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AwesomeCast 330: A Love Affair With Alexa

It’s our first episode of 2017. We’re getting geeky and techy in our revamped digs. We’ve got Katie, Chilla, Sorg, and Max in house for on AwesomeCast 330!

– We’re talking some Alexa with our in-studio guests.
– Sorg is sharing how Alexa’s “Always Getting Smarter” creeps him out.
– Alexa does have a mute button that turns red – so you know when she’s listening and when she’s not.
– Alexa can even call you an Uber!
– Alexa also asks to rate her analysis performance – to hone in on your voice commands.
– Chilla is concerned Alexa may break up his marriage – because his wife is loving it.
– Chilla is using Alexa in conjunction with Siri to maximize his automation.
– Max still thinks Siri is better with providing sports scores than Alexa.
– Katie is joining the Alexa bandwagon with her Echo Dot.
– Katie is doing her Echo Dot unboxing on air!
– South Korean robots company has built a real Gundam!
– Max is a gamer. Of course he’s sharing some awesome game stories.
– Chilla recommends the Nexus line of Android tablets. (Or wait 2 months for Samsung announcements.)
– Need something do with your old phone? How about turn it into a security camera.
– You know we like drones. How about a Snoopy drone?
– Like the outdoors but don’t want to get lost from your group? We’re talking about a bluetooth option.
– Katie is sharing a fitness tracker that’s a ring instead of a wrist accessory.
– Chilla is sharing the news Sorg has been waiting for – his Macbook will have touchscreen capability!
– Sorg knew he needed an iPad, but didn’t realize he needed THIS much iPad…
– Android is getting Mario Run – sometime in the future, and you can sign up for more info now.
– Who’s still playing Pokemon GO? *Sorg slowly raises his hand*
– Chilla is sharing his thoughts on the Pokemon GO integration with his watch.
– Sorg combined his Pokemon GO and Uber. He plays while he’s parked (not while he’s actually driving).
– Katie is discussing the Coffee Meets Bagel dating app and pairings with Yelp and Spotify.
– We love to hear from our fans. Hit us up with news! How do you like the new studio set-up?

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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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AwesomeCast 328: AwesomeCast Compendium

  • You can now customize your emojis and it keeps your selection for next time with iOS 10.2
  • Chilla is discussing Tivo and Apple TV app updates with the new TV app. Is #Netflix holding out, or do they have an agreement in place that’s making us wait for updates?
  • Chilla’s Awesome Thing Of The Week are Apple AirPods and how he’ll be keeping his #AirPods in his ears.
  • Sorgatron is going Old School with hisAwesome Thing Of The Week – Panasonic LaserActive video games.
  • Our Patreon supporter Mat Weller is contributing this week with Airblock – a modular drone on Kickstarter.
  • Patreon supporter, Mike Fedor sent us a notice about Netgear router bug issues.
  • Live video stream on Instagram?  (Finally!) Katie is telling us all about it!
  • Does Instagram video create exclusivity options?  What makes you want to use it over other video platforms?
  • 360 Video to iOS?  (Yes, please!)
  • More Pokestops announced for Sprint stores.  Related: THERE’S A CHRISTMAS PIKACHU?
  • Are your Social Media memories enough online?  If not, you can get an actual, physical, paper book!
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Awesome Chat: CME Engineering and Drones

We talk with Joe Lloyd of CME Engineering about their use of the eBee: senseFly drone to expand their services to take topographical surveys and more.

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AwesomeCast 325: The Apparent Return of the Butt Peach

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AwesomeCast 324: Get Out the Vote

  • Sorg talks about his first few weeks as a driver for Lyft and Uber
  • Chilla has a new monitor for his Mac, the Samsung U28E590D 28-Inch UHD LED monitor.
  • We talk the 2016 Election as Chilla discusses his very first experience with voting and what made him finally register.
  • We discuss recources like ballotpedia.org and myridetovote.org with the ride sharing services.
  • We discuss the new Microsoft Slack and Slack’s passive aggressive response.

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AwesomeCast 323: Awkward Poses

  • Chilla is testing the new Google Project Tango phone; the Lenovo Phab2 Pro
  • AJ thinks that the TouchID is awesome.  It runs it’s own MacOS and should be in a stand alone keyboard, Apple!
  • Sorg is geeked over the Final Cut Pro X update with the Macbook Pro sensor bar.
  • We determine the Microsoft Surface Studio is amazing, but not practical for any of us.  And could lead to back problems
  • Apple TV promises to bring our TV watching into one app in December.  Will it change our watching?
  • What does the WWE Network and DirecTV stand alone bode for other channels moving to over the top?

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Awesome Chat: SQWAD

SQWAD is a company looking to change the way we play fantasy sports and providing more engaging play, currently with the WNBA, with up the minute changes that can be made.  Find out why they came to Pittsburgh from Portland, Oregon to take part in the Alphalab program that got them off the ground!

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Awesome Chat: Replay FX

We visit the Replay FX & Professional & Amateur Pinball Association home compound in Carnegie, PA to talk with Doug Polka and Fred Cochran surrounded by amazing video and pinball machines!  We talk about the concept of a video game preservation, the birth of Replay FX, the large arcade atmosphere, the practical joke on the owners of the Super NES CD-ROM that never happened, playing games with other people, how they are reaching out and more!

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AwesomeCast 320: Freaky Delivery

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

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