Category Archives: AwesomeCast

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!

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!

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?

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 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!