AwesomeCast 397: The TiVo Big D Button

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on BroadwayAlex Kahrs Design & Media, and Sparkledragon’s Magical Emporium!

Krause returns to the big purple couch this week to show off some of his new toys.  He is, of course, joined by our in-house gadget hounds Chilla, Katie, and Sorg.  This week’s topics include:

  • Katie is fresh off the Millvale Music Festival and sharing some quick thoughts about the weekend.
  • Thanks to PCTV for picking up Awesome Chat as part of their programming!
  • Krause has an Awesome Thing of the Week – LIVE from McKees Rocks with his Nest doorbell.
  • Katie is sharing the Nintendo Labo mash-up with Jimmy Fallon and Ariana Grande as her Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Microsoft released some information about Surface Hub 2, and it made Chilla’s Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is just down the block from the studio. He got a sweet tour of the Tolin FX space when he stopped by.
  • Speaking of local, Sorg is sharing Honeycomb Credit as an option for crowdsource funding for businesses.
  • Pittsburgh has an eSports team, and we’re learning more about the gaming space because of it.
  • Boston Dynamics’ creepy robot dog is getting creepier – and smarter.
  • Ryan Reynolds dressed as a unicorn is almost as amazing as him as Deadpool.
  • Snapchat is getting started with ads that you can’t skip.
  • Smellavision is a step closer – with the Sensor Wake alarm clock.
  • Krause is on the verge of cordcutting – and we’re going to talk him over the ledge!
  • To DVR, or not to DVR, that is the true question on this week’s podcast.
  • The show may have turned into an intervention to address Katie’s VHS lifestyle.

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

June 5th is a big day for us!  It’s our 8-year anniversary PLUS our 400th episode! (We’ll be doing something fun for the occasion.  You should join us.)

Have you seen our AwesomeTips videos?

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

Remember to check out our friends at the River’s Edge (@RiversEdgePGH) and The 405 Media (@The405Radio) 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 396: Thanos Dancing

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on BroadwayAlex Kahrs Design & Media, and The Millvale Music Festival!
Cynthia Closkey is back on the show this week joining Katie, Chilla, and Sorg as they talk tech news.  This week’s topics include:

  • If there’s one thing you need to see this week, it’s Thanos dancing.
  • Speaking of interesting dance moves, we’re taking a trip down memory lane with Subservient Chicken.
  • Nintendo Switch won’t be getting a virtual console after all.
  • Sorg dusted off his Gameboy Advance for some Bugs Bunny gameplay recently.
  • Cynthia is sharing a predictive text integration we can get behind with Predictively Funny.
  • Google Maps has some social and AR components (to help you go the right direction when you get off public transit).
  • Google Lens is picking up some extra capabilities.
  • Android P is rolling out to everything but Samsung.
  • There may be some changes coming up with schedule integration with your Google Calendar.
  • When you think about applying parental controls for yourself.
  • Microsoft has some Build news that Chilla is sharing with us.
  • Cortana and Alexa have finally become friends.
  • Microsoft is sweetening the deal for developers.
  • Pornhub had a huge spike on Star Wars Day.
  • Sorg got to celebrate Star Wars Day with his buddy, Chris Whitlatch!

After the show remember to:

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

Want to be part of our studio audience?  Hit us up at awesomecast@sorgatronmedia.com and we’ll save you a seat!

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

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

June 5th is a big day for us!  It’s our 8-year anniversary PLUS our 400th episode! (We’ll be doing something fun for the occasion.  You should join us.)

Have you seen our AwesomeTips videos?

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

Remember to check out our friends at the River’s Edge (@RiversEdgePGH) and The 405 Media (@The405Radio) 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 395: BobbyCherry.app

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on BroadwayAlex Kahrs Design & Media, and The Millvale Music Festival!
John Carman joins John Chichilla and Mike Sorg to talk about what’s new in the world of technology.  This week’s topics include:

  • Sorg is setting the tone for this week’s Awesome Thing of the Week segment with his 3D movie maker (of sorts) find after hanging with the THRIFTY podcast crew last week! (NOTE: Actual product unavailable to link.  Included link is for a similar product)
  • Carman is sharing the Facebook dating *cough* Tinder *cough* integration announcement as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Instead of being a Tinder competitor, the Facebook Dating option will do long-term comparisons akin to eHarmony.
  • Chilla is sharing an Oculus option that is now available at a lower price point as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • We’ve talked with (and about) Alpha Lab Gear quite a few times on the show. They just announced their new cycle of movers and shakers!
  • Double Dare is coming back to Nickelodeon!
  • Cal Tech is working on an autonomous drone ambulance.
  • Are you a fan of Harry Potter? There’s an app (game) for you!
  • T-Mobile and Sprint are joining forces to become a new company
  • Looking for something to do with your Echo? Turn it into a coffee mug! (Not really, someone has a battery option that makes it look like one, though.)
  • MoviePass may have passed its honeymoon stage and they’re starting to roll out some restrictions.
  • Google will now let you register a .app site.
  • Atari VCS is officially on pre-order.
  • The Bobby Cherry App will simply be a tracking app to determine whether or not Bobby Cherry is at Kennywood.

After the show remember to:

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

Want to be part of our studio audience?  Hit us up at awesomecast@sorgatronmedia.com and we’ll save you a seat!

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), John Chichilla (@chilla)  and Sorg (@Sorgatron)

June 5th is a big day for us!  It’s our 8-year anniversary PLUS our 400th episode! (We’ll be doing something fun for the occasion.  You should join us.)

Have you seen our AwesomeTips videos?

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

Remember to check out our friends at the River’s Edge (@RiversEdgePGH) and The 405 Media (@The405Radio) 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 394: Car Tech of Future Past

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on BroadwayAlex Kahrs Design & Media, and The Millvale Music Festival!


This week Brian Crawford of The River’s Edge rejoins our regulars   Katie, Chilla, and Sorg as they talk this week’s tech news, 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)

Want to be part of our studio audience?  Hit us up at awesomecast@sorgatronmedia.com and we’ll save you a seat!

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

Our good friend, Zach Rizza is raising money and awareness through the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation Team Pittsburgh 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon.  Check out his fundraiser page at: https://www.crowdrise.com/dsgfpitt2018/fundraiser/zachrizza

Have you seen our AwesomeTips videos?

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

Remember to check out our friends at the River’s Edge (@RiversEdgePGH) and The 405 Media (@The405Radio) 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 393: The Tinder of Podcast Hosts

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on BroadwayAlex Kahrs Design & Media, and The Millvale Music Festival!

This week marks the return of Scot MacTaggart of Pitchwerks.  He is, of course, joined by our usual co-hosts, Katie, Chilla, and Sorg as they talk this week’s tech news, including:

  • Katie is talking Anchor as her Awesome Thing of the Week – and their ability to find you a podcast co-host!
  • We’re talking the Tinder of podcast hosts.
  • Scot’s Awesome Thing of the Week is the Hardware Cup finals with Pittsburgh’s very own Velocity Robotics.
  • If you’re in Pittsburgh, you should check out the Hardware Cup – an International event that right’s here!
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is via Matt Carlins and comes to us as Uber’s Uber Movement project.
  • Chilla is sharing Google AI Kit as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • It may be the first time Sorg has a retraction from a show recommendation thanks to his DoorDash experience.
  • Smallman Galley is cool enough on its own, but now they have a Guilty Pleasures offering – with a menu on View Master!
  • Sure your music sounds okay on Home Pod and Echo, but does your extreme metal sound just as good?
  • Snap launches new features for Lens Studio AR.
  • A number of tech companies vow not to aid in cyber attacks.

After the show remember to:

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

Want to be part of our studio audience?  Hit us up at awesomecast@sorgatronmedia.com and we’ll save you a seat!

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

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

Our good friend, Zach Rizza is raising money and awareness through the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation Team Pittsburgh 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon.  Check out his fundraiser page at: https://www.crowdrise.com/dsgfpitt2018/fundraiser/zachrizza

Have you seen our AwesomeTips videos?

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

Remember to check out our friends at the River’s Edge (@RiversEdgePGH) and The 405 Media (@The405Radio) 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: Arts Festival at Millvale Music Festival 2018


We talk about Mike Zickefoose  about the NEW Arts Festival as part of the Millvale Music Festival, what was awesome about the 2017 edition and more!  Find more at millvalemusic.org !

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 392: Zuckerberg Magic

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on BroadwayAlex Kahrs Design & Media, and The Millvale Music Festival!

It’s a jetlagged edition of AwesomeCast with the LA returned Sorg, along with Katie and Chilla in studio!

  • Sorg is sharing Hoopla as his AwesomeThingOfTheWeek.
  • Sorg discovered that Hoopla has ShortCircuit, and we may have derailed the Podcast.
  • Katie is sharing an Instagram fancy portrait photo option with Focus as her AwesomeThingOfTheWeek.
  • The moral of this week’s Podcast: Use Instagram.
  • Chilla’s AwesomeThingOfTheWeek is a recommendation to support additional authentication – including Biometrics to be used to log into things like websites.
  • Speaking of Biometrics, Sorg is making a plea to CLEAR to come to Pittsburgh.
  • Pittsburgh has a new Food Delivery service with DoorDash.
  • Chilla is calling for a Yelp review of our various Food Delivery services to help narrow down which ones are good and which ones aren’t.
  • You can plug your Instagram account information into IGaudit and it will tell you how many real followers you have.
  • Google has updated older versions of Android phones with GoogleAssistant!
  • Sorg loves the AI level of intelligence and responsiveness with GoogleAssistant.
  • Have an OpenAir workspace?  HushMe goes over your mouth and connects with earbuds to provide Privacy for cellphone calls.
  • Katie has been watching a new TV show with Mark Zuckerburg and confused old people today.
  • Sooo…..a  Senate Hearing…broadcast on Twitch?
  • Things we learned during the Mark Zuckerburg testimony: Targeted Ads are more of a thing than we realized.
  • If you do ads and marketing on Facebook, you may want to look into other options.
  • Chilla is a fan of paper things.  Microsoft has a (temporarily) Free App that offers a freehand note app via Penhook.
  • WestWorld may have set a standard on Spoilers through a Reddit poll.
  • Podcasts on Pandora?
  • Want to keep up with your friends IRL – by using an App? Garden may be your answer!
  • Speaking of @millvalemusic, we’ll have an AwesomeChat with them tomorrow evening!

After the show remember to:

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

Want to be part of our studio audience?  Hit us up at awesomecast@sorgatronmedia.com and we’ll save you a seat!

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), John Chichilla (@chilla)  and Sorg (@Sorgatron)

Our good friend, Zach Rizza is raising money and awareness through the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation Team Pittsburgh 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon.  Check out his fundraiser page at: https://www.crowdrise.com/dsgfpitt2018/fundraiser/zachrizza

Have you seen our AwesomeTips videos?

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

Remember to check out our friends at the River’s Edge (@RiversEdgePGH) and The 405 Media (@The405Radio) 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 391: Shoe Pizza

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on Broadway, Alex Kahrs Design & Media, and The Millvale Music Festival!


We’re back on schedule after last week’s brief interruption.  Katie is in Studio A with Sorg and pizza, while Chilla joins us from Studio C to talk this week in technology, 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)

Want to be part of our studio audience?  Hit us up at awesomecast@sorgatronmedia.com and we’ll save you a seat!

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), John Chichilla (@chilla)  and Sorg (@Sorgatron)

Our good friend, Zach Rizza is raising money and awareness through the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation Team Pittsburgh 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon.  Check out his fundraiser page at: https://www.crowdrise.com/dsgfpitt2018/fundraiser/zachrizza

Have you seen our AwesomeTips videos?

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

Remember to check out our friends at the River’s Edge (@RiversEdgePGH) and The 405 Media (@The405Radio) 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: Krissy DeShetler


Krissy DeShetler is the Shared Services Manager with Family House, a non profit helping to house those coming into Pittsburgh for medical services.  Krissy shares with us her venture into being an “accidental techie” for a non profit as well as a large project upgrading her organization to the cloud.

Find out more about her organization at www.FamilyHouse.org ! Read her article on the process here: https://www.nten.org/article/to-the-cloud-one-agencys-it-transformation/

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 390: Hands Free in the Bathroom

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on Broadway, Alex Kahrs Design & Media, and The Millvale Music Festival!


This week’s episode was pre-recorded due to a scheduling conflict with our regularly-scheduled Podcast Day events, but we were able to get Sorg, Katie, and Chilla together to talk about some of this week’s tech news, 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)

Want to be part of our studio audience?  Hit us up at awesomecast@sorgatronmedia.com and we’ll save you a seat!

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), John Chichilla (@chilla)  and Sorg (@Sorgatron)

Our good friend, Zach Rizza is raising money and awareness through the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation Team Pittsburgh 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon.  Check out his fundraiser page at: https://www.crowdrise.com/dsgfpitt2018/fundraiser/zachrizza

Have you seen our AwesomeTips videos?

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

Remember to check out our friends at the River’s Edge (@RiversEdgePGH) and The 405 Media (@The405Radio) 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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