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Turn off access to private information

You can turn off location services for specific apps on your iPhone by going to Settings, Privacy, and Location Services. With iOS you can also turn off application access to personal information. Press the Settings icon and go to Privacy. You'll see a list of applications that have access to your personal data. You can choose to turn off each app's access to your information. Depending on the amount of infor­mation an app is accessing, you may want to consider deleting it entirely.

The iPhone has many security and privacy settings to be aware of and this Privacy menu, specifically, lets you see what types of informa¬tion apps have access to and then gives you the option to limit or completely deny access.

The iPhone has many security and privacy settings to be aware of and this Privacy menu, specifically, lets you see what types of informa­tion apps have access to and then gives you the option to limit or completely deny access.

Use your iPhone as a mobile hotspot

If the office-wide Internet goes down suddenly and you need a quick con­nection, or you simply want to connect multiple devices to the Internet when you're away from a Wi-Fi network, it may be beneficial to know that you can turn your iPhone into a mobile hotspot. For most carriers, you'll need to invest in an additional data plan that allows mobile hotspots, but if you have that plan in place, then providing Internet access to multiple devices is relatively simple.

Tap the Settings icon and then select General, Cellular, and Personal Hotspot. From here, you'll need to set up the service and turn the feature on. After the hotspot is initiated, other devices can find your iPhone as a Wi-Fi network and con­nect to it; you can attach your iPhone to your computer via USB for access, or you can pair phones using Bluetooth and gain Internet access that way. It's also a good idea to set up a password for the hotspot, so go to Settings, Personal Hotspot, and Wi-Fi Password to do so.

Customize the do not disturb feature

The newest iOS update added quite a few new features to the iPhone, but one feature that wasn't widely spotlighted is Do Not Disturb. This feature not only prevents calls from coming through, it also stops all notifications except for alarms. Tap the Settings icon and look for the Do Not Disturb setting. You can switch the setting on or off from here, but there are additional features housed deeper in the menus that let you customize your Do Not Disturb options.

Go to Settings, Notifications, and Do Not Disturb. From here you can change the default settings to meet your specific needs. You can set Do Not Disturb to au­tomatically turn on during a certain time period. So, for instance, if you eat dinner with your family from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. every evening, you can make sure your meal won't be interrupted. You can also set it so that certain numbers ring through. Just add a few numbers to your Favorites list, go the Do Not Disturb settings menu, and select Allow Calls From. And if you're worried about emergency situations, you can choose to Turn On Repeated Calls to make sure determined callers get through.

Set up your Microsoft exchange account

If you just bought a new iPhone or want to use your personal smartphone for business, one of the first things you'll want to do is add access to your Microsoft Exchange account, which is very simple to do. Press the Settings icon on your home screen and then select Mail, Contacts, Calendars. From here you can choose to set up your Microsoft Exchange account as well as accounts associated with a variety of other email services, including Gmail and Hotmail. There's a good chance you'll need to speak to your IT department or network administrator to get all of the infor­mation you need, but once everything is set up, you'll be able to use your Microsoft Exchange account to check, send, and receive messages.

Windows Phone

Windows Phone 8 features customizable tiles, so you can change the size and configuration of Live Tiles based on your personal preference. Most tiles have three different size options ranging from small to large.

Windows Phone 8 features customizable tiles, so you can change the size and configuration of Live Tiles based on your personal preference. Most tiles have three different size options ranging from small to large.

Set up find my phone

Whether your Windows Phone 8 smartphone falls between the seat cushions at home or gets lost or stolen while you're in an airport, the newest version of the OS includes a Find My Phone feature that has you covered. Rather than set this service up on your phone, you must visit www.windowsphone.com, create an ac­count (if you don't already have one), and then follow the steps to activate the service.

When you visit the website, click the phone icon in the upper right corner, and select Find My Phone. After you ac­tivate the service, this is the same place you can go to make remote changes to your device. You can map your phone's lo­cation, lock the phone and show a message on the lock screen, or completely erase the data from your phone if you believe the phone has become permanently lost or stolen. Regardless of how careful you are with your Windows Phone 8 device, it's a good idea to set up Find My Phone just in case.

Resize live tiles

With Windows Phone 8, as with the previous Windows Phone 7 Mango update, you get Microsoft's Live Tiles, which are customizable. Windows Phone 8 now gives you three sizing options for each tile. All you have to do is press a tile and hold it for a moment. From here, you will have two op­tions; you can either resize the tile or unpin it from the home screen. Also, similar as in iOS and Android, you can reposition tiles in whatever configuration you prefer. And perhaps the most interesting feature of resizable tiles is that the rest of the tiles on the Home screen will automatically expand or contract based on the changes you make to fill the screen properly.

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