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AwesomeCast 387: Introducing Aux Jack


Katie is back this week.  Sorg brought an old friend from college into studio (Nate Wright).  Chilla is in Studio C.  It’s definitely a great turn of events to make for some great tech talk, including:

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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

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AwesomeCast 386: Banana Phone


Sorg and Chilla are celebrating the return of all of the old things this week, including:

  • Chilla is buying some Xbox stuff when he gets home!
  • Streaming Xbox to Mac? Chilla’s interested!
  • Sorg is flying again starting next week – and he has just the VR device for in-flight entertainment.
  • Sorg is talking some VR options from his in-person discussion at a local event with Schell Games – especially I Expect You To Die.
  • The reason VR has jumped so much is thanks to cellphones.
  • Thanks to Brandon for sharing REVVL and a few other options as his Awesome Thing of the Week fan submission.
  • Nokia is bringing back the Banana Phone and we’re geeking out so much!
  • Sometimes, 2 megapixels is all you need.
  • Speaking of Nokia, we’re revisiting the past AGAIN with the Communicator.
  • The Olympics featured a ton of drones – and it was AMAZING!
  • Amazon is acquiring Ring. Chilla has thoughts.
  • Shadow virtualizes a high-end gaming PC on your desktop.
  • Will Adobe be expanding their cloud to include high-end workstations to help render video, etc.?
  • Huawei made a Porsche somewhat autonomous – – with a smartphone.
  • Google Assistant can launch specific tasks in Android apps?

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 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!

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Awesome Chat: Jack Morgan of Duolingo​


When your resume pretty much starts with Google and you’re currently employed at a growing startup, chances are there’s a fun story on how you got there.  This week we sit down with Jack Morgan as he shares some insight into his path across the pond from England right here to Pittsburgh, what he’s working on over at Duolingo, and what he’s learned about Pittsburgh (and Pittsburghers) thanks to rideshare encounters and work friends.

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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:

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?

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Have you seen our AwesomeTips videos?

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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 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 369: Irrational Fear of Data Loss

We’re joined by Aaron Watson of Going Deep With Aaron Watson this week.  He’s in studio with Sorg, Chilla, and Katie as we’re talking this week’s tech news, including:  

  • Katie is bringing us some Halloween upgrades to Pokemon with spooky Pokemon!
  • Sorg may have a Pikachu problem.
  • Kids are getting out for Trick-or-Treat PLUS Pokemon? Sorg may be a little jealous.
  • Aaron Watson’s Awesome Thing of the Week is Shapr for networking and serendipity.
  • Sorg has a physical thing that links to a digital thing for his Awesome Thing of the Week. Movie Pass.
  • Chilla is sharing File Browser as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Sorg is talking some data storage options with Chilla – especially for large video files.
  • If you missed it Google was here in Pittsburgh with news – as in their CEO was making announcements here.
  • Thanks to Amanda Narcisi for sharing the Rocketbook Wave this week.
  • Chilla is talking some upgrades to make his fridge smart fridge-ish.
  • Sorg is all about the movies this week. He’s talking some Disney and Hollywood Studios Movies Anywhere.
  • GIANT ROBOTS ARE FRIGGIN’ BATTLING TODAY, GUYS!
  • Attn: Future Robot Fighting Leagues – Pittsburgh has plenty of abandoned steel factories. We also have CMU.
  • Porn is now using AI to improve search options.
  • Chilla is looking to adapt the AI porn classifications to Netflix to narrow down movie options.

Want to check out Aaron Watson’s event – Going Deep Summit? You can get your tickets here.  Remember to use the promo code: SORG for a discount!

After the show remember to:

Eat at Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) if you are in the Pittsburgh area! It is Awesome! (sliceonbroadway.com)
Speaking of Slice on Broadway, make sure you vote for them in the Incline’s pizza bracket.

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

Follow these awesome people on Twitter:  Aaron Watson (@AaronWatson59), 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 368: This Isn’t Your Grandma’s Chromebook

Sorg and Chilla are keeping it real this week, as they’re talking this week’s tech news, including:  

  • We’ve made updates to streaming quality. You’d never notice Chilla’s not in studio – except he has no Slice.
  • Start at the $20 Executive Level on Patreon this week – and we’ll move the brick wall to the new studio.
  • It’s time for Chilla’s Awesome Thing of the Week. He’s sharing the AirBeam TV App so he can mirror his phone to any TV.
  • If you can airplay it, Air Beam TV app can stream it to your TV.
  • Sorg is holding onto AOL Instant Messenger as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • We’re asking folks what their AOL Instant Messenger screen name was back in the day.
  • Do you remember your ICQ number?
  • Shout out to our friends at Meta Mesh and their recent grant to bring free WiFi to Pittsburgh.
  • Shout out to Mobile Nom definitely worth checking them out!
  • There was a Google announcement last week! Chilla’s giving us a quick rundown of his best of the best!
  • Chilla is recommending Google Clips as his takeaway from the recent announcement.
  • We’re also talking the Google Pixel Buds options.
  • This isn’t your grandma’s Chromebook.
  • It’s apparently easy to hack the SNES Classic Mini.
  • Twitter is doing bookmarking, and Chilla is super excited.

After the show remember to:

Eat at Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) if you are in the Pittsburgh area! It is Awesome! (sliceonbroadway.com)
Speaking of Slice on Broadway, make sure you vote for them in the Incline’s pizza bracket.

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 367: Hop A Rocket

Cynthia Closkey of Shift Collaborative joins us in studio this week.  She talks with Sorg, Katie, and Chilla about this week’s tech news, including:  

  • Cynthia is giving us a quick share about what she’s up to at Shift Collaborative. Catch her AwesomeChat this week!
  • Cynthia is sharing her Awesome Thing of the Week – her new AirPods!
  • Cynthia is sharing her AirPod hack – using one while charging the other to extend usage.
  • Katie is sharing Instagram Stories polls as her Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • It’s Choose-Your-Own-Dudders-Adventure time with Katie!
  • Amazon released some new devices, and Chilla is getting us up to date as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is from PodCamp Pittsburgh this past weekend – Hashtag Immerse.
  • Twitter is expanding from 140 to 280 characters! We have some mixed thoughts.
  • AR Dragon is out, and it’s got the cutest AR integration.
  • Speaking of AR, Mulango blew Chilla’s mind with the AR poster he brought with him to PodCamp.
  • We’re talking about the future being here – between AR and SpaceX.
  • So, those people moving tubes we talked about on a previous show? We’re repurposing them to food delivery.
  • Thank you Elon Musk for putting the thoughts in our heads about rocket travel point-to-point.
  • If jet lag is bad, what is rocket lag going to be like?
  • 3-Dollar-Rocket-Ride: We’re considering the Mega Bus options of rocket travel.
  • Thank you SNL for bringing the Papyrus conversation back.
  • Twitter and Facebook are becoming “news” sources. So, what’s the protocol for Google to filter fake news?
  • It’s dancing stormtrooper time with Chilla.
  • ScareHouse is doing some great stuff for the kids!

After the show remember to:

Eat at Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) if you are in the Pittsburgh area! It is Awesome! (sliceonbroadway.com)
Speaking of Slice on Broadway, make sure you vote for them in the Incline’s pizza bracket.

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), 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 365: Who Doesn’t Want To Do Yoga Over A Frozen Body?

Chris Whitlatch joins Sorg and Chilla this week.  In addition to some of the things he’s working on with the Mon Valley Alliance, he’s also working on an interesting project in Pittsburgh.  The guys are otherwise talking about some interesting things in tech this week, including:  AC

  • Chilla is sharing his Samsung Galaxy Note 8 as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Chris is planning a roadtrip to Vegas for his Awesome Thing of the Week!
  • Dear Pittsburgh, please give us some VR options like Vegas has with Area 15.
  • Sorg is sharing vMix as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • We give a shout out to Hilltopolis happening later this week with The Cool Kids over in Mt. Washington. Check it out if you’re in town.
  • Vote some Slice on Broadway and the Perfect Pepperoni Pizza, guys!
  • Who doesn’t want to take a Red Light District tour through Pittsburgh? Chris is doing a cool thing.
  • Chris is sharing a Red Light District project in Pittsburgh.
  • TechShop may be closing in Pittsburgh, but they’re looking at a rebirth.
  • Are you a Star Wars fan? There’s workout equipment – just for you.
  • Haven’t used your Android device in 60 days? Google will delete your back-up.
  • Chilla is sharing some Samsung-to-Samsung data swapping.
  • Cellular download limit upped to 150MB with the new update. Thank you Apple!
  • Sorg and Chilla are contemplating back-up options now that Sorg has no WiFi at home.
  • Snapchat 3D Bitmoji brought Sorg back to the platform.

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), and Chris Whitlatch (@cswhitlatch).

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!