Category Archives: AwesomeCast

Awesome Chat: Arnie Roth

Arnie Roth - Final Fantasy Distant WorldsArnie Roth is the conductor of the traveling Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy coming to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra August 1.  We discuss the influence of Final Fantasy’s music, his time with Mannheim Steamroller, working with Patrick Stewart, and more!

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AwesomeCast 257: I Don’t Want a Smart Home, I Want a Wise Home

Awesomecast-257This week on Awesomecast 257, we talk awesome things in technology, including:

  • Katie shows us you don’t need to be high-tech to be a techie. And, Mike joins us to show that hippies can be hip to tech, too!
  • SaveFrom.net allows you to grab videos from the net. We don’t condone stealing video but we want to be able to access it offline.
  • Checking out Jewelbots – programmable friendship bracelet that teaches coding (including flying a drone!). Great geek tech for girls.
  • Yes, we are talking about The Grateful Dead on this week’s episode. Tune in to find out how they fit into tech talk.
  • Katie is showing us HopSkipDrive – Uber for kids that parents can track with GPS and a camera. Solution for the busy parent?
  • It’s #AmazonPrimeDay. How have you celebrated the day?
  • Wired article talks about the Grateful Dead wall of sound and tech pioneering http://www.wired.com/2015/07/grateful-dead-fare-thee-well-tech-pioneers/
  • Shoutout to our Patreon supporter: @ThistleSea!
  • Katie shares a CMU-grad-developed app Witness, an app that broadcasts location, audio and video to protect with a touch of a button.
  • We’re also talking about a similar app, the ACLU Mobile Justice. With all the public situations going on, it’s good to utilize tech.
  • For the price of HBO Now, you can finally get some cable free TV through Comcast’s Stream. (Sorry, you need Comcast service to subscribe.)
  • Did you know Microsoft updated Xbox Music with free streaming for tracks stored on OneDrive?
  • Looks like Amazon Echo now supports wink-controlled smart home hardware!
  • Chilla discussing home automation with Siri and Alexa. Scary just HOW easy it really would be.
  • Tomorrow is Amazon Prime Day. But, the competition is stepping up. Black Friday in July.
  • Presidential candidates on SnapChat. Tee hee.
  • We’re discussing the privacy talk at DEF CON canceled under questionable circumstances.

After the show remember to:

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

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: John Chichilla (@chilla), Katie Dudas (@kdudders), Mike Pound (@unclecrappy), and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron).

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 6:30 PM EST!

 

 

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AwesomeCast 256: Battle Bot Olympics

Battle MechsThis week on Awesomecast 256, we talk awesome things in technology, including:

  • Battling Robots are REAL.  And it’s USA vs Japan!
  • Virtual Reality is getting Sexy
  • Chilla shares the solution to USB charging on a power strip
  • Wifi repeaters to cover your neighbor
  • GoPro 4
  • Amazon Prime Day!
  • Social Media Run down

After the show remember to:

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

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: John Chichilla (@chilla), Katie Dudas (@kdudders) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron).

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AwesomeCast 255: For the Ladies

Awesomecast-255This week on Awesomecast 255, we talk awesome things in technology, including:

  • Buyable Pins could be a nightmare to the Etsy crowd. 
  • How are we using Pinterest as dudes?
  • Social Media Deay doing good!
  • Android’s lag detecting robot and cloud service.  
  • Leaf does wearable devices for women
  • Olio does wearable smart watches to the stylish
  • Showtime is an upgrade for Hulu subscribers
  • Google Earth turns 10! 
  • Could Android be coming to Blackberry?  
  • Beats 1 – everything you loved/hated about terrestrial radio

After the show remember to:

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

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: John Chichilla (@chilla)and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron).

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 6:30 PM EST!

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AwesomeCast 254: America’s Darling Snapchats

AC254This week on Awesomecast 254, we talk awesome things in technology, including:
Checking out the Awesome Thing Of The Week. Chilla has been thinking long and hard about the new MacBook and all its dongles.

  • Checking out the Awesome Thing Of The Week.
    • Chilla has been thinking long and hard about the new MacBook and all its dongles.
      • Chilla’s MacBook Pro is so new it doesn’t even have stickers on it yet! Tune in to hear his thoughts.
      • We’re discovering the new MacBook Pro touchpad. It’s not a real button, but it feels like a button, but it’s not a button.
      • (Re)learning how to reset the Mac scroll bar so it doesn’t always hide.
      • Chilla’s happy to have access to El Capitan. So happy, he may queue this one up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Buwjgi1xV7U.
      • We are (re)discovering Sorg’s mini Gorilla Pod while he tries to figure out his Awesome Thing Of The Week.
      • So, there’s a Dutch design firm that’s trying to use a 3D printer to print a steel bridge.
    • Sorgatron’s Awesome Thing Of The Week deals with a client project involving drone footage.
  • We’re talking Snap Chat and squared video.
  • People want to get on Snap Chat. What do YOU (our listeners) get out of the app?
  • The who’s who of Snap Chat: Taco Bell tops Sorg’s list. Seriously.
  • Discussing Linked In usage and connections.
  • Sorg thinks Google+ is the best spot for groups in comparison to LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • Talking the revolution of “how-tos”: gone from pdf or word documents with text and pics to videos and blog posts.
  • Chilla’s App Of The Week is LICEcap to assist with project management.
  • If you lose your job and THEN turn to LinkedIn – you’re too late. Use LinkedIn to foster relationships AHEAD of time.
  • Seriously discussing Zip Drives on this week’s episode.
  • Do you have a current version of Windows? You can upgrade to Windows10. You can also get a technical copy to upgrade from.
  • Samsung now has an app that lets you record game play to do reviews and let’s play videos.

After the show remember to:

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

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: John Chichilla (@chilla)and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron).

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 6:30 PM EST!

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AwesomeCast 253: Give Google All Your Stuff!

AC-253This week on Awesomecast 253, we talk awesome things in technology, including:

  • The Awesome things of the week:
    • Google io photo storage
    • Quicken Loans Arena social lounge
    • E3 technology including Virtual Reality and Windows 10 Gaming!
  • App of the week: Garden App!
  • The costly Microsoft Surface Hub Pen.
  • The goofy but sensical Oculus controller.
  • A 3 port USB 3.0 hub that can be used on multiple computers.
  • Amazon using people to deliver, Instagram giving you targeted ads based on your Facebook page and a Spotify logo color change.

 

After the show remember to:

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

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: John Chichilla (@chilla), AJ Kuftic (@ajkuftic) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron).

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 6:30 PM EST!

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Awesomecast 252: Apple and the Pretty Hate Machine

WWDC 2015 - AwesomeCastThis week on Awesomecast 252, we talk awesome things in technology, including:

  • We’ll be talking a lot about #Apple on today’s show with Chilla and AJ – and they’re IN STUDIO enjoying some Slice on Broadway pizza!
  • Checking out OS X El Capitan.
  • We’re watching AJ teaching Sorg the magic of “apple + spacebar” command.  It’s magical.
  • Did you know Google Photos is searchable by date?
  • Is touchscreen on the horizon for Apple computers?  Currently there is a third party option, but Chilla thinks it’s coming from IOS soon.
  • IOS has new features in notes.  Like Evernote?  IOS has took note.  El Capitan updates will make notes more useful.
  • Apple Maps will be integrating transit schedules.  Will you still use Google Now or another transit app?
  • This looks like a clean-up year for IOS.  And, it will be glorious once the kinks get fixed.
  • Swift is now 2.0 and opensource!
  • IOS and Mac developer programs are now the same, and include Apple Watch development.
  • Ever notice your apps are huge with all the platform assets for all the things? Apps will pull for what platform you’re actually using.
  • Thing we just learned:  3GS replacements were still a thing until recently.
  • Shout out to everyone who has all the preinstalled iPhone apps you never use in a folder just taking up space.
  • Talking about Apple Watch pairing process.
  • News outlets can register their RSS feed on Apple News to provide content for the Apple Watch.
  • Articles without ads?  #AppleNews is utilizing a FlipBoard approach for their news app.  live.sorgatronmedia.com
  • Siri gets more #GoogleNow and #swiperight functionality. live.sorgatronmedia.com
  • Native watch apps will help Apple Watch speed, and that’s just one of the updates on the horizon.
  • Battery life in Apple Watch is pretty decent. Chilla approves.
  • Smart folks at #Apple have a nightstand mode for Apple Watch.  It stretches the time to a sideways view so it is legible – on a nightstand.
  • Mid June expectation for in-store purchase of Apple Watch.  If you didn’t pre-order yours, there’s hope!
  • Dre and Trent Reznor – Apple folks – as in, they work with Apple.  #PrettyHateMachine
  • Public betas of OS – a thing Apple is doing.  How do you think this is going to go over with the masses?
  • SHIFT KEY IS FIXED! #AppleUpdate
  • Smaller updates = less space to run IOS.  #GoodJobApple
  • Apple made an Android app “Move to IOS” – transfers your Android over to an IOS phone.  Free apps get downloaded.  Pay apps go to wishlist.

After the show remember to:

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

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: John Chichilla (@chilla), AJ Kuftic (@ajkuftic) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron).

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 6:30 PM EST!

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Awesomecast 251: The Best Start Up

AC-251This week on Awesomecast 251, we talk awesome things in technology, including:

  • Chilla talking about his Applewatch!
  • Katie watching the 4th of July at the Carnegie Science Center.
  • Sorg talks about what he saw at Alphalab Demoday.
  • Discussion on Googleio.
  • What we hope for from Apple announcements.
  • News on upcoming events.

After the show remember to:

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

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: John Chichilla (@chilla), Katie Dudas (@kdudders) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron).

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 6:30 PM EST!

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Awesomecast 250: Crossing the Periscope Streams

periscopeThis week on Awesomecast 250, we talk awesome things in technology, including:

  • Snapchat hiring to cover 2016 Presidential campaign.
  • Discussion of the tech gap and the interesting scope our generation has, having seen technology become mainstream.
  • Android and Google Play now offering Periscope opens the door to more content.
  • Microsoft is cross-platforming Cortana.
  • Spotify to match music to your running pace.
  • Is Spotify the future of podcasting with its all-inclusive platform?
  • Instagram starting “highlight” e-mails similar to Twitter.
  • Microsoft will be preloading apps from LG and Sony on Android tablets.
  • Sorg succumbs to e-mail marketing from Moju and downloaded their app to check out their “motion Instagram” app.
  • We’re captivated by a Dunkin Donuts ad.
  • Sorg talks about his Apple Watch experience at the Apple Store.

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: John Chichilla (@chilla), Katie Dudas (@kdudders) Michael Pound (unclecrappy.com & @unclecrappy ) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron).

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 7:00 PM EST!

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Awesomecast 248: Nebraska Con

ConTVThis week on Awesomecast 248, we talk awesome things in technology, including:

  •  Con TV: A way to see action from cons all over as well as other entertainment.
  • Lily: The camera drone!
  • Touchcast for the iPad.
  • Giphy: Helping you get GIFS out everywhere.
  • People no longer needing a Twitter to Periscope!
  • The world’s first $9.00 Cpu, Chips!
  • Google shutting down their Maps editor.
  • News on upcoming events.

After the show remember to:

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

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: John Chichilla (@chilla), Katie Dudas (@kdudders) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron).

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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