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AwesomeCast 356: Climbing Aboard the A-Train


It’s the last episode in the current Mayhem Studio!  We’ll be in our new digs on Broadway Avenue for next week.  But, until then, join Sorg, Chilla, and Katie as they talk what’s new in tech this week for AwesomeCast 356, including:

  • We’re having a couch party next week. Check out our Facebook event for details!
  • AwesomeChat will be back after our move next week, too!
  • Chilla is sharing his Awesome Thing of the Week. Let’s say fishbowl, iPhone, and AR.
  • Have you caught Planet of the Apps? Chilla is talking about some AR concepts from the show.
  • Who has a HoloLens Sorg can borrow?
  • Chilla is speculating Apple will be coming up with their own HoloLens solution.
  • Interested in hunting a serial killer? There’s a box for that! Katie is telling us all about it.
  • Sorg is finally catching up with some Alexa. Thanks to Prime Day he treated himself to an Echo Dot.
  • Alexa is teaching Sorg how to not kill the pets while Missy is away.
  • Sorg is comparing Siri to Alexa and how he uses each differently.
  • Chilla is teaching Sorg how to connect his Echo Dot with his Fire Stick to collaborate his Tech.
  • Atari is announcing a new console, but there still isn’t much info about it?
  • Disney is opening an immersive Star Wars hotel with guest storylines?
  • Do you love Star Wars enough for an immersive hotel experience? Katie is leery. Chilla is saving up.
  • Sorg is comparing Westworld to the Star Wars immersive hotel.
  • The truth comes out, Katie is boycotting the Star Wars immersive hotel because there are no AT-ATs.
  • Love LEGO enough to eat LEGO-themed food? There’s a great restaurant option.
  • Tech Shop might stay in Pittsburgh!
  • Google Glass is coming back!
  • YouTube is providing gif-like previews – just like Porn Hub has been doing for a while.
  • Chilla has found a use for the Dudders Dot – in his car.
  • Things Sorg finds on YouTube – this week was Myth Busters meets atom lab.
  • Want to know what it’s like to operate an independent game store? We’re touching on some news about it.
  • ScareHouse podcast + Kennywood + AR makes it a topic for us to discuss!
  • Katie recommends the 4D Lego Movie.
  • Katie brings us a dick-o-meter to log in to porn accounts using your male anatomy.
  • PRT is trademarked already?
  • Make sure to check out Replay FX coming up soon!

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 354: Inside Sauce

We’ve got a full studio this week as Kim Lyons joins us on the couch! Sorg is back behind the desk, and Katie and Chilla take up their respective spots around the Slice on Broadway pizza box. It can only mean we’re ready to talk what’s new in tech this week for AwesomeCast 354, including:

  • Kim is sharing some fun information about what she’s up to these days.
  • Kim is ready to roll with her Awesome Thing of the Week from the land down under.
  • Drones + Environment = Kim Lyons’ Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Chilla is sharing an indoor antenna from Mohu as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Katie has an Awesome Thing of the Week (thanks to Mad Mike)! It’s a ranch fountain!
  • Katie is thinking of the possibilities for a ranch fountain and some Slice on Broadway. #PeaceLoveAndRanch
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is an AR replication of Super Mario in Central Park.
  • Thanks to Slice on Broadway for providing the perfect pepperoni pizza to support Podcast Day. (You can order online now!)
  • Chilla is bringing us this week’s App of the Week with Lumafusion – the closest thing to Final Cut for mobile.
  • Adobe is talking about full functionality for Photoshop on mobile devices?
  • Thanks to Chris Whitlatch for sharing a new VR arcade (in Seattle) for this week’s discussion.
  • While Sorg was in Nebraska, he learned he can check a VR unit out of the school library. Hmm.
  • Katie is sharing some snapmap information for us.
  • Snapmap can also help you figure out where everyone is with hot spot mapping options.
  • Instagram has location features similar to snapmap.
  • Kim brings us back to Pittsburgh with CMU initiatives for AI (because kids are smarter than we are).
  • We just figured out that CMU will be Skynet.
  • Uber – When Lyft isn’t an option…
  • Does anything come out of MIT these days? Seems like all the cool kids are at CMU.
  • Star Wars trailer for The Last Jedi made on a 1984 Apple IIC.
  • Katie is closing out the show with porn again this week: the first standalone VR unit – that only plays porn.
  • Will you be in Pittsburgh this weekend? It’s Anthrocon 2017 time! (We’re so excited!)

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: Kim Lyons (@SocialKimLy) 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 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!

Awesome Chat: Katie Dudas

Katie Dudas joins us to talk about something other than AwesomeCast – her role with The ScareHouse as Director of Sales and Marketing.  She shares how she got involved with social media in general, how she met her current friends via social media, and how social media opened the door for her working at The ScareHouse before she started in her current role with them.

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.com for more entertainment.  Follow Michael Sorg (@sorgatron) and @AwesomeCast for updates and live streams of our interviews! Subscribe on Facebook,StitcherSpreaker, iTunes, and Youtube

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!

AwesomeGaming: Beta Episode 1

We’ve got some nerds and geeks together to talk some video games for our reboot of Boss Battle, and we’re doing it AwesomeCast style with AwesomeGaming.  For Beta Episode 1 we’ve got Chachi, Rizz, and Chad talking about some gaming play and news, including:

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  • We’re celebrating Star Wars Day on the show talking some Star Wars Battlefront 2 with Rizz.
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 offers a single player trailer. It’s not just multiplayer death matches!
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 also sticks to the original canon!
  • Chad likes the X-Wing VR mode. #StarWars
  • Speaking of VR, we’re talking about which games make us queasy.
  • Tip of the Week – If you get motion sick, watch out for Minecraft VR.
  • VR problems: Trying to put your hand up to block out the sun in driving games.
  • Chachi is interested in a VR purchase….for job simulator.
  • Chad is telling us about Resident Evil in VR.
  • Chachi is talking about how No Man’s Sky was the reason for his Play Station switch from XBox.
  • Rizz is recommending Flinthook if you’re looking for a fun game.
  • We’re talking some Cuphead!
  • Rizz is talking about the NFL draft pick who is excited to spend his draft money on a gaming PC.
  • Nintendo is predicting the Switch could outsell the WiiU.
  • We can thank Zelda and Pokemon Go for the Switch sales.
  • Nintendo has sold more copies of Zelda than actual Switch consoles.
  • GTA Online store clerks went missing?!?!
  • GTA gave money back for items that are now free in-game.
  • Eve Online is taking a stand that online scams aren’t just legal – they’re encouraged.
  • Pokemon Go is running a grass event starting tomorrow.
  • Chad, Rizz, and Chachi are talking about the games they’re currently playing.
  • Chad is playing some No Man’s Sky and GTA Online.
  • Rizz is playing some Flinthook.
  • Chachi is playing a few things, especially some VR games like Esper, and MLB and Madden on PS4.
  • Because it’s May 4th, we’re streaming some Star Wars games after the podcast.

After the show remember to:

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: Chachi (@chachisays), Chad the Shad (@ChadTheShad), and Rizz (@RizzPlaysGames)

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

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.com for more entertainment; and view the AwesomeCast livestreaming Tuesdays around 7:00 PM EST!

Awesome Chat: Ashleigh Deemer

Ashleigh Deemer is the current Chief of Staff for Pittsburgh Councilwomen Natalia Rudiak using Facebook Live with #IssueMonday to educate the community as she runs for the seat.  We talk about the balance between technology and on the ground in informing the public and the Pittsburgh City technology initiatives in recent years including the Snow Plow Tracker and Burgh’s Eye View.

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.com for more entertainment.  Follow Michael Sorg (@sorgatron) and @AwesomeCast for updates and live streams of our interviews! Subscribe on Facebook,StitcherSpreaker, iTunes, and Youtube

Awesome Chat: Aaron Parkus

This week Aaron Parkus chats with us about working on haunted houses, building sets, and escape rooms with The ScareHouse, Hundred Acres Manor, Hysteria in Dubai, and making fat suits with Tolin FX.  What’s next for this creator?

Help out the show with a donation! Become our boss! Go to patreon.com/awesomecast

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.com for more entertainment.  Follow Michael Sorg (@sorgatron) and @AwesomeCast for updates and live streams of our interviews! Subscribe on Facebook,StitcherSpreaker, iTunes, and Youtube

AwesomeChat: Millvale Music Festival


Paul Bossung of the Millvale Music Festival joins us to talk about the festival, how they’re using social media, how the festival is part of Millvale’s recent rejuvenation, and more!

Help out the show with a donation! Become our boss! Go to patreon.com/awesomecast

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.com for more entertainment.  Follow Michael Sorg (@sorgatron) and @AwesomeCast for updates and live streams of our interviews! Subscribe on Facebook,StitcherSpreaker, iTunes, and Youtube