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AwesomeCast 377: The Best, Nerdiest Recommendations

As we near the end of 2017 we take the opportunity to fill the couch – both IRL and online – with some familiar faces. It’s a full house indeed with Jim Lokay, Will Rutherford, Mike Pound, Cynthia Closkey, John Carman, Bobby Cherry, Brian Crawford, and Krause. But, we’ve still got our usual faces with Sorg and Chilla, and a very special visit from our Patreon supporter, Michael Fedor. 

  • We’re starting the top of the show with everyone’s Awesome Thing of the Year items.
  • Chilla’s Awesome Thing of the Year is his Apple AirPods.
  • Brian’s Awesome Thing of the Year is NOT the tech items he recently purchased – but the sweet bag he got to carry it all!
  • Krause’s Awesome Thing of the Year is his Google Pixel 2XL.
  • Will’s Awesome Thing of the Year is a “really interesting idea.” He’s interested in TXT.FYI – a stripped down blog.
  • Lokay’s Awesome Thing of the Year is HQ – the quiz app.
  • Cynthia’s AirPods are her Awesome Thing for Life. As her Awesome Thing of the Year, she’s going with 17776.
  • Mike Pound’s Awesome Thing of the Year is Amazon Echo.
  • Patreoner Michael Fedor’s Awesome Thing of the Year is Patreon’s redo of their fee structure.
  • Bobby is sharing his Awesome Thing of the Year – his Google Home.
  • John Carman’s Awesome Thing of the Year is Google’s Pixel Buds.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Year is the realization of handheld internet through his AT&T Wireless plan.
  • We’re running through our 2017 predictions from last year – and whether or not they actually came true.
  • And, then we turn to predictions for 2018!(With a shout out to Rob Johnston and the Vine 2 launch!)

    Lokay: Vine2 is going to be a failure.

    Will Rutherford: Net neutrality is going to get pushed through and it’s going to be a kerfluffle. ISPs are going to do what ISPs do, but customers are going to drop like flies. They’re going to lose so much business that they’re going to roll things back and it will all be for naught.

    Mike Pound: Digital side of journalism is going to continue to build in 2018.

    Cynthia Closkey: Continued escalation of Google/Apple/Amazon streaming war. Apple TV available for sale on Amazon again.

    Michael Fedor: Disney will have one major purchase in the next year. (Jokingly introduced with: Living under the United States of Disney. Disney will pay down national debt and come in on some sort of crisis.)

    John Carman: We’re going to see the first Amazon Key burglary.

    Bobby Cherry: Elon Musk is going to have some breakthrough next year – through one of his companies.

    Chilla: We’re going to see another huge dropoff on PC technology.

    Brian Crawford: We’re going to start turning into cyborgs with our wearable tech and implant devices. We’re also going to see regulations regarding drones.

    Krause: AR is going to be a much bigger deal than even VR is now.

    Sorg: Podcasting is going to be de-emphasized in 2018.

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AwesomeCast 329: Right Behind The Cutting Edge

It’s our last episode of the year.  We’re getting geeky and nostalgic – checking our predictions from last year and talking tech and social media predictions for 2017, with the local nerds that use it on AwesomeCast 329!

– We’re LIVE with our year-end Christmas show with Doug Derda and Cynthia Closkey, talking about our awesome things of the year on this week’s episode.
– Sling and cordcutting were our awesome things of the year for 2015 as we reflected back last year.
– Meerkat? Wow!
– Cynthia is sharing her awesome thing of the year for 2016 – her smart watch (Apple Watch) and wearables in general.
– Sorg is sharing his woes over the Pebble buyout in comparison to the Apple Watch.
– Doug is pitching a Kickstarter campaign for a Kickstarter movie talking about Kickstarter campaigns.
– Google Glass is still a discussion at the end of 2016.
– Wheelz is sharing his awesome thing of the year – his Samsung phone.
– Doug is sharing Facebook LIVE as his awesome thing of the year and how interesting instacontent is.
– Speaking of bleeding edge tech – we can’t help but talk about iJustine and how she was livestreaming a decade ago.
– How do you stand out in a tidal wave of content now that instacontent is so available?
– Are people looking at instacontent for content or for interaction with other people?
– Doug is teaching us about the Musically app through his son’s usage.
– Sorg’s awesome thing of the year is self-driving cars – especially since he’s been in one!
– Speaking of self-driving cars, studies show traffic would be better with less traffic lights.

– It’s 2016 prediction recap time!
— Doug was WRONG with his prediction about online superstardom.
— Cynthia is recapping her accurate mom factor prediction about streaming programming.
— AI advancement prediction by Chilla is ACCURATE! (You can thank Alexa, Sir.)
— DJ Lunchbox’s iPhone7 prediction – ACCURATE! (WTH headphone jacks?)
— Technology to communicate with pets. Sorry Katie, we’re not sure whether Catterbox counts this year.

– Apple’s biggest innovation – a phone that doesn’t explode!

– Predictions for 2017!
— Doug predicts Google+ will finally die.
— Sorg thinks Twitter will not be an independent company by the end of 2017. Will it go to Verizon?
— Cynthia thinks VR video will not be a thing next year, as in it’s not going anywhere, and we won’t know why. She doesn’t believe it will get past Cardboard and it’ll be at least another 3 years before we see any solid movement with VR.
— Rizz predicts the Nintendo Switch will revolutionize gaming

– Thanks for a great (at least by way of tech) 2016! Make sure to hit us up with what tech Santa brought you!

After the show remember to:

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

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: Doug Derda (@douglasderda), Cynthia Closkey (@cynthiacloskey) and Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron, SorgatronMedia.com).

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

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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