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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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Will Google Drive (or Dropbox or Spotify or Hulu) Destroy Your Cellphone Bill?


If your cellphone provider is putting you on a data diet, what good is an inordinate amount of storage in the cloud? How useful are services like Spotify, Pandora, Hulu or Netflix on your phone if Verizon or AT&T make it ridiculously expensive to use on a regular basis or severely restrict your throughput once your “unlimited” account hits a data threshold? What are your data management strategies for using the cloud services you want to use without penalty? Continue reading

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Apple iOS 5 Highlights


We “watched” Apple’s iOS 5 event today through several live blogs (sources referenced inline) and posted real-time updates to our Facebook page. Take a look at the highlights below and let us know your thoughts. What’s your reaction? Excited, neutral or disappointed? Are the iPhone 4S features everything you were hoping for and if not, what’s missing? Who is pre-ordering the iPhone 4S?

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Dave Hagan Talks Boingo Strategy With The Street

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Boingo CEO Dave Hagan recently talked with financial media company The Street about Boingo’s recent IPO, the Internet market and what’s next for Boingo. Watch the video to learn all about it. Here are the interview highlights on Dave’s vision and strategy for Boingo Wireless: What makes Boingo different from most IPO companies: we’re a strong, stable and profitable business. We’re seeing huge demand for Wi-Fi among mobile device users, especially those connecting on iPads and other tablets. Our wholesale, private-label service (for partners such as Verizon and Skype) continues to be a strong growth channel in addition to our Wi-Fi options for direct consumers. Our plan is to build out new Wi-Fi networks and locations worldwide. We will work with many of our existing partners to help with this effort. The proliferation of Internet-enabled devices along with increasing consumer demand for bandwidth have created a capacity crunch on cellular networks. Thus, expanding Wi-Fi networks is more critical than ever and that’s where Boingo comes in. We’re excited about our growth and initiatives. Good work, boss! Great tie, too! Read more about Dave’s interview with The Street.

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Worried About Exceeding Your Cellular Data Max? Boingo, Baby!

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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,

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The iPad 2: To Buy or Not To Buy?


Like most gadget geeks, I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the iPad 2. Apple’s official iPad 2 unveiling last Wednesday revealed some pretty exciting features, most notably: Support for iOS 4.3 and all its accompanying bells and whistles (click here for more details) Faster processor Front and rear cameras (Facetime, anyone?) 3G models offered through Verizon, in addition to AT&T Thinner body and white trim What’s more, Apple did not raise the price on the iPad 2, with the introductory 16GB/Wi-Fi only model at $499 — the same price as the equivalent model of the original iPad. So the big question is: to buy or not to buy the iPad 2? Based on the biggest additions noted above, is the iPad 2 a necessary gain for your situation? iOS 4.3 will be available as an upgrade on iPhones (3GS, 4), iPod Touches (3rd and 4th generation) and both the original and second generation iPads. So you don’t have to own an iPad 2 to reap the benefits of the new OS. If you plan to use an iPad only for leisure activities — not for productivity needs — then the additional processing power may not be necessary. I’ve found the

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Apple Announces iPad 2!

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Steve Jobs took the stage at the Apple event today to unveil…the iPad 2! Below are the details on the much-anticipated tablet: Features: Operating system is iOS 4.3 The main CPU is a Samsung A5 dual core processor, which makes the iPad 2 two times faster  than the original iPad New graphics processor that’s nine times faster than that of the iPad 1 Front and rear cameras HDMI compatible, enabling connectivity to TV or a large screen A gyroscope Battery life in the 10 hour range (same as iPad 1) Included accessories: Cable that connects the screen to another monitor “Smart covers” that come in different colors and use magnets to attach to the device Form factor: 33% thinner than before (thinner than the iPhone 4) Weighs a bit less, at 1.3 pounds compared with 1.5 for the original iPad 1 Available models: Three storage sizes for both the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi +3G models: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB. Colors: black or white Price: entry level model is the same as the iPad 1 at $499. The top-end model is $829. Shipping: March 11, 2011 in the U.S. Available in 26 other countries starting March 25. New applications available for iPad: Apple’s

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Tech Thursday Deals – 2/24/2011

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To our dearest tech geeks: hopefully, you’ll enjoy this week’s lineup of tech deals we found on the worldwide web. Please note that the specified prices are available for a very short amount of time. So if you like something, act quickly! Pandigital One-Touch Scanner with Memory Card for $34.99 through Woot (list price: $119.99): This photo scanner sounds ideal for those of you who have piles of old photos that you want to back up in digital format. The portable device scans up to standard 4″ x 6″ photographs in ultra-high resolution. It doesn’t require a connected computer, and no software is needed. Amazon reviewers rate give this product an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars. And jeepers, you can’t beat that low price. (Via Amazon) Motorola Droid 2 Smartphone for FREE with a 2-year Verizon contract through Dell (list price: $199.99 with new contract): this highly-rated Android phone oozes with sexy features, including: a 3.7-inch 480×854 color touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype, 5-megapixel camera with dual flash, 720p video capture, 8GB of internal memory microSD slot (with 8GB card preinstalled), and Wi-Fi connectivity (so you can connect to Boingo hotspots!). Added bonus: you

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CES 2011: The Three Tablets That Wowed Us Most


CES 2011 was a deluge of tablets. The eye-popping experience was akin to being a kid in a candy emporium. So we turned to the online coverage of CES to guide us. Below, we’ve listed the three tablets that wowed us most. These tablets reportedly include some impressive specs, specifically three sorely missing from the iPad: Flash-support, cameras and multitasking. Note that while we have yet to fully test and “tablet-optimize” Android and BlackBerry tablets, there’s a good possibility you can connect to Boingo Wi-Fi if you have installed Boingo Mobile app. Stay tuned for an update on our progress. Meanwhile, we encourage you to provide feedback to us if you connect to Boingo on these tablets. Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi-only version The Wi-Fi only version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab (watch the video above for a quick demo from the CES show floor) is a welcome option for tablet enthusiasts looking for a no-contract, lower-cost option. According to this Engadget article, the new model will have the same specs as the already in-market 3G/Wi-Fi one — just without the cellular connectivity. Recently-announced tablet competitors may steal some of the Galaxy Tab’s thunder, but we’re guessing the device will continue

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Smartphones Bringing Wi-Fi Back…

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…not that Wi-Fi ever went away. But as Om Malick articulates in his article, the smartphone era is upon us and it is making us hungrier than ever for bandwidth. And 3G just ain’t cutting it: “[Wi-Fi] usage has grown as major 3G networks have choked under heavy mobile Internet use. There is no stopping smartphone sales, according to data collected by Infonetics Research, a market research company…With the growing availability of Google Android-based handsets, 2009 will prove to be a banner year for smartphones. In my opinion, the presence of PC-quality browsers, such as Safari, on smartphones and webkit-based browsers, as well as the growing popularity of social-networking services such as Twitter and Facebook as communication tools, have boosted the demand for wireless data. These tools demand data connectivity, and people want to check them while on the go. This spurt in usage has left the carriers that long saw themselves as Wi-Fi’s enemy coming around and embracing the insurgent technology. AT&T’s $275 million acquisition of Wayport and the recent agreement between Verizon and Santa Monica, Calif., Wi-Fi aggregator Boingo Wireless are signs that despite the availability of faster 3G networks, the low-cost economics of the Wi-Fi ecosystem are