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AwesomeCast 393: The Tinder of Podcast Hosts

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on BroadwayAlex Kahrs Design & Media, and The Millvale Music Festival!

This week marks the return of Scot MacTaggart of Pitchwerks.  He is, of course, joined by our usual co-hosts, Katie, Chilla, and Sorg as they talk this week’s tech news, including:

  • Katie is talking Anchor as her Awesome Thing of the Week – and their ability to find you a podcast co-host!
  • We’re talking the Tinder of podcast hosts.
  • Scot’s Awesome Thing of the Week is the Hardware Cup finals with Pittsburgh’s very own Velocity Robotics.
  • If you’re in Pittsburgh, you should check out the Hardware Cup – an International event that right’s here!
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is via Matt Carlins and comes to us as Uber’s Uber Movement project.
  • Chilla is sharing Google AI Kit as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • It may be the first time Sorg has a retraction from a show recommendation thanks to his DoorDash experience.
  • Smallman Galley is cool enough on its own, but now they have a Guilty Pleasures offering – with a menu on View Master!
  • Sure your music sounds okay on Home Pod and Echo, but does your extreme metal sound just as good?
  • Snap launches new features for Lens Studio AR.
  • A number of tech companies vow not to aid in cyber attacks.

After the show remember to:

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

Want to be part of our studio audience?  Hit us up at awesomecast@sorgatronmedia.com and we’ll save you a seat!

Join our AwesomeCast Facebook Group to see what we’re sharing and to join the discussion!

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: Scot MacTaggart (@Pitchwerks), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), John Chichilla (@chilla)  and Sorg (@Sorgatron)

Our good friend, Zach Rizza is raising money and awareness through the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation Team Pittsburgh 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon.  Check out his fundraiser page at: https://www.crowdrise.com/dsgfpitt2018/fundraiser/zachrizza

Have you seen our AwesomeTips videos?

You can support the show at Patreon.com/awesomecast!

Remember to check out our friends at the River’s Edge (@RiversEdgePGH) and The 405 Media (@The405Radio) 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 392: Zuckerberg Magic

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on BroadwayAlex Kahrs Design & Media, and The Millvale Music Festival!

It’s a jetlagged edition of AwesomeCast with the LA returned Sorg, along with Katie and Chilla in studio!

  • Sorg is sharing Hoopla as his AwesomeThingOfTheWeek.
  • Sorg discovered that Hoopla has ShortCircuit, and we may have derailed the Podcast.
  • Katie is sharing an Instagram fancy portrait photo option with Focus as her AwesomeThingOfTheWeek.
  • The moral of this week’s Podcast: Use Instagram.
  • Chilla’s AwesomeThingOfTheWeek is a recommendation to support additional authentication – including Biometrics to be used to log into things like websites.
  • Speaking of Biometrics, Sorg is making a plea to CLEAR to come to Pittsburgh.
  • Pittsburgh has a new Food Delivery service with DoorDash.
  • Chilla is calling for a Yelp review of our various Food Delivery services to help narrow down which ones are good and which ones aren’t.
  • You can plug your Instagram account information into IGaudit and it will tell you how many real followers you have.
  • Google has updated older versions of Android phones with GoogleAssistant!
  • Sorg loves the AI level of intelligence and responsiveness with GoogleAssistant.
  • Have an OpenAir workspace?  HushMe goes over your mouth and connects with earbuds to provide Privacy for cellphone calls.
  • Katie has been watching a new TV show with Mark Zuckerburg and confused old people today.
  • Sooo…..a  Senate Hearing…broadcast on Twitch?
  • Things we learned during the Mark Zuckerburg testimony: Targeted Ads are more of a thing than we realized.
  • If you do ads and marketing on Facebook, you may want to look into other options.
  • Chilla is a fan of paper things.  Microsoft has a (temporarily) Free App that offers a freehand note app via Penhook.
  • WestWorld may have set a standard on Spoilers through a Reddit poll.
  • Podcasts on Pandora?
  • Want to keep up with your friends IRL – by using an App? Garden may be your answer!
  • Speaking of @millvalemusic, we’ll have an AwesomeChat with them tomorrow evening!

After the show remember to:

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

Want to be part of our studio audience?  Hit us up at awesomecast@sorgatronmedia.com and we’ll save you a seat!

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), John Chichilla (@chilla)  and Sorg (@Sorgatron)

Our good friend, Zach Rizza is raising money and awareness through the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation Team Pittsburgh 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon.  Check out his fundraiser page at: https://www.crowdrise.com/dsgfpitt2018/fundraiser/zachrizza

Have you seen our AwesomeTips videos?

You can support the show at Patreon.com/awesomecast!

Remember to check out our friends at the River’s Edge (@RiversEdgePGH) and The 405 Media (@The405Radio) 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 391: Shoe Pizza

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on Broadway, Alex Kahrs Design & Media, and The Millvale Music Festival!


We’re back on schedule after last week’s brief interruption.  Katie is in Studio A with Sorg and pizza, while Chilla joins us from Studio C to talk this week in technology, 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)

Want to be part of our studio audience?  Hit us up at awesomecast@sorgatronmedia.com and we’ll save you a seat!

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), John Chichilla (@chilla)  and Sorg (@Sorgatron)

Our good friend, Zach Rizza is raising money and awareness through the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation Team Pittsburgh 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon.  Check out his fundraiser page at: https://www.crowdrise.com/dsgfpitt2018/fundraiser/zachrizza

Have you seen our AwesomeTips videos?

You can support the show at Patreon.com/awesomecast!

Remember to check out our friends at the River’s Edge (@RiversEdgePGH) and The 405 Media (@The405Radio) 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 388: We’re Not As Bad As Uber


The couch is full.  Our bellies are full of Slice on Broadway pizza.  All is good in podcasting world as we talk with Katie, Chilla, and Sorg about:

  • Katie is sharing dogs as her Awesome Thing of the Week!
  • The Alexa app has some upgrades! And, they’re Chilla’s Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Since we’re speaking of Alexa, we have to address the elephant in the room with regard to devices spontaneously laughing.
  • We’ve talked about the Miroir projector before, and Sorg is bringing it back around as his Awesome Thing of the Week thanks to his recent travel schedule.
  • Pittsburgh has proclaimed March 13th as an eSports proclamation day to support Knights of Steel.
  • MLB will be streaming games via Facebook?
  • There’s a new 360 camera – – with a disappearing selfie stick?!?!
  • Google Maps has a Mario Time feature.
  • What could be more high-tech than a touchless trash can?
  • We’re excited about Beat Saber!
  • Microsoft has a plan to help sell Windows 10 S-mode.
  • Are you being tracked with your movie watching?

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), John Chichilla (@chilla)  and Sorg (@Sorgatron)

Our good friend, Zach Rizza is raising money and awareness through the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation Team Pittsburgh 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon.  Check out his fundraiser page at: https://www.crowdrise.com/dsgfpitt2018/fundraiser/zachrizza

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!

AwesomeCast 364: The Lowercase “i”s

This week we’ve got Susan and Vance of Ohio Linuxfest in studio to share some news about their event at the end of the month. We’ve also got our usual cast of characters with Sorg, Katie, and Chilla as we talk about the obvious things – Apple updates!

  • Susan and Vance are sharing this year’s Ohio Linuxfest as their Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Katie is talking about what happens when you don’t realize other people can see what you like on social media.
  • Speaking of some things you may not realize people are seeing, check out Web Thinger for some ProTips.
  • Chilla is trying to share ALL OF THE Apple Event as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Apple’s iPhone updates aren’t THAT much different – but, they’re totally different.
  • Now that Apple is bringing us facial recognition – how is that going to affect Snapchat?
  • Katie has hit her ” Get Off My Lawn” issue with iPhone.
  • Sorg hangs onto everything – like this first gen iPhone he just pulled out.
  • Katie is weighing the need to update her phone now with her desire to wait out the new iPhone.
  • We’ve got some thoughts about the Note 8 in comparison to the new iPhone from our in-studio guest.
  • Who’s looking to get an Apple Watch after today’s Apple Event?
  • Sorg is keen on the Apple Watch health integration from today’s Apple Event.
  • We’re taking a little detour through some Apple Watch discussion following today’s Apple Event.
  • Apple TV will be 4K thanks to the Apple Event updates.
  • We’re commissioning a movie night in the future with Chilla in his home of the future.
  • Apple Stores are not, in fact stores, but town squares.
  • We’re excited about the larger Apple charging mat. We’re not so excited about the need for some other things.
  • We just found out Chilla’s Batman utility belt contains an Apple TV.
  • Ever play hide-and-seek in a haunted house? Katie has! And she Facebook LIVE broadcasted it.

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), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders) and Ohio Linuxfest (@ohiolinux).

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 360: Dropbox Hoarder

We’re LIVE with the YaJagoff John Chamberlin, Chilla and Sorg. John is just off a wirlwind trip following last week’s Red Bull Flugtag, and is ready to talk some chat and Pittsburgh, including:

  • John admits he’s here because of the Slice on Broadway pizza.
  • John is also sharing some of the fun things he’s been doing – like hitting up porches and flugtagging.
  • It’s time for our Awesome Thing of the Week segment!
  • Chilla is sharing some Snapchat seamless video news.
  • Is Snapchat’s seamless video option a way for them to try to stay in the game?
  • Facebook is looking to do TV to reach a broader audience.
  • John’s Awesome Thing of the Week is the Red Bull Flugtag. He just hasn’t been on air to talk about it yet.
  • John is talking about the professional, sports-level production involved with the Red Bull Flugtag.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is actually a person – Mike Elgan, the digital nomad!
  • If your stuff is branded, does it make you a higher profile target for theft?
  • Apparently there’s a VR game you can CONTROL WITH YOUR MIND?!?!?
  • We’re talking about some cool options for adaptive VR.
  • When you find out IKEA products are featured in Game of Thrones, but not the way you think.
  • A silent 10-minute song is climbing the music charts?
  • Movie Pass gives you unlimited movies for $10 a month.
  • All of this talk about bigger name movie theaters, Sorg is giving a shout out to the Hollywood Theater.
  • Sorg is talking about how digital options have changed not only his gaming – but also his video collection.
  • Whether you drive or ride Lyft or Uber, rideshare complimentary products are available through CarGo.
  • LinkedIn lost a preliminary battle regarding data protection.

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 John Chamberlin (@YaJagoff).

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 359: Mystery Box

Buzzy Torek of Epicast joins Katie on the big purple couch this week.  They’re chatting some tech news with Sorg and our awesome chat room, including:

  • We’re LIVE with this week’s tech talk with Buzzy of Epicast and Katie.
  • Buzzy is talking some music happenings for the Allentown neighborhood in Pittsburgh.
  • Katie is sharing her Awesome Thing of the Week – the Red Bull Flugtag she participated in this weekend.
  • Buzzy tried to find his Awesome Thing of the Week, and went with a very high-tech fidget spinner from Replay FX.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is a combination of his new XBox One obtained via Offer Up.
  • Buzzy is sharing a great bluetooth speaker option from Anker.
  • Now that Sorg has an XBox One, all of his friends are now on PS4. *Sad Trombone*
  • Thanks to Brian’s Awesome Thing of the Week last week, long-time listener Wheelz has a new toy!
  • Thanks to Brandon for sharing some audiobook options for studio dog Wicket.
  • Ebay has a mystery box option, and Sorg has some ideas to get rid of stuff from the basement.
  • Facebook shut down a Snapchat competitor – LifeStage.
  • Netflix has a bit of news this week, like Disney is leaving, for starters.
  • Netflix has also acquired Mark Millar’s publishing house.
  • Comics seem to prefer Netflix to Comedy Central these days.
  • YouTube Red outbid Netflix and Amazon for a Karate Kid comedy series?
  • Pro wrestlers apparently use Sarahah App.
  • Apparently smart cars (the self-driving variety) have issues with altered signs.
  • YouTube has a messaging feature now.
  • Katie and Missy will be hanging out at Steel City Con this weekend. Stop by and say hi to them.
  • Shout out to Meta Mesh who hooked up the new studio as the first node of the Beechview network.

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 Buzzy Torek (@bigbuzzum).

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 358: Debate Over the Brick Wall

We’re comparing new studio spaces with Brian Crawford of The River’s Edge this week!  Sorg, Chilla and Brian are bringing you the week’s tech news including:

  • Apparently we have a wall in our future?
  • Did you miss the Big Purple Couch Parade? Check out our Facebook videos from last week!
  • Brian Crawford of The River’s Edge is joining us tonight – with some updates from THEIR new studio, too!
  • Speaking of The River’s Edge, we’re getting a new time slot!
  • Tune in over there to check us out Saturdays at 9am.
  • It only took Sorg 10 years to get out of the basement. We’d love to show you the new space!
  • Chilla is telling us all about Apple allowing up to 10K beta testers per app thanks to Test Flight.
  • Will Apple’s 10K beta tester limit for Test Flight make it better for developers?
  • Brian is sharing a digital projector as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Speaking of digital projectors, Sorg shares one of his favorite digital projectors at Dependable Drive-In.
  • Brian’s LED Miroir projector is a little smaller than the Dependable Drive-In.
  • Leave it to Chilla to consider Chromecast or AppleTV adaptation for Miroir.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week was his overdose of video games at Replay FX over the weekend.
  • Sorg was impressed by the band playing the Duck Tales music during game play at Replay FX.
  • Sorg realized Battle Toads is a little more violent than he remembers thanks to Replay FX.
  • How about powering a pinball machine with a bicycle? Sorg is sharing that experience from Replay FX.
  • Sorg wasn’t the only one who checked out Replay FX. Chilla is also sharing his experience!
  • Speaking of games, if you’re in Austin check out the 50 years of electronic gaming exhibit.
  • Woodworking meets Star Wars?
  • Will Overwatch overtake the NFL with viewers? Brian is sharing some thoughts.
  • Hey Looking for Group we may be scheduling an Overwatch outing so we can have knowledgeable conversations. 😉
  • Chilla is sharing some Avid news about a free version.
  • Brian is sharing some news about the new studio space!
  • There’s a world’s largest super soaker?!?!

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), Brian Crawford (@RiversEdgePGH), 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 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!