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Unable to enjoy the latest Netflix features on your jailbroken iOS device? Here’s the fix

While the picture-in-picture feature has been out for Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad device for a while, it was only a few days ago that Netflix, Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX) finally added support for the feature in its iPad application. Taking advantage of the iOS 9 PIP feature, you’ll now be able to watch Netflix in a small windows while continuing with other tasks on your device. 

The feature has been supported for Videos and other applications such as Facetime, Hulu, WatchESPN and more. However, Netflix only hopped on board last week and to the dismay of many users, the feature is only supported on the iPad Pro, Air or later, or iPad mini 2 or later which run iOS 9.3.2 or higher. This has left a large portion of users without access to the feature. But if your device is jailbroken on iOS 9.0 or above, you can easily get past this restriction, thanks to an amazing jailbreak tweak. Here’s how: 

How To Get Netflix PIP on Unsupported Devices 

Step 1: Launch Cydia and navigate to Sources. Tap on Edit and the add the following source: http://rpetri.ch/cydia/pip/. This source belong to RPetrich, an esteemed jailbreak developer. 

Step 2: Cydia will refresh the sources and the process should take a few minutes. Once the refresh process has completed, go to the Search tab and search for the tweak PictureInPicture. 

Step 3: Install the tweak and once it’s finished installing, reboot your device as Cydia instructs you to. 

And that’s it. Once your device reboots, you’ll see the picture-in-picture option enabled across all supported applications. Enjoy. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments below.

Schlumberger Limited is slated to hold Q2 earnings call on July 21

Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:SLB) is a gigantic multinational organization that is a part of the oil and gas industry. The company is currently the world’s largest oil field services company with operations in 85 countries globally. The company has four principal executive offices, three of which are located in Europe, while, one is located in the United States. It was founded in 1926 by brothers Marcel and Conrad of the Schlumberger family. The company currently has more than 95,000 employees representing several nationalities from across the globe.

Simmons, a financial research and sell side firm has cut the price target of Schlumberger ahead of its Q2 earnings. The cut in price target comes less than 48 hours away from the company’s scheduled Q2 earnings call. Analyst Bill Herbert explains that given the current price of $60 per barrel of oil the EPS estimate for 2018 is $3.64. However, the rapidly changing oil price scenario provides a large upside potential and given a reasonable price appreciation per barrel of oil over the coming days the EPS estimate range for 2018 effectively goes to $4.80 to $4.94. Based on current estimates the analyst believes that $84 per share is the most reasonable estimate for stock price, while, for the upside EPS scenario the valuation of $90 to $100 per share seems viable. The analyst reaffirmed an Outperform rating on the stock, while, cutting the price target down to $84 from prior $86.

Schlumberger has a market capitalization of $109.36 billion with average trading volume of 6.46 million shares. The stock has a 52-week range of $59.60 to $91.82. The analyst opinion for SLB has 12 Strong Buy, 21 Buy, seven Hold and one Underperform rating. The stock closed at $77.50 yesterday.

The drugmaker has to work on its HIV segment as well as to look for new frontiers for the revenue generation

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) is under fire after the second quarter financial year 2016 (2QFY16) results as the company’s revenue shows a decline in the revenue generation. In the list of the toppers, Gilead is the only one that is trading at the sub-10 price to earnings multiple levels. 

Initially, the drugmaker has shown a spike in its growth over a decade due to its hepatitis franchise from $3 billion to $32 billion, but the saturation of the sales of the HCV drugs Harvoni and Sovaldi is an eye opener for the company and it has to look to other segments to manage the revenue gap at the earliest.  

In the first half of the 2016, the drugmaker has generated $15.332 billion compared to $15.531 compared to the same period of 2015. The decline in the sales of 5.85% of Harvoni give a huge dent to the company in the 2QFY16. The main reason for the decline is less number of patients in the pool. Despite that, the revenue generation of all drugs has shown a spike in sales, compensating a bit of revenue gap. 

On the other hand, Gilead still has the points that can score and bring back the company to the mainstream of the pharmaceutical arena. The company’s newly launched TAF based therapies are making their way deep in the therapeutic area. But the competition is also increasing in the HIV therapeutic market as ViiV’s investigational molecule is in the final stages for the management of HIV infections in comparison to Gilead’s Truvada. The results of this study are expected to be published in 2019, so Gilead has a time window to acquire new novel molecules to face the competition and keep its position in the HIV segment. 

The financial position of the company is stable as currently; the debt is only $22 billion and cash in hand is approximately $8.7 billion with $1.59 billion of long-term investments. The company is in a position to acquire some novel molecules or small companies like Medivation or Kite Pharma that have oncology drugs having capability of becoming blockbuster in the future. 

On the other hand, Piper Jaffray has reiterated target price of $108 with an Overweight rating.

Analyst Joshua Schimmer said: “With a 7x forward multiple, little has to go right with GILD to drive shares higher, especially in a market environment where other sectors feature ~5% earnings growth names trading with P/E multiples >20x. We believe that ongoing conversion of the HIV business to TAF based therapies, introduction of an FDC comprising of a 1/d unboosted integrase inhibitor with Descovy (TAF/Emtriva) along with stabilization of the HCV franchise will be enough to convince investors that a flattish earnings outlook can drive shares up to a modest 10x P/E multiple (~40% upside).”fina

Netflix will see zero net addition to domestic paid subscribers according to estimates

Netflix, Inc.(NASDAQ:NFLX) shares plunged by 3.63% in early trading today after research firm M Science published less than flattering estimates for the online video streaming service. According to M Science latest research report based on churn figures for the months of July and August during the third quarter of the current fiscal year, Netflix will not record any additions to net paid subscribers.

This is significantly below management guidance of 400,000 and a consensus estimate of additions. According to the firm, the increase in churn is due to an increasing shift of grandfathered subscribers to $9.99 price points last month. Analysts at M Science are of the opinion that there is a strong possibility of nonstructural churn in price-affected subscribers going above 5.8% during the aforementioned months. The firm points out that this is the primary reason of domestic net subscriber addition for the quarter coming in significantly below consensus estimates and management guidance.

These numbers are a huge blow to Netflix, considering that it already witnesses major setbacks on the foreign front as well. Just yesterday, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced that Netflix is yet to see any progress in rolling out its video streaming service in China. Mr. Reed said that the company still hasn’t gotten an official license for the Chinese government which is crucial in order to start the service in the Mainland.

The CEO noted that at present it was difficult to lay out a specific timeframe when the company would be able to set footprint in China. Mr. Reed assured that the company would continue to make efforts in order to make the service available in China. On a positive note, the company also announced that its service in Poland would become more localized. Netflix will showcase several Polish shows in the country while also using local language and currency in providing its service.

Uncertainties in multiple end markets will cloud visibility before new growth opportunities come in, according to the analyst

Ambarella Inc. (NASDAQ:AMBA) reported its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year2017 (3QFY17) after the closing bell on December 1. Oppenheimer analyst Andrew Uerkwitz maintained a Perform rating as AMBA managed to surpass analysts’ expectations for the quarter. However, the stock plunged more than 11% during Friday’s trading session owing to the weak 4Q guidance.

Ambarella posted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.11 against revenue of $100.5 million. In comparison, analysts and Oppenheimer’s EPS estimate stood at $0.94 and $0.91, respectively. Moreover, the consensus and the firm’s revenue estimates were $100.5 million and $93.2 million, respectively. The research firm also noted that the revenues were up about 8% on a year-over-year (YoY) basis and 54% on a quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) basis. Increase in revenues reflected strong rebound in wearables division.

Mr. Uerkwitz believes that wearable revenues recovered owing to GoPro’s financial releases into the holiday quarter. The company reported about 35% YoY growth in unit sales during Black Friday week. Moreover, GPRO management remained confident over the camera drone market. It further stated that the weaker results in the segment marked short-term yield issues rather than declining consumer appetite.

Andrew also observed unchanged dynamics for the IP camera market. He believes North American consumers exhibited strong momentum. However, Chinese market demonstrated high uncertainty due to the state’s spending on security cameras.

However, the company guided 4Q earnings well below expectations. Uerkwitz commented, “Quarterly revenue exceeded the $100M mark for the first time, but management cut celebrations short with a cautious near-term outlook on the drone and wearables markets.”

He further added that AMBA’s management believes weakness in drone market is short-lived. However, it‘s too early to be optimistic on the wearables market. Consequently, the analyst and his team remain cautious going into FY18. He believes that uncertainties in numerous end markets will make visibility unclear before the company’s new computer vision chips bring in growth opportunities.

Sean Murray revealed some interesting details on Twitter

Sony Corp.’s (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation 4 exclusive, No Man’s Sky has officially been delayed and the news came in after a few rumors suggesting the same.Fans who were waiting for the game have been left disappointed to say the very least, and looks like some of them have taken the delay a bit too seriously.

The game’s Director, Sean Murray, recently took to Twitter and informed the fans about the reasoning and logic behind No Man’s Sky’s delay. Mr. Murray explained that the decision was a tough one but had to be made in order to give everyone the game they had promised initially with the announcement. He said that they are working hard to meet everyone’s expectations and feel that the delay will help them polish and improve the game accordingly. Surprisingly, Mr. Murray also said in a tweet that he has received death threats on delaying the game and that “Hello Games now looks like the house from Home Alone”.

While delaying the game is a fairly standard procedure in the game development world today, death threats because of this are certainly not cool. I mean, I get it. You have been waiting for the game since a long time and have pre-ordered it so that you can play the game the moment it releases but c’mon, it’s not like your life depends on it. If it does, you need to get a proper life for once.

If you ask me, I am personally glad that Hello Games has delayed the game; let me tell you why. It is pretty much given that a game that is delayed is mostly better than a rushed product. Had the development team rushed to achieve the game’s original release date, we could possibly have had a buggy product at release with subsequent patches being rolled out later on. Always try to look at the bright side of things instead of sending death threats to the developers of the game. That is just retarded.

No Man’s Sky is set for release on August 9, 2016 for PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows PC.

This summer is heating up to be the battle of the tablets

Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) have all released top notch tablets in the market recently. Although sales in the tablet market has slowed down, a lot of consumers are still buying tablets. Consumers have great options available to them due to the diligence and competency of these tech giants. However, which tablet should you be buying this summer? If you are looking for a tablet and cannot decide which one to purchase, then we are here to help make your decision easier. Here is the Country Caller’s take on which tablet you should be spending your money on.

The first option we have is the Apple iPad Pro, which is easily the best tablet on offer based on its build quality and elegant design. The tablet features the widely supported and highly efficient iOS operating system. The tablet comes in a 12.9 inch display that offers a full retina support. The iPad Pro offers remarkable speed that can easily rival the 12 inch MacBook with the help of its high powered processor.

Also, the tablet gives users the option to attach it to an Apple Smart Keyboard and convert it into a laptop. The iPad Pro sports high performing speaker systems that make video playback and gameplay an immerse experience. The iPad Pro is currently priced at $799, offering 32 GB of storage and the Smart Keyboard is sold separately for $169.

Second option is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, which was big step up from its predecessor model, Surface Pro 3. Microsoft was the first company to come up with the idea of a detachable laptop-tablet hybrid and made it a possibility with its Surface Pro lineup. If you’re going for the Surface Pro, then you know that you will get a high performing tablet, as all Surface Pros run on the Windows 10.

The Surface Pro 4 offers a high qulaity 12.3 inch display which was a step up from its predecessor’s 12 inch display. The Surface Pro 4 offers the newest version of Intel processor, so you rest assured, it will handle high demanding tasks with a breeze. Microsoft also upgraded the stylus for the Surface Pro 4 and has given users the option of converting the tablet into a laptop with the detachable keyboard. The Surface Pro 4 is retailed at $850 and its detachable keyboard is sold separately for $129.99.

Last but not the least, now comes Google Pixel C. The Pixel C is the best tablet running on Android in the market. The tablet offers fast performance due to the high performing NVidia Terga X1 processor. The Pixel C sports a stunning high resolution 10.2 inch display screen. The build quality of the tablet is good enough to rival the good looks of the iPad Pro, thanks to an anodized aluminum build quality. The Pixel C offers users the option of attaching a keyboard and making it a laptop. The Pixel C is the cheapest option as it is priced at $499 and the detachable keyboard starts from around $150.

All three are great options, but which one you should pick depends on your needs. The most powerful one amongst them is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, which can also act as a PC replacement. The high price is worth it if you want the extra power and processing capabilities from a tablet. If you’re on a budget and looking for a decent pay back on your investment, then we would suggest you go for the Google Pixel C. The iPad Pro is more or less the same as the iPad Air and you should only go for it if you can afford to pay for the larger retina display.

Tesla poaches Apple’s Reliability Director David Erhart, as it plans to significantly scale up its production with the Model 3

While Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) had been abruptly scaling up production for the Model S, and later the Model X, one of the main issues that it faced was “reliability.” Even the premium sedan, which broke the rating scale of the Consumer Reports, was later downgraded due to “worse than average” reliability concerns last year.

The company plans to ramp up its production numbers to half a million by 2018 and a million by 2020 with the Model 3. If the reliability issues occur in the compact sedan, the automaker will find itself in a big mess. Therefore, it has hired an Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) reliability director, according to Electrek.

In fact, the publication states that the automaker has been increasing its reliability and test team since last year, leading to major improvements in replacement rates for main components. Tesla has now poached David Erhart earlier this week as the new Sr. Director Reliability and Test.

With roughly 22 years in reliability engineering, Mr. Erhart has served in Apple, Medtronic, ON Semiconductor, Vivid Semiconductor, and Motorola, according to his LinkedIn profile. The reliability guru attained his PhD, Chemical Engineering from University of California, Berkley and BS, Chemical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Sources close to Tesla’s reliability and test department told Electrek that the electric vehicle (EV) maker increased the team’s size to more than 40 full-time employees, compared a few engineers last year. The company also hired data scientists for the team and focused on reliability to the vehicle design. However, the Model 3’s manufacturability is expected to be much easier and faster.

Since the automaker plans to include its weekly production rate from 2000 units today to about 9,600 units over the next two years, Mr. Erhart becomes an important executive to oversee the vehicle’s quality and reliability. He would mostly like be maintaining the quality standards at the Fremont factory to ensure that any reliability problem is quickly resolved before it comes widespread.

Apple’s iPhone was widely known to have great reliability and Mr. Erhart must have played a key role in that, being the former Director Reliability Engineer at the tech company. Hopefully, his arrival could improve the quality of Tesla cars.

Get all the Android N Emojis on your device right now without waiting another second

Earlier today, Google seeded the Android N Developer Preview 2 for supported devices. Currently, only the newest members of Google’s Nexus line-up are capable of running the software which include the Nexus 5x, 6p, 6, 9 and Pixel C. Following in Apple’s footsteps, Google is upgrading the emojis on its Android devices. The latest Android N preview build includes a next-gen set of emojis, so following their implementation into the final build, the number of available emojis on Android will surpass even iOS.
Fortunately, thanks to the folks over at Gadget Hacks, you won’t have to wait at all for the new Emojis on your Android device. Using a flashable ZIP file which has all the new emojis pulled from Android N’s latest build, you can replace the entire emoji database on your device. This way, you’ll be able to use the emojis in any application without any issues. Plus, you’ll finally be able to see all those pesky emojis sent by iOS users which show up as boxes on Android devices.
What You Need An Android device with Marshmallow or Lollipop Custom Recovery such as TWRP or CWM installed on the device The Android N Emoji ZIP file. Download here. Note: Before you flash the zip, be sure to create an N android backup through the custom recovery. It’s always safe to be prepared.
Step 1: Download the ZIP file listed above and copy it to the root of your device’s storage.
Step 2: Reboot your phone into recovery mode. A simple Google search with your phone’s model followed by Recovery mode will provide you with instructions on how to place your device into recover mode.
Step 3: Once your device is in Recovery mode, navigate to the Install menu. From there, navigate to the root of your device’s storage and select the Emoji ZIP file. Following that, confirm the flash to get the emojis on your device.
Step 4: Reboot your device once the flash is completed.
And that’s it. Once your device reboots, you’ll be able to access all the new Android N emojis throughout all your apps.