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AwesomeCast 440: Netflix Needs to Chill Out

This week’s episode brought to you by Bardic Mystery Tour, Slice on Broadway, and Alex Kahrs Design & Media! 

There are some new, but familiar faces on the couch this week as Sorg is joined by Krause and Brian to talk about this week’s tech headlines, including:

  • Brian is sharing some of what he’s working on these days!
  • Brian is schooling us on how he uses multiple smart devices – in the same room.
  • Brian is sharing how he uses Garmin Speak with Alexa as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Did you know you could actually have a conversation with your smart device?
  • Krause is sharing a smart surge protector power strip as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is from his recent SAE trip. He’s sharing how a team from Canada modified their plane for snowy conditions.
  • Sorg and Brian both shared Bricksburgh – a LEGO pop-up bar, so of course we have to talk about it.
  • We’re learning about how SAE is using Facebook Portal for remote access onsite help.
  • A-Train is the AI in Facebook Portal.
  • We’re talking about how Netflix has killed AirPlay support.
  • Getting older is getting easier because of technology.
  • Brian is sharing how he’s using a vertical mouse, ergonomic keyboard, and a lumbar pillow from Amazon to counteract the results of his aging process.
  • Google podcast is making in-episode searching easier by transcribing episodes.
  • Microsoft is going to combine Xbox game pass and live into a monthly subscription?

After the show remember to:

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AwesomeCast 431: We’re Gonna Go Watch Chickens

This week’s episode brought to you by Professor Buzzkill, Slice on Broadway, and Alex Kahrs Design & Media! 

Katie, Chilla, and Sorg are back in studio joined by John Carman this week to run down the tech news you should know about, including:

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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!

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AwesomeCast 424: Beechview Presbyterian Church Gifts

This week’s episode brought to you by Pittsburgh Things, Core Life EaterySlice on Broadwayand Alex Kahrs Design & Media! 

Sorg and Chilla are sharing this week’s awesome tech things.

After the show remember to:

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

Check out our sponsors as a part of YaJagoff’s HOLLA-day Gift Guide:

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Follow these awesome people on Twitter: Katie Dudders (@Kdudders) John Chichilla (@chilla) and Sorg (@Sorgatron)

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You can support the show at Patreon.com/awesomecast!

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Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.com for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 7:00 PM EST

AwesomeCast 423: Yellow Brick Hole

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on Broadway, Bold Pittsburgh Sports Podcast and Alex Kahrs Design & Media! 

Dudders, Sorg, Chilla are sharing this week’s awesome tech things.

After the show remember to:

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

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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

Awesome Chat: C. C. Busy


We talk about C. C. Busy, or “child care busy” an Alphalab startup that is working on an application for Amazon Echo to assist in child care services.  We chat with co-founders Shimira Williams and Greg Quinlan about the challenges of this space, the benefits to the space and more!

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AwesomeCast 405: Prince Adam (With A Man Bun)

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

We’re back with Katie, Chilla, and Sorg as they talk about some tech.  This week’s topics include:

After the show remember to:

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

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Follow these awesome people on Twitter: John (@lfgpgh), Katie (@Kdudders), Chilla (@chilla) and Sorg (@Sorgatron)

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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 402: Mechanical Llama

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

Max Parker returns to the show this week to talk video games and E3 with us.  He’s joined in studio by Chilla and Sorg to talk about this week in tech news, including:
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  • Chilla is sharing an Amazon update as his Awesome Thing of the Week. Specifically, Alexa voice controls are now available on Apple iOS.
  • Chilla’s #1 use for his home automation set-up is to turn his TV on and off.
  • If Alexa is broken, Chilla doesn’t watch TV.
  • The Home Pod sits next to the Echo Dot.
  • Sorg keeps going back to previous Awesome Thing of the Week nods as his current item. This week he’s talking some Pokemon GO updates.
  • Of course Sorg was playing Pokemon GO while filming on location with a client shoot.
  • You can FINALLY make friends on Pokemon GO and trade Pokemon.
  • Pokemon did a remake of Pokemon Yellow for Pokemon Let’s Go. Max is sharing some thoughts about it AND the pokeball Joycon controller.
  • Max was on-site at E3 2018 and is sharing some of his insights.
  • Red Dead Redemption in 4K is apparently AMAZING.
  • Brian is pretty excited about his new backpack.
  • Movie Pass competitors are striking back! Thanks to Brandon and Sorg for letting us know about AMC and Alamo Drafthouse responses.
  • E3 opened back up to the public this year. Things were a little different this year than last year, though.
  • Thanks to Katie for sharing Fortnite shaved ice with us from the road.
  • Chilla is looking for dongle tricks.

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: Max Parker (@GameGuyPGH), Chilla (@chilla) and Sorg (@Sorgatron)

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 396: Thanos Dancing

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on BroadwayAlex Kahrs Design & Media, and The Millvale Music Festival!
Cynthia Closkey is back on the show this week joining Katie, Chilla, and Sorg as they talk tech news.  This week’s topics include:

  • If there’s one thing you need to see this week, it’s Thanos dancing.
  • Speaking of interesting dance moves, we’re taking a trip down memory lane with Subservient Chicken.
  • Nintendo Switch won’t be getting a virtual console after all.
  • Sorg dusted off his Gameboy Advance for some Bugs Bunny gameplay recently.
  • Cynthia is sharing a predictive text integration we can get behind with Predictively Funny.
  • Google Maps has some social and AR components (to help you go the right direction when you get off public transit).
  • Google Lens is picking up some extra capabilities.
  • Android P is rolling out to everything but Samsung.
  • There may be some changes coming up with schedule integration with your Google Calendar.
  • When you think about applying parental controls for yourself.
  • Microsoft has some Build news that Chilla is sharing with us.
  • Cortana and Alexa have finally become friends.
  • Microsoft is sweetening the deal for developers.
  • Pornhub had a huge spike on Star Wars Day.
  • Sorg got to celebrate Star Wars Day with his buddy, Chris Whitlatch!

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: Cynthia Closkey (@cynthiacloskey), 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 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!