AwesomeCast 380: The Not-So-Secret Lives of Russian Drivers

  • Chilla’s Awesome Thing of the Week is a vacuum he can control with his voice via Alexa. And, it’s a Shark.
  • We’re talking cats v. Roomba and cats on Roombas. Of course this is a tech talk show.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is Pluto TV as an alternative to regular TV.
  • Pro Tip from our guest Ryan Haggerty: Turn down TV saturation on shows like Dare Devil for a film noir effect.
  • Ryan’s Awesome Thing of the Week is the Panasonic GH5s.
  • Thanks to Amanda Narcisi for sharing the Colgate smart toothbrush with Apple Research Kit integration.
  • There’s a town in New Jersey that isn’t happy with apps like Waze and Google Maps causing more traffic – to the point that they’re issuing fines to non-resident drivers.
  • Of course there’s a flying bathtub drone.
  • Open banking may be coming to the US.
  • Russian dash cam footage has been compiled into a documentary for The Road Movie.
  • Chalk it up under things we’ve learned on the show: Apparently there’s a need for speed warning on SD drives?
  • Sorg picked up a clearance dash cam this week. It’s an interesting conversation following the Russian story we just covered.

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AwesomeCast 379: In the Kitchen at CES 2018


We’ve got Brian Conway on the couch with Katie.  Sorg is at the helm, and Chilla is in Studio C.  It must be podcast day!  This week we’re talking about:

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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 378: Double Dongle Dudders


It’s a New Year and the core co-hosts, Dudders, Sorg and Chilla catch up with new tech and news catch up.  This week they’re talking about:

After the show remember to:

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

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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!

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Awesome Chat: Spare Change


Josh Corcoran of Spare Change joins us to play a few tunes and talk about his video series bringing awareness and actual donations to great causes in and around Pittsburgh, most recently “A Pittsburgh Story” featuring friends from the city including Mayor Bill Peduto and using Spotfund for their project!

Find out more and how you can help at www.sparechange.tv.

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AwesomeCast 377: The Best, Nerdiest Recommendations

As we near the end of 2017 we take the opportunity to fill the couch – both IRL and online – with some familiar faces. It’s a full house indeed with Jim Lokay, Will Rutherford, Mike Pound, Cynthia Closkey, John Carman, Bobby Cherry, Brian Crawford, and Krause. But, we’ve still got our usual faces with Sorg and Chilla, and a very special visit from our Patreon supporter, Michael Fedor. 

  • We’re starting the top of the show with everyone’s Awesome Thing of the Year items.
  • Chilla’s Awesome Thing of the Year is his Apple AirPods.
  • Brian’s Awesome Thing of the Year is NOT the tech items he recently purchased – but the sweet bag he got to carry it all!
  • Krause’s Awesome Thing of the Year is his Google Pixel 2XL.
  • Will’s Awesome Thing of the Year is a “really interesting idea.” He’s interested in TXT.FYI – a stripped down blog.
  • Lokay’s Awesome Thing of the Year is HQ – the quiz app.
  • Cynthia’s AirPods are her Awesome Thing for Life. As her Awesome Thing of the Year, she’s going with 17776.
  • Mike Pound’s Awesome Thing of the Year is Amazon Echo.
  • Patreoner Michael Fedor’s Awesome Thing of the Year is Patreon’s redo of their fee structure.
  • Bobby is sharing his Awesome Thing of the Year – his Google Home.
  • John Carman’s Awesome Thing of the Year is Google’s Pixel Buds.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Year is the realization of handheld internet through his AT&T Wireless plan.
  • We’re running through our 2017 predictions from last year – and whether or not they actually came true.
  • And, then we turn to predictions for 2018!(With a shout out to Rob Johnston and the Vine 2 launch!)

    Lokay: Vine2 is going to be a failure.

    Will Rutherford: Net neutrality is going to get pushed through and it’s going to be a kerfluffle. ISPs are going to do what ISPs do, but customers are going to drop like flies. They’re going to lose so much business that they’re going to roll things back and it will all be for naught.

    Mike Pound: Digital side of journalism is going to continue to build in 2018.

    Cynthia Closkey: Continued escalation of Google/Apple/Amazon streaming war. Apple TV available for sale on Amazon again.

    Michael Fedor: Disney will have one major purchase in the next year. (Jokingly introduced with: Living under the United States of Disney. Disney will pay down national debt and come in on some sort of crisis.)

    John Carman: We’re going to see the first Amazon Key burglary.

    Bobby Cherry: Elon Musk is going to have some breakthrough next year – through one of his companies.

    Chilla: We’re going to see another huge dropoff on PC technology.

    Brian Crawford: We’re going to start turning into cyborgs with our wearable tech and implant devices. We’re also going to see regulations regarding drones.

    Krause: AR is going to be a much bigger deal than even VR is now.

    Sorg: Podcasting is going to be de-emphasized in 2018.

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:  Jim Lokay (@Lokay), Will Rutherford (@DjLunchbox), Mike Pound (@unclecrappy), Cynthia Closkey (@cynthiacloskey), John Carman (@carmanavenue), Bobby Cherry (@GoBobbo), Brian Crawford (@RiverTalkPGH), Krause (@KrazyKrause), Michael Fedor (@mikefedorshow), Chilla (@chilla) and Sorg (@Sorgatron)

Have you seen our AwesomeTips videos?

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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 376: The Wheels on the VR Desert Bus

It’s just the boys this week!  But, Sorg and Chilla hold down the fort as they share this week’s news in tech.  This week they’re talking about:

  • It’s our last episode before our Christmas edition next week, and we’re feeling pretty festive already.
  • Sorg is sharing his Awesome Thing of the Week. Desert Bus is (finally) on VR!
  • Chilla has some Android news as his Awesome Thing of the Week with a file-to-file transfer option.
  • Sorg is discussing just how much data our tech savvy household uses. It’s almost staggering.
  • There’s a YouTube video from 1999 that talks about Amazon. It’s amazing.
  • Whiteboard app is coming to Microsoft.
  • According to Sorg, Nintendo is like the Disney vault of video games.
  • With games like Animal Crossing, where’s the Legend of Zelda integration for our phones?
  • Amazon is not happy with Google. Or is that the other way around?
  • YouTube will no longer be available on Amazon devices?!?!
  • How about a stripped down blogging tool without social media tools? There’s such a thing to get you back to the basics of blogging, without the bells and whistles.
  • HP has a wearable computer for VR!
  • Google updated Google Home to now accept multiple commands. Chilla has been waiting for this day for so long.
  • Sorg is showing off his teddy bears.

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:  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 375: Port-a-Potty Pizza Party

Katie and Sorg are joined by Doug Derda this week. We were able to get Katie and Sorg away from Animal Crossing long enough to talk about this week’s news in tech, including:

  • Katie is torn between her iPhone X and being dubbed in German as her Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Katie is talking about some of the cool stuff she’s done with her iPhone X for video.
  • Doug is talking the future of smartphones with Samsung’s new battery tech that could fully charge a phone in minutes.
  • Sorg is blaming Katie for his addiction to his Awesome Thing of the Week – Animal Crossing Pocket Camp.
  • Y’know what, if you don’t want to wait 7 hours for pizza, head over to Slice and get some perfect pepperoni pizza.
  • Although net neutrality issues aren’t cool, Pitchwerks put the perfect explanation together with some help from Spare Change.
  • Shout out to Brian Crawford for picking up an iPad Pro. Speaking of – we’re talking about his question about whether or not we need a traditional laptop anymore.
  • Watching TV while playing video games? Doug is talking about how things are changing.
  • Back to the Future reference thanks to Doug and his multiple device usage commentary.
  • If we’re doing all this stuff IRL, can you imagine VR adaptations?
  • We talked last week about Ello coming back. People have noticed. There is naked spam.
  • We’re talking some Carnegie Science Center omnimax upgrades!
  • Want to kick your smartphone addiction? There’s a Substitute Phone to help you.

After the show remember to:

Shop small with our neighbors here in Beechview this weekend. For more info visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1535469116534745/

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:  Katie Dudas (@Kdudders),  Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron), and Doug Derda (@douglasderda).

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: The Metal Edge


We chat with Zach Fehl about the new spinoff from The River’s Edge: The Metal Edge, Pittsburgh’s online metal station.  We discuss his days with Cal U radio, the metal scene in Pittsburgh, and try the most Metal Pizza ever!

You can check out The Metal Edge at www.metaledgepgh.com.

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AwesomeCast 374: A Couch Full of Johns

John Carman joins us in studio as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday.  Together with our usual tech hounds – Sorg, Chilla, and Katie, the gang shares some of this week’s tech news, including:

  • Chilla is kicking things off with his Awesome Thing of the Week with Tesla chargers.
  • Another creature has been released from The Last Jedi. Katie is telling us about Vulptex as her Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • John Carman is talking about his options for Black Friday sales as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is a video map of atmospheric changes and hurricanes.
  • We’re sharing what we’re thankful for as we head into Thanksgiving.
  • Sorg and friends are getting into a deep dive about iPhone and Android options now that phones are holding up better – negating the “need” to upgrade.
  • Looking to get an iPhone X? You can actually check Walmart’s offerings as an option.
  • A hologram player that lets you interact with 3D holograms? Yes, please.
  • Want a smart light switch with Echo capabilities? There’s a solution for that.
  • Katie is all about the dino nuggets and Animal Crossing! She’s sharing some news about that second one now.
  • Tesla has a semi truck.
  • KFC has an escape pod (faraday cage)?
  • Our John Carman is not the guy that made the news for being a misogynistic New Jersey politician.
  • Ello is back! And, it’s now for creatives.
  • Windows 10 is offering a Star Trek like journal.
  • Do yourselves a favor – if you’re not already following him, follow John Carman on Twitter (@carmanavenue).

After the show remember to:

Shop small with our neighbors here in Beechview this weekend. For more info visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1535469116534745/

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:  John Carman (@carmanavenue), 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: 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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