Category Archives: AwesomeCast

AwesomeCast 357: Live from Broadway Ave

It’s the first AwesomeCast from the NEW Sorgatron Media Studio on Broadway Ave in Pittsburgh!  Chilla, Sorg and Mike Pound are talking all the 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)

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), Mike Pound (@mikepoundpg), 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 356: Climbing Aboard the A-Train


It’s the last episode in the current Mayhem Studio!  We’ll be in our new digs on Broadway Avenue for next week.  But, until then, join Sorg, Chilla, and Katie as they talk what’s new in tech this week for AwesomeCast 356, including:

  • We’re having a couch party next week. Check out our Facebook event for details!
  • AwesomeChat will be back after our move next week, too!
  • Chilla is sharing his Awesome Thing of the Week. Let’s say fishbowl, iPhone, and AR.
  • Have you caught Planet of the Apps? Chilla is talking about some AR concepts from the show.
  • Who has a HoloLens Sorg can borrow?
  • Chilla is speculating Apple will be coming up with their own HoloLens solution.
  • Interested in hunting a serial killer? There’s a box for that! Katie is telling us all about it.
  • Sorg is finally catching up with some Alexa. Thanks to Prime Day he treated himself to an Echo Dot.
  • Alexa is teaching Sorg how to not kill the pets while Missy is away.
  • Sorg is comparing Siri to Alexa and how he uses each differently.
  • Chilla is teaching Sorg how to connect his Echo Dot with his Fire Stick to collaborate his Tech.
  • Atari is announcing a new console, but there still isn’t much info about it?
  • Disney is opening an immersive Star Wars hotel with guest storylines?
  • Do you love Star Wars enough for an immersive hotel experience? Katie is leery. Chilla is saving up.
  • Sorg is comparing Westworld to the Star Wars immersive hotel.
  • The truth comes out, Katie is boycotting the Star Wars immersive hotel because there are no AT-ATs.
  • Love LEGO enough to eat LEGO-themed food? There’s a great restaurant option.
  • Tech Shop might stay in Pittsburgh!
  • Google Glass is coming back!
  • YouTube is providing gif-like previews – just like Porn Hub has been doing for a while.
  • Chilla has found a use for the Dudders Dot – in his car.
  • Things Sorg finds on YouTube – this week was Myth Busters meets atom lab.
  • Want to know what it’s like to operate an independent game store? We’re touching on some news about it.
  • ScareHouse podcast + Kennywood + AR makes it a topic for us to discuss!
  • Katie recommends the 4D Lego Movie.
  • Katie brings us a dick-o-meter to log in to porn accounts using your male anatomy.
  • PRT is trademarked already?
  • Make sure to check out Replay FX coming up soon!

Are you a musician? We’d love to talk updating our theme. Bonus points if you do it Mystery Science Theater style.

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), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), 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 355: Parsing with Yik Yak


We’re counting down the days in Mayhem Studio before moving to our fancy new studio space!  Join Sorg, Chilla, and Katie as they talk what’s new in tech this week for AwesomeCast 355, including:

Are you a musician? We’d love to talk updating our theme. Bonus points if you do it Mystery Science Theater style.

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), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), 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 354: Inside Sauce

We’ve got a full studio this week as Kim Lyons joins us on the couch! Sorg is back behind the desk, and Katie and Chilla take up their respective spots around the Slice on Broadway pizza box. It can only mean we’re ready to talk what’s new in tech this week for AwesomeCast 354, including:

  • Kim is sharing some fun information about what she’s up to these days.
  • Kim is ready to roll with her Awesome Thing of the Week from the land down under.
  • Drones + Environment = Kim Lyons’ Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Chilla is sharing an indoor antenna from Mohu as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Katie has an Awesome Thing of the Week (thanks to Mad Mike)! It’s a ranch fountain!
  • Katie is thinking of the possibilities for a ranch fountain and some Slice on Broadway. #PeaceLoveAndRanch
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is an AR replication of Super Mario in Central Park.
  • Thanks to Slice on Broadway for providing the perfect pepperoni pizza to support Podcast Day. (You can order online now!)
  • Chilla is bringing us this week’s App of the Week with Lumafusion – the closest thing to Final Cut for mobile.
  • Adobe is talking about full functionality for Photoshop on mobile devices?
  • Thanks to Chris Whitlatch for sharing a new VR arcade (in Seattle) for this week’s discussion.
  • While Sorg was in Nebraska, he learned he can check a VR unit out of the school library. Hmm.
  • Katie is sharing some snapmap information for us.
  • Snapmap can also help you figure out where everyone is with hot spot mapping options.
  • Instagram has location features similar to snapmap.
  • Kim brings us back to Pittsburgh with CMU initiatives for AI (because kids are smarter than we are).
  • We just figured out that CMU will be Skynet.
  • Uber – When Lyft isn’t an option…
  • Does anything come out of MIT these days? Seems like all the cool kids are at CMU.
  • Star Wars trailer for The Last Jedi made on a 1984 Apple IIC.
  • Katie is closing out the show with porn again this week: the first standalone VR unit – that only plays porn.
  • Will you be in Pittsburgh this weekend? It’s Anthrocon 2017 time! (We’re so excited!)

Are you a musician? We’d love to talk updating our theme. Bonus points if you do it Mystery Science Theater style.

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: Kim Lyons (@SocialKimLy) Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), 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 353: Go On Without Me

Sorg is in the middle of nowhere this week, so we’re back on Google Hangouts with him, Chilla and Katie.  The gang talks what’s new in tech this week for AwesomeCast 353, including:

  • Katie is talking about her Awesome Thing of the Week with Instagram replay options.
  • Chilla must be looking to upgrade Studio C. He’s sharing IKEA AR options.
  • Sorg is sharing Academy Pittsburgh as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • The Girl Scouts are doing more than just cookie sales. How about teaching the next generation of female hackers?
  • Fuze Code will let kids use their Nintendo Switch to code their own games.
  • Twitch has an exclusive deal with Blizzard for major esport events.
  • Twitch is the place to be these days apparently.
  • Chilla is sharing some PayPal news with regard to Apple transfers through iMessage.
  • Katie doesn’t have any porn this week, but she found some drones being used to drop contraband to prisons.
  • Speaking of drones, apparently Sorg had a stalker on one of his recent trips.
  • Sorg was saddened that he couldn’t take over Pokemon GO gyms at the airport due to updates.
  • Pokemon GO gym updates are going to change the game, literally.
  • Sorg is taking an over/under as to whether Chachi is catching Pokemon on his honeymoon.

Are you a musician? We’d love to talk updating our theme. Bonus points if you do it Mystery Science Theater style.

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), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), 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 352: Teraflops

Sorg is back in studio, and we’re getting creative due to an internet service outage.  We’re not going to let it stop us from talking about what’s new in tech this week – including some E3 chat! Chilla joins Sorg for a little extra geeky AwesomeCast 352, including:

  • Sorg troubleshoots some tech outages while podcasting.
  • Verizon has failed this podcast this week.
  • E3 was a thing that happened this week. We’re sharing some of the gaming news you should know.
  • Microsoft is giving us a backwards compatible console.
  • If we’re not live for next week’s show, we may be playing some Crimson Skies.
  • Pokemon GO has some anniversary events for players.
  • Sorg made some friends while traveling thanks to Pokemon GO gym takedowns.
  • There may be a “proper” Pokemon game via Nintendo Switch in our future.
  • We’re having some great discussions about Playstation Pro.
  • Teraflops are not to be confused with terrible flops.
  • Is XBox worth the $100 more than its competitors?
  • Chilla wants SSDs as an option for his gaming consoles.
  • Sorg and Chilla may be deep-diving gaming console backwards compatibility.
  • Is Playstation to XBox like going from Mac to PC?
  • Identical OS across consoles? We may like this idea of fluent design.
  • iMacs have upgradeable RAM and CPUs now?
  • The new iMac STARTS at $5K.
  • Don’t bother with the new iMac unless you’re Pixar.
  • Russia has a vending machine that will sell you fake likes.
  • Perfect timing by Mayor Peduto. We just mentioned this on our show to our listeners:

@billpeduto A new interactive map allows you to track & search @pgh2o information on curb box inspections for lead pipes http://www.pgh2o.com/CBI

Are you a musician? We’d love to talk updating our theme. Bonus points if you do it Mystery Science Theater style.

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 351: Return of the Mac

Sorg is on the road this week, but that’s not going to stop us from talking about this week’s tech news. Chilla and Katie join in to bring us this week’s tech news for AwesomeCast 351, including:

  • Katie is sharing her Awesome Thing of the Week – and it involves candy and soda.
  • Did someone say bacon?
  • Sorg is sharing some thoughts about chocolate after spending the weekend in NYC with the boys.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is not Apple news related following Apple WWDC. It’s Samsung?
  • Chilla checked out Uber EATS and is sharing some thoughts.
  • (And, Chilla gave a shout out to Pub Chip Shop thanks to his Uber EATS trial.)
  • With WWDC 2017 earlier today, we’re sharing some of the news and updates on tonight’s show.
  • Apple has a new Mac coming out and Sorg is sharing some thoughts.
  • Did someone say 4K iMac?
  • Comparing Mac and PC is like comparing…well…Apple and oranges.
  • Chilla and Sorg are sharing some iOS development options following WWDC 2017.
  • We’ve got a big update ahead with Apple, and it may affect some of your apps.
  • We’re talking some AR news following WWDC 2017 announcements.
  • Katie can’t wait for iOS 11 to fix her storage and battery drain issues.
  • Battery saver mode – who uses it?
  • QR codes are finally being integrated into your device.
  • Chilla lives in the future with his Awesome Things of the Week following WWDC 2017.
  • Built-in device screen recording is now a thing without an external device.
  • NFC reader is being made available to developers.
  • Apps will autodelete but keep your data if an app is inactive for an extended period.
  • Business chat starts an instant chat with a business or developer. (Chilla is thinking Uber applications.)
  • You can type to Siri instead of having to speak your request.
  • Quick type allows input of symbols without requiring you to go into a different keyboard mode.
  • iPad will have a drag and drop feature (finally).
  • Price comparison between iPad Pro and Macbook pretty much comes down to what you’re using it for.
  • iMessage will have an Apple Pay feature – not to be confused with Apple Cash card.
  • Sorg is living in a parody – or so he feels following WWDC 2017.
  • Home Pod is giving Chilla some thoughts about home automation.
  • Home Pod v. Amazon Echo will be the new Battle Bots for geeks.
  • Streaming multiple songs at different locations via airplay?
  • Will we be seeing multi-user options for devices?
  • Katie is sharing a VR porn story.

Because we had so much Apple news coverage, you can find out more here:

Apple WWDC Information
Apple WWDC News (Mashable)
Apple WWDC News (Cult of Mac)

Are you a musician? We’d love to talk updating our theme. Bonus points if you do it Mystery Science Theater style.

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), 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!

AwesomeCast 350: Flying the Awesome Skies

This week, the boys are back! Sorg and Chilla are joined by Will Rutherford – as he makes his return to Podcast Day. The crew shares some of this week’s tech news for AwesomeCast 350, including:

  • Chilla is sharing his Awesome Thing of the Week – an Apple battery case that saved his recent travels.
  • Speaking of airport saves, Sorg also visited an airport store for his own iPhone accessory.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is NOT the airport kiosk, but instead the Oculus Touch controller.
  • Will is sharing his Awesome Thing of the Week – it’s not the Essential phone. Instead, it’s his iPhone 6.
  • Will recently came back to iPhone from Android. He’s sharing why.
  • If his iPhone is a cheat, there’s also his PopSocket to share.
  • We’re giving a shout out to our friends on our Facebook Group who have shared over some great stories.
  • Like scuba diving but don’t want to deal with bulky air tanks? There’s a floating air caddie that can help.
  • Twitter has a new DM function that filters messages into a separate inbox.
  • T-Mobile is launching a Digits plan for multiple lines and/or multiple numbers.
  • We’re talking Nintendo Switch and Apple devices – and how they’re affecting each other.

Are you a musician? We’d love to talk updating our theme. Bonus points if you do it Mystery Science Theater style.

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), John Chichilla (@chilla), and Will Rutherford (@PanelRiot).

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 349: Promised Porn

Sorg returns to bring us our regularly scheduled podcast day!.  This week, he is joined by Chilla, and Katie – as well as special guest, Mike Pound (aka Uncle Crappy).  The crew is talking about some of this week’s tech news for AwesomeCast 349, including:

  • We’ve got Mike Pound (aka Uncle Crappy) in studio recording this week’s Awesome Chat before we go LIVE for Awesome Cast.
  • We’re BACK! We’ve got some craft beer, some Uncle Crappy and some Dudders thanks to Katie and it’s Podcast Day!
  • Uncle Crappy is kicking off our Awesome Thing of the Week segment with some James Bond tech talk.
  • Katie may be moving to Portland for her Awesome Thing of the Week – Parking Kitty.
  • We may have to visit Rob to check out Parking Kitty.
  • Sorg lives in a VR world these days. His Awesome Thing of the Week is Google IO updates dealing with VR.
  • Chilla got his Air Pods and is sharing them this week as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Instagram is changing the stories game.
  • Want to lock down your Snapchat by location or who can view it? There are some new options now.
  • It’s official Katie prefers Snapchat to other similar video platforms.
  • Snapchat difficulty is getting to an audience. Facebook gives great options to download and share to YouTube.
  • There are changes coming to Facebook LIVE, and Uncle Crappy is sharing some thoughts.
  • Microsoft had some announcements. Chilla is sharing some thoughts on the Surface Pro.
  • Katie is bringing us to the promised porn.
  • European hotels will be offering VR in-room porn.

After the show remember to:

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

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: 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!

AwesomeCast 348: AIY Is The New DIY

Sorg, Chilla, and Katie are talking about some of this week’s tech news for AwesomeCast 348, including:

  • We’re turning down the geek knob a little and getting into this week’s Awesome Cast (Special Edition).
  • Shout out to our Pittsburgh Marathon peeps as it’s the thing to do during marathon weekend.
  • It’s time for our Awesome Thing of the Week and Katie has a Google Docs PSA.
  • Katie is deep-diving some things we may take for granted with app permission authorizations.
  • Google Docs phishing attack tips: Check before opening. Use a 2-step authentication process to help circumvent.
  • Chilla is sharing Annotable as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Annotable has handy tools for editing screenshots and pictures on the go.
  • Sorg is sharing a Raspberry Pi kit (get it with Mag Pi) to turn it into a dirt cheap Google Home competitor.
  • AIY is DIY for tech! (Automate It Yourself)
  • Sorg is a fan of electronics and cardboard options.
  • We have lots of stories from folks in our Facebook group!
  • Thanks to Brandon for sharing the Alexa Bliss and Amazon Echo story.  Sorg’s worlds are colliding.
  • Thanks to Doug for sharing a life hack tip for IFTTT (If This Then That) keeping track of ideas while driving.
  • Hey Trello can you get us Siri support to help integration flow a little smoother?
  • Uncle Crappy hit us up with a Beer Week wrap-up and a Chachi sighting!
  • Thanks to Chris Whitlatch for letting us know about an augmented reality UAV game.
  • Katie is telling us how easy it is to find porn on Tumblr using your iPhone.
  • Chilla has a cross-platform, streamable VR video player he’s telling us about.
  • Don’t drive with your VR headset on, kids.
  • The Hulu Live TV platform has launched. Sorg is sharing some thoughts.
  • Not a sports fan? Hulu Live TV offers a no-sports package (unlike cable TV packages).
  • We liked when Facebook brought us interactions for posts. We’re happy that they’ve extended it to comments!
  • Katie is sharing some thoughts on Facebook reactions and how she uses it for marketing.
  • Do you miss having a physical keyboard on your phone? Samsung is offering a physical keyboard overlay.

After the show remember to:

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

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: 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!