How to control which iOS apps have access to your personal data.

Ever wonder which apps have access to your contacts or your calendar? Or maybe you tapped the incorrect button when an app asked for permission to access your photos or microphone? Don’t stress too much as you can easily change the privacy settings for your data on an app-by-app basis.

Accessing these settings is made easy as they are all included under the Privacy umbrella in the settings app. Just open the settings app on your iPhone or iPad and follow the instructions below:

  1. Open the Settings app, scroll down and tap on “Privacy.” Alternatively, you can ask Siri to “Show Me My Privacy Settings.”
  2. You will see a listing for each category of data, including location, contacts, calendar and more, as shown in the above-left image.
  3. Tap on each entry to view the apps that access that category of data, as shown in the above-right image.
  4. Use the toggles to turn on and turn off access for each app. In iOS 7, the toggle is green when access is enabled.
  5. At the bottom of the privacy settings, you will see settings for advertising. This section allows you to limit ad tracking from third-party advertisers. You should check to make sure it is turned on.

Keep in mind as you fiddle with these settings, you may break functionality in apps that require access to this data. For example, contacts app Cobook needs access to your contacts and navigation app Google Maps needs access to your location information. If you disable access to that data, certain features within these apps will break. Nonetheless, it’s useful to revisit this setting every once in a while to make sure new apps are not accessing information you want to keep private.

Source: Tauw


Muzei Live Wallpaper : This app gives your Android background an amazing look.

Muzei Live Wallpaper

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Muzei Live Wallpaper is a free app from developer Roman Nurik.  The appropriately named Muzei (or “museum” in Russian) sets a piece of art or custom photo as your phone wallpaper, rotating every night. The default setting adds a slight blur effect to the painting, blending in nicely with whatever you have on your homescreens. If you double tap an empty space on anywhere on your homescreen, it will toggle the blur, turning it back into a full-fledged piece of artwork.

Featured Art

The big feature in this app is the “Featured Art” section. This rotates famous pieces of artwork as your wallpaper chosen by Nurik and his fiancé. The rotations usually happen at around 9PM ET every night.

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Custom photos

If classic artwork isn’t your thing, you can always choose custom photos to rotate every few hours. You can select entire galleries or just a handful of your favorites.

The custom photo selector is a subtle way to remind you of pictures you once forgot about. Take a look at the original compared to the one with the blur effect.

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It’s not a very good photo… at all. But with the slight blur effect that Muzei uses, it doesn’t look half bad. I almost want to go as far as saying that bad quality photos aren’t nearly as annoying to keep in your gallery anymore. Try this feature out – you’ll probably love it.

Perhaps the best part about the app, beyond its price tag, is the fact that it’s API for third-party developers. Meaning, if someone wanted to create a Muzei plug-in to bring Instagram photos into the service, it’s possible. In fact, it’s already been done.

Searching the Play Store for “Muzei” will reveal a lengthy list of plug-ins. A sample list of the more notable services includes Dropbox, Reddit, Flickr, 500px,and Tumblr.


This app is new… very new… so we are definitely going to expect some bugs. There have already been a few reported issues, but nothing that would completely turn anybody away from using it. And actually, Nurik has already addressed many of them, pushing out an update to the Play Store. We’ll have to see as time passes, but so far there haven’t been any huge issues.

VIA: Android Guys