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AwesomeCast 401: It’s Not Easy Being A Green Bubble

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

Krause is on the couch this week.  Chilla’s on remote from Studio C.  We’re not quite sure where Dudders is.  But, Sorg’s holding it down with the boys for this week’s episode.  We’re talking about:

  • Krause is sharing Android Messages for web as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Do you want to be a blue bubble or a green bubble?
  • It’s not easy being a green bubble.
  • Chilla is sharing a sweet folding bluetooth keyboard with a touchpad as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Are you keyboard picky?
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is his Apple Watch (again) which allows him to have the power of Siri to take notes – from his wrist.
  • Brian shared some fun tech from his studio at River’s Edge with us this week.
  • Thanks to Rizz for sharing Jaws the videogame this week.
  • VR eSports is a thing. And, it’s weird to watch.
  • Brandon shared an update on PokemonGO that we’ve been waiting FOREVER for.
  • Krause has officially cut the cord! He ditched the home phone and cable, and bumped his internet to make the jump.
  • Sorg gave Sling TV a shot this week.
  • Krause’s Google Assistant has a twin sister.
  • If you have a Nintendo Switch, you can make a cool custom cardboard cabinet for $20!
  • We’re touching on some Anthem news after E3.
  • Cyberpunk looks super fun, guys!
  • Adobe is repackaging some of their video products for Project Rush.

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), 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 399: High-End Technology…For Poop Jokes

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on BroadwayAlex Kahrs Design & Media, and Dark Forge Studios!
Sorg is all by himself in studio as he’s joined remotely by Chilla from Studio C and Alex Kahrs coming in from Long Beach.  This week has some great updates following WWDC, including:

  • We promise we won’t be talking ALL Apple, but we will touch on some of the news and updates.
  • Alex is sharing Moovit as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Sorg is sharing Mega Man on iOS as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Crossover options for apps is great – but, it’s totally up to the developer to make it happen.
  • Speaking of apps – Chilla’s Awesome Thing of the Week is news out of WWDC18 about iOS apps on MacOS.
  • With the Apple updates at WWDC18, if iOS can port over to MacOS – does that mean I can play Fortnite on my Apple TV?
  • Thanks to Mat Weller for letting us know about the Nerf War at Century III.
  • Sorg has been playing some BumbleBee on AR thanks to the recent movie trailer.
  • When Apple talks to us about upcoming upgrades, we listen – and we share.
  • Apple Watch will be getting some upgrades – including walkie talkie mode!
  • Viewing websites and menus on Apple Watch? Yes, please.
  • Will Apple TV be replacing your cable box?
  • Sorg is playing AR videogames while podcasting.
  • IBM is shutting down free plans on U-Stream.
  • Chilla is talking about some podcast implications for Just A Line.

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: 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 398: Pause Your VHS Tape For This

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

We return after a week hiatus as Kenny Chen joins us for the main show.  Kenny is joined by our usual cast of characters, Sorg, Chilla, and Dudders, as we talk about this week’s topics including:

  • Katie is sharing an Awesome Thing of the Week that she literally found in the studio this evening. Doorways to Horror – the VCR game.
  • Chilla’s Awesome Thing of the Week has Sorg downloading a new app for Box Lunch.
  • Kenny’s Awesome Thing of the Week is NOT Post-Quantum Cryptography.
  • Kenny’s Awesome Thing of the Week is AI for Good which he attended a week or so ago.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week has to do with Missy’s iPhone upgrade – due to circumstances.
  • Because Missy had to replace her iPhone, Sorg finally said goodbye to his Pebble and hello to a new Apple Watch.
  • Thanks to The Broadcast for turning us on to Technical.ly teaming up with Public Source on an Open Data project.
  • Our friend Brandon (who will be participating in the Special Olympics) shared some news about an Xbox partnership.
  • Our good friend and Patreon supporter Mat Weller is getting closer to cut the cord.
  • Ever wanted to become a house-flipper without actually having to deal with renovation work? There’s a videogame for that!
  • DishTV has a new option for over-the-air channels.
  • HoloLens is helping those with visual impairments with sound.
  • Pornhub has made its own VPN.

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: Kenny Chen (@knnychn), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), John Chichilla (@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 395: BobbyCherry.app

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on BroadwayAlex Kahrs Design & Media, and The Millvale Music Festival!
John Carman joins John Chichilla and Mike Sorg to talk about what’s new in the world of technology.  This week’s topics include:

  • Sorg is setting the tone for this week’s Awesome Thing of the Week segment with his 3D movie maker (of sorts) find after hanging with the THRIFTY podcast crew last week! (NOTE: Actual product unavailable to link.  Included link is for a similar product)
  • Carman is sharing the Facebook dating *cough* Tinder *cough* integration announcement as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Instead of being a Tinder competitor, the Facebook Dating option will do long-term comparisons akin to eHarmony.
  • Chilla is sharing an Oculus option that is now available at a lower price point as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • We’ve talked with (and about) Alpha Lab Gear quite a few times on the show. They just announced their new cycle of movers and shakers!
  • Double Dare is coming back to Nickelodeon!
  • Cal Tech is working on an autonomous drone ambulance.
  • Are you a fan of Harry Potter? There’s an app (game) for you!
  • T-Mobile and Sprint are joining forces to become a new company
  • Looking for something to do with your Echo? Turn it into a coffee mug! (Not really, someone has a battery option that makes it look like one, though.)
  • MoviePass may have passed its honeymoon stage and they’re starting to roll out some restrictions.
  • Google will now let you register a .app site.
  • Atari VCS is officially on pre-order.
  • The Bobby Cherry App will simply be a tracking app to determine whether or not Bobby Cherry is at Kennywood.

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: John Carman (@carmanavenue), 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 391: Shoe Pizza

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


We’re back on schedule after last week’s brief interruption.  Katie is in Studio A with Sorg and pizza, while Chilla joins us from Studio C to talk this week in technology, 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 387: Introducing Aux Jack


Katie is back this week.  Sorg brought an old friend from college into studio (Nate Wright).  Chilla is in Studio C.  It’s definitely a great turn of events to make for some great 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)

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!