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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:

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AwesomeCast 395: BobbyCherry.app

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on BroadwayAlex Kahrs Design & Media, and The Millvale Music Festival!
John Carman joins John Chichilla and Mike Sorg to talk about what’s new in the world of technology.  This week’s topics include:

  • Sorg is setting the tone for this week’s Awesome Thing of the Week segment with his 3D movie maker (of sorts) find after hanging with the THRIFTY podcast crew last week! (NOTE: Actual product unavailable to link.  Included link is for a similar product)
  • Carman is sharing the Facebook dating *cough* Tinder *cough* integration announcement as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Instead of being a Tinder competitor, the Facebook Dating option will do long-term comparisons akin to eHarmony.
  • Chilla is sharing an Oculus option that is now available at a lower price point as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • We’ve talked with (and about) Alpha Lab Gear quite a few times on the show. They just announced their new cycle of movers and shakers!
  • Double Dare is coming back to Nickelodeon!
  • Cal Tech is working on an autonomous drone ambulance.
  • Are you a fan of Harry Potter? There’s an app (game) for you!
  • T-Mobile and Sprint are joining forces to become a new company
  • Looking for something to do with your Echo? Turn it into a coffee mug! (Not really, someone has a battery option that makes it look like one, though.)
  • MoviePass may have passed its honeymoon stage and they’re starting to roll out some restrictions.
  • Google will now let you register a .app site.
  • Atari VCS is officially on pre-order.
  • The Bobby Cherry App will simply be a tracking app to determine whether or not Bobby Cherry is at Kennywood.

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!

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Follow these awesome people on Twitter: John Carman (@carmanavenue), 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.)

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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!

AwesomeCast 393: The Tinder of Podcast Hosts

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on BroadwayAlex Kahrs Design & Media, and The Millvale Music Festival!

This week marks the return of Scot MacTaggart of Pitchwerks.  He is, of course, joined by our usual co-hosts, Katie, Chilla, and Sorg as they talk this week’s tech news, including:

  • Katie is talking Anchor as her Awesome Thing of the Week – and their ability to find you a podcast co-host!
  • We’re talking the Tinder of podcast hosts.
  • Scot’s Awesome Thing of the Week is the Hardware Cup finals with Pittsburgh’s very own Velocity Robotics.
  • If you’re in Pittsburgh, you should check out the Hardware Cup – an International event that right’s here!
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is via Matt Carlins and comes to us as Uber’s Uber Movement project.
  • Chilla is sharing Google AI Kit as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • It may be the first time Sorg has a retraction from a show recommendation thanks to his DoorDash experience.
  • Smallman Galley is cool enough on its own, but now they have a Guilty Pleasures offering – with a menu on View Master!
  • Sure your music sounds okay on Home Pod and Echo, but does your extreme metal sound just as good?
  • Snap launches new features for Lens Studio AR.
  • A number of tech companies vow not to aid in cyber attacks.

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: Scot MacTaggart (@Pitchwerks), 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 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 377: The Best, Nerdiest Recommendations

As we near the end of 2017 we take the opportunity to fill the couch – both IRL and online – with some familiar faces. It’s a full house indeed with Jim Lokay, Will Rutherford, Mike Pound, Cynthia Closkey, John Carman, Bobby Cherry, Brian Crawford, and Krause. But, we’ve still got our usual faces with Sorg and Chilla, and a very special visit from our Patreon supporter, Michael Fedor. 

  • We’re starting the top of the show with everyone’s Awesome Thing of the Year items.
  • Chilla’s Awesome Thing of the Year is his Apple AirPods.
  • Brian’s Awesome Thing of the Year is NOT the tech items he recently purchased – but the sweet bag he got to carry it all!
  • Krause’s Awesome Thing of the Year is his Google Pixel 2XL.
  • Will’s Awesome Thing of the Year is a “really interesting idea.” He’s interested in TXT.FYI – a stripped down blog.
  • Lokay’s Awesome Thing of the Year is HQ – the quiz app.
  • Cynthia’s AirPods are her Awesome Thing for Life. As her Awesome Thing of the Year, she’s going with 17776.
  • Mike Pound’s Awesome Thing of the Year is Amazon Echo.
  • Patreoner Michael Fedor’s Awesome Thing of the Year is Patreon’s redo of their fee structure.
  • Bobby is sharing his Awesome Thing of the Year – his Google Home.
  • John Carman’s Awesome Thing of the Year is Google’s Pixel Buds.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Year is the realization of handheld internet through his AT&T Wireless plan.
  • We’re running through our 2017 predictions from last year – and whether or not they actually came true.
  • And, then we turn to predictions for 2018!(With a shout out to Rob Johnston and the Vine 2 launch!)

    Lokay: Vine2 is going to be a failure.

    Will Rutherford: Net neutrality is going to get pushed through and it’s going to be a kerfluffle. ISPs are going to do what ISPs do, but customers are going to drop like flies. They’re going to lose so much business that they’re going to roll things back and it will all be for naught.

    Mike Pound: Digital side of journalism is going to continue to build in 2018.

    Cynthia Closkey: Continued escalation of Google/Apple/Amazon streaming war. Apple TV available for sale on Amazon again.

    Michael Fedor: Disney will have one major purchase in the next year. (Jokingly introduced with: Living under the United States of Disney. Disney will pay down national debt and come in on some sort of crisis.)

    John Carman: We’re going to see the first Amazon Key burglary.

    Bobby Cherry: Elon Musk is going to have some breakthrough next year – through one of his companies.

    Chilla: We’re going to see another huge dropoff on PC technology.

    Brian Crawford: We’re going to start turning into cyborgs with our wearable tech and implant devices. We’re also going to see regulations regarding drones.

    Krause: AR is going to be a much bigger deal than even VR is now.

    Sorg: Podcasting is going to be de-emphasized in 2018.

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:  Jim Lokay (@Lokay), Will Rutherford (@DjLunchbox), Mike Pound (@unclecrappy), Cynthia Closkey (@cynthiacloskey), John Carman (@carmanavenue), Bobby Cherry (@GoBobbo), Brian Crawford (@RiverTalkPGH), Krause (@KrazyKrause), Michael Fedor (@mikefedorshow), 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 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 374: A Couch Full of Johns

John Carman joins us in studio as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday.  Together with our usual tech hounds – Sorg, Chilla, and Katie, the gang shares some of this week’s tech news, including:

  • Chilla is kicking things off with his Awesome Thing of the Week with Tesla chargers.
  • Another creature has been released from The Last Jedi. Katie is telling us about Vulptex as her Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • John Carman is talking about his options for Black Friday sales as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is a video map of atmospheric changes and hurricanes.
  • We’re sharing what we’re thankful for as we head into Thanksgiving.
  • Sorg and friends are getting into a deep dive about iPhone and Android options now that phones are holding up better – negating the “need” to upgrade.
  • Looking to get an iPhone X? You can actually check Walmart’s offerings as an option.
  • A hologram player that lets you interact with 3D holograms? Yes, please.
  • Want a smart light switch with Echo capabilities? There’s a solution for that.
  • Katie is all about the dino nuggets and Animal Crossing! She’s sharing some news about that second one now.
  • Tesla has a semi truck.
  • KFC has an escape pod (faraday cage)?
  • Our John Carman is not the guy that made the news for being a misogynistic New Jersey politician.
  • Ello is back! And, it’s now for creatives.
  • Windows 10 is offering a Star Trek like journal.
  • Do yourselves a favor – if you’re not already following him, follow John Carman on Twitter (@carmanavenue).

After the show remember to:

Shop small with our neighbors here in Beechview this weekend. For more info visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1535469116534745/

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:  John Carman (@carmanavenue), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders),  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 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 341: Angry iPhone

We’ve got our usual gadget hounds Sorg, Chilla, and Katie on for AwesomeCast 341.  We also have a special guest in studio.  Andy Quayle of Tubu Internet Solutions joins us to talk about what he’s been up to, and some fun things in tech. This week we’re talking about awesome things in technology, including:

  • Katie is saying screw traffic this week with her Awesome Thing of the Week the Hum Rider.
  • Chilla and his dongles. Want to charge your phone and play audio? He’s telling us how.
  • Of course we expect Andy to have an Awesome Thing of the Week – he’s sharing some thoughts on the Echo.
  • Sorg is still having fun with his Raspberry Pi and Retro Pie.
  • Katie is excited that Kennywood has a comicon coming up!
  • Chilla (and Amanda) are giving us our App of the Week this week – Apple Clips.
  • Dear developers – if you give us apps that make our lives easier, we will use them.
  • (Are we getting Final Cut on an iPad? *fingers crossed*)
  • Brandon shared a bunch of content this week. Nintendo Switch may be supporting cloud save options.
  • Chilla is letting us in on the quiet release by Apple – including a new iPad…
  • New Apple Watch bands have been announced!
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts gets geeks (and marketing). Go to their site and enter “121G” in the parts search. (Via Amanda)
  • Who’s played with Alexa on their phones? We’re having some fun.
  • Alexa places the largest, most expensive items when you tell her to get you things.
  • Speaking of Alexa – you can also order alcohol…to be delivered within 2 hours with Prime Now.
  • Katie can now learn to play the ukulele thanks to Indie Go Go.

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), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), John Chichilla (@chilla) and Andy Quayle (@techburgh).

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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