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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 382: Double Decker Bus Podcast Tour


We’ve got a special treat this week as we’re joined by our BOLD Pittsburgh team of Steve Fernald and Amanda Narcisi. They join Sorg and Chilla to talk about this week in technology news, including:

  • There may be some Top Gun chatter at the top of the show.
  • Amanda has some show and tell for her Awesome Thing of the Week with Philips Hue Go.
  • Because Amanda isn’t here very often, we let her have TWO Awesome Thing of the Week submissions. Up next? Beasts of Balance!
  • Steve is a sports fan (*cough* BOLD Pittsburgh Sports *cough*) is sharing Zepp Smart Sports as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Chilla is heading to Pinterest for his Awesome Thing of the Week with Poort for his iPad collection.
  • Steve is looking to upgrade his velcro and duct tape solutions with Poort thanks to Chilla.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is thanks to the Going Deep summit this weekend. He’s sharing 412 Food Rescue’s new app.
  • Burger King explaining Net Neurality may be the best thing ever.
  • Star Wars + VR = Secrets of the Empire. Chris Whitlatch gives his thumbs up this week.
  • Chilla is pouring one out this week for Dudders (not being in studio) with VR fake porn that face swaps someone’s face into porn.
  • Waymo has ordered thousands of vans for self-driving taxi service geared for later this year.
  • Instagram has finally approved scheduled content!

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: Steve Fernald (@Stevefernald), Amanda Narcisi (@alnarcisi), John Chichilla (@chilla)  and Sorg (@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 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 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 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 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 340: Sassy AI

Because we have a scheduling conflict for our usual weekly podcast day (that’s Tuesdays for those of you not in the know), we got together for an early edition of this week’s show.  Doug, Amanda, Katie, and Sorg are on air for AwesomeCast 340.  This week we’re talking about awesome things in technology, including:

  • Katie gets to go to tradeshows for work. She’s sharing some doodads as her Awesome Thing of the Week this week.
  • Since Doug is playing with Katie’s toys, he’s sharing his Awesome Thing of the Week, Facebook Blueprint.
  • Apparently Facebook certification tests are akin to clearance testing – lots of procedure and protocol.
  • We’re talking Facebook ads and marketing.
  • Mobile apps aren’t as friendly for marketing.
  • Amanda is talking Instagram posting via Facebook for businesses.
  • Moving to Amanda’s Awesome Thing of the Week – Google Jamboard is due out in May.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is an Atomos digital recording adapter for his video camera.
  • Thanks to Brandon for letting us know about the Nintendo Switch controller being able to use for NES Classic.
  • Netflix, Hulu and other video services will also be available on Nintendo Switch.
  • Speaking of Nintendo Switch, Katie is sharing how U-Porn has had a drop in traffic thanks to the console.
  • Related: Zelda porn searches have gone up.
  • And, we’ve moved to Pokemon GO divorces as a topic of conversation.
  • Brandon is hitting the mark with his shared content this week. Pokemon GO hints at smart glasses options.
  • Katie is talking Hugging Face and sassy AI.
  • Is Hugging Face the new Tamagotchi?
  • We’re questioning who owns emoticons to provide rights for a movie.
  • Apis Cor did a 3D printed house in 24 hours and we’re impressed.

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), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), Doug Derda (@douglasderda) and Amanda Narcisi (@alnarcisi).

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 our replay over there!

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 334: Alt Gov Rundown

This week on AwesomeCast 334, we’re talking about awesome things in technology with Sorg, Chilla, Producer Missy and Aaron Parkus, 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)

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: John Chichilla (@chilla), Aaron Parkus, Producer Missy (@rebelliousflaw) and Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron).

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 our replay over there!

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 328: AwesomeCast Compendium

  • You can now customize your emojis and it keeps your selection for next time with iOS 10.2
  • Chilla is discussing Tivo and Apple TV app updates with the new TV app. Is #Netflix holding out, or do they have an agreement in place that’s making us wait for updates?
  • Chilla’s Awesome Thing Of The Week are Apple AirPods and how he’ll be keeping his #AirPods in his ears.
  • Sorgatron is going Old School with hisAwesome Thing Of The Week – Panasonic LaserActive video games.
  • Our Patreon supporter Mat Weller is contributing this week with Airblock – a modular drone on Kickstarter.
  • Patreon supporter, Mike Fedor sent us a notice about Netgear router bug issues.
  • Live video stream on Instagram?  (Finally!) Katie is telling us all about it!
  • Does Instagram video create exclusivity options?  What makes you want to use it over other video platforms?
  • 360 Video to iOS?  (Yes, please!)
  • More Pokestops announced for Sprint stores.  Related: THERE’S A CHRISTMAS PIKACHU?
  • Are your Social Media memories enough online?  If not, you can get an actual, physical, paper book!
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, www.chillatech.net), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders, Scarehouse), and Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron, SorgatronMedia.com).
Thanks to our Awesome Patreons Mat Weller and  @MikeFedorShow!  You can support the show too at Patreon.com/awesomecast !
Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us live streaming Tuesdays at 7 PM EST at live.awesomecast.net!

AwesomeCast 314: Google+ is dead. Long live Google+!

This week!

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

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: Katie Dudas (@kdudders, Scareouse.com) John Chichilla (ChillaTech.net) and Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron,SorgatronMedia.com).

Thanks to our Awesome Patreons @ThistleSea and @MikeFedorShow!  You can support the show too at Patreon.com/awesomecast !

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us live streaming Tuesdays at 7 PM EST!

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