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Awesome Chat: Jack Morgan of Duolingo​


When your resume pretty much starts with Google and you’re currently employed at a growing startup, chances are there’s a fun story on how you got there.  This week we sit down with Jack Morgan as he shares some insight into his path across the pond from England right here to Pittsburgh, what he’s working on over at Duolingo, and what he’s learned about Pittsburgh (and Pittsburghers) thanks to rideshare encounters and work friends.

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AwesomeCast 384: Immersive Language Learning With Siri


Sorg, Chilla, and Katie are joined by Jack Morgan of Duolingo this week.  They’re sharing some tech news, including:

  • Sorg has the perfect Awesome Thing of the Week for Chilla – an Iron Man AR helmet!
  • Our biggest question about the Iron Man AR helmet – does it fit adults? Because we all really want one ourselves.
  • Katie is sharing her Awesome Thing of the Week – a sponsored post in Tech Crunch with NONONONONO Cat!
  • Speaking of cats…Chilla’s Awesome Thing of the Week is Rift Cat.
  • Jack’s Awesome Thing of the Week is a WIRED documentary on the Silicon Valley of hardware – Shenzhen, China.
  • Best Buy will stop selling CDs because of digital music revenue, while Target will sell them under consignment.
  • Sorg is sharing his collection of old technology – like VCRs and 1992 tech.
  • Despite the trend toward digital, Netflix originals are finding their way to DVD for cross marketing.
  • Crystal Dynamics is taking on the Avengers game next!
  • My Little Pony meets Street Fighter and Sorg wants Hasbro to leave them alone so it can be made.
  • Black Mirror is more and more realistic thanks to Boston Dynamics.
  • Chilla is sharing some progressive web app updates.
  • Google is working on app development for a smart response option for all of your chat.
  • Google is working on a video game streaming service?
  • Sorg is digging Social Decay – an art installation of social icons in decay.

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: Jack Morgan (@jckmgn), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), John Chichilla (@chilla)  and 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 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 383: Tesla in Space


We’re going to the moon this week, or at least into space?  Wherever we’re going, it’s with Sorg, Chilla, and Carman as they’re talking about:

  • Sorg is starting off with his Awesome Thing of the Week from Lyft.
  • We’re comparing some Lyft v Uber horror stories with Sorg and Carman.
  • Carman’s Awesome Thing of the Week is the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch, but especially the Tesla in Space!
  • Chilla’s Awesome Thing of the Week is Patreon integration with photo and video app features.
  • We’re having an interesting discussion about live video editing broadcast via streaming video options.
  • Pittsburgh has a fish fry map. And, it’s glorious!
  • Remember the guy who turned his cat into a drone? He’s working on a helicopter cow!
  • Hado gives us an AR esports tournament, and we’re pretty happy with it.
  • Speaking of glasses… Intel is developing the new smart glasses.
  • How much are you willing to spend on a new phone?
  • We’re going to SPACE! (At least with our discussion.)
  • Did you catch the Curiosity rover’s images from Mars?
  • A lost Mayan city has been discovered!

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: John Carman (@CarmanAvenue), John Chichilla (@chilla)  and 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 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: Dream Loud Podcast


Dan Scifo is a Sport Writer covering the Steelers and Penguins at the Latrobe Bulletin. Ben Hull is the bassist for former Flyleaf lead singer Lacey Sturm. Together, they wanted to combine their stories and talk with others who make their dreams come true with the Dream Loud Podcast. We talk about how they got the show together, some of the interesting stories they’ve heard so far and where they hope to go with their show.

Listen to the Dream Loud Podcast at dreamloudpodcast.podbean.com.

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AwesomeCast 382: Double Decker Bus Podcast Tour


We’ve got a special treat this week as we’re joined by our BOLD Pittsburgh team of Steve Fernald and Amanda Narcisi. They join Sorg and Chilla to talk about this week in technology news, including:

  • There may be some Top Gun chatter at the top of the show.
  • Amanda has some show and tell for her Awesome Thing of the Week with Philips Hue Go.
  • Because Amanda isn’t here very often, we let her have TWO Awesome Thing of the Week submissions. Up next? Beasts of Balance!
  • Steve is a sports fan (*cough* BOLD Pittsburgh Sports *cough*) is sharing Zepp Smart Sports as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Chilla is heading to Pinterest for his Awesome Thing of the Week with Poort for his iPad collection.
  • Steve is looking to upgrade his velcro and duct tape solutions with Poort thanks to Chilla.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is thanks to the Going Deep summit this weekend. He’s sharing 412 Food Rescue’s new app.
  • Burger King explaining Net Neurality may be the best thing ever.
  • Star Wars + VR = Secrets of the Empire. Chris Whitlatch gives his thumbs up this week.
  • Chilla is pouring one out this week for Dudders (not being in studio) with VR fake porn that face swaps someone’s face into porn.
  • Waymo has ordered thousands of vans for self-driving taxi service geared for later this year.
  • Instagram has finally approved scheduled content!

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: Steve Fernald (@Stevefernald), Amanda Narcisi (@alnarcisi), John Chichilla (@chilla)  and Sorg (@haggertymedia)

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 381: Blades of Grass Test

Krause is in studio with Sorg as Chilla joins in remotely from Studio C this week.  In a post-CES world, we’ve got a ton of stuff we’re talking about this week, including:

  • Krause got a new TV he’s sharing as his Awesome Thing of the Week. It’s a Samsung 4K.
  • Chilla and Krause are sharing some standard operation chatter about protocol for new tech installation – as in how to use the new remote(s) properly!
  • Want to cut the cord? There are plenty of over the air options out there!
  • We’ll be getting 4K over the air?!?!
  • Chilla is SO EXCITED for the release of Home Pod.
  • It’s the gift that keeps on giving with delayed release options and upgrades!
  • Sorg is into some DIY for his Awesome Thing of the Week – as in cardboard add-ons for Nintendo Switch.
  • Pittsburgh company WeSpeke is partnering with CNN to provide language lessons while checking out the news.
  • Thanks to Laura for sharing the Quantum Leap map this week!
  • YouTube TV has 300K subscribers in less than a year.
  • Streaming TV options are great for bringing your TV with you no matter where you go.
  • We’ve got some great cord cutting options if you’re looking for some comparisons.
  • Screen share your iOS device for remote help using a new TeamViewer option.
  • We talk about drones rather frequently, but here’s a first – A lifeguard drone made its first rescue!
  • From a lifeguard version to a pocket version, there’s pretty much a drone for everyone these days.
  • We’re ending this week’s podcast with some app recommendations! (Files Go, Drafts)

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

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 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.

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: Ryan Haggerty (@haggertymedia), John Chichilla (@chilla)  and Sorg (@haggertymedia)

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 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:

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 Conway (@BrianConwayyyyy )  Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), John Chichilla (@chilla) and 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 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 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)

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), Chilla (@chilla) and 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 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: 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.

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