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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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Healthy Traveling for Road Warriors — Tips

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The Wall Street Journal recently featured an article on a Columbia University public health study, which found that very frequent travel leads to higher incidences of obesity and other health risks. Although this is the first study of this issue that I’ve seen, its results are far from surprising. Whether traveling by plane, train or automobile, travel presents challenges of all sorts and the most life-threatening challenge is maintaining one’s good health. But with a commitment to the task and a willingness to put in some extra effort, there are certainly things that can help the uber-traveler maintain good health. Here are some tips: Traveling by car: Bring an ice chest with food and drinks that you can keep cool with ice blocks. When you get to the hotel, put the ice blocks in the mini-fridge in the room and you’re set to use them again the next day when you reload your ice chest. If you’re on a multi-day trip, pack a pallet of drinks. When you start to deplete the cold drinks in your ice chest, add more so you have an ongoing supply of cold fluid. Travel  by plane: Pack an empty plastic bottle. After passing through

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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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Boingo Nominated for World Travel Award, We Need Your Vote to Win


For the seventh year in a row, Boingo is a World Travel Awards finalist for the World’s Leading Mobile Wireless Technology Provider. As the Wall Street Journal puts it, the World Travel Awards is the “travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscar’s.” As you can imagine, we’re thrilled, grateful and — we admit — a bit nervous. We’re hoping 2010 will be the year we take home the award. But we can’t do it without your help: please cast your vote for Boingo Wireless and spread the good word to your network of globetrotting Wi-Fi fanatics. As always, we appreciate your support! To vote, simply register here. Then click on the Travel Technology category, select the World’s Leading Mobile Wireless Technology Provider section, and vote! The deadline is October 8, 2010. Thank you for your support!

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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!

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Video on Cellphones? Inconceivable!

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In the old days, cellphones were for talking. But these days, folks are doing just about everything on their phones, including watching full episodes of their favorite TV shows. Bobby White of the Wall Street Journal attributes this phenomenon to several factors, including: Bigger and better quality screens More memory and processing power Mobile video services such as Sling Media Mobile Player The availability of Wi-Fi for high-speed access And while White reminds us that “only about 18% of the 270 million cellphone users in the U.S.” own the smartphones capable of all the above, I’ll state the obvious: the iPhone, with its affordable price point and stellar user experience, is fast infiltrating the general population (case in point: my very un-technical mother watches soap operas on her iPhone during her lunch break). My guess is that at this time next year, 50% of U.S. cellphone users in the U.S. will be watching “American Idol” on their phones. What say you?