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What Blue Light May Be Doing To Your Sleep Cycle

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What Is “Blue Light” and Why Is It Harmful? 

By now, most of you have probably heard that blue light from your devices may be affecting your sleep. If you are like most people, you fall asleep reading your tablet or articles on your phone, streaming TV apps or simply browsing the internet. The blue light that your device’s screen emits, stimulates your brain and fools it into thinking that it is daytime. Researchers have discovered that this is eating away at your sleep. In an article from Business Insider, “Studies have shown that being exposed to the blue-and-white light given off by phones, laptops, and other electronic gadgets at night prevents our brains from releasing melatonin, a hormone that tells our bodies it’s nighttime.” Thus, prolonging the time it takes to fall asleep. Researchers believe that after several years of exposure to blue light, your body’s internal clock may suffer.

Studies suggest that you do not use any devices for roughly an hour before bedtime to prevent this. There are also options available on your devices under the display settings to adjust the screen’s temperature to a warmer color and filtering out blue light. Please see link below for device specific instructions. How to stop blue light on your gadget

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 New Tech Tested Products for Your Business

Ever wondered what the best in tech products are at this very moment? The experts at Network World weigh in and give us a little glimpse of the newest innovations on the market.

Vidder PrecisionAccess – By rendering applications invisible to unauthorized users PrecisionAccess does a fantastic job at preventing application hacking. Even with stolen credentials hackers can’t access protected applications with unauthorized devices.precision-vpn_clip_image002

VeloCloud SD-WAN – VeloCloud provides a hybrid WAN solution that works with MPLS private links as well as ATT-U-Verse with cable or any broadband DSL links. One tech pro reported an increase from almost zero network visibility to nearly 100% network visibility. A great tool for IT management across multiple locations without staff needing to be onsite at all times. Facilitates communication and network visibility.  velocloudlogo

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) – With so many features that help with managing user-facing ports and devices, whats not to love about Cisco ISE. One huge factor reported by tech pros is the integration of TACACS within Cisco ISE, making it easy to run Cisco ISE as a Radius server or TACACS server for network devices. In addition to this, Cisco ISE significantly improves management of devices especially restricting machines from devices and sites they are not permitted to visit.Cisco_ISE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intermedia SecuriSync – For backup and file sharing SecuriSync is the way to go. As a two-in-one tool for consolidated file backup and management of continuous file backups, Intermedia SecuriSync makes relevant files easier to access as they are all stored in a secured shared folder. If you have team members spread across different locations, this tool is very helpful in making sure the data is always backed up and kept secure. One platform with a master source keeps project collaboration as safe as it can be.securisync-logo-247x300

OpenSpan Transformation Platform – OpenSpan collects all employee desktop activities both productive and nonproductive, including time away from the computer. This platform allows businesses to evaluate from employee activities how employees work best and what can be improved upon in order to drive down operational costs and maximize revenue. Providing data about employee activities takes away the need for manual employee logs. Lack of employee logs that need to be analyzed by supervisors for key performance indicators (KPIs), such as call volumes, proves to be a huge time saver. OpenSpan Transformation Platform takes working smarter to a higher level.

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If you would like to educate yourself in more detail about the information presented in this blog post please visit: Fave Raves: 29 tech pros share their favorite IT products 

Dell’s “Project Ophelia”

Another product that seems to have grabbed some attention at this year’s CES is Dell’s 3.5-inches long by 1.5-inches wide device that they named “Project Ophelia”. Dell is attempting to have a release date set for sometime this summer and will cost under $100.

While its size is quite small it claims to pack a lot of punch doing a lot of work through Dell’s PocketCloud. There are 2 usb ports on the device designed for a keyboard and mouse on this thumb size “computer” of sorts. You can utilize the USB the device has and plug it into your computer at home or you can use the MHL port allowing users to convert and computer or TV monitor to a computer. One downfall to that is MHL is roughly four years old and only a handful of companies offer it in their products.

Personally once this type of device becomes a little more fine-tuned it may turn out to be a handy thing to own, but until then I see it as just another small gadget to loose. It seems like a great concept but if you don’t have the right set-up you’ll be using a computer anyways or have to carry around a mouse and a keyboard which defeats its purpose. The team here at BVA will keep our eyes on “Product Ophelia’s” next step and we will see where it goes.