How to Take a Screenshot Video of Your iPhone

Screenshots of your iOS device can come in handy, and not just for those of us that write about such devices. They are useful for demonstrations and obviously for advertising, just look up any app on the App Store and you'll see plenty of screenshots. Screenshot videos are even more useful, allowing developers to give virtual tutorials of their apps. They are especially popular with the gaming community for showing tips and tricks, how to beat levels, et cetera, and just to show off their prowess.

You used to need a third party app to record screen capture video of your iPhone, but with iOS 8 and Yosemite it is fairly simple to do. Here's how:

1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac with the lightning cable.

2. Launch QuickTime Player

3. From the QuickTime File menu, select "New Movie Recording."

How to make a screenshot video of your iPhone

How to Make Your iPhone Screen Even Dimmer than the Brightness Setting Allows

Many people like to read their iPhones and iPads at night, in bed, with the lights out. Likely as many people find the lowest brightness setting to be borderline unbearable. And if you've ever used the jailbreak tweak f.lux, which not only adjust brightness, but color temperature as well, the standard display lighting on the iPhone is a downright reprehensible assault on the eyes.

When Apple will address this issue is anyone's guess, but in the meantime, by tapping into your Accessibility options, there is a way to make your display even dimmer than your brightness setting allows.

Here's how:

1. Got to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Zoom.

How to make your iPhone screen dimmer
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Cydia Store Opens for Business on iOS 8

Anyone waiting to update to iOS 8.1 and jailbreak can breathe a sigh of relief. After several updates released by Cydia creator Jay Freeman (saurik) and the Pangu jailbreak team, the iOS 8 jailbreak has stabilized. Saurik announced that thanks to everyone's hard work, including his own, the Cydia store would begin accepting payments for jailbreak tweaks and software.

At the moment, the Pangu jailbreak version 1.2.1 is available for Windows only. China-based Pangu Team is actively working on an OS X version, which could be released by the weekend. Cydia Installer version 1.1.16 introduced several bug fixes for iOS 8 users. Developers can now mark their creations as iOS 8 compatible and begin using Cydia's payment structure.

Microsoft Office Apps Updated with iPhone Support

On Thursday, Microsoft announced that its Office apps for the iPad have been updated with iPhone and Dropbox support. The software company also launched a sign-up page for its Office for Android tablet preview and noted that it is working on new, touch-optimized Office apps for Windows 10.

Interactive Notifications

Microsoft's Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps are available separately for free on the Apple App Store. Users can create and edit documents with a free Microsoft account, but a "qualifying Office 365 subscription is required to unlock the full Office experience". A yearly Office 365 Personal subscription is available for $69.99 through Microsoft's online store. A Personal subscription can be used with one mobile device and one additional computer.

How to Disable all of the iOS Features that Disturb You While Playing Games

There are a lot of iOS features that can majorly mess things up when you are playing games on your iPhone or iPad. For example, receiving a text message can be annoying, and accidentally opening Control Center when swiping up can easily screw up an important jump. Thankfully you can disable most of these features when you just want to kickback and enjoy some games. Here's how to disable the most annoying iOS features when using an app.

Interactive Notifications

Thanks to iOS 8 you can quickly respond to any message without leaving an app. Just swipe down on the text notification, like shown above, to open the reply box and keyboard. You can then type your reply without leaving your game and without opening the Messages app.

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