Instructions to Download Google Play Movies Offline on Standalone Daydream Headsets

I have been the proud owner of the first standalone Google Daydream headset since it launched – I actually got it at launch day. It is an excellent platform offering support countless hours of entertainment. Sadly one feature that is absent from Google Daydream is the ability to download content offline. This really seems like an oversight on Google’s end as the current Google Play Movies app on Daydream even offers a way to view offline content and manage storage. After hours of browsing the web, I came up with no current method of downloading offline content. I have a trip coming up and I am determined to binge watch content on my Daydream headset – fortunately I have come up with a solution.

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The HP Elite X3 Laptop Dock is a Must Have Accessory for Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Owners (Samsung Dex)

Many people say cell phones are like mini computers in your pocket however as the Galaxy Note 9 is a powerhouse that can run circles around most people’s laptops, I have to disagree and say that the Note 9 is a computer in your pocket. The HP Elite Laptop Dock was a premium accessory for a mobile phone that really did not sell well, this phone was the HP Elete X3. The Laptop Dock was specifically made to show off the Windows Mobile “continuum” feature to allow business customers to access a (almost) full Windows 10 Desktop while on the road by simply connecting the laptop dock to your HP Elite X3 phone via a simple USB Type C cable. As phone did not sell well and has since been discontinued, the price of these laptop docks have fallen sharply and this laptop dock works perfectly with Samsung Dex – if you have a Note 9 or Samsung Galaxy Tab S4.

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T-Mobile 512 GB Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Experiencing Major Shipping Delays

If you are like me and pre-ordered the 512 GB Samsung Galaxy Note 9 from T-Mobile (and perhaps other carriers), you will by now know that your device has missed the promised shipment date of August 24th. On August 23rd, I got a vague text message from T-Mobile saying that the shipment of my Note 9 has been delayed with no expected shipment date on the message. I reached out to T-Mobile via Twitter and found out some terrible news – the shipments have been delayed by several weeks. If you ordered a 512 GB Galaxy Note 9, here is likely what you can expect – you are likely not going to be thrilled with the news below. 

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A Warning to Galaxy Note 9 Owners : Beware of Fake MicroSD Cards

Technically the warning here applies to all phones regardless of manufacturer but I am picking on Samsung specifically as they made it a huge point to say that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 can be extended to 1 TB of space with the purchase of a 512 GB Micro SD Card… the problem however is that they did not mention the fact that 512 GB Micro SD cards are expensive and sites like Amazon/eBay/etc are full of scam artists that are chomping at the bit to sell their fake MicroSD cards to unsuspecting value hunters. 

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HP Chromebook X2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 – Could a Chrome OS Tablet Replace Your Android Tablet?

It is no secret that Android tablets are not as popular as they used to be. With the exception of the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Samsung Galaxy Tab line of tablets, it seems like many Android tablet manufacturers have given up on Android Tablets. Google has been working hard to replace Android with Chrome OS on future tablets and while this is a refreshing change, Could a Chrome OS Tablet replace your aging Android Tablet? For this post, we are going to put two leading flagship devices in a head to head battle – the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3  (Android) and the HP Chromebook X2 (Chrome OS). 

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Samsung DexTop – Introducing The Samsung Dex Based Laptop

While watching the Samsung Note 8 Announcement last month, I felt that Samsung really missed the mark when it came to promoting Dex from a cool gimmick to a truly useful tool. I have owned a Dex Dock since it was released and I can really see how well it shows off the real power of the Galaxy 8 line of phones and Android as whole. I really wish that Samsung announced a Motorola Atrix style Laptop Dock for Dex along with the Note 8. Rather than take to the Twitterverse and complain, I decided to use my imagination and maker skills and do something about it. This is the first in a series of posts that I will make on this website to document the steps I am taking to build this DexTop. I will be publishing all of the steps needed and even the STL files for 3D printing as soon as I have everything done so you can build your own. 

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The Shortcomings of ChromeOS in 2017

It has been some time since I have taken a serious look at ChromeOS but this changed earlier this month when I purchased the newly released Samsung Chromebook Plus (2017) to allow me to do some research for a future work related project. The Samsung Chromebook Pro is currently one of the highest end Chromebooks – only succeeded by the Samsung Chromebook Pro and Google’s Chromebook Pixel. I spent a few weeks using ChromeOS for as much as I could and can say that it has come a long way since the last time I played with ChromeOS however there are still a fair amount of shortcomings and several features that are best described as “half baked”.  Here are my thoughts:

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Updated : Getting the LG Watch Sport to work on T-Mobile

A few days months ago, I posted a set of instructions on how to get the LG Watch Sport to work on T-Mobile. Unfortunately this did involve users having to pay for an additional phone line at ~$40 per month so this solution was less than ideal. I do now have a better option that will cost a lot less and ultimately work better.

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Getting the LG Watch Sport to work on T-Mobile

Many, including myself, were disappointed to see that Google partnered up with AT&T to be the exclusive carrier for the new LG Watch Sport. Many were unsure if it would work with T-Mobile but after some trial and error, I found out it does indeed work but there is a catch.

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