Category Archives: AwesomeCast

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).

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 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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Awesomecast 247: A Better SelfieAll changes saved.

This week on Awesomecast 247, we talk awesome things in technology, including:

  • Awesome Things of the Week:
    • Chilla’s iPhone case that harvests radio frequencies into power
    • Katie’s Nikon “selfie” adapter
    • Sorg’s Chrome extension that tracks smile/facial expressions to offer suggestions for sites you may be interested in
  • Who owns the IP for your content saved in Google Drive?
  • Broadcasting your Android, iPad, and iPhone to devices using Reflector 2
  • Tesla Powerwall
  • Periscope being used to broadcast sporting events
  • Does Periscope open us to more “personalized” options in entertainment (including the adult entertainment industry)?
  • Meerkat beta is out with Facebook support

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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