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AwesomeCast 280: Hide ‘n Seek With BB-8

This week on AwesomeCast 280, we’re talking about awesome things in technology, including:

  • Back from holiday hiatus and getting ready for the first Awesome Cast of the New Year with Chilla and Rob Johnston!
  • Rob is sharing his Awesome Thing Of The Week – HOVERBOARDS!
  • Did you know our Rob is an internet star with his gif! http://gph.is/1Pv6s9f?tc=1
  • We can’t stop watching hover board fails while we’re delving into our discussion on this week’s show.
  • Chilla’s Awesome Thing Of The Week is CES 2016 the Samsung Smart TV.
  • Sorg is sharing his love of the Pebble Time update and functionality for his watch.
  • Sorg is now sharing his Awesome Thing Of The Week the Livestream Movi camera.
  • Return to the hoverboard discussion leads to a shoutout to our friend Lokay and his nice video.
  • We’re talking about Adobe Post and the ease of design via an app. Sorg approves.
  • Our App Of The Week is Aipoly. Aimed at the blind it identifies objects in front of them through their phone.
  • Question Of The Episode from Rob – Can Aipoly tell whether the dress is black and blue or white and gold?
  • Discussing Samsung Gear VR in the real world.
  • We’re heading into some CES 2016 discussion.
    • Star Wars watch from Sphero lets you control BB-8 with force gestures. (Geeks everywhere rejoice!)
    • LG and Samsung are putting tablets into refrigerators, washing machines, and dryers. Hmm.
  • Amazon Dash built in with Whirlpool appliances? (Yes, please.)
  • Our ease of access delivery service discussion has turned to Pittsburgh with talk about Postmates integration.
  • Talking about how tech has evolved to the point it is now included as standard in our cars.

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), Rob Johnston (@RobOnTheRun) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron).

Thanks to our Awesome Patreons @ThistleSea & @MikeFedorShow!  You can support the show too at Patreon.com/awesomecast !

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 6:30 PM EST!

 

 

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AwesomeCast Special: Home Automation

This week on AwesomeCast it is a special Holiday edition as John Chichilla (@chilla) walks us through a DEEP discussion about everything you should know when embarking on Home Automation.  from hubs to bulbs to light switches.  We have you covered!

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AwesomeCast 279: Out With The Old (Tech) – In With the New (Tech)

This week on AwesomeCast 279, we’re sharing our tech highlights from 2015 and making our predictions for 2016 in addition to our usual talk about awesome things in technology, including:

  • We have a full studio tonight! Chilla, Sorg, Katie, Will, and Doug – and Cynthia via remote!
  • Awesome Thing Of The Year time! Chilla is telling us about how the Apple Watch beat the rest.
  • Instacontent is Dudders’ Awesome Thing Of The Year contribution.
  • Doug is giving it back to Sling TV by nominating it as his Awesome Thing Of The Year.
  • Will is on board with cordcutters as his Awesome Thing Of The Year.
  • Comedy Central is great for cordcutters with their accessibility.
  • Cynthia shares her Awesome Thing Of The Year – crowdfunding and how it helps make dreams and ideas possible.
  • We joked about how we all would name Slack as our unanimous Awesome Thing Of The Year.
  • We’re talking about message read notifications (i.e. Facebook).
  • Discussing severe inbox OCD with Doug.
  • What happened to YikYak? Dudders is revisiting her favorite app of last year.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing Of The Year is VR (as he pulls out his Google Cardbord).
  • Shout out to Looking For Group and the fun Sorg had with their Oculus yesterday.
  • You want to tune in – Dudders is playing with the Google Cardboard.
  • It’s time for 2016 predictions!
  • We lied! First, we’re going to check in on what predictions were made last year – and whether they happened.
  • Now for 2016 predictions!
  • Dudders is calling for pet communication technology in 2016.
  • Chilla is predicting AI advancement outside of apps and developed directly in products.
  • Will is predicting Apple will be innovators again – something new and interesting for iPhone7.
  • Doug believes 2016 will bring the first mainstream network podcast TV show.
  • Cynthia’s Holiday PSA: Help parents and grandparents sign up for Netflix this holiday season.
  • And, in conjunction with her PSA, Cynthia is predicting a switch to a Netflix-like platform in general.
  • Sorg is making a bold prediction that tablets will outsell PCs in 2016.

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: Katie (@KDudders), John Chichilla (@chilla), Will (@DjLunchbox), Doug (@douglasderda), Cynthia (@cynthiacloskey) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron).

Thanks to our Awesome Patreons @ThistleSea & @MikeFedorShow!  You can support the show too at Patreon.com/awesomecast !

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 6:30 PM EST!

 

 

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AwesomeCast 278: Tech Brady Bunch

sfThis week on AwesomeCast 278, we talk awesome things in technology, including:

  • Time for our Awesome Thing Of The Week! For Chilla it’s the new iHome Smart Plug.
  • Dudders is sharing her Awesome Thing Of The Week – Her Periscope when she was stuck in an elevator this week.
  • Uncle Crappy is sharing his Awesome Thing Of The Week – the new Post Gazette site.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing Of The Week is his new Wire Cast video tech.
  • Thanks to Douglas Derda for pointing out the Google Primer as his addition to our discussion.
  • Facebook video streaming is open to the general public! We’re checking it out.
  • We’re talking about the mobile version of Adobe Lightroom and what options it gives photographers.
  • We’re introducing a new segment: Ye Olde Tech. Thanks to Chachi for giving us a Virtual Vegas CD-ROM game!
  • Dudders is showing off her ’07 MacBook! (She’s excited about upgrading but will miss the Hello Kitty duct tape.)
  • And, we’re done with our tangent about Dudders’ laptop – and back to the Pixel C discussion!
  • Snapchat was down because of Google? If you’re confused like we were, Chilla’s breaking it down.
  • Adobe Flash is dropping the “Flash” part and changing their focus with Adobe Animation.
  • Microsoft is opening its door to OpenSource. It’s nice to see it, even if it’s only portions, it’s a start.
  • Shout out to Friend Of The Show Josh Lucas for the NEXT Pittsburgh piece on his moving and shaking.

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: Katie (@KDudders), John Chichilla (@chilla) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron).

Thanks to our Awesome Patreons @ThistleSea & @MikeFedorShow!  You can support the show too at Patreon.com/awesomecast !

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 6:30 PM EST!

 

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AwesomeCast 277: The Gadgets and Doohickies

This week on AwesomeCast 277, we talk awesome things in technology, including:

  • This week, we’re talking about our favorite gadgets and doohickies.
  • Time for Awesome Show And Tell with Sorg and his iPad keyboard.
  • Zuckerberg is planning for the future. He gives away shares and ups maternity leave time!
  • Chilla’s Awesome Thing Of The Week is Snap. It makes Android widgets reachable from any app.
  • Dudders’ Awesome Thing Of The Week is helping her with her holiday shopping! She’s sharing the Red Laser app.
  • Dudders is sharing her Target shopping experience – including her $4 dinosaur.
  • Sorg is sharing his Awesome Thing Of The Week with an augmented reality app.
  • Doug shares some iPhone7 discussion with some speculation about headphones.
  • Amazon has a new video for their drone service. And it has a Top Gear panache to it.
  • We’re speculating on the Amazon Landing Zone for the drone service.
  • People are naming their babies after Instagram filters? We’re sharing some info about it.
  • Google “a long time ago in a galaxy far far away” trust us.
  • Holiday Android picks with Chilla!

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: Katie (@KDudders), John Chichilla (@chilla) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron).

Thanks to our Awesome Patreons @ThistleSea & @MikeFedorShow!  You can support the show too at Patreon.com/awesomecast !

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 6:30 PM EST!

 

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AwesomeCast 276: Evolution of the Emoji – Poop, Pizza and a Dictionary Entry

This week on Awesomecast 276, we talk awesome things in technology, including:

  • We’re joined in-studio this week by our favorite Microsoft guy – Krazy Krause!
  • Chilla’s Awesome Thing Of The Week is Microsoft’s Black Friday deal.
  • Sorg checked out the CLP Show Your Work event and has some thoughts to share about CEEMI.
  • Krause’s Awesome Thing Of The Week is his recent marriage! As far as tech, he’s going with the Microsoft Band.
  • From our friends over at SIDT Story Corps is working with Google to record family stories for archival.
  • Miss Sin Bin is sharing with us an eyeless spider named Smeagol as her Awesome Thing Of The Week.
  • Time Magazine has a top ten list (no surprise) of tech (no surprise) but #1 has us a little baffled.
  • We’re talking Little Bits – teaching kids building and programming skills.
  • Chilla’s talking about the Apple Pencil and some reviews he’s been reading up on.
  • Sorg is sharing an epilepsy warning with his next topic of discussion: Emoji Tracker.
  • Tesla Model X is coming out with an $80K price tag – for the low-end model. (But we still think it’s pretty cool.)
  • Tesla auto pilot is a thing. There’s video. And, we’re discussing all the crazy.
  • Government is rethinking its stance on self driving cars?
  • We’re introducing our peeps to Sweet – Hearst’s straight-to-SnapChat publication.
  • Shoutout to Wife Of The Show. She went to Start-UpWeekend Pgh to learn some new things – and came home with a new business: SYLA.

 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: Krause (@KrazyKrause ) John Chichilla (@chilla) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron).

Thanks to our Awesome Patreons @ThistleSea & @MikeFedorShow!  You can support the show too at Patreon.com/awesomecast !

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 6:30 PM EST!

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AwesomeCast 275: We’re Slackers

This week on Awesomecast 275, we talk awesome things in technology, including:

  • Time for our Awesome Thing Of The Week – for Sorg it’s his Chromecast.
  • ASUS has released their Chromebit. Chilla is sharing his thoughts for his Awesome Thing Of The Week.
  • Mad Mike’s Awesome Thing Of The Week is his new not-flip-phone, the iPhone6.
  • Time for our Tip Of The Week with Google Photos freeing up space for backed up photos.
  • Our friend Alex Kahrs tried the Boomerang app. He made one video and deleted the app.
  • We’re slackers! But only because we’ve been using Slack – a group communication app to help organize projects.
  • Did you know you could download a giphy keyboard? Chilla just shared one with us.
  • We’re talking Windows 10 updates.
  • Democrats fighting back after GOP declares wifi password war.
  • ABC is developing exclusive content for its Watch ABC app.
  • Google gifts free 1TB cloud storage!
  • Chilla is sharing a new option for taking your aerial screensaver to the next level.

 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: Katie Dudas (@Kdudders) John Chichilla (@chilla) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron).

Thanks to our Awesome Patreons @ThistleSea & @MikeFedorShow!  You can support the show too at Patreon.com/awesomecast !

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 6:30 PM EST!

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Awesomecast 274: Welcome to Awesome Cast Kids’ Time

This week on Awesomecast 274, we talk awesome things in technology, including:

  • Business cards are in production for our Executive Producers @ThistleSea and @mikefedorshow.
  • Chilla is sharing his Awesome Thing Of The Week: Number Sync from AT&T.
  • Sorg shares his Awesome Thing Of The Week (which also works for Insert Coin): The Nintendo Playstation!
  • Dudders’ Awesome Thing Of The Week is www.imreal.life‘s live ghost hunt from the weekend.
  • Dudders’ App Of The Week ties in to her Awesome Thing Of The Week. She used the Ghost Radar Legacy app for her ghost hunt.
  • Tip Of The Week is Google maps updates – now with spoken traffic alerts and offline navigation and search!
  • Netflix outwits bedtime with 5-minute series. Doug Derda weighs in with Sprout Online options he’s been using.
  • With the new emojis recently released we’re talking Taco Bell’s ingenious use of the #TacoEmojiEngine.
  • T-Mobile announced their Binge-On program for video streaming that doesn’t go against a data cap.
  • Chilla’s telling us about the new Blackberry Priv. It runs Android! And, it has a Keyboard!
  • Speaking of Blackberry Priv, Samsung has a mimicked keyboard that overlays on the phone.
  • We’re sharing, because it’s making us laugh: http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/9/9695360/blackberry-priv-ridiculous-ads Comments on Priv photos
  • Facebook Live offers a subscribe button. We think it’s Facebook’s response to Periscope.
  • Android gets Apple Music and Chilla couldn’t be happier. He’s planning tech to have music through his house.

 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: Katie Dudas (@Kdudders) John Chichilla (@chilla) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron).

Thanks to our Awesome Patreons @ThistleSea & @MikeFedorShow!  You can support the show too at Patreon.com/awesomecast !

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 6:30 PM EST!

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Awesomecast 273: The Scarlet “W”

This week on Awesomecast 273, we talk awesome things in technology, including:

  • We have Carman and Chilla in Studio A for geeky tech talk.
  • Adobe is doing livestream and it’s pretty cool.
  • Remember Bob Ross and his happy little trees? The Joy of Painting Marathon is a thing, and it’s still happening.
  • Thanks @MissSinBin for letting us know about the MS Paint participants in Bob Ross painting experience.
  • Periscope – the “new” channel surfing? We’re having an interesting discussion about it.
  • Chilla’s Awesome Thing Of The Week is Air Parrot – stream your device to an Apple TV.
  • Carman is discussing Best Of The Burgosphere as his Awesome Thing Of The Week.
  • Our App Of The Week is Google’s “Who’s Down” app.
  • Looking to get your feet wet with smart watches? Check out the Martian Notifier.
  • Doug shares his shoutout from @Sling confirming Chromecast support.
  • Check out the Hillary Rodham Clinton paperdolls via our friends over at @InsertCoinTB.
  • Are Android and Chrome OS combining or not? We’re talking about some Wonder Twins Activate action between the two.
  • Windows 10 upgrades push changes for IT pros and bootleggers. Will Microsoft automatically offer it?
  • Skype co-founder builds delivery bot that rides on sidewalks. And Sorg loves that there’s another robot!
  • The Goog announces an update for Inbox app for AI-powered quick e-mail response.
  • Pittsburgh’s smart traffic lights are helping with vehicle pollution. Right here! In Pittsburgh!

 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 Carman (@carmanavenue) John Chichilla (@chilla) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron).

Thanks to our Awesome Patreons @ThistleSea & @MikeFedorShow!  You can support the show too at Patreon.com/awesomecast !

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 6:30 PM EST!

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AwesomeCast 272: These Are Not the Drones You Are Looking For

This week on Awesomecast 272, we talk awesome things in technology, including:

  • Starting with our Awesome Thing Of The Week. Up first is Chilla with Perch – creating a security monitor from an old device.
  • Sorg is taking it Halloween with his Awesome Thing Of The Week – creepy face reenactment tech face mapping.
  • Picobrew – The Keurig of home beer brewing. Thanks to Doug for his submission for Awesome Thing Of The Week.
  • We’re headed to Instagram’s new app Boomerang for our App Of The Week looping 1-second videos.
  • Did you know Google has been quietly recording your voice – and saving it?  Learn more and how you can delete it.
  • Thanks to @Optinvent for some additional details on last week’s ORA-X conversation. Check ’em out on Kickstarter.
  • Because it’s our Halloween episode, we’re going to talk some costumes with Google’s Frightgeist site.
  • Facebook is unleashing universal search across its network.
  • Bing is a good mix of public and private enterprise. Chilla shares his thoughts.
  • WalMart is testing drone delivery.
  • OculusRift and Adawarp allows you to become a cuddly teddy bear.
  • Guitar Hero for Apple TV – Does it put it in the running as a gaming console? Chilla shares his thoughts.
  • If you’re a subscriber to New York Times you’re getting Google Cardboard!
  • YouTube Red is here! Sorg will be sharing some thoughts at Basic Sorganomics, but we’re briefly discussing.

 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) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron).

Thanks to our Awesome Patreons @ThistleSea & @MikeFedorShow!  You can support the show too at Patreon.com/awesomecast !

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.net for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 6:30 PM EST!

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