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AwesomeCast 400: Spinning Kitty Box Of Death

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on BroadwayAlex Kahrs Design & Media, and Dark Forge Studios!

It’s hard to believe it’s been 8 years since we picked up our microphones and video cameras and started this podcasting about tech thing.  For the occasion, we’ve got Mike Pound, Chilla, Sorg, and Katie in studio to talk about a few things:

  • Shout out to Rob de la Cretaz. We miss you, buddy. Happy Podcast Birthday!
  • Chilla (physically) stole Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week – his Wyze security cam.
  • Katie is sharing an awesome luminary from Legendary Luminaries as her Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Uncle Crappy’s Awesome Thing of the Week is the World Cup presence on Google.
  • BTW: The official soccer ball for the World Cup has some tech integration.
  • Amanda is sharing her Awesome Thing of the Week – the Impossible Ball and the fun tech integration this little soccer(ish)ball has.
  • Sorg must be holding a grudge against Chilla – he skipped over his Awesome Thing of the Week! (Just kidding. We’re talking about Fortnite.)
  • Fortnite on Nintendo Switch does have some issues that are angering some Sony users.
  • Brian has joined the VR age with his discount cardboard!
  • Microsoft sunk their recent data center – into the ocean – to help with cooling.
  • Speaking of Fortnite, it’s opening new doors for marketing opportunities.
  • Katie is super excited about iPhone tongue tracking for animojis and memojis.
  • OH: I’m not going to do anything dangerous. I just want to stick my tongue out!
  • Let’s make a giant spinning litter box – AND GIVE IT EARS!
  • Sorg is sharing some gaming upgrades – thanks to some thrifty finds.
  • Sorg thought the Fire TV Cube was an April Fools Day joke at first!
  • The Steam store will accept anything that isn’t illegal or trolling thanks to Valve’s new policy.
  • And, we devolve to reminiscing about where we all were 8 years ago…other than podcasting here.

After the show remember to:

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

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Follow these awesome people on Twitter: Alex (@alexanderkahrs), Chilla (@chilla) and Sorg (@Sorgatron)

June 12th is a big day for us!  It’s our 8-year anniversary PLUS our 400th episode! (We’ll be doing something fun for the occasion.  You should join us.)

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 397: The TiVo Big D Button

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on BroadwayAlex Kahrs Design & Media, and Sparkledragon’s Magical Emporium!

Krause returns to the big purple couch this week to show off some of his new toys.  He is, of course, joined by our in-house gadget hounds Chilla, Katie, and Sorg.  This week’s topics include:

  • Katie is fresh off the Millvale Music Festival and sharing some quick thoughts about the weekend.
  • Thanks to PCTV for picking up Awesome Chat as part of their programming!
  • Krause has an Awesome Thing of the Week – LIVE from McKees Rocks with his Nest doorbell.
  • Katie is sharing the Nintendo Labo mash-up with Jimmy Fallon and Ariana Grande as her Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Microsoft released some information about Surface Hub 2, and it made Chilla’s Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is just down the block from the studio. He got a sweet tour of the Tolin FX space when he stopped by.
  • Speaking of local, Sorg is sharing Honeycomb Credit as an option for crowdsource funding for businesses.
  • Pittsburgh has an eSports team, and we’re learning more about the gaming space because of it.
  • Boston Dynamics’ creepy robot dog is getting creepier – and smarter.
  • Ryan Reynolds dressed as a unicorn is almost as amazing as him as Deadpool.
  • Snapchat is getting started with ads that you can’t skip.
  • Smellavision is a step closer – with the Sensor Wake alarm clock.
  • Krause is on the verge of cordcutting – and we’re going to talk him over the ledge!
  • To DVR, or not to DVR, that is the true question on this week’s podcast.
  • The show may have turned into an intervention to address Katie’s VHS lifestyle.

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 [email protected] 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: Krause (@KrazyKrause), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), John Chichilla (@chilla), and Sorg (@Sorgatron)

June 5th is a big day for us!  It’s our 8-year anniversary PLUS our 400th episode! (We’ll be doing something fun for the occasion.  You should join us.)

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 396: Thanos Dancing

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on BroadwayAlex Kahrs Design & Media, and The Millvale Music Festival!
Cynthia Closkey is back on the show this week joining Katie, Chilla, and Sorg as they talk tech news.  This week’s topics include:

  • If there’s one thing you need to see this week, it’s Thanos dancing.
  • Speaking of interesting dance moves, we’re taking a trip down memory lane with Subservient Chicken.
  • Nintendo Switch won’t be getting a virtual console after all.
  • Sorg dusted off his Gameboy Advance for some Bugs Bunny gameplay recently.
  • Cynthia is sharing a predictive text integration we can get behind with Predictively Funny.
  • Google Maps has some social and AR components (to help you go the right direction when you get off public transit).
  • Google Lens is picking up some extra capabilities.
  • Android P is rolling out to everything but Samsung.
  • There may be some changes coming up with schedule integration with your Google Calendar.
  • When you think about applying parental controls for yourself.
  • Microsoft has some Build news that Chilla is sharing with us.
  • Cortana and Alexa have finally become friends.
  • Microsoft is sweetening the deal for developers.
  • Pornhub had a huge spike on Star Wars Day.
  • Sorg got to celebrate Star Wars Day with his buddy, Chris Whitlatch!

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 [email protected] 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: Cynthia Closkey (@cynthiacloskey), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), John Chichilla (@chilla), and Sorg (@Sorgatron)

June 5th is a big day for us!  It’s our 8-year anniversary PLUS our 400th episode! (We’ll be doing something fun for the occasion.  You should join us.)

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 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 [email protected] 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 389: Watch Notch

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


It may be the first day of spring, but we’re not sure Pittsburgh got the memo.  While Chilla is tucked away all nice and warm in Studio C, Sorg and Dudders braved the snow to make it into the Sorgatron Media studio for this week’s tech talk, 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 [email protected] 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 386: Banana Phone


Sorg and Chilla are celebrating the return of all of the old things this week, including:

  • Chilla is buying some Xbox stuff when he gets home!
  • Streaming Xbox to Mac? Chilla’s interested!
  • Sorg is flying again starting next week – and he has just the VR device for in-flight entertainment.
  • Sorg is talking some VR options from his in-person discussion at a local event with Schell Games – especially I Expect You To Die.
  • The reason VR has jumped so much is thanks to cellphones.
  • Thanks to Brandon for sharing REVVL and a few other options as his Awesome Thing of the Week fan submission.
  • Nokia is bringing back the Banana Phone and we’re geeking out so much!
  • Sometimes, 2 megapixels is all you need.
  • Speaking of Nokia, we’re revisiting the past AGAIN with the Communicator.
  • The Olympics featured a ton of drones – and it was AMAZING!
  • Amazon is acquiring Ring. Chilla has thoughts.
  • Shadow virtualizes a high-end gaming PC on your desktop.
  • Will Adobe be expanding their cloud to include high-end workstations to help render video, etc.?
  • Huawei made a Porsche somewhat autonomous – – with a smartphone.
  • Google Assistant can launch specific tasks in Android apps?

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: 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 376: The Wheels on the VR Desert Bus

It’s just the boys this week!  But, Sorg and Chilla hold down the fort as they share this week’s news in tech.  This week they’re talking about:

  • It’s our last episode before our Christmas edition next week, and we’re feeling pretty festive already.
  • Sorg is sharing his Awesome Thing of the Week. Desert Bus is (finally) on VR!
  • Chilla has some Android news as his Awesome Thing of the Week with a file-to-file transfer option.
  • Sorg is discussing just how much data our tech savvy household uses. It’s almost staggering.
  • There’s a YouTube video from 1999 that talks about Amazon. It’s amazing.
  • Whiteboard app is coming to Microsoft.
  • According to Sorg, Nintendo is like the Disney vault of video games.
  • With games like Animal Crossing, where’s the Legend of Zelda integration for our phones?
  • Amazon is not happy with Google. Or is that the other way around?
  • YouTube will no longer be available on Amazon devices?!?!
  • How about a stripped down blogging tool without social media tools? There’s such a thing to get you back to the basics of blogging, without the bells and whistles.
  • HP has a wearable computer for VR!
  • Google updated Google Home to now accept multiple commands. Chilla has been waiting for this day for so long.
  • Sorg is showing off his teddy bears.

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), 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 366: Our Annual Blackberry Update with Frank Murgia

Frank Murgia of Pittsburgh Podcast Network joins Sorg and Chilla this week.  Frank always keeps it real when he’s in studio with Blackberry updates and notes on paper.  This week, our tech and gadget gurus are talking about:  

  • Frank is sharing an Awesome Thing of the Week with a wearable USB sync and charging bracelet.
  • Chilla’s Awesome Thing of the Week is an open source product for 360 photos without having to use an outside service.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week would work well with Chilla’s – Hilltopolis happened. It was AWESOME!
  • One of the coolest things about Hilltopolis (other than the music) was the mesh network from Meta Mesh!
  • Kudos to Meta Mesh on the grant from Hillman Foundation! Big things in Pittsburgh with some friends at the helm.
  • We’re getting our annual Blackberry update from Frank.
  • There’s a next gen Uber coming to the streets of Pittsburgh.
  • Sorg saw an Argo while he was out and about. Will Uber have an AI auto competitor in Pittsburgh?
  • Chilla is giving us a PSA about some recent vulnerabilities.
  • Seeing update options on your device? Take the time to update to avoid breach of vulnerabilities.
  • Are you a Microsoft Services user? iOS 11 had some issues with native mail apps. The recent update fixes that.
  • Ford is using AR to assist in development and modeling.

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:  Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron), John Chichilla (@chilla), and Frank Murgia (@PGHPodcast).

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 362: Windows Hipster

We’ve got Ron “Krazy” Krause in studio this week joining Sorg and Katie, with Chilla reporting in from Studio C.  They’re talking some of the current tech news, including:

  • Katie is sharing her Awesome Thing of the Week. It involves cats and Backblaze.
  • PSA: Remember to back up your stuff.
  • Krause’s Awesome Thing of the Week is so awesome he doesn’t even have it in hand yet – the Pixel C.
  • Chilla is talking about Oreo but not Oreos. There is a HUGE difference.
  • Sometimes an iPad is more convenient – even for a Microsoft guy.
  • Chilla is sharing an Apple release of AR kit apps and information as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • We’ve got first world zombie problems over here, guys.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is Windows 7. (Yes, this is still 2017.)
  • Sorg just proclaimed himself as a Windows hipster.
  • Smart signals in Pittsburgh will help beat traffic jams.
  • Tired of your kids not replying to your texts? There’s an app for that!
  • Even though Doug Derda isn’t on the show tonight, we’re talking about his chat from earlier about Fitbit Ionic.
  • With all the fitness watches and devices out there, there are a lot of options – but are they worth it?
  • There’s an Amazon Echo Show?
  • Apparently if you’re looking for something to yell at, you should look into an Amazon Echo.
  • Krause is sharing some updates coming to the Amazon Echo.
  • Katie is telling us about how we can use Google Maps to help us find parking.

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), Ron Krause (@KrazyKrause) 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!