Awesome Chat: Aliza Sherman

Aliza Sherman is a web pioneer and tech passionista who is concerned about our dependence on Social Media and our phones.  Recently, she spoke at the TechNow Conference in Monroeville, PA and has a chat with us about the things we need to watch out for to not be so dependent on technology,  and the future of these devices.

Find out more about our guest at www.alizasherman.com.  Find out more about her book  “The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact Without Burnout” at www.happyhealthynonprofit.com.

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AwesomeCast 373: Pinterest the Porcupine

Bobby Cherry joins us on the big purple couch to talk this week’s tech news with Katie Dudas, Mike Sorg, and John Chichilla.  This week’s topics include:  

After the show remember to:

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

Remember to check out our friends at River’s Edge (@RiversEdgePGH) and The 405 Media who replay the show on their stream throughout the week!

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AwesomeCast 372: Face Lasers

Brian Crawford of The River’s Edge (and soon-to-be The Metal Edge) joins Sorg and Chilla to talk about this week’s tech news.  Of note, they’re talking about:  

  • Brian is sharing some news about The Metal Edge!
  • We’re learning things – like Pittsburgh has the 3rd largest metal scene.
  • Brian is talking about his Chrome remote desktop app as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • p.s. That Chrome remote desktop is FREE.
  • Chilla is chiming in with low bandwidth and high response rates. We swear he’s giving it a legit thumbs-up.
  • Sorg is apparently remodeling the studio with Amazon AR as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Of course we’re talking Star Wars box set versions.
  • Who wants to talk comic books turned movies? Welcome to this week’s podcast.
  • Chilla got his hands on an iPhone X and feels like he’s living in the future with his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • The iPhone X has been rated as the most breakable. But, has anything ever been rated as indestructible?
  • iPhone X has facial recognition – or as we’re calling it FACE LASERS!
  • Chilla is impressed with how reactive the iPhone X is with facial recognition in the dark.
  • Chilla is breaking down some Android devices.
  • Thanks to Brandon for sharing the custom Lego art.
  • Playstation trophies (gamer points) can now be used to purchase games?
  • Razer has released a phone – for gamers.
  • Dear Apple TV, please give us more game options.
  • AR navigation is a thing?
  • We’re talking AR vs VR. Some great discussion with Chilla and Brian.
  • So…the HoloLens has been certified as protective eye wear!

After the show remember to:

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

Join our AwesomeCast Facebook Group to see what we’re sharing and to join the discussion?

Follow these awesome people on Twitter:  Brian Crawford (@RiverTalkPGH),  Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron), and John Chichilla (@chilla).

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 The 405 Media who replay the show on their stream throughout the week!

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

AwesomeCast 371: The Cheese Is On The Bottom

It’s Halloween – but, that doesn’t stop Podcast Day!  We’ve got a stash of candy on the street for passing trick-or-treaters as Krause, Katie, and Sorg talk this week’s tech news, including:  

  • Krause has his Awesome Thing of the Week – his Pixel 2XL.
  • Also exciting in the Krause world is his Android tablet.
  • Katie is talking Find It On Ebay as her Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • We’re talking some comparison points between Amazon and Ebay.
  • Sorg is sharing some Tesla news as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Game Stop is offering rental service?
  • Movie Pass updated their terms of service to try to prevent people from cancelling and re-upping.
  • Krause and Chilla have been chatting iOS updates – and emoji importance.
  • Apparently there’s a wrong way to stack a cheeseburger emoji?
  • Katie is wavering between iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus for updates – and a trip to Disney may have the answer.
  • We’re finding out Katie was a Blackberry girl.
  • Nissan is swapping engine noises for songs?
  • Amazon has a key service exclusively for Amazon Prime users in select cities.

After the show remember to:

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

Join our AwesomeCast Facebook Group to see what we’re sharing and to join the discussion?

Follow these awesome people on Twitter:  Ron Krause (@krazykrause),  Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron), 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 The 405 Media who replay the show on their stream throughout the week!

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

Awesome Chat: Aaron Watson

This week, we had the fortune to chat with Aaron Watson of Going Deep with Aaron Watson.  Podcasting for around two years at the time of our sit down, Aaron has been making some great strides.  He’s been having some great discussions, including his recent sit down with Pittsburgh’s Mayor, Bill Peduto.  He’s also working on his Going Deep Summit slated for January – a one-day conference centered around discussions of economic opportunity, civil discourse, and personal development.

If you’re interested in attending the Going Deep Summit, you can get your tickets here.  As an added bonus, Aaron is giving a discount to folks getting tickets through the Sorgatron Media network.  Enter promo code SORG to apply the discount on your ticket purchase.

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.com for more entertainment.  Follow Michael Sorg (@sorgatron) and @AwesomeCast for updates and live streams of our interviews! Subscribe on Facebook,StitcherSpreakeriTunes, and Youtube

AwesomeCast 370: Big Adobe Server in the Cloud

We’re joined by Alex Kahrs  this week.  With both Alex and Chilla joining us remotely, Sorg is in studio with producer Missy and a Slice on Broadway pizza to themselves as we talk this week’s tech news, including:  

  • Hey guys, did YOU know iTunes is now Apple Podcasts? (Sorg may not have known.)
  • Chilla is sharing the Nintendo Switch as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • The Nintendo Switch seems to be doing better at this stage of the game than its recent predecessors.
  • Alex and Sorg are tag-teaming their Awesome Thing of the Week with Adobe updates!
  • Adobe is making development a little easier with their updates.
  • Fan of Illustrator? There’s a plugin that lets you incorporate vector-based images into 3D images.
  • Sorg is discussing Adobe updates with intuitive suggestions using AI integration.
  • Lightroom is getting some upgrades as well – as in a hybrid app.
  • Alex is talking about his transition from Garage Band to Audition for his Podcast.
  • Adobe Spark is offering some premium options for branding.
  • Pittsburgh sent a love letter to Amazon this week, and it’s amazing.
  • We’re talking with Alex about the SoCal bid for Amazon HQ2 in comparison to Pittsburgh’s bid.
  • The giant robot battle happened. We may be a little underwhelmed.
  • AT&T and Project Loon are doing some good for Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
  • Chilla breaks down the Pixel 2XL and agrees it has a crappy display.

After the show remember to:

Eat at Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) if you are in the Pittsburgh area! It is Awesome! (sliceonbroadway.com)
Speaking of Slice on Broadway, make sure you vote for them in the Incline’s pizza bracket.

Join our AwesomeCast Facebook Group to see what we’re sharing and to join the discussion?

Follow these awesome people on Twitter:  Alex Kahrs (@alexanderkahrs),  Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron), and John Chichilla (@chilla).

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 The 405 Media who replay the show on their stream throughout the week!

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

Awesome Chat: Joanna Lowe


Joanna Lowe is making theater interesting again with multimedia theater in the Pittsburgh area including the current Halloween season Unhinged production that mixes theater with a haunted house!

Joanna Lowe’s productions can be found at www.cupajoproductions.com or experience her spoken word music at www.joannalowepoetry.com.  You can also catch Joanna in the open scene of Mindhunter on Netflix!

You can also listen to Joanna’s recent appearance on Fishing Without Bait discussing conquering her fears venturing into spoken word performance.

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.com for more entertainment.  Follow Michael Sorg (@sorgatron) and @AwesomeCast for updates and live streams of our interviews! Subscribe on Facebook,StitcherSpreakeriTunes, and Youtube

AwesomeCast 369: Irrational Fear of Data Loss

We’re joined by Aaron Watson of Going Deep With Aaron Watson this week.  He’s in studio with Sorg, Chilla, and Katie as we’re talking this week’s tech news, including:  

  • Katie is bringing us some Halloween upgrades to Pokemon with spooky Pokemon!
  • Sorg may have a Pikachu problem.
  • Kids are getting out for Trick-or-Treat PLUS Pokemon? Sorg may be a little jealous.
  • Aaron Watson’s Awesome Thing of the Week is Shapr for networking and serendipity.
  • Sorg has a physical thing that links to a digital thing for his Awesome Thing of the Week. Movie Pass.
  • Chilla is sharing File Browser as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Sorg is talking some data storage options with Chilla – especially for large video files.
  • If you missed it Google was here in Pittsburgh with news – as in their CEO was making announcements here.
  • Thanks to Amanda Narcisi for sharing the Rocketbook Wave this week.
  • Chilla is talking some upgrades to make his fridge smart fridge-ish.
  • Sorg is all about the movies this week. He’s talking some Disney and Hollywood Studios Movies Anywhere.
  • GIANT ROBOTS ARE FRIGGIN’ BATTLING TODAY, GUYS!
  • Attn: Future Robot Fighting Leagues – Pittsburgh has plenty of abandoned steel factories. We also have CMU.
  • Porn is now using AI to improve search options.
  • Chilla is looking to adapt the AI porn classifications to Netflix to narrow down movie options.

Want to check out Aaron Watson’s event – Going Deep Summit? You can get your tickets here.  Remember to use the promo code: SORG for a discount!

After the show remember to:

Eat at Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) if you are in the Pittsburgh area! It is Awesome! (sliceonbroadway.com)
Speaking of Slice on Broadway, make sure you vote for them in the Incline’s pizza bracket.

Join our AwesomeCast Facebook Group to see what we’re sharing and to join the discussion?

Follow these awesome people on Twitter:  Aaron Watson (@AaronWatson59), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders),  Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron), and John Chichilla (@chilla).

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 The 405 Media who replay the show on their stream throughout the week!

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

Awesome Chat: Daniel J Lewis

This week, we had the fortune to chat with Podcasting Industry Expert  Daniel J Lewis about the history and evolution of Podcasting, getting into and building a business around Podcasting and tips for the newbies out there!

You can learn from Daniel J Lewis on the Audacity to Podcast show and listen to other shows on his Noodle.mx Network!

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.com for more entertainment.  Follow Michael Sorg (@sorgatron) and @AwesomeCast for updates and live streams of our interviews! Subscribe on Facebook,StitcherSpreakeriTunes, and Youtube

AwesomeCast 368: This Isn’t Your Grandma’s Chromebook

Sorg and Chilla are keeping it real this week, as they’re talking this week’s tech news, including:  

  • We’ve made updates to streaming quality. You’d never notice Chilla’s not in studio – except he has no Slice.
  • Start at the $20 Executive Level on Patreon this week – and we’ll move the brick wall to the new studio.
  • It’s time for Chilla’s Awesome Thing of the Week. He’s sharing the AirBeam TV App so he can mirror his phone to any TV.
  • If you can airplay it, Air Beam TV app can stream it to your TV.
  • Sorg is holding onto AOL Instant Messenger as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • We’re asking folks what their AOL Instant Messenger screen name was back in the day.
  • Do you remember your ICQ number?
  • Shout out to our friends at Meta Mesh and their recent grant to bring free WiFi to Pittsburgh.
  • Shout out to Mobile Nom definitely worth checking them out!
  • There was a Google announcement last week! Chilla’s giving us a quick rundown of his best of the best!
  • Chilla is recommending Google Clips as his takeaway from the recent announcement.
  • We’re also talking the Google Pixel Buds options.
  • This isn’t your grandma’s Chromebook.
  • It’s apparently easy to hack the SNES Classic Mini.
  • Twitter is doing bookmarking, and Chilla is super excited.

After the show remember to:

Eat at Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) if you are in the Pittsburgh area! It is Awesome! (sliceonbroadway.com)
Speaking of Slice on Broadway, make sure you vote for them in the Incline’s pizza bracket.

Join our AwesomeCast Facebook Group to see what we’re sharing and to join the discussion?

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

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 The 405 Media who replay the show on their stream throughout the week!

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

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