Category Archives: AwesomeCast

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!

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!

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:

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:  Bobby Cherry (@GoBobbo), 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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

AwesomeCast 367: Hop A Rocket

Cynthia Closkey of Shift Collaborative joins us in studio this week.  She talks with Sorg, Katie, and Chilla about this week’s tech news, including:  

  • Cynthia is giving us a quick share about what she’s up to at Shift Collaborative. Catch her AwesomeChat this week!
  • Cynthia is sharing her Awesome Thing of the Week – her new AirPods!
  • Cynthia is sharing her AirPod hack – using one while charging the other to extend usage.
  • Katie is sharing Instagram Stories polls as her Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • It’s Choose-Your-Own-Dudders-Adventure time with Katie!
  • Amazon released some new devices, and Chilla is getting us up to date as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is from PodCamp Pittsburgh this past weekend – Hashtag Immerse.
  • Twitter is expanding from 140 to 280 characters! We have some mixed thoughts.
  • AR Dragon is out, and it’s got the cutest AR integration.
  • Speaking of AR, Mulango blew Chilla’s mind with the AR poster he brought with him to PodCamp.
  • We’re talking about the future being here – between AR and SpaceX.
  • So, those people moving tubes we talked about on a previous show? We’re repurposing them to food delivery.
  • Thank you Elon Musk for putting the thoughts in our heads about rocket travel point-to-point.
  • If jet lag is bad, what is rocket lag going to be like?
  • 3-Dollar-Rocket-Ride: We’re considering the Mega Bus options of rocket travel.
  • Thank you SNL for bringing the Papyrus conversation back.
  • Twitter and Facebook are becoming “news” sources. So, what’s the protocol for Google to filter fake news?
  • It’s dancing stormtrooper time with Chilla.
  • ScareHouse is doing some great stuff for the kids!

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:  Cynthia Closkey (@cynthiacloskey), 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 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!