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AwesomeCast 382: Double Decker Bus Podcast Tour


We’ve got a special treat this week as we’re joined by our BOLD Pittsburgh team of Steve Fernald and Amanda Narcisi. They join Sorg and Chilla to talk about this week in technology news, including:

  • There may be some Top Gun chatter at the top of the show.
  • Amanda has some show and tell for her Awesome Thing of the Week with Philips Hue Go.
  • Because Amanda isn’t here very often, we let her have TWO Awesome Thing of the Week submissions. Up next? Beasts of Balance!
  • Steve is a sports fan (*cough* BOLD Pittsburgh Sports *cough*) is sharing Zepp Smart Sports as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Chilla is heading to Pinterest for his Awesome Thing of the Week with Poort for his iPad collection.
  • Steve is looking to upgrade his velcro and duct tape solutions with Poort thanks to Chilla.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is thanks to the Going Deep summit this weekend. He’s sharing 412 Food Rescue’s new app.
  • Burger King explaining Net Neurality may be the best thing ever.
  • Star Wars + VR = Secrets of the Empire. Chris Whitlatch gives his thumbs up this week.
  • Chilla is pouring one out this week for Dudders (not being in studio) with VR fake porn that face swaps someone’s face into porn.
  • Waymo has ordered thousands of vans for self-driving taxi service geared for later this year.
  • Instagram has finally approved scheduled content!

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: Steve Fernald (@Stevefernald), Amanda Narcisi (@alnarcisi), John Chichilla (@chilla)  and Sorg (@haggertymedia)

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 381: Blades of Grass Test

Krause is in studio with Sorg as Chilla joins in remotely from Studio C this week.  In a post-CES world, we’ve got a ton of stuff we’re talking about this week, including:

  • Krause got a new TV he’s sharing as his Awesome Thing of the Week. It’s a Samsung 4K.
  • Chilla and Krause are sharing some standard operation chatter about protocol for new tech installation – as in how to use the new remote(s) properly!
  • Want to cut the cord? There are plenty of over the air options out there!
  • We’ll be getting 4K over the air?!?!
  • Chilla is SO EXCITED for the release of Home Pod.
  • It’s the gift that keeps on giving with delayed release options and upgrades!
  • Sorg is into some DIY for his Awesome Thing of the Week – as in cardboard add-ons for Nintendo Switch.
  • Pittsburgh company WeSpeke is partnering with CNN to provide language lessons while checking out the news.
  • Thanks to Laura for sharing the Quantum Leap map this week!
  • YouTube TV has 300K subscribers in less than a year.
  • Streaming TV options are great for bringing your TV with you no matter where you go.
  • We’ve got some great cord cutting options if you’re looking for some comparisons.
  • Screen share your iOS device for remote help using a new TeamViewer option.
  • We talk about drones rather frequently, but here’s a first – A lifeguard drone made its first rescue!
  • From a lifeguard version to a pocket version, there’s pretty much a drone for everyone these days.
  • We’re ending this week’s podcast with some app recommendations! (Files Go, Drafts)

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: Ron Krause (@KrazyKrause), John Chichilla (@chilla)  and Sorg (@haggertymedia)

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 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 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?

Follow these awesome people on Twitter:  Jim Lokay (@Lokay), Will Rutherford (@DjLunchbox), Mike Pound (@unclecrappy), Cynthia Closkey (@cynthiacloskey), John Carman (@carmanavenue), Bobby Cherry (@GoBobbo), Brian Crawford (@RiverTalkPGH), Krause (@KrazyKrause), Michael Fedor (@mikefedorshow), 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 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 374: A Couch Full of Johns

John Carman joins us in studio as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday.  Together with our usual tech hounds – Sorg, Chilla, and Katie, the gang shares some of this week’s tech news, including:

  • Chilla is kicking things off with his Awesome Thing of the Week with Tesla chargers.
  • Another creature has been released from The Last Jedi. Katie is telling us about Vulptex as her Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • John Carman is talking about his options for Black Friday sales as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Sorg’s Awesome Thing of the Week is a video map of atmospheric changes and hurricanes.
  • We’re sharing what we’re thankful for as we head into Thanksgiving.
  • Sorg and friends are getting into a deep dive about iPhone and Android options now that phones are holding up better – negating the “need” to upgrade.
  • Looking to get an iPhone X? You can actually check Walmart’s offerings as an option.
  • A hologram player that lets you interact with 3D holograms? Yes, please.
  • Want a smart light switch with Echo capabilities? There’s a solution for that.
  • Katie is all about the dino nuggets and Animal Crossing! She’s sharing some news about that second one now.
  • Tesla has a semi truck.
  • KFC has an escape pod (faraday cage)?
  • Our John Carman is not the guy that made the news for being a misogynistic New Jersey politician.
  • Ello is back! And, it’s now for creatives.
  • Windows 10 is offering a Star Trek like journal.
  • Do yourselves a favor – if you’re not already following him, follow John Carman on Twitter (@carmanavenue).

After the show remember to:

Shop small with our neighbors here in Beechview this weekend. For more info visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1535469116534745/

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:  John Carman (@carmanavenue), 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 372: Face Lasers

Brian Crawford of The River’s Edge (and soon-to-be The Metal Edge) joins Sorg and Chilla to talk about this week’s tech news.  Of note, they’re talking about:  

  • Brian is sharing some news about The Metal Edge!
  • We’re learning things – like Pittsburgh has the 3rd largest metal scene.
  • Brian is talking about his Chrome remote desktop app as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • p.s. That Chrome remote desktop is FREE.
  • Chilla is chiming in with low bandwidth and high response rates. We swear he’s giving it a legit thumbs-up.
  • Sorg is apparently remodeling the studio with Amazon AR as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • Of course we’re talking Star Wars box set versions.
  • Who wants to talk comic books turned movies? Welcome to this week’s podcast.
  • Chilla got his hands on an iPhone X and feels like he’s living in the future with his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • The iPhone X has been rated as the most breakable. But, has anything ever been rated as indestructible?
  • iPhone X has facial recognition – or as we’re calling it FACE LASERS!
  • Chilla is impressed with how reactive the iPhone X is with facial recognition in the dark.
  • Chilla is breaking down some Android devices.
  • Thanks to Brandon for sharing the custom Lego art.
  • Playstation trophies (gamer points) can now be used to purchase games?
  • Razer has released a phone – for gamers.
  • Dear Apple TV, please give us more game options.
  • AR navigation is a thing?
  • We’re talking AR vs VR. Some great discussion with Chilla and Brian.
  • So…the HoloLens has been certified as protective eye wear!

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 Crawford (@RiverTalkPGH),  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 370: Big Adobe Server in the Cloud

We’re joined by Alex Kahrs  this week.  With both Alex and Chilla joining us remotely, Sorg is in studio with producer Missy and a Slice on Broadway pizza to themselves as we talk this week’s tech news, including:  

  • Hey guys, did YOU know iTunes is now Apple Podcasts? (Sorg may not have known.)
  • Chilla is sharing the Nintendo Switch as his Awesome Thing of the Week.
  • The Nintendo Switch seems to be doing better at this stage of the game than its recent predecessors.
  • Alex and Sorg are tag-teaming their Awesome Thing of the Week with Adobe updates!
  • Adobe is making development a little easier with their updates.
  • Fan of Illustrator? There’s a plugin that lets you incorporate vector-based images into 3D images.
  • Sorg is discussing Adobe updates with intuitive suggestions using AI integration.
  • Lightroom is getting some upgrades as well – as in a hybrid app.
  • Alex is talking about his transition from Garage Band to Audition for his Podcast.
  • Adobe Spark is offering some premium options for branding.
  • Pittsburgh sent a love letter to Amazon this week, and it’s amazing.
  • We’re talking with Alex about the SoCal bid for Amazon HQ2 in comparison to Pittsburgh’s bid.
  • The giant robot battle happened. We may be a little underwhelmed.
  • AT&T and Project Loon are doing some good for Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
  • Chilla breaks down the Pixel 2XL and agrees it has a crappy display.

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:  Alex Kahrs (@alexanderkahrs),  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 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!