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AwesomeCast 372: Face Lasers

Brian Crawford of The River’s Edge (and soon-to-be The Metal Edge) joins Sorg and Chilla to talk about this week’s tech news.  Of note, they’re talking about:  

  • Brian is sharing some news about The Metal Edge!
  • We’re learning things – like Pittsburgh has the 3rd largest metal scene.
  • Brian is talking about his Chrome remote desktop app as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • p.s. That Chrome remote desktop is FREE.
  • Chilla is chiming in with low bandwidth and high response rates. We swear he’s giving it a legit thumbs-up.
  • Sorg is apparently remodeling the studio with Amazon AR as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Of course we’re talking Star Wars box set versions.
  • Who wants to talk comic books turned movies? Welcome to this week’s podcast.
  • Chilla got his hands on an iPhone X and feels like he’s living in the future with his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • The iPhone X has been rated as the most breakable. But, has anything ever been rated as indestructible?
  • iPhone X has facial recognition – or as we’re calling it FACE LASERS!
  • Chilla is impressed with how reactive the iPhone X is with facial recognition in the dark.
  • Chilla is breaking down some Android devices.
  • Thanks to Brandon for sharing the custom Lego art.
  • Playstation trophies (gamer points) can now be used to purchase games?
  • Razer has released a phone – for gamers.
  • Dear Apple TV, please give us more game options.
  • AR navigation is a thing?
  • We’re talking AR vs VR. Some great discussion with Chilla and Brian.
  • So…the HoloLens has been certified as protective eye wear!

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:  Brian Crawford (@RiverTalkPGH),  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 370: Big Adobe Server in the Cloud

We’re joined by Alex Kahrs  this week.  With both Alex and Chilla joining us remotely, Sorg is in studio with producer Missy and a Slice on Broadway pizza to themselves as we talk this week’s tech news, including:  

  • Hey guys, did YOU know iTunes is now Apple Podcasts? (Sorg may not have known.)
  • Chilla is sharing the Nintendo Switch as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • The Nintendo Switch seems to be doing better at this stage of the game than its recent predecessors.
  • Alex and Sorg are tag-teaming their Awesome Thing of the Week with Adobe updates!
  • Adobe is making development a little easier with their updates.
  • Fan of Illustrator? There’s a plugin that lets you incorporate vector-based images into 3D images.
  • Sorg is discussing Adobe updates with intuitive suggestions using AI integration.
  • Lightroom is getting some upgrades as well – as in a hybrid app.
  • Alex is talking about his transition from Garage Band to Audition for his Podcast.
  • Adobe Spark is offering some premium options for branding.
  • Pittsburgh sent a love letter to Amazon this week, and it’s amazing.
  • We’re talking with Alex about the SoCal bid for Amazon HQ2 in comparison to Pittsburgh’s bid.
  • The giant robot battle happened. We may be a little underwhelmed.
  • AT&T and Project Loon are doing some good for Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
  • Chilla breaks down the Pixel 2XL and agrees it has a crappy display.

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:  Alex Kahrs (@alexanderkahrs),  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 368: This Isn’t Your Grandma’s Chromebook

Sorg and Chilla are keeping it real this week, as they’re talking this week’s tech news, including:  

  • We’ve made updates to streaming quality. You’d never notice Chilla’s not in studio – except he has no Slice.
  • Start at the $20 Executive Level on Patreon this week – and we’ll move the brick wall to the new studio.
  • It’s time for Chilla’s Awesome Thing of the Week. He’s sharing the AirBeam TV App so he can mirror his phone to any TV.
  • If you can airplay it, Air Beam TV app can stream it to your TV.
  • Sorg is holding onto AOL Instant Messenger as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • We’re asking folks what their AOL Instant Messenger screen name was back in the day.
  • Do you remember your ICQ number?
  • Shout out to our friends at Meta Mesh and their recent grant to bring free WiFi to Pittsburgh.
  • Shout out to Mobile Nom definitely worth checking them out!
  • There was a Google announcement last week! Chilla’s giving us a quick rundown of his best of the best!
  • Chilla is recommending Google Clips as his takeaway from the recent announcement.
  • We’re also talking the Google Pixel Buds options.
  • This isn’t your grandma’s Chromebook.
  • It’s apparently easy to hack the SNES Classic Mini.
  • Twitter is doing bookmarking, and Chilla is super excited.

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), 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 365: Who Doesn’t Want To Do Yoga Over A Frozen Body?

Chris Whitlatch joins Sorg and Chilla this week.  In addition to some of the things he’s working on with the Mon Valley Alliance, he’s also working on an interesting project in Pittsburgh.  The guys are otherwise talking about some interesting things in tech this week, including:  AC

  • Chilla is sharing his Samsung Galaxy Note 8 as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Chris is planning a roadtrip to Vegas for his Awesome Thing of the Week!
  • Dear Pittsburgh, please give us some VR options like Vegas has with Area 15.
  • Sorg is sharing vMix as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • We give a shout out to Hilltopolis happening later this week with The Cool Kids over in Mt. Washington. Check it out if you’re in town.
  • Vote some Slice on Broadway and the Perfect Pepperoni Pizza, guys!
  • Who doesn’t want to take a Red Light District tour through Pittsburgh? Chris is doing a cool thing.
  • Chris is sharing a Red Light District project in Pittsburgh.
  • TechShop may be closing in Pittsburgh, but they’re looking at a rebirth.
  • Are you a Star Wars fan? There’s workout equipment – just for you.
  • Haven’t used your Android device in 60 days? Google will delete your back-up.
  • Chilla is sharing some Samsung-to-Samsung data swapping.
  • Cellular download limit upped to 150MB with the new update. Thank you Apple!
  • Sorg and Chilla are contemplating back-up options now that Sorg has no WiFi at home.
  • Snapchat 3D Bitmoji brought Sorg back to the platform.

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), and Chris Whitlatch (@cswhitlatch).

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 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 346: Decepticon Bag

Sorg, Chilla and Katie are joined by Ryan Haggerty of Haggerty Media this week for AwesomeCast 346. The crew is talking about some of this week’s awesome things in technology, including:

  • Remember to check out this week’s AwesomeChat with Ashleigh Deemer when it’s released later this week, too!
  • Ryan is sharing a DIY iPhone 6s as his Awesome Thing of the Week this week.
  • For those who may have missed it, Katie is sharing her Gobblerito experience.
  • Gobblerito aside, Katie is sharing Alien In Utero and its VR experience.
  • We’ve got some S8 updates – including Chilla’s Awesome Thing of the Week…his bag to carry one.
  • Want to soar with the eagles at the Pittsburgh National Aviary? Sorg is telling us about Birdly.
  • Have a site that’s not working? Check out www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com to confirm if it’s just you!
  • Brandon is sharing the Arcade Bar concept as his fan submission Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • We do have some great arcade options in Pittsburgh – like PAPA and Looking For Group.
  • Nintendo is working on the SNES Classic Edition next – just in time for Christmas!
  • We’re just a bunch of kids from the 1990s/2000s wanting gaming consoles for Christmas now (just a few years older).
  • Uber is looking to launch (wait for it) on-demand flights?
  • Sling Box is developing a portable studio. Sorg is mortgaging the studio as we speak.
  • GoPro’s Fusion spherical camera and Facebook’s new 360 camera are bringing some options to 360 video.
  • Tattoos that make sound? It’s a thing.

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), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), and Ryan Haggerty (@haggertymedia).

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 342: Internet of the Brain

Sorg and Chilla are joined by Kenny Chen of Ascender for AwesomeCast 342 talking about awesome things in technology, including:AC

  • Kenny is telling us about what he does at Ascender. Cool guy doing cool things.
  • It’s time for Chilla’s Awesome Thing of the Week and he’s telling us about Samsung.
  • p.s. Want to check out what’s new in Samsung? They have a huge announcement TOMORROW.
  • Show of hands: Who carries both an iPhone and Android device for one reason or another?
  • Sorg is getting stalkerish with his friends. Google Maps location sharing will make it easier.
  • We’ve talked about XPrize previously. Kenny is sharing Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • What kind of geeks would we be if we didn’t mention Elon Musk and his neuralink?
  • Neuralink: It’s like IoT and the Internet of the Brain.
  • Donating computer resources is still a thing – just like it was in 1995.
  • We’re talking about how we can technologically enhance our perfect pepperoni pizza experience with Slice on Broadway.
  • Thank you Brandon for sharing how we can share taste via the internet!
  • Bobby and Mad Mike there is hope for you to have digital Slice!
  • Rick Sebak is doing something uber geeky – he’s running a Kickstarter campaign to bring us more stories.
  • Thanks to Andy for bringing us the cutest share this week – a little girl hugging a water heater.
  • Bobby needs to come back on the show – maybe after we go to the Super Mario bar he mentioned this week.
  • NASA has the cutest little origami robot!
  • Chilla is sharing some Android updates – including another beta.

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 Kenny Chen (@knnychn).

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 our replay over there!

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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AwesomeCast 339: Scooby Doo Endings

We’ve got our usual gadget hounds Sorg, Chilla, and Katie on for AwesomeCast 339.  This week we’re talking about awesome things in technology, including:

  • Like videogames? We’re looking to do an AwesomeCast gaming spin-off.
  • Videogames are tech. Chilla is taking us into his Awesome Thing Of The Week with the Nintendo Switch Joycon controller.
  • Sorg has gotta catch ’em all. And now he can with his Awesome Thing Of The Week – the Pokemon Go PLUS.
  • Katie is sharing Netflix and their choose-your-own-ending options. (Currently in the UK) as her Awesome Thing Of The Week.
  • Sorg is sharing some thoughts on his Grip Gear mobile recording track. (Thanks guys!)
  • Katie has a new job for Sorg thanks to Wrapify – get paid to wrap your car in ads.
  • Thanks to Rizz for his Awesome Thing Of The Week submission for the Vada dash cam.
  • Brandon shares LEGO’s new set: Women of NASA.
  • Thanks to Doug for sharing the story about our friends at No
  • Wait being bought by Yelp. (Congrats!)
  • The Logan poster seen in Times Square was done on an iPadPro. Our collective minds are blown.
  • Land Rover has some pretty fancy tech.
  • Want to spoil your dog? Nissan has the perfect pet-friendly car for you!

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 our replay over there!

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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AwesomeCast 332: Man of All Media

This week on AwesomeCast 332, we’re talking about awesome things in technology with Sorg, Chilla, Katie and TV’s Jim Lokay, including:AC

– Lokay is a Man Of All Media and still takes the time to talk tech with us!
– Want to be our boss? Support us through Patreon for exclusive content like Mat Weller.
– It’s time for our Awesome Thing Of The Week and Nintendo Switch has Sorg’s attention!
– We’re talking Nintendo parental controls.
– Lokay is sharing his thoughts regarding Nintendo’s Wii U as a failure and how they’re overcoming it.
– Chilla is talking the horse power behind the Nintendo Switch.
– We’re talking thoughts on Nintendo returning to the cartridge system versus instant play of online games.
– USBC is the greatest thing in the world – Chilla.
– Katie – talking porn or online dating. Her Awesome Thing Of The Week is Espresso Yourself latte option.
– Chilla’s Awesome Thing Of The Week is bite-sized video games like Star Wars Force Arena.
– Lokay’s Awesome Thing Of The Week is Automatic and its great data resources.
– Lokay may miss Pittsburgh pizza the most being in DC. We need to get him some Slice next time he’s in town!
– Lokay is gearing up for the inauguration and is sharing how the ACLU is utilizing the Mobile Justice app.
– Check out the News On app [Google Play] [iPhone] for your own personal news feed. Our in-house news guy Lokay recommended!
AT&T finally shut down their 2G network. Original iPhone users can no longer use their service!
– Note to AT&T users: Download the Mark the Spot app for more info on service and coverage.
– Katie shares the loss of yet another social media platform. Vine is going away, but is built-in for Twitter.
– Our thoughts go out to Rob on the Run over the loss of Vine.
– Thanks to Brandon for sharing the Emie Elfy Light.
– Michael Fedor also shared that the Fresno Grizzlies have officially taken over the taco emoji!
– Chilla is talking about composting in the future with Whirlpool’s Zera indoor composter.
– We’re also talking the ultimate VR flight simulator by Icaros.
– We touched upon a VR tour of the White House with President Obama.
– Smartwatches can tell you’re about to get sick days in advance.
Plott’s Cubit makes it easy to measure spaces for creative projects.

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: John Chichilla (@chilla), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), Jim Lokay (@Lokay) and Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron).

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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