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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

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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 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 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!

AwesomeCast 352: Teraflops

Sorg is back in studio, and we’re getting creative due to an internet service outage.  We’re not going to let it stop us from talking about what’s new in tech this week – including some E3 chat! Chilla joins Sorg for a little extra geeky AwesomeCast 352, including:

  • Sorg troubleshoots some tech outages while podcasting.
  • Verizon has failed this podcast this week.
  • E3 was a thing that happened this week. We’re sharing some of the gaming news you should know.
  • Microsoft is giving us a backwards compatible console.
  • If we’re not live for next week’s show, we may be playing some Crimson Skies.
  • Pokemon GO has some anniversary events for players.
  • Sorg made some friends while traveling thanks to Pokemon GO gym takedowns.
  • There may be a “proper” Pokemon game via Nintendo Switch in our future.
  • We’re having some great discussions about Playstation Pro.
  • Teraflops are not to be confused with terrible flops.
  • Is XBox worth the $100 more than its competitors?
  • Chilla wants SSDs as an option for his gaming consoles.
  • Sorg and Chilla may be deep-diving gaming console backwards compatibility.
  • Is Playstation to XBox like going from Mac to PC?
  • Identical OS across consoles? We may like this idea of fluent design.
  • iMacs have upgradeable RAM and CPUs now?
  • The new iMac STARTS at $5K.
  • Don’t bother with the new iMac unless you’re Pixar.
  • Russia has a vending machine that will sell you fake likes.
  • Perfect timing by Mayor Peduto. We just mentioned this on our show to our listeners:

@billpeduto A new interactive map allows you to track & search @pgh2o information on curb box inspections for lead pipes http://www.pgh2o.com/CBI

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), 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 347: De-Fruit Your Life

Sorg, Chilla, and Krause are talking about some of this week’s awesome things in technology for AwesomeCast 347, including:

  • We’re sharing our Awesome Thing of the Week items.
  • Krause is sharing Mpow bluetooth headphones.
  • Chilla is living in the future and he’s sharing the DEX dock as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Chilla took us into the future and Missy is taking us into the past with the Elbow cassette player.
  • We’re back to the current tech thanks to Sorg and his GoPro meets Baja SAE track shot.
  • Sorg also got to check out something cool with Volvo and loud music in the dessert.
  • Krause is trying to talk Sorg into a little less fruit in his tech diet.
  • Microsoft did a thing! Krause and Chilla are sharing some updates about how they stand up to the fruit.
  • We’re talking the Surface laptop. (I think Chilla may be a little underwhelmed with port options.)
  • Windows 10S is moving to a store feature similar to other app platforms.
  • Windows 10S has features great for school integration.
  • XBox rewards updates allow you to get free stuff for playing games.
  • Google Home is on sale for Mothers’ Day. Get your mom the gift of home automation.
  • Microsoft is offering a VR headset for school integration.
  • Thanks to Mat Weller for letting us know about the NOMATIC travel bag. Chilla may be ordering his now.

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 Ron Krause (@KrazyKrause)

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!