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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?

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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.

After the show remember to:

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AwesomeCast 429: An Orgy Of Data

This week’s episode brought to you by Comic Book Pitt, 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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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.

After the show remember to:

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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 416: Crash Override

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

It’s Krause and Sorg in studio with Chilla coming at us from Studio C as we’re talking tech. This week’s topics include:

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Follow these awesome people on Twitter: Chilla (@chilla), Krause (@KrazyKrause) 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 411: QR Code Revival

This week’s episode brought to you by  ScareHouse, Slice on Broadway, and Alex Kahrs Design & Media!
It may be a slow tech news week as we head into the big Apple announcement next week, but we can still talk some interesting things!  Sorg, Katie, and Chilla are talking about:

  • We’re getting into our Awesome Things of the Week with Katie sharing some insights on Comcast Xfinity’s “next episode” streaming update!
  • We’re doing a comparison between Comcast Xfinity streaming and Netflix / Hulu.
  • Sorg is getting the rundown from Katie about the commercial situation for Comcast Xfinity streaming.
  • Chilla is sharing a Microsoft Office 365 update as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week might just be Guinness World Record worthy with a Battle Royal.
  • Thanks Amanda for pointing out the Astrohaus Freewrite – a distraction free laptop to help you focus on writing.
  • We talked about Samsung devices being used for Fortnite skins last week – well, this week, they’re asking you not to do that.
  • YOBO lets you rate places with photos and emojis.
  • Katie is excited to rate a place with a puke emoji or a poop emoji on YOBO.
  • Chilla is asking for restaurants to provide a scannable code so we can scan nutrient information when things don’t come pre-packaged.
  • We’re ushering in the QR code revival this week.
  • Ooooh, what does this do?
  • Acer has a game chair that looks almost like that one from Ready Player One – but not quite there yet.
  • Skype is adding an update with call recording – only 10 years after podcasters initially asked for it.
  • Google Chrome is getting a redesign.
  • It seems like a light tech news week. Next week will make up for it with the Apple announcement!
  • Katie is sharing some of the horrors that her iPhone has seen. You may want to take notes on what case she uses!
  • Sorg is on the hunt for a couple of new Mac mini units.
  • Katie has hacked social media for happiness.

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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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 406: A Sea of Video Games

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

Sorg and Producer Missy were away at Podcast Movement last week – but the gang’s all here this week as we return to our regular schedule of things.  Chilla joins us in studio while Katie is remote from a secure facility north of the City as we talk this week’s topics, including:

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Join our AwesomeCast Facebook Group to see what we’re sharing and to join the discussion!

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: Katie (@Kdudders), 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 400: Spinning Kitty Box Of Death

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

It’s hard to believe it’s been 8 years since we picked up our microphones and video cameras and started this podcasting about tech thing.  For the occasion, we’ve got Mike Pound, Chilla, Sorg, and Katie in studio to talk about a few things:

  • Shout out to Rob de la Cretaz. We miss you, buddy. Happy Podcast Birthday!
  • Chilla (physically) stole Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week – his Wyze security cam.
  • Katie is sharing an awesome luminary from Legendary Luminaries as her Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Uncle Crappy’s Awesome Thing of the Week is the World Cup presence on Google.
  • BTW: The official soccer ball for the World Cup has some tech integration.
  • Amanda is sharing her Awesome Thing of the Week – the Impossible Ball and the fun tech integration this little soccer(ish)ball has.
  • Sorg must be holding a grudge against Chilla – he skipped over his Awesome Thing of the Week! (Just kidding. We’re talking about Fortnite.)
  • Fortnite on Nintendo Switch does have some issues that are angering some Sony users.
  • Brian has joined the VR age with his discount cardboard!
  • Microsoft sunk their recent data center – into the ocean – to help with cooling.
  • Speaking of Fortnite, it’s opening new doors for marketing opportunities.
  • Katie is super excited about iPhone tongue tracking for animojis and memojis.
  • OH: I’m not going to do anything dangerous. I just want to stick my tongue out!
  • Let’s make a giant spinning litter box – AND GIVE IT EARS!
  • Sorg is sharing some gaming upgrades – thanks to some thrifty finds.
  • Sorg thought the Fire TV Cube was an April Fools Day joke at first!
  • The Steam store will accept anything that isn’t illegal or trolling thanks to Valve’s new policy.
  • And, we devolve to reminiscing about where we all were 8 years ago…other than podcasting here.

After the show remember to:

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June 12th 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 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)

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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 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)

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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!