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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!

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!

AwesomeCast 346: Decepticon Bag

Sorg, Chilla and Katie are joined by Ryan Haggerty of Haggerty Media this week for AwesomeCast 346. The crew is talking about some of this week’s awesome things in technology, including:

  • Remember to check out this week’s AwesomeChat with Ashleigh Deemer when it’s released later this week, too!
  • Ryan is sharing a DIY iPhone 6s as his Awesome Thing of the Week this week.
  • For those who may have missed it, Katie is sharing her Gobblerito experience.
  • Gobblerito aside, Katie is sharing Alien In Utero and its VR experience.
  • We’ve got some S8 updates – including Chilla’s Awesome Thing of the Week…his bag to carry one.
  • Want to soar with the eagles at the Pittsburgh National Aviary? Sorg is telling us about Birdly.
  • Have a site that’s not working? Check out www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com to confirm if it’s just you!
  • Brandon is sharing the Arcade Bar concept as his fan submission Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • We do have some great arcade options in Pittsburgh – like PAPA and Looking For Group.
  • Nintendo is working on the SNES Classic Edition next – just in time for Christmas!
  • We’re just a bunch of kids from the 1990s/2000s wanting gaming consoles for Christmas now (just a few years older).
  • Uber is looking to launch (wait for it) on-demand flights?
  • Sling Box is developing a portable studio. Sorg is mortgaging the studio as we speak.
  • GoPro’s Fusion spherical camera and Facebook’s new 360 camera are bringing some options to 360 video.
  • Tattoos that make sound? It’s a thing.

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), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), and Ryan Haggerty (@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 345: Don’t Eat the Raspberry Pi

The prodigal daughter, Katie, returns this week to keep Sorg and Chilla in check while Brian Crawford of The River’s Edge joins us for AwesomeCast 345. They’re talking about some of this week’s awesome things in technology, including:

  • Brian is talking about the Millvale Music Festival and their cool Google Maps integration as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • The Millvale Music Festival is also looking at integrating Google Calendar interfacing too. Geeks + Music = ROCK
  • Katie is giving a shout out to Chilla for her Awesome Thing of the Week – the Real Doll with Harmony AI.
  • AI without the Real Doll. The conversation is really geeky over here.
  • This is how we get Sky Net, people.
  • Chilla is telling us about the Coachella stolen iPhone caper – solved by Find My iPhone.
  • As if Sorg isn’t geeky enough running a tech podcast. He has a Go Pro bag of holding.
  • Don’t have a Go Pro? It’s okay, Sorg’s bag of holding comes with iPhone or 360 Camera attachments, too.
  • Thanks to Rizz for making us hungry for pancakes thanks to the Pancake Bot.
  • Even geekier Brian is excited about the Star Trek replicator implications of Pancake Bot.
  • Slice on Broadway, we need to talk about a pizza printer. (You should listen to this week’s show…)
  • Nintendo is discontinuing the NES Classic Edition?
  • More Zelda copies have been sold than actual Switch consoles?
  • Ryan Haggerty shared a fun story about prison inmates building a PC out of waste materials.
  • Wendy’s trolled Hardees so hard they got blocked?
  • Dragonball Z VR is a thing? (Yes, we’re still geeks. Yes, we’re excited about it.) Kamehameha!
  • F8 announcements happened, and there is QR support!
  • VR friends in Facebook: Spaces.
  • We won’t see the VR potential for another 10 years.
  • Facebook is planning to make phones and tvs obsolete.
  • We’re such an advanced technology podcast that we’re discussing 1980s and 1990s TV programming.

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), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), and Brian Crawford (@RiversEdgePGH).

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!