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AwesomeCast 397: The TiVo Big D Button

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on BroadwayAlex Kahrs Design & Media, and Sparkledragon’s Magical Emporium!

Krause returns to the big purple couch this week to show off some of his new toys.  He is, of course, joined by our in-house gadget hounds Chilla, Katie, and Sorg.  This week’s topics include:

  • Katie is fresh off the Millvale Music Festival and sharing some quick thoughts about the weekend.
  • Thanks to PCTV for picking up Awesome Chat as part of their programming!
  • Krause has an Awesome Thing of the Week – LIVE from McKees Rocks with his Nest doorbell.
  • Katie is sharing the Nintendo Labo mash-up with Jimmy Fallon and Ariana Grande as her Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Microsoft released some information about Surface Hub 2, and it made Chilla’s Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is just down the block from the studio. He got a sweet tour of the Tolin FX space when he stopped by.
  • Speaking of local, Sorg is sharing Honeycomb Credit as an option for crowdsource funding for businesses.
  • Pittsburgh has an eSports team, and we’re learning more about the gaming space because of it.
  • Boston Dynamics’ creepy robot dog is getting creepier – and smarter.
  • Ryan Reynolds dressed as a unicorn is almost as amazing as him as Deadpool.
  • Snapchat is getting started with ads that you can’t skip.
  • Smellavision is a step closer – with the Sensor Wake alarm clock.
  • Krause is on the verge of cordcutting – and we’re going to talk him over the ledge!
  • To DVR, or not to DVR, that is the true question on this week’s podcast.
  • The show may have turned into an intervention to address Katie’s VHS lifestyle.

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: Krause (@KrazyKrause), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), 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.)

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 396: Thanos Dancing

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on BroadwayAlex Kahrs Design & Media, and The Millvale Music Festival!
Cynthia Closkey is back on the show this week joining Katie, Chilla, and Sorg as they talk tech news.  This week’s topics include:

  • If there’s one thing you need to see this week, it’s Thanos dancing.
  • Speaking of interesting dance moves, we’re taking a trip down memory lane with Subservient Chicken.
  • Nintendo Switch won’t be getting a virtual console after all.
  • Sorg dusted off his Gameboy Advance for some Bugs Bunny gameplay recently.
  • Cynthia is sharing a predictive text integration we can get behind with Predictively Funny.
  • Google Maps has some social and AR components (to help you go the right direction when you get off public transit).
  • Google Lens is picking up some extra capabilities.
  • Android P is rolling out to everything but Samsung.
  • There may be some changes coming up with schedule integration with your Google Calendar.
  • When you think about applying parental controls for yourself.
  • Microsoft has some Build news that Chilla is sharing with us.
  • Cortana and Alexa have finally become friends.
  • Microsoft is sweetening the deal for developers.
  • Pornhub had a huge spike on Star Wars Day.
  • Sorg got to celebrate Star Wars Day with his buddy, Chris Whitlatch!

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: Cynthia Closkey (@cynthiacloskey), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), 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.)

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)

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 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.)

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)

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 392: Zuckerberg Magic

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

It’s a jetlagged edition of AwesomeCast with the LA returned Sorg, along with Katie and Chilla in studio!

  • Sorg is sharing Hoopla as his AwesomeThingOfTheWeek.
  • Sorg discovered that Hoopla has ShortCircuit, and we may have derailed the Podcast.
  • Katie is sharing an Instagram fancy portrait photo option with Focus as her AwesomeThingOfTheWeek.
  • The moral of this week’s Podcast: Use Instagram.
  • Chilla’s AwesomeThingOfTheWeek is a recommendation to support additional authentication – including Biometrics to be used to log into things like websites.
  • Speaking of Biometrics, Sorg is making a plea to CLEAR to come to Pittsburgh.
  • Pittsburgh has a new Food Delivery service with DoorDash.
  • Chilla is calling for a Yelp review of our various Food Delivery services to help narrow down which ones are good and which ones aren’t.
  • You can plug your Instagram account information into IGaudit and it will tell you how many real followers you have.
  • Google has updated older versions of Android phones with GoogleAssistant!
  • Sorg loves the AI level of intelligence and responsiveness with GoogleAssistant.
  • Have an OpenAir workspace?  HushMe goes over your mouth and connects with earbuds to provide Privacy for cellphone calls.
  • Katie has been watching a new TV show with Mark Zuckerburg and confused old people today.
  • Sooo…..a  Senate Hearing…broadcast on Twitch?
  • Things we learned during the Mark Zuckerburg testimony: Targeted Ads are more of a thing than we realized.
  • If you do ads and marketing on Facebook, you may want to look into other options.
  • Chilla is a fan of paper things.  Microsoft has a (temporarily) Free App that offers a freehand note app via Penhook.
  • WestWorld may have set a standard on Spoilers through a Reddit poll.
  • Podcasts on Pandora?
  • Want to keep up with your friends IRL – by using an App? Garden may be your answer!
  • Speaking of @millvalemusic, we’ll have an AwesomeChat with them tomorrow evening!

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 389: Watch Notch

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


It may be the first day of spring, but we’re not sure Pittsburgh got the memo.  While Chilla is tucked away all nice and warm in Studio C, Sorg and Dudders braved the snow to make it into the Sorgatron Media studio for this week’s tech talk, 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!

Awesome Chat: Dream Loud Podcast


Dan Scifo is a Sport Writer covering the Steelers and Penguins at the Latrobe Bulletin. Ben Hull is the bassist for former Flyleaf lead singer Lacey Sturm. Together, they wanted to combine their stories and talk with others who make their dreams come true with the Dream Loud Podcast. We talk about how they got the show together, some of the interesting stories they’ve heard so far and where they hope to go with their show.

Listen to the Dream Loud Podcast at dreamloudpodcast.podbean.com.

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.com for more entertainment.  Follow Michael Sorg (@sorgatron) and @AwesomeCast for updates and live streams of our interviews! Subscribe on Facebook,StitcherSpreakeriTunes, and Youtube

AwesomeChat: Marta on the Move

Marta Napoleone Mazzoni of Marta on the Move is in studio for this week’s AwesomeChat.  She talks about her early beginnings as an interviewer – talking with her stuffed animals, and how she made the transition from hating her own voice to accepting it and moving on.  She also shares some insights (and importance) of traveling by yourself in order to truly experience the world, creeping up on 100 episodes, and more!

Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.com for more entertainment.  Follow Michael Sorg (@sorgatron) and @AwesomeCast for updates and live streams of our interviews! Subscribe on Facebook,StitcherSpreakeriTunes, and Youtube

AwesomeCast 359: Mystery Box

Buzzy Torek of Epicast joins Katie on the big purple couch this week.  They’re chatting some tech news with Sorg and our awesome chat room, including:

  • We’re LIVE with this week’s tech talk with Buzzy of Epicast and Katie.
  • Buzzy is talking some music happenings for the Allentown neighborhood in Pittsburgh.
  • Katie is sharing her Awesome Thing of the Week – the Red Bull Flugtag she participated in this weekend.
  • Buzzy tried to find his Awesome Thing of the Week, and went with a very high-tech fidget spinner from Replay FX.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is a combination of his new XBox One obtained via Offer Up.
  • Buzzy is sharing a great bluetooth speaker option from Anker.
  • Now that Sorg has an XBox One, all of his friends are now on PS4. *Sad Trombone*
  • Thanks to Brian’s Awesome Thing of the Week last week, long-time listener Wheelz has a new toy!
  • Thanks to Brandon for sharing some audiobook options for studio dog Wicket.
  • Ebay has a mystery box option, and Sorg has some ideas to get rid of stuff from the basement.
  • Facebook shut down a Snapchat competitor – LifeStage.
  • Netflix has a bit of news this week, like Disney is leaving, for starters.
  • Netflix has also acquired Mark Millar’s publishing house.
  • Comics seem to prefer Netflix to Comedy Central these days.
  • YouTube Red outbid Netflix and Amazon for a Karate Kid comedy series?
  • Pro wrestlers apparently use Sarahah App.
  • Apparently smart cars (the self-driving variety) have issues with altered signs.
  • YouTube has a messaging feature now.
  • Katie and Missy will be hanging out at Steel City Con this weekend. Stop by and say hi to them.
  • Shout out to Meta Mesh who hooked up the new studio as the first node of the Beechview network.

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), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), and Buzzy Torek (@bigbuzzum).

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 356: Climbing Aboard the A-Train


It’s the last episode in the current Mayhem Studio!  We’ll be in our new digs on Broadway Avenue for next week.  But, until then, join Sorg, Chilla, and Katie as they talk what’s new in tech this week for AwesomeCast 356, including:

  • We’re having a couch party next week. Check out our Facebook event for details!
  • AwesomeChat will be back after our move next week, too!
  • Chilla is sharing his Awesome Thing of the Week. Let’s say fishbowl, iPhone, and AR.
  • Have you caught Planet of the Apps? Chilla is talking about some AR concepts from the show.
  • Who has a HoloLens Sorg can borrow?
  • Chilla is speculating Apple will be coming up with their own HoloLens solution.
  • Interested in hunting a serial killer? There’s a box for that! Katie is telling us all about it.
  • Sorg is finally catching up with some Alexa. Thanks to Prime Day he treated himself to an Echo Dot.
  • Alexa is teaching Sorg how to not kill the pets while Missy is away.
  • Sorg is comparing Siri to Alexa and how he uses each differently.
  • Chilla is teaching Sorg how to connect his Echo Dot with his Fire Stick to collaborate his Tech.
  • Atari is announcing a new console, but there still isn’t much info about it?
  • Disney is opening an immersive Star Wars hotel with guest storylines?
  • Do you love Star Wars enough for an immersive hotel experience? Katie is leery. Chilla is saving up.
  • Sorg is comparing Westworld to the Star Wars immersive hotel.
  • The truth comes out, Katie is boycotting the Star Wars immersive hotel because there are no AT-ATs.
  • Love LEGO enough to eat LEGO-themed food? There’s a great restaurant option.
  • Tech Shop might stay in Pittsburgh!
  • Google Glass is coming back!
  • YouTube is providing gif-like previews – just like Porn Hub has been doing for a while.
  • Chilla has found a use for the Dudders Dot – in his car.
  • Things Sorg finds on YouTube – this week was Myth Busters meets atom lab.
  • Want to know what it’s like to operate an independent game store? We’re touching on some news about it.
  • ScareHouse podcast + Kennywood + AR makes it a topic for us to discuss!
  • Katie recommends the 4D Lego Movie.
  • Katie brings us a dick-o-meter to log in to porn accounts using your male anatomy.
  • PRT is trademarked already?
  • Make sure to check out Replay FX coming up soon!

Are you a musician? We’d love to talk updating our theme. Bonus points if you do it Mystery Science Theater style.

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), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), 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!