Cool Ideas for Cold Weather Including Warm-up Recipes, Easy Crafts and More
Cool Ideas for Cold Weather Including Warm-up Recipes, Easy Crafts and More
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  February 2020  
Ice Arena Announcement

Exciting News!

Download Graphics to View You may have seen our news in January — ImOn has entered into an agreement with the City of Cedar Rapids to become the name sponsor of the (formerly) Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, now to be known as ImOn Ice!

Connecting with our community is a core value at ImOn Communications. We are thrilled to have been given this wonderful new opportunity to support Cedar Rapids and our surrounding communities by becoming the name sponsor of ImOn Ice.

The ice arena is such an important community asset. Not only is it the venue for entertaining events like the Roughriders games and concerts, it's also a great spot for people in our community to be active through figure skating, curling, hockey leagues, public ice-skating sessions, and even a virtual reality arcade. ImOn is proud to contribute to our community through this sponsorship. We hope you'll enjoy a fun activity at ImOn Ice soon!

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JUST FOR YOU
Happy Valentines Day - Download Graphics to View

Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at ImOn Communications! We love having you as a customer, neighbor, and friend. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, ImOn will be holding a Valentine’s Facebook Giveaway from February 6th -11th.
Marquee Sports Network Coming Soon!

Download Graphics to View Coming later this month, ImOn will be adding the Marquee Sports Network to the Local Plus cable TV channel lineup. The Marquee Sports Network is the exclusive television home of the Chicago Cubs.

The channel will broadcast about 150 Cubs regular-season games with extensive pre and postgame coverage. It will also feature original Cubs content, classic moments in Cubs history, and archival materials. You will be able to find the Marquee Sports Network on ImOn Channels 39 & 839.
National Random Acts of Kindness Day

Download Images to View Celebrated on February 17th each year, National Random Acts of Kindness Day is a day where everyone has the opportunity to do something nice for a complete stranger, a family member, or a coworker.

We would like to encourage everyone to take the opportunity to spread a little kindness in the community. It may not seem like much, but it could mean the world to someone else. Here are just a few "kindness ideas".
February Is "Extra" Special Since 2020 Is A Leap Year

Happy Leap Year - Download Images to View You'll soon have an extra day to enjoy, thanks to the fact there aren't 365 days in a year, but rather 365.242190. To compensate for this extra time, the bonus day of February 29 is added to the calendar every four years. Let's leap right into some leap year trivia:
  • A person born on February 29 is known as a "leaper" or a "leapling."

  • February 29 became the official leap day because of the ancient Romans, who figured out their calendar didn't work without a leap year added.

  • The people of Greece believe getting married on a leap year will bring bad luck.

  • In 5th century Ireland, St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait for men to propose. He set aside February 29 as the day allowing women the right to ask for a man's hand in marriage.
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MUST-SEE VIDEOS
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Floating Crosswalk Optical Illusion
This crosswalk is painted to look like separate floating blocks but local motorists in the know just drive right through.
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Do Octopuses Dream?
While sleeping, this pet octopus changes colors in response to … something. The narrator suggests she could be having a dream.
NEWS AND VIEWS
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Tech Talks is a new monthly educational series where we will share helpful information about various tech topics to help our customers better understand the technology and services they have in their lives.

In last month's Tech Talks, we shared information about what Internet speed really is and three factors you should consider when picking an Internet speed for your home. We continue the series this month with a look at some of the factors that may be affecting your home's Internet.

Reasons for slow Internet
It's easy to take your high-speed Internet connection for granted. That is until you are staring at your screen waiting for your video to buffer or website to load. Slow Internet can be frustrating, but it may not necessarily be a problem with your Internet service. Here are a few of the factors in your home that can adversely affect the speed and stability of your Internet connection. For the complete list, visit our website www.ImOn.net/TechTalks.

Internet Speed & Number of Connections:
As we discussed last month, when we refer to Internet speed, we are really talking about bandwidth, or capacity. All Internet connected devices in your home share this bandwidth. That means the more devices you have connected at the same time, the less bandwidth each one will get, resulting in slower Internet speed for all. If you would like to learn more about Internet speed and how the number of connections affects you Internet speed, click HERE.

Your Computer: Any Internet activity uses a variety of yourcomputer's resources. These include things like the processor and RAM. The computer processor affects the background tasks occurring on the Internet, that you don't see. The RAM affects the loading speed of websites, especially if you have more than one page open at a time. The performance and speed of these items can impact how quickly your computer performs tasks on the Internet. Malware, spyware, viruses, and worms can also slow your computer down, so make sure you have up-to-date computer security software.

Modem and Router Needs Rebooted: Just like you are supposed to shut down and restart your computers on a regular basis, you should also be doing the same for your modem and router. When modems and routers are constantly running, they can get overloaded and overheated, causing their performance to decline. It is recommended that you reboot your modem and router at least once a month. To reboot them, just unplug each one from the power outlet for a few minutes and then plug them back in. This ensures they get the latest network and security updates, along with clearing out the memory and resetting tasks that may have gotten stalled.

Wireless Routers: While wired Internet connections offer the best performance and reliability, most people enjoy the freedom of a Wi-Fi connection. However, a bad Wi-Fi signal or a poor performing router can greatly affect your Internet speeds. Where your router is located can also affect the strength of your Wi-Fi signal and coverage area. Other devices in your home may also interfere with your Wi-Fi signal causing it to slow down or drop completely. Some wireless routers can also drop their connections completely during times of heavy workloads, like doing online gaming or copying a large file.

To learn about 3 more factors that can affect your home's Internet speed, visit our Tech Talks webpage at www.ImOn.net/TechTalks.

In next month's newsletter, we will take a closer look at things that interfere with your Wi-Fi signal and some tips for a better Wi-Fi experience. If you have a tech topic you would like to learn more about, just email your idea or question to TechTalks@ImOn.net and you may see them featured in an upcoming edition of Tech Talks.
SITES OF THE MONTH
Slice Up Deliciousness  
Slice Up Deliciousness
Celebrate National Pie Month (February) with these delicious classic recipes and new favorites.
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Enjoy Spontaneity  
Enjoy Spontaneity
Find great deals on last-minute reservations for flights, hotels, car rentals, cruises, and more.
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Stand Up to Winter  
Stand Up to Winter
Get winter safety tips and product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
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CUSTOMER ALERT
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Download Images to View It's no surprise that the heat can affect or damage your smartphones, tablets, and laptops. But, did you know that the dropping temperatures outside can also take a toll on them? Here are a few of the problems you could experience on chilly days with your devices.

Read the blog here.
COOKING DEMO
Cooking Demo 1 - Download Graphics to View  
The Most Amazing Lasagna
What makes it amazing? The sausage, ground beef, and layers of fresh herbs, spices, and other flavorful ingredients.
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Italian Chopped Salad
This is no ordinary salad! Get ready for a taste sensation with fennel salami, olives, fresh veggies, and provolone cheese.
POPULAR APPS
Shazam  
Shazam
Perfect for "What is this song?" moments, Shazam hears what's playing and tells you what it is.
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Castbox  
Castbox
This app lets you listen to your favorite podcasts from your phone, car, or other device.
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Red Cross First Aid  
Red Cross First Aid
Be prepared! The First Aid app helps you handle the most common first aid emergencies.
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Crafty Demo 1 - Download Graphics to View  
Fun With Frames
These picture frame crafts are useful, cute, and quick. Make a keychain holder, a message board, a calendar, and more.
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Wine Cork Crafts
Don't throw away your wine bottle corks. Instead, transform them into a chip clip, place card, coaster, or garden marker.
FAQ/TUTORIAL
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