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AwesomeCast 437: Adapting To Life Without A Button

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

Chilla, Sorg, and Krause are bringing you this week’s tech news as we ramp up for the upcoming Apple announcement.  We’re sharing:

  • It’s a big Google news day, so we’ll be talking about that tech news shortly!
  • Google is making a foray into video games with Stadia. Krause is sharing the service as part of his Awesome Thing of the Week!
  • We’re talking about the implications of a video game system via Google Stadia and Chromecast.
  • Before we get too excited about Stadia, will it go the way of Inbox or Google+ or Google Reader?
  • Chilla is sharing a Microsoft update for Microsoft Teams – with 8 new features.
  • We’re a little excited about the updates for Microsoft Teams.
  • Are you a Google One subscriber? Did YOU get a free Google Home Mini?
  • Sorg is featuring his new Google Home Mini as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • There are some phishy emails and phone calls going around lately.
  • There’s a new iPad Air. Chilla is giving us some updates to look forward to.
  • Google Maps adds new styles and gameplay options for mobile games.
  • Playing games can build 21st century skills.
  • Retailers, like Disney, are engaging customers with gamified storytelling.
  • Netflix is working on a follow-up to Bandersnatch with a Bear Grylls survival show!
  • EA paid Ninja to stream Apex Legends. We’re sharing some thoughts.
  • We’re deep diving some of the doors Stadia can open with online gaming and cooperative gaming.
  • Remember Dreamcast? Do you remember what’s on your old memory card?
  • Krause is leaving DirecTV NOW – but he’s looking at some great streaming video options!
  • Speaking of streaming video, Sorg is catching up with some Halt and Catch Fire.
  • Angry Birds AR is coming to iPhone.
  • Halo is getting a Master Chief collection!
  • What happens when you combine Carmen Sandiego and Google Earth? We can’t wait to find out!
  • Twitter is going back to 2009 with twttr.
  • Krause is helping his wife transition to life without a button with a new iPhone.

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AwesomeCast 426: The Brave Little Toaster Problem

This week’s episode brought to you by Pittsburgh Things, Core Life EaterySprezzatura, Slice on Broadway, and Alex Kahrs Design & Media! 

It’s that time of year when we get ready to take some time off to spend the holidays with our families.  But, that also means that it’s time for our year-end wrap up with our Awesome Thing of the Year items and predictions.  This week we’re talking about:

  • Chilla is sharing Nintendo Switch as one of his Awesome Thing of the Year candidates.
  • Chilla is also sharing Apple Music on Amazon as his Awesome Thing of the Year.
  • For those who have followed Chilla’s track record of tech items, he has 7 screens with him in studio for this episode.
  • Cynthia is sharing Google Home’s partnership with Disney and Little Golden Books as her Awesome Thing of the Year.
  • Krause is sharing Microsoft Ignite as his professional Awesome Thing of the Year.
  • Krause is sharing Google Home and home automation as his home version Awesome Thing of the Year.
  • Uncle Crappy is sharing email as his Awesome Thing of the Year. (Yes, you read that right – email.)
  • Sorg is sharing his Pokemon GO as his Awesome Thing of the Year.
  • We’re running down last year’s predictions. Let’s see which ones happened, and which ones didn’t!
  • Now that we’ve figured out what we got right and wrong in last year’s predictions, it’s time for our 2019 predictions in tech:

Chilla: Video based communications will grow to a point that starts to threaten audio only

Cynthia: Netflix will maintain the lead in SVOD, but it will lose ground outside the US.

Sorg: A new Social Media/Media player will rise

Crappy: AI will become more prevalent in journalism

Krause: I think we will see even more integration when it comes to home automation. People are going to start talking to everything.

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AwesomeCast 414: Prothusiasts

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

Katie joins Sorg in studio this week as Chilla is remote from Studio C.  It’s time to get geeky as we’re talking about this week’s tech news, including:

  • Katie is opening a bar – – well ScareHouse is. And it’s her Awesome Thing of the Week this week.
  • You need zombies? Katie knows a guy.
  • Chilla’s Awesome Thing of the Week is the Elgato CamLink.
  • Sorg and Chilla are looking at some of the differences between prosumer and consumer cameras.
  • Sorg is sharing Lyft filters as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Playstation Now lets you download games to play offline.
  • The new Amazon Echo Show looks sharp.
  • Katie is talking about ads that interact with Google Home.
  • We have learned that the beach has VR.
  • Mirror.Co has a mirror that gives you workout assistance.
  • Are you a Windows Insider and want to jump off the train? Chilla has some tips and tricks.
  • Windows launched the Whiteboard app.
  • You know your platform is successful when you launch a version of Angry Birds on it.
  • Capcom has released Mega Man Classics cartridges.

BONUS: Katie shared a great Reddit thread about a missed connection in Pittsburgh.

After the show remember to:

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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:

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AwesomeCast 376: The Wheels on the VR Desert Bus

It’s just the boys this week!  But, Sorg and Chilla hold down the fort as they share this week’s news in tech.  This week they’re talking about:

  • It’s our last episode before our Christmas edition next week, and we’re feeling pretty festive already.
  • Sorg is sharing his Awesome Thing of the Week. Desert Bus is (finally) on VR!
  • Chilla has some Android news as his Awesome Thing of the Week with a file-to-file transfer option.
  • Sorg is discussing just how much data our tech savvy household uses. It’s almost staggering.
  • There’s a YouTube video from 1999 that talks about Amazon. It’s amazing.
  • Whiteboard app is coming to Microsoft.
  • According to Sorg, Nintendo is like the Disney vault of video games.
  • With games like Animal Crossing, where’s the Legend of Zelda integration for our phones?
  • Amazon is not happy with Google. Or is that the other way around?
  • YouTube will no longer be available on Amazon devices?!?!
  • How about a stripped down blogging tool without social media tools? There’s such a thing to get you back to the basics of blogging, without the bells and whistles.
  • HP has a wearable computer for VR!
  • Google updated Google Home to now accept multiple commands. Chilla has been waiting for this day for so long.
  • Sorg is showing off his teddy bears.

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), 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 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!

AwesomeCast 347: De-Fruit Your Life

Sorg, Chilla, and Krause are talking about some of this week’s awesome things in technology for AwesomeCast 347, including:

  • We’re sharing our Awesome Thing of the Week items.
  • Krause is sharing Mpow bluetooth headphones.
  • Chilla is living in the future and he’s sharing the DEX dock as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Chilla took us into the future and Missy is taking us into the past with the Elbow cassette player.
  • We’re back to the current tech thanks to Sorg and his GoPro meets Baja SAE track shot.
  • Sorg also got to check out something cool with Volvo and loud music in the dessert.
  • Krause is trying to talk Sorg into a little less fruit in his tech diet.
  • Microsoft did a thing! Krause and Chilla are sharing some updates about how they stand up to the fruit.
  • We’re talking the Surface laptop. (I think Chilla may be a little underwhelmed with port options.)
  • Windows 10S is moving to a store feature similar to other app platforms.
  • Windows 10S has features great for school integration.
  • XBox rewards updates allow you to get free stuff for playing games.
  • Google Home is on sale for Mothers’ Day. Get your mom the gift of home automation.
  • Microsoft is offering a VR headset for school integration.
  • Thanks to Mat Weller for letting us know about the NOMATIC travel bag. Chilla may be ordering his now.

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 Ron Krause (@KrazyKrause)

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 300: 360 Degrees of Awesome

We’re getting geeky and talking tech, social media, and more with the local nerds that use it on AwesomeCast 300!

  • We’re recording the show in 360 video with the Samsung Gear 360!  How has Chilla’s experience with it been?
  • Katie discusses what she learned today about mobile friendly websites and a handy tool to test them.
  • Chilla loves the concept of Google Duo.  But do we need yet another app to talk?
  • We touch on some of Google I/O’s bigger announcements including Google Assistant, Allo, Google Home, and more.
  • Twitter’s new character system gives you more room.
  • Amazon Dash is now available to do anything with!
  • Pornhub wants to get you fit with bang.fit (NSFW)

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, Scarehouse.com) John Chichilla (@chilla , chillatech.net) and Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron, SorgatronMedia.com).

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

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