted and @SouthwestAir. We are honored to accept this Twitter award. We’d like to thank our parents and the warm Southern California weather. But most of all, our deepest gratitude goes to the Boingo community on Twitter for reaching out to us when they need help connecting and for actually getting a kick out of our travel and technology tweets. Until Twitter, we didn’t think it was possible to grow attached to people in 140-character increments. Now we know differently. (Pardon us, we need to dab our eyes.) Boingo community: thanks for humanizing what would otherwise be just a Wi-Fi service. Cheers! Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top 10 Twitter Feeds” “for the latest in travel deals, news, advice and entertainment” (pg. 59, May 2010 issue): @Boingo: Tweet your complaint about a weak airport Wi-Fi signal and you’ll get a