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AwesomeCast 455: Tik Tok Taught Me

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

Looking for Group and Academy Pittsburgh’s John Lange joins the full crew of Sorg, Chilla and Katies as they talk this week in tech news, 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)

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Follow these awesome people on Twitter: John Lange ((@lfgpgh), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders), John Chichilla (@chilla), and Michael Sorg (@Sorgatron)

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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 453: Wonderfully 80s

This week’s episode brought to you by Sidekick Media Services, Slice on Broadway, and Sparkledragon’s Magical Emporium!
It’s a guys’ night in as Sorg and Chilla bring us all of the important things in tech news (with some bonus throwbacks) 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:  John Chichilla (@chilla), and Michael 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 442: Dot In The Bathroom

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

It’s been a while, but we’ve got Chris Maverick in studio as he joins Katie, Chilla, and Sorg to talk this week in tech news, including:

  • Chilla is sharing his FireCube as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Chilla is sharing about his home automation updates with his FireCube addition.
  • Not to be outdone, our guest Chris Maverick is sharing his own home automation upgrades – including his HomePod and streaming service.
  • The new Child’s Play movie takes over smart home devices with the Buddi Connected app. Katie is sharing as her Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Sorg is sharing his new MacBook Pro as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Starting in July, you can return Amazon purchases to Kohl’s stores.
  • We found another TV for Chilla’s man cave – Sony’s 98-inch 8K TV…for only $70K.
  • We have some friends running the Pittsburgh Marathon and they’re sharing the Relive App.
  • Working as a social media manager can be hard some days. Imagine being the manager for PornHub or Wendy’s!
  • Apparently the Galaxy Fold is on hold.
  • Sesame Street wants you to get off your phone!

After the show remember to:

Speaking of the Pittsburgh Marathon – go support our friend Rizz and his fundraiser for the Alzheimers Association.

Want to support our friends at Postindustrial? Check out their Kickstarter.

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:  Chris Maverick (@chrismaverick), Katie Dudas (@kdudders), John Chichilla (@chilla)  and Mike 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 430: Pyramid Scheming Myself

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:

  • Chilla is sharing TiVO’s CommercialSkip and the way they’re working it for the Super Bowl as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Katie is filming birds (instead of flipping them) with the Bird Photo Booth as her Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is iCloud files + Apple Clips + iMovie for quick social media edits of some video content – including Episode 429’s Pornhub discussion.
  • Apple is reportedly working on a subscription gaming service.
  • Were you a fan of Farmville back in the day? There’s good news. Competitive virtual farming is getting its own esports league!
  • After the last episode, Carman apparently found a different Fyre TV that is most definitely not related to Fyre Festival. [NOTE: Link NSFW]
  • Facebook has been paying teens $20 a month to access their phones?
  • Having trouble with Facebook generating the wrong image for your link? There’s a fix for it. Katie is sharing what she recently learned.
  • We’re sharing some thoughts on the FaceTime bug.
  • Someone is trying to recreate Legend of Zelda in DOOM, and needs a hand.
  • Amazon has a cute little robot that helps with deliveries.
  • Netflix may have raised prices, but Hulu is lowering its basic service price.
  • Looking for a way to smoke without being detected? Philter is offering a filter to eliminate smoke and smell.
  • Innovation at a slow walking pace.

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: Sorg (@Sorgatron), Chilla (@chilla) and Katie (@Kdudders)

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 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:

Eat at Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) if you are in the Pittsburgh area! It is Awesome! (sliceonbroadway.com)

Check out our sponsors as a part of YaJagoff’s HOLLA-day Gift Guide:

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: Sorg (@Sorgatron), Chilla (@chilla), Krause (@KrazyKrause), Cynthia Closkey (@cynthiacloskey) and Mike Pound (@unclecrappy)

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)

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), 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 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!

Awesome Chat: Aliza Sherman

Aliza Sherman is a web pioneer and tech passionista who is concerned about our dependence on Social Media and our phones.  Recently, she spoke at the TechNow Conference in Monroeville, PA and has a chat with us about the things we need to watch out for to not be so dependent on technology,  and the future of these devices.

Find out more about our guest at www.alizasherman.com.  Find out more about her book  “The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact Without Burnout” at www.happyhealthynonprofit.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

AwesomeCast 364: The Lowercase “i”s

This week we’ve got Susan and Vance of Ohio Linuxfest in studio to share some news about their event at the end of the month. We’ve also got our usual cast of characters with Sorg, Katie, and Chilla as we talk about the obvious things – Apple updates!

  • Susan and Vance are sharing this year’s Ohio Linuxfest as their Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Katie is talking about what happens when you don’t realize other people can see what you like on social media.
  • Speaking of some things you may not realize people are seeing, check out Web Thinger for some ProTips.
  • Chilla is trying to share ALL OF THE Apple Event as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Apple’s iPhone updates aren’t THAT much different – but, they’re totally different.
  • Now that Apple is bringing us facial recognition – how is that going to affect Snapchat?
  • Katie has hit her ” Get Off My Lawn” issue with iPhone.
  • Sorg hangs onto everything – like this first gen iPhone he just pulled out.
  • Katie is weighing the need to update her phone now with her desire to wait out the new iPhone.
  • We’ve got some thoughts about the Note 8 in comparison to the new iPhone from our in-studio guest.
  • Who’s looking to get an Apple Watch after today’s Apple Event?
  • Sorg is keen on the Apple Watch health integration from today’s Apple Event.
  • We’re taking a little detour through some Apple Watch discussion following today’s Apple Event.
  • Apple TV will be 4K thanks to the Apple Event updates.
  • We’re commissioning a movie night in the future with Chilla in his home of the future.
  • Apple Stores are not, in fact stores, but town squares.
  • We’re excited about the larger Apple charging mat. We’re not so excited about the need for some other things.
  • We just found out Chilla’s Batman utility belt contains an Apple TV.
  • Ever play hide-and-seek in a haunted house? Katie has! And she Facebook LIVE broadcasted it.

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), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders) and Ohio Linuxfest (@ohiolinux).

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!

Awesome Chat: Mike Zieman


Mike Zieman works on scoring technology with Baja SAE and Formula SAE Collegiate Design Series.  We chat about the development of modernizing these competitions by moving data capture from paper to digital and the future implications for students and organizers.  Also, did you know Huntsville, Alabama was a tech city?

Find out more about Mike’s company at DigitalEngineeringSolutions.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,StitcherSpreaker, iTunes, and Youtube