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AwesomeCast 476: Hacksaw Not Included

This week’s episode brought to you by  Slice on Broadway, and Sidekick Media Services.

We are BACK from our year-end hiatus with Chilla, Dudders, and Sorg to talk current tech news!

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AwesomeCast: Home Automation Special


This week’s episode brought to you by  Slice on Broadway, and Sidekick Media Services.

We chat with John Chichilla about Home Automation to help all of you with new gadgets this Christmas!

  • We take a look at how you should get started with home automation
  • We go through Chilla’s encounter with a porch thief via his Ring Doorbell and the neighborhood watch

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!

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AwesomeCast 475: More Ports and More Fun


This week’s episode brought to you by  Slice on Broadway, and Sidekick Media Services.

We have the extended AwesomeCast Crew online

  • We talk about our Awesome Things of the Year!
    • Chilla loves Dongles! Including one that expands his iPad and one that turns any television into a monitor for Windows computers with Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter.
    • Cynthia has two awesome things includng her first experience with the Oculus Quest and the  combination of Screentime plus Wifi powerstrip and Gosund smart plugs — her home and devices now remind or force me to go to bed when she should
    • Carman loves the idea of SNL’s Duolingo for Talking to Children as a concept, and that Duolingo is Pittsburgh’s first unicorn
    • Uncle Crappy is ready to cut the cord and not miss any of his sports with Hulu and ESPN+
    • Dudders likes the new Snapchat cat detecting feature!
  • We look back at our 2019 predictions
  • We make predictions for 2020!
    • Carman: Jeff Bezos will recruit more porch pirates to help sell Ring Doorbells.
    • Crappy: We are NOT ready for a secure presidential election.
    • Cynthia: Playstation and Xbox console launches will be duds
    • Dudders: Zuckerberg sells FB. He’s all eff this noise
    • Chilla: PC sales will plummet
    • Sorg: Continued growth of alternative shopping methods. Displacing or moving workers ie. AmazonGo, Self Check outs pushing employees for pickups and grocery delivery, etc.

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: Cynthia Closkey (@cynthiacloskey), Mike Pound (@unclecrappy), John Carman (@carmanavenue), Katie Dudas (@kdudders), John Chichilla (@Chilla) and Sorg (@Sorgatron)

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

Remember to check out our friends at the The 405 Media (@The405Radio), and Postindustrial Audio  (@post_industry) 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 473: Reconnected

This week’s episode brought to you by  Slice on Broadway, and Sidekick Media Services.

Sorg is hanging with Brian Crawford of PGHMuseums.org for this slow tech news week!

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 The 405 Media (@The405Radio), and Postindustrial Audio  (@post_industry) 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 466: Getting PostIndustrial

This week’s episode brought to you by  Slice on Broadway, and Sidekick Media Services.

We are back talking tech with Sorg, Chilla, and our guests Matt Stroud and Alex Egan from PostIndustrial!

    • Sorg is talking his latest obsession Mario Kart Tour
    • We talk about the recent access to retro games including the latest Internet Archive releases of classic MS-DOS video games.
    • Chilla is talking bout the Google Nest WiFi with Google Home speaker support.
    • We dive into the latest ways Chilla is using his home automation with Alexa to help keep his child in check.
    • We talk with Matt and Alex about PostIndustrial, the Pittsburgh Record Podcast and more!

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: Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron) and John Chichilla (@chilla)

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

Remember to check out our friends at the The 405 Media (@The405Radio), and Postindustrial Audio  (@post_industry) 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 456: Dedicated My Life To Dr. Mario World

This week’s episode brought to you by Sidekick Media Services, Slice on Broadway, and Sparkledragon’s Magical Emporium!

Dudders is away on super secret assignment, so Producer Missy steps in to talk some tech with Sorg and Chilla.  This week the crew is talking about:

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: John Chichilla (@chilla), and Michael Sorg (@Sorgatron)

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 417: The Old Alt+Shift+5

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

It was rather fortuitous that Brian Crawford of the River’s Edge happened into the studio on Podcast Day.  What better than to get him set up with Sorg and Chilla as we talk this week’s tech news, including:

  • Chilla is sharing the Ring video doorbell as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Chilla is talking about the Ring doorbell depth sensor.
  • We’re discovering the networking opportunities with the Ring video doorbell.
  • Brian is sharing his Fire TV Cube as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Brian is also sharing the Ignite Pro bluetooth PA system as an extra Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is gaming related with some Twitch updates.
  • Project Rush is now Premiere Rush.
  • There’s a sweet Mario Kart bar in Toronto.
  • WIRED + Apple TV = A new way to watch WIRED content.
  • Have some screenshots you’re trying to clean up and fit into product demos on every Apple device? Someone has created a shortcut just for you!
  • Chilla is talking about some interesting recipe shortcut scripts you can run on your devices.
  • Have an Apple device? Their original shows may be free, as long as you’re using the TV App.
  • Chilla is impressed with Apple device parental control options. He’s looking for Android to step their game up.

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: Chilla (@chilla), Brian (@RiverTalkPGH) 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 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 379: In the Kitchen at CES 2018


We’ve got Brian Conway on the couch with Katie.  Sorg is at the helm, and Chilla is in Studio C.  It must be podcast day!  This week we’re talking about:

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: Brian Conway (@BrianConwayyyyy )  Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), John Chichilla (@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 363: I Think I’m a Twizzler?

This week we’ve got James Deighan of Megacat Studios in studio, and he brings a friend from Sorg’s other world (the Wrestling Mayhem Show) with him. It’s a great chat with them and our usual suspects, Sorg and Chilla, as they talk about:

  • Otherwise, James develops games, when not stuck behind a microphone in studio.
  • Chilla has paper. We are super confused.
  • With Chilla talking about Hershey Park, we may have lost Producer Missy to a chocolate haze.
  • Chilla may have stolen this piece of paper he’s holding from another family at Hershey Park.
  • Planning a trip to Hershey Park? There’s a layer of wifi – and it’s interactive to their digital map!
  • Dear Kennywood – take some cues from Hershey Park, please.
  • It’ll make user experience so much better.
  • Chilla feels the Hershey Park experience makes it worth another trip.
  • James is sharing Full Quiet as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • We’re talking some game development with our game developer, James Deighan.
  • As a secondary Awesome Thing of the Week, James is talking some Log Jammers.
  • Sorg is literally playing with his Awesome Thing of the Week (thanks to Looking for Group) Restream.io.
  • It seems like everyone has a Back to School sale – even tech companies that don’t have much to do with school?
  • Shout out to Amanda for inviting us out to the mall for some super special Apple stuff this past weekend.
  • Sorg is sharing home automation updates with Chilla. Talk about a turn of events.
  • This episode has turned into an Apple Store experience discussion?
  • We’re learning about the concept of trading pistachio shells for Apple products.
  • Chilla is sharing his travel tips about taking extra tech.
  • Where’s Waldo meets 3D?
  • Pittsburgh has the COOLEST mural: Magneto (wait for it) at a metal scrap yard!
  • There’s an Apple Watch controversy with the Red Sox?
  • Remember when the biggest concern with watches was when you could use your watch calculator on a test?
  • Screaming like a super saiyan is apparently a thing that happened on the internet?
  • A kid’s being paid a $150K salary to play video games? 0.o

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 James Deighan of Mega Cat Studios​

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!