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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 364: The Lowercase “i”s

This week we’ve got Susan and Vance of Ohio Linuxfest in studio to share some news about their event at the end of the month. We’ve also got our usual cast of characters with Sorg, Katie, and Chilla as we talk about the obvious things – Apple updates!

  • Susan and Vance are sharing this year’s Ohio Linuxfest as their Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Katie is talking about what happens when you don’t realize other people can see what you like on social media.
  • Speaking of some things you may not realize people are seeing, check out Web Thinger for some ProTips.
  • Chilla is trying to share ALL OF THE Apple Event as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Apple’s iPhone updates aren’t THAT much different – but, they’re totally different.
  • Now that Apple is bringing us facial recognition – how is that going to affect Snapchat?
  • Katie has hit her ” Get Off My Lawn” issue with iPhone.
  • Sorg hangs onto everything – like this first gen iPhone he just pulled out.
  • Katie is weighing the need to update her phone now with her desire to wait out the new iPhone.
  • We’ve got some thoughts about the Note 8 in comparison to the new iPhone from our in-studio guest.
  • Who’s looking to get an Apple Watch after today’s Apple Event?
  • Sorg is keen on the Apple Watch health integration from today’s Apple Event.
  • We’re taking a little detour through some Apple Watch discussion following today’s Apple Event.
  • Apple TV will be 4K thanks to the Apple Event updates.
  • We’re commissioning a movie night in the future with Chilla in his home of the future.
  • Apple Stores are not, in fact stores, but town squares.
  • We’re excited about the larger Apple charging mat. We’re not so excited about the need for some other things.
  • We just found out Chilla’s Batman utility belt contains an Apple TV.
  • Ever play hide-and-seek in a haunted house? Katie has! And she Facebook LIVE broadcasted it.

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), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders) and Ohio Linuxfest (@ohiolinux).

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 359: Mystery Box

Buzzy Torek of Epicast joins Katie on the big purple couch this week.  They’re chatting some tech news with Sorg and our awesome chat room, including:

  • We’re LIVE with this week’s tech talk with Buzzy of Epicast and Katie.
  • Buzzy is talking some music happenings for the Allentown neighborhood in Pittsburgh.
  • Katie is sharing her Awesome Thing of the Week – the Red Bull Flugtag she participated in this weekend.
  • Buzzy tried to find his Awesome Thing of the Week, and went with a very high-tech fidget spinner from Replay FX.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is a combination of his new XBox One obtained via Offer Up.
  • Buzzy is sharing a great bluetooth speaker option from Anker.
  • Now that Sorg has an XBox One, all of his friends are now on PS4. *Sad Trombone*
  • Thanks to Brian’s Awesome Thing of the Week last week, long-time listener Wheelz has a new toy!
  • Thanks to Brandon for sharing some audiobook options for studio dog Wicket.
  • Ebay has a mystery box option, and Sorg has some ideas to get rid of stuff from the basement.
  • Facebook shut down a Snapchat competitor – LifeStage.
  • Netflix has a bit of news this week, like Disney is leaving, for starters.
  • Netflix has also acquired Mark Millar’s publishing house.
  • Comics seem to prefer Netflix to Comedy Central these days.
  • YouTube Red outbid Netflix and Amazon for a Karate Kid comedy series?
  • Pro wrestlers apparently use Sarahah App.
  • Apparently smart cars (the self-driving variety) have issues with altered signs.
  • YouTube has a messaging feature now.
  • Katie and Missy will be hanging out at Steel City Con this weekend. Stop by and say hi to them.
  • Shout out to Meta Mesh who hooked up the new studio as the first node of the Beechview network.

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 Buzzy Torek (@bigbuzzum).

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!

Awesome Chat: Mike Zieman


Mike Zieman works on scoring technology with Baja SAE and Formula SAE Collegiate Design Series.  We chat about the development of modernizing these competitions by moving data capture from paper to digital and the future implications for students and organizers.  Also, did you know Huntsville, Alabama was a tech city?

Find out more about Mike’s company at DigitalEngineeringSolutions.com.

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!

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

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!