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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Information technology behemoth Cisco recently released its Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast (2010-2015) report and well, the predictions aren’t all that surprising. In a nutshell, Cisco sees Internet traffic quadrupling by 2015, “reaching 966 exabytes per year.” It’s clear what’s behind this exponential growth: the proliferation of web-enabled devices coupled with the increased usage of high-bandwidth applications such as video, VoIP and streaming content. According to Nielsen, the average smartphone user is using 89% more data per month as compared to one year ago. Increasing demand for Internet bandwidth has led carriers to implement tiered data plans to offset soaring costs. Verizon, for instance, recently announced their new tiered pricing schematic. So what to do in order to avoid overage fees and have a more carefree online experience? Boingo, baby. But you already knew that. 🙂 To re-cap, Boingo Wi-Fi is a great complement to your cellular data service. Most of our Wi-Fi plans give you unlimited access so you don’t have to worry about exceeding your maximum limit. Our service options are tailored for your geographic needs, e.g., if you’re traveling and connecting primarily in Asia, then the Boingo Asia Pacific plan is for you. Other unlimited geographic options include North and South America,
Today’s news items include a few articles about how Facetime on the Verizon iPhone will only work over Wi-Fi. Verizon’s iPhone FaceTime program will only work on WiFi For those Verizon customers anxious to take advantage of the coolest features of their iPhones from the start , they’ll need a Wi-Fi roaming account…like Boingo! As a friendly reminder, Boingo Mobile gives you unlimited access to more than 200,000 hotspots around the world for $7.95 per month, and Boingo Wi-Fi Credits lets you use your iTunes account to buy Wi-Fi connections an hour at a time for $1.99 per connect. For the iPhone (and iPad and iPod Touch) user on the go, these accounts can provide the connectivity and functionality you want and need to be the most connected iOS user on the block.
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.