Category Archives: AwesomeCast

AwesomeCast 341: Angry iPhone

We’ve got our usual gadget hounds Sorg, Chilla, and Katie on for AwesomeCast 341.  We also have a special guest in studio.  Andy Quayle of Tubu Internet Solutions joins us to talk about what he’s been up to, and some fun things in tech. This week we’re talking about awesome things in technology, including:

  • Katie is saying screw traffic this week with her Awesome Thing of the Week the Hum Rider.
  • Chilla and his dongles. Want to charge your phone and play audio? He’s telling us how.
  • Of course we expect Andy to have an Awesome Thing of the Week – he’s sharing some thoughts on the Echo.
  • Sorg is still having fun with his Raspberry Pi and Retro Pie.
  • Katie is excited that Kennywood has a comicon coming up!
  • Chilla (and Amanda) are giving us our App of the Week this week – Apple Clips.
  • Dear developers – if you give us apps that make our lives easier, we will use them.
  • (Are we getting Final Cut on an iPad? *fingers crossed*)
  • Brandon shared a bunch of content this week. Nintendo Switch may be supporting cloud save options.
  • Chilla is letting us in on the quiet release by Apple – including a new iPad…
  • New Apple Watch bands have been announced!
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts gets geeks (and marketing). Go to their site and enter “121G” in the parts search. (Via Amanda)
  • Who’s played with Alexa on their phones? We’re having some fun.
  • Alexa places the largest, most expensive items when you tell her to get you things.
  • Speaking of Alexa – you can also order alcohol…to be delivered within 2 hours with Prime Now.
  • Katie can now learn to play the ukulele thanks to Indie Go Go.

After the show remember to:

Eat at Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) if you are in the Pittsburgh area! It is Awesome! (sliceonbroadway.com)

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), John Chichilla (@chilla) and Andy Quayle (@techburgh).

Have you seen our AwesomeTips videos?

You can support the show at Patreon.com/awesomecast!

Remember to check out our friends at River’s Edge (@RiversEdgePGH) – and our replay over there!

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 7:00 PM EST!

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AwesomeCast 340: Sassy AI

Because we have a scheduling conflict for our usual weekly podcast day (that’s Tuesdays for those of you not in the know), we got together for an early edition of this week’s show.  Doug, Amanda, Katie, and Sorg are on air for AwesomeCast 340.  This week we’re talking about awesome things in technology, including:

  • Katie gets to go to tradeshows for work. She’s sharing some doodads as her Awesome Thing of the Week this week.
  • Since Doug is playing with Katie’s toys, he’s sharing his Awesome Thing of the Week, Facebook Blueprint.
  • Apparently Facebook certification tests are akin to clearance testing – lots of procedure and protocol.
  • We’re talking Facebook ads and marketing.
  • Mobile apps aren’t as friendly for marketing.
  • Amanda is talking Instagram posting via Facebook for businesses.
  • Moving to Amanda’s Awesome Thing of the Week – Google Jamboard is due out in May.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is an Atomos digital recording adapter for his video camera.
  • Thanks to Brandon for letting us know about the Nintendo Switch controller being able to use for NES Classic.
  • Netflix, Hulu and other video services will also be available on Nintendo Switch.
  • Speaking of Nintendo Switch, Katie is sharing how U-Porn has had a drop in traffic thanks to the console.
  • Related: Zelda porn searches have gone up.
  • And, we’ve moved to Pokemon GO divorces as a topic of conversation.
  • Brandon is hitting the mark with his shared content this week. Pokemon GO hints at smart glasses options.
  • Katie is talking Hugging Face and sassy AI.
  • Is Hugging Face the new Tamagotchi?
  • We’re questioning who owns emoticons to provide rights for a movie.
  • Apis Cor did a 3D printed house in 24 hours and we’re impressed.

After the show remember to:

Eat at Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) if you are in the Pittsburgh area! It is Awesome! (sliceonbroadway.com)

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), Doug Derda (@douglasderda) and Amanda Narcisi (@alnarcisi).

Have you seen our AwesomeTips videos?

You can support the show at Patreon.com/awesomecast!

Remember to check out our friends at River’s Edge (@RiversEdgePGH) – and our replay over there!

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 7:00 PM EST!

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AwesomeCast 339: Scooby Doo Endings

We’ve got our usual gadget hounds Sorg, Chilla, and Katie on for AwesomeCast 339.  This week we’re talking about awesome things in technology, including:

  • Like videogames? We’re looking to do an AwesomeCast gaming spin-off.
  • Videogames are tech. Chilla is taking us into his Awesome Thing Of The Week with the Nintendo Switch Joycon controller.
  • Sorg has gotta catch ‘em all. And now he can with his Awesome Thing Of The Week – the Pokemon Go PLUS.
  • Katie is sharing Netflix and their choose-your-own-ending options. (Currently in the UK) as her Awesome Thing Of The Week.
  • Sorg is sharing some thoughts on his Grip Gear mobile recording track. (Thanks guys!)
  • Katie has a new job for Sorg thanks to Wrapify – get paid to wrap your car in ads.
  • Thanks to Rizz for his Awesome Thing Of The Week submission for the Vada dash cam.
  • Brandon shares LEGO’s new set: Women of NASA.
  • Thanks to Doug for sharing the story about our friends at No
  • Wait being bought by Yelp. (Congrats!)
  • The Logan poster seen in Times Square was done on an iPadPro. Our collective minds are blown.
  • Land Rover has some pretty fancy tech.
  • Want to spoil your dog? Nissan has the perfect pet-friendly car for you!

After the show remember to:

Eat at Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) if you are in the Pittsburgh area! It is Awesome! (sliceonbroadway.com)

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron), John Chichilla (@chilla ), and Katie Dudas (@Kdudders).

Have you seen our AwesomeTips videos?

You can support the show at Patreon.com/awesomecast!

Remember to check out our friends at River’s Edge (@RiversEdgePGH) – and our replay over there!

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 7:00 PM EST!

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AwesomeCast 338: Sobbing Journalists

We’ve got Kim Lyons on this week for AwesomeCast 338.  We’ve also got our usual suspecs, Sorg, Chilla, and Katie where we talk about awesome things in technology, including:

  • We’re going LIVE for this week’s AwesomeCast with Sorg, Chilla, Dudders, and Kim.
  • Chilla is sharing some VR as his Awesome Thing Of The Week.
  • Samsung Gear is getting a controller!
  • Kim is sharing her Awesome Thing Of The Week – a Go Fund Me campaign to take kids to see Hidden Figures.
  • Dudders returns this week – with an image generator that creates cats as terrifying monsters!
  • Pittsburgh Wendy’s is bringing self-order kiosks to local stores.
  • Our Not So Awesome Thing Of The Week via Doug Derda was the Amazon AWS outage that impacted TONS of sites.
  • Pro tip via Dudders: Watch what you label your site images. Amazon AWS outage left her labels visible.
  • Raspberry Pi has a $10 computer with wifi AND bluetooth!
  • NASA found Earth-like planets a mere 40 light years away.
  • Speaking of space, SpaceX is planning to send two people around the moon.
  • Snapchat users are getting older.
  • BC Steele is catching up to Chilla from the chatroom with his Samsung Gear 360.
  • Laid-off coal miners are being retrained to write code.
  • Ricoh is bringing us more 360 cameras. Chilla is sharing updates and thoughts.
  • YouTube TV is happening.

After the show remember to:

Eat at Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) if you are in the Pittsburgh area! It is Awesome! (sliceonbroadway.com)

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron), John Chichilla (@chilla ), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), and Kim Lyons (@SocialKimLy).

Have you seen our AwesomeTips videos?

You can support the show at Patreon.com/awesomecast!

Remember to check out our friends at River’s Edge (@RiversEdgePGH) – and our replay over there!

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 7:00 PM EST!

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AwesomeCast 337: Sorgcopter

This week on AwesomeCast 337, we’re talking about awesome things in technology with Sorg, Chilla, Rizz, Katie, and Producer Missy, including:

  • Katie is sharing her Awesome Thing Of The Week with Giphy releasing American Sign Language gifs.
  • Chilla is sharing his Awesome Thing Of The Week – Android Nougat (which he has before Krause).
  • McDonalds has reengineered drinking straws and Sorg is sharing as his Awesome Thing Of The Week.
  • Rizz has an Awesome Thing Of The Week and it’s a Nintendo Switch user who got his device early – without games.
  • What sort of tech podcast would we be if we didn’t talk about Pokemon GO updates?
  • Pikachu is getting a new hat for Pokemon Day, and Sorg is now on a mission.
  • John Cena and Nintendo are showing up in random places to promote the Nintendo Switch?!?
  • A power company uses drones with fire to burn debris from utility poles.
  • We like robots. So do Facebook Ads when they send the Jibo Robot to fan of the show, Amanda.
  • Darth Vader has to do chores, too, guys.
  • Katie missed out on the “adult” conversation last week, so she’s bringing up a porn VR webcam.
  • With all the advances we see in smartphones, Nokia is returning to a bar phone option with the return of Nokia 3310.
  • Our gadget guru Chilla is talking more wireless earbud options.
  • Tiny house meets off-grid living with a solar-powered pod.

After the show remember to:

Eat at Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) if you are in the Pittsburgh area! It is Awesome! (sliceonbroadway.com)

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: John Chichilla (@chilla), Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron), Rizz (@TheeRizz), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), and Producer Missy (@rebelliousflaw)

Have you seen our AwesomeTips videos?

You can support the show at Patreon.com/awesomecast!

Remember to check out our friends at River’s Edge (@RiversEdgePGH) – and our replay over there!

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 7:00 PM EST!

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AwesomeCast 336: Get Your Jigglypuff On

This week on AwesomeCast 336, we’re talking about awesome things in technology with Sorg, Chilla, and Mike Pound, including:

  • We have our special (?) Valentine’s Day episode of AwesomeCast!
  • Sorg is filling in for Dudders sharing some Porn Hub news as his Awesome Thing Of The Week.
  • Speaking of Porn Hub, Sorg is telling us how they are doing some SexEd materials.
  • Porn Hub sends news releases to mainstream media outlets with actual news content.
  • Chilla’s Awesome Thing Of The Week is a VR desktop for Mac.
  • Mike is pulling the discussion back to Valentine’s Day with Bernie Singles website rival of Trump Singles.
  • Fan Of The Show Brandon shared an automated buoy that saves lives.
  • That pixel enhancement tech you see on TV? It’s a thing now thanks to Google.
  • Mat Weller shared Grip Gear movie maker set for this week’s show. He has Sorg’s interest.
  • Like gaming? How about Retro Blox via Brandon? A Kickstarter mod console that lets you play retro games.
  • With the scare and concern about the potential for NASA to go away, hackers have rescued and cataloged data.
  • IBM Watson has been in lots of discussion. It has been tasked with a review of cyber security.
  • Pokemon GO is celebrating Valentine’s Day with pink pokemon.
  • E3 is open to the public!
  • Is the next new blue collar job coding?
  • Amazon came out with their own conferencing solution – Chime.

After the show remember to:

Eat at Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) if you are in the Pittsburgh area! It is Awesome! (sliceonbroadway.com)

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: John Chichilla (@chilla), Mike Pound (@MikePoundPG) and Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron).

Have you seen our AwesomeTips videos?

You can support the show at Patreon.com/awesomecast!

Remember to check out our friends at River’s Edge (@RiversEdgePGH) – and our replay over there!

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 7:00 PM EST!

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AwesomeCast 335: Collegiate Battle Bots

This week on AwesomeCast 335, we’re talking about awesome things in technology with Sorg, Chilla, and Producer Missy, including:

After the show remember to:

Eat at Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) if you are in the Pittsburgh area! It is Awesome! (sliceonbroadway.com)

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: John Chichilla (@chilla), Producer Missy (@rebelliousflaw) and Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron).

Have you seen our AwesomeTips videos?

You can support the show at Patreon.com/awesomecast!

Remember to check out our friends at River’s Edge (@RiversEdgePGH) – and our replay over there!

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 7:00 PM EST!

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AwesomeCast 334: Alt Gov Rundown

This week on AwesomeCast 334, we’re talking about awesome things in technology with Sorg, Chilla, Producer Missy and Aaron Parkus, including:

After the show remember to:

Eat at Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) if you are in the Pittsburgh area! It is Awesome! (sliceonbroadway.com)

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: John Chichilla (@chilla), Aaron Parkus, Producer Missy (@rebelliousflaw) and Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron).

Have you seen our AwesomeTips videos?

You can support the show at Patreon.com/awesomecast!

Remember to check out our friends at River’s Edge (@RiversEdgePGH) – and our replay over there!

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 7:00 PM EST!

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AwesomeCast 333: Make America Kittens Again

This week on AwesomeCast 333, we’re talking about awesome things in technology with Sorg, Chilla, Producer Missy and the news’ Mike Pound, including:

– Mike is sharing some of the stuff he’s been up to – including Beer Me!
– Mike is bringing news media into the discussion as his Awesome Thing Of The Week.
– Pro Tip from Mike – Fact check! factcheck.org, politifact.com, snopes.com.
– We’re talking a standardized pants-on-fire metric for news stories to help people determine validity of posts.
– Moving on to some lighter topics, Chilla’s Awesome Thing Of The Week is The Hunted on CBS.
– Sorg’s Awesome Thing Of The Week is the movie Nerve. An ultimate Truth Or Dare.
– Speculating on darknet after watching Nerve.
– Missy’s Awesome Thing Of The Week is a gadget that snaps onto your guitar for a Guitar Hero learning style.
– Shout out to Slice on Broadwaye for their continued support of the show with the perfect pepperoni pizza!
– Our App Of The Week is a layer picture editor app.
– Thanks to Brandon for contributing the Soda Tap to this week’s discussion.
– There’s a bacon toaster?
– Tired of the news? You can change pictures of Donald Trump to kittens!
Chromebook is making another push.
– Microsoft is making a push for education.
– Google is making an affordable VR option with Daydream VR.
– Amazon made a dash button for candies. The gift that keeps on giving.
– Amazon needs to partner the dash candy/chocolate button with local florists to save guys from doghouses.

After the show remember to:

Eat at Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) if you are in the Pittsburgh area! It is Awesome! (sliceonbroadway.com)

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: John Chichilla (@chilla), Mike Pound (@MikePoundPG), Producer Missy (@rebelliousflaw) and Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron).

You can support the show at Patreon.com/awesomecast!

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 7:00 PM EST!

AwesomeCast 332: Man of All Media

This week on AwesomeCast 332, we’re talking about awesome things in technology with Sorg, Chilla, Katie and TV’s Jim Lokay, including:AC

– Lokay is a Man Of All Media and still takes the time to talk tech with us!
– Want to be our boss? Support us through Patreon for exclusive content like Mat Weller.
– It’s time for our Awesome Thing Of The Week and Nintendo Switch has Sorg’s attention!
– We’re talking Nintendo parental controls.
– Lokay is sharing his thoughts regarding Nintendo’s Wii U as a failure and how they’re overcoming it.
– Chilla is talking the horse power behind the Nintendo Switch.
– We’re talking thoughts on Nintendo returning to the cartridge system versus instant play of online games.
– USBC is the greatest thing in the world – Chilla.
– Katie – talking porn or online dating. Her Awesome Thing Of The Week is Espresso Yourself latte option.
– Chilla’s Awesome Thing Of The Week is bite-sized video games like Star Wars Force Arena.
– Lokay’s Awesome Thing Of The Week is Automatic and its great data resources.
– Lokay may miss Pittsburgh pizza the most being in DC. We need to get him some Slice next time he’s in town!
– Lokay is gearing up for the inauguration and is sharing how the ACLU is utilizing the Mobile Justice app.
– Check out the News On app [Google Play] [iPhone] for your own personal news feed. Our in-house news guy Lokay recommended!
AT&T finally shut down their 2G network. Original iPhone users can no longer use their service!
– Note to AT&T users: Download the Mark the Spot app for more info on service and coverage.
– Katie shares the loss of yet another social media platform. Vine is going away, but is built-in for Twitter.
– Our thoughts go out to Rob on the Run over the loss of Vine.
– Thanks to Brandon for sharing the Emie Elfy Light.
– Michael Fedor also shared that the Fresno Grizzlies have officially taken over the taco emoji!
– Chilla is talking about composting in the future with Whirlpool’s Zera indoor composter.
– We’re also talking the ultimate VR flight simulator by Icaros.
– We touched upon a VR tour of the White House with President Obama.
– Smartwatches can tell you’re about to get sick days in advance.
Plott’s Cubit makes it easy to measure spaces for creative projects.

After the show remember to:

Eat at Slice on Broadway if you are in the Pittsburgh area! It is Awesome! (sliceonbroadway.com)

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: John Chichilla (@chilla), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), Jim Lokay (@Lokay) and Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron).

You can support the show at Patreon.com/awesomecast!

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 7:00 PM EST!

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