The Dangers of Blue Light

dangers of blue light

Have you heard about the dangers of blue light, especially in instances of prolonged exposure?

It has been a repeated topic of conversation among eye health experts over the past several years.

In case you aren’t familiar, blue light is what most of our electronic devices emit, including our smartphones, laptops and tablets.

Of course, we love our gadgets, don’t we? Nobody wants to ditch their smartphone!

But the dangers of blue light exposure appear to be very real.

Sure, our eyes are designed to naturally protect us against some blue light, particularly the lens inside the eye and the pigment in the back of the eye.

But is it enough?

Well, this video does a great job of summing things up:

Today, we are going to look at two possible dangers of blue light — damaged eyesight (especially in children) and sleep loss.

We’ll also offer a little advice in terms of how you can curb either of potentially unpleasant outcomes.

The Dangers of Blue Light: Damaged Eyesight

According to at least one article we found,

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises limiting children older than 2 years old to a maximum of two hours a day on media devices. Children younger than 2 years old should have no exposure.

Young children — especially those under three — do not have fully developed lenses in their eyes. As a result, the blue light goes straight through.

Although the dangers of blue light are more prevalent in children, adults are not totally safe, either.

Plenty of research exists to suggest that exposure to blue light can cause retinal damage in adult eyes, and possibly lead to the development of macular degeneration.

Our best advice?

If you must look at a digital device that emits blue light throughout the day — especially for extended periods of time — take frequent breaks.

Try the 30-30-30 rule.

Every 30 minutes, look at an object at least 30 feet away for 30 seconds as this can help to reduce strain on your eyes and prevent headaches.

The Dangers of Blue Light: Sleep Loss

In some cases, blue light has been linked to affecting the levels of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. What this means is that too much exposure to your laptop, tablet or smartphone right before bed can adversely impact your sleeping patterns — also known as your circadian rhythm.

Changing your body’s circadian rhythm can have profound physical effects, including organ malfunction, mental health issues, weight gain, a weakened immune system, and more.

Our best advice?

Avoid reaching for your smartphone or tablet at least a couple of hours before bed. It can be difficult to do, but so can losing out on restful sleep.

Be Aware of the Dangers of Blue Light

As a repairer and re-seller of electronic devices, Target PC Repair certainly isn’t condemning the use of devices that emit blue light; rather, we are suggesting to be aware of the risks and do what you can to mitigate them.

It’s important to underscore that we are not doctors — if you believe your eyes are being strained by your electronic devices, please discontinue use and see a doctor immediately.

If you have any questions regarding smartphones, tablets or laptops, please call us.

Can iPads Get a Virus? Is It Even Possible?

can ipads get a virus

According to the Apple community and web experts, yes and no. Mostly, no. Here are the best answers we found to the question, can iPads get a virus?

  • Yes, you can get malware on an iPad if you install apps from untrusted sources (Anything outside of the Apple App Store). However, you cannot get a virus from simply going to a website. This is because the process of installing an app from a third-party source requires your interaction and can’t be done in the background.
  • No, there are no known IOS viruses that can infect an iPad or an iPhone.
  • It happened once, but not any more. A few hackers have learned how to target Apple gadgets with malware. One threat, called Wirelurker, discovered in November 2014, could get into a desktop computer and wait for it to be connected to an iPad. Then it would install malware to steal data and sensitive information. But Apple updated its security to help detect the Wirelurker malware, and now your computer will give you a warning if a program you are launching has malware on it.
  • Yes, under certain conditions. Your iPad can only become infected if you have interfered with it – a process called “jailbreaking.” Here is a description from Kim Komando’s website:

Now anyone who uses Apple gadgets probably already knows that Apple runs a pretty tight ecosystem. iOS only runs on Apple hardware and Apps are only available from the Apple App Store – unless your gadget is “jailbroken.”

What’s “jailbreaking”? It’s an off-warranty option for tinkerers and techies to unlock under-the-hood options on iOS devices.

… When you first get a new iPhone, it comes preloaded with apps and programs that are difficult and sometimes impossible to remove.

Some people get frustrated with their phones, and others find a way around the restrictions. Getting around these software restrictions is called jailbreaking your phone.

The bottom line is, don’t jailbreak your Apple device. But if you have already done it, you can log in to the Kim Komando website and get instructions on how to wipe your iPad clean of any malware and start over with factory settings.

There are no known iOS viruses and no anti-virus apps targeted at the iPad or iPhone.

Anti-malware utilities are available for the iPad and related devices, although some reviewers dispute whether these are actually necessary.

Protect your iPad by updating it regularly through iTunes, and back up your important data. Always be careful when downloading new applications; only use apps you can trust.

For models that support “airplane mode,” consider engaging this when you’re not actually using the Internet via your iPad. Airplane mode disables the wireless connectivity features of your iPad, preventing your iPad from connecting to the Web without your knowledge.

So our best answer to the question, can iPads get a virus, is maybe. We’re not sure and we can’t get Apple to give us an answer.

We’re sorry we can’t be more certain about this. But the good news is, it is very, very unlikely that you will get a virus or malware on your iPhone or iPad if you have not jailbroken it.

If, however, you feel your iPad is operating strangely, please contact us at Target PC. We would be happy to give it a look.

The Best iPad Apps for Kids to Learn On

The Best iPad Apps for Kids to Learn On

Are you looking for good iPad apps for your kids or grand kids – ones they can learn from and enjoy using?

There are hundreds of thousands of iPad apps. It’s hard to decide which ones to get.

We’ve got recommendations for you for the best iPad apps for kids to learn on. Some of these apps are free, while others have a small cost – usually under $5.00

If you’re wondering whether it’s a good idea for you to encourage kids to use iPads, then here are some benefits you may be glad to hear about:

  • iPads are portable. You can take them anywhere.
  • iPads use a direct touchscreen. Kids don’t need a mouse or stylus to use iPads.
  • With an iPad, a kid can enjoy independent learning.
  • As long as you limit screen time to no more than two hours for kids 2 and older, the iPad is a great tool for children to learn from, explore, and enjoy.

How to get the best iPad apps for kids to learn on

You can download the apps to your computer from the ITunes Store, and from there they can be transferred to your iPad. There’s a free data manager app, AnyTrans, that will do the transfer for you. There is one version of AnyTrans for PC and another for Mac.

Go to this website to get AnyTrans free.

Another option is to go online to the iTunes Store to download apps directly to your iPad, or you can transfer apps to your iPad from your iPhone.

Get directions for how to do that here.

Our list of the best iPad apps for kids to learn on

We gathered these apps from several websites that rate kids’ apps. All of the apps on this list are designed for learning. Some of them use games as learning tools, and some don’t. You can find descriptions of the apps online at the iTunes Store and reviews at various websites.

Apps for Preschool Kids

Cookie Monster’s Challenge ($2.99)
Disney Story Central (first 4 books free)
Fish School HD ($1.99)
Habitat the Game (free)
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss ($3.99)
The Sight Word Adventure ($1.99)

Apps for Kids 5 to 8

Elmo Loves 123s ($2.99)
Plants by Tinybop ($3.00)
School Zone Time, Money & Fractions ($4.99)
Bugs & Buttons 2 ($2.99)
Disney Animated ($9.99)
Dragon Box Algebra 5+ ($2.99)
Marble Math Junior ($2.99)
Monkey Word School Adventure ($1.99)
Motion Math: Hungry Guppy ($3.99)
Thinkrolls ($2.99)
Thinkrolls 2 ($2.99)
Barefoot World Atlas ($4.99)
Art Set ($1.99)
The Human Body by Tinybop ($3.99)
Book Creator ($4.99)

Apps for Kids 9-12

Middle School Vocabulary Prep ($2.99)
Book Creator for iPad ($4.99)
Oratio’s Flute Master ($2.99)
Rhythmic Village ($0.99)
Crazy Gears ($1.99)
Experia Kids ($2.99)
Dragon Box Algebra 12+ ($2.99)

If your iPad has a cracked screen or isn’t charging very well, bring it in and let us replace the screen and fix the plug for you.

Then you’ll be all ready to enjoy the new learning apps with your kids!