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Everything awesome in the world of technology, social media, and entertainment! Join us as we discuss the latest gadgets, web sites, and talk with people doing awesome things in tech! www.AwesomeCast.net

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Everything awesome in the world of technology, social media, and entertainment! Join us as we discuss the latest gadgets, web sites, and talk with people doing awesome things in tech! www.AwesomeCast.net

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AwesomeCast: Tech and Gadget Talk

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Everything awesome in the world of technology, social media, and entertainment! Join us as we discuss the latest gadgets, web sites, and talk with people doing awesome things in tech! www.AwesomeCast.net

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Rank #1: Dot In The Bathroom | AwesomeCast 442

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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 awesomecast@sorgatronmedia.com 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 Support AwesomeCast: Tech and Gadget Talk

Apr 24 2019
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Rank #2: Pyramid Scheming Myself | AwesomeCast 430

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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 awesomecast@sorgatronmedia.com 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 Support AwesomeCast: Tech and Gadget Talk

Jan 30 2019
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Rank #3: Touching All The Gadgets | Touching All The Gadgets

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This week’s episode brought to you by Comic Book Pitt, Slice on Broadway, and Alex Kahrs Design & Media! Krause, Chilla, and Sorg are back in studio this week to run down the tech news you should know about, including: Sorg is sharing the Google-Assistant-themed ride at CES 2019 as his Awesome Thing of the Week. Speaking of automation, there's some crazy stuff happening with Waymo. Chilla is sharing a modular screen as one of his Awesome Thing of the Week contenders. Chilla's second Awesome Thing of the Week is also a Samsung update - with iTunes and Airplay coming to non-Apple devices. Krause is sharing his Plantronics wireless Bluetooth headset and charge case as his Awesome Thing of the Week. Amazon is working on a new videogame streaming service. Ubisoft is moving from Steam to Epic Games. Bungie splits with Activision. Alex is sharing his WD My Cloud Home with us this week. Instagram now offers voice messaging. We're apparently ditching the notch for a hole punch thanks to Huawei. Dolby Atmos is available through your headphones thanks to Windows and Xbox? There's a Surface Pro for gamers thanks to Asus. 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 awesomecast@sorgatronmedia.com 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), 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 Support AwesomeCast: Tech and Gadget Talk

Jan 16 2019
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Rank #4: I'm Gonna Bandersnatch | AwesomeCast 427

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This week’s episode brought to you by Comic Book Pitt, Slice on Broadway, and Alex Kahrs Design & Media! We're starting the year off right - with some tech news and CES updates! Krause and Sorg are bringing you some highlights, including: Sorg is sharing his Awesome Thing of the Week - Bandersnatch! Krause is hitting the tip of the CES 2019 iceberg as his Awesome Thing of the Week. There's a robot Pikachu, and it will sing to you?!?! We're learning about sous vide food preparation on this week's show. Mission Pic may have shut down, but its users are keeping it going thanks to Instagram and a Facebook Group. We are deep-diving some CES 2019 news - with an LG rollable OLED TV. For a company that doesn't show up at CES 2019, Apple has a bit of a presence with AirPlay and iTunes compatibility on non-Apple devices. Vuzix Blade smart glasses are available for pre-order. Audi has a VR game for the backseat that interacts with vehicle movements for gameplay. HTC has a new VR headset in the works. What if your phone could be your gaming PC? Laptops are getting notches like our smart phones? Apple may not physically be at CES 2019, but they do have a bit of a dig at their competitors thanks to a billboard overlooking the event. Would you upload your house key to the cloud? Bonus content for this week is thanks to some entertaining downtime between the holidays with a sweet Walmart ad. 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 awesomecast@sorgatronmedia.com 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) and Krause (@KrazyKrause) 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 Support AwesomeCast: Tech and Gadget Talk

Jan 09 2019
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Rank #5: 2018 Flashback: Dream Loud Podcast | Awesome Chat

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Originally released February 1, 2018 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,Stitcher, Spreaker, iTunes, and Youtube! Support AwesomeCast: Tech and Gadget Talk

Dec 25 2018
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Rank #6: The Brave Little Toaster Problem | AwesomeCast 426

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This week’s episode brought to you by Pittsburgh Things, Core Life Eatery, Sprezzatura, 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: Pittsburgh Things Pittsburgh themed apparel n’at. Core Life Eatery at the Block at Northway on McKnight Rd Sprezzatura creates and serves heritage-inspired cooking for events and the public. Want to be part of our studio audience? Hit us up at awesomecast@sorgatronmedia.com 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 Support AwesomeCast: Tech and Gadget Talk

Dec 19 2018
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Rank #7: Porn Hub is a Warm Hug | AwesomeCast 418

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This week’s episode brought to you by Comic Book Pitt, Slice on Broadway, and Alex Kahrs Design & Media! The band is back together as Katie Dudas takes a break from zombie wrangling with Chilla and Sorg to talk Tech...things... Chilla looks forward to Mac and iPad possibilities for the October Apple Event. Dudders is gearing up for the first Zombie Wrestling Show with Ryse Wrestling at Fright Up Night! Sorg is finally taking a practice of using Apple Pay on his Apple Watch Rizz sends us an article about Uber offering free rides on Election Day. Youtube went down for a night. And the world flocked to Pornhub? Sorg discovers ASMR. A book about video game butts. We want to do 3D Photos on Facebook! Chilla wants to play Pokemon Go and Ghostbusters World. Thankfully he's already double fisting phones. 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 awesomecast@sorgatronmedia.com 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), Katie Dudas (@Kdudders) 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! Support AwesomeCast: Tech and Gadget Talk

Oct 24 2018
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Rank #8: High-End Technology...For Poop Jokes | AwesomeCast 399

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This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on Broadway, Alex Kahrs Design & Media, and Dark Forge Studios! Sorg is all by himself in studio as he’s joined remotely by Chilla from Studio C and Alex Kahrs coming in from Long Beach. This week has some great updates following WWDC, including: We promise we won’t be talking ALL Apple, but we will touch on some of the news and updates. Alex is sharing Moovit as his Awesome Thing of the Week. Sorg is sharing Mega Man on iOS as his Awesome Thing of the Week. Crossover options for apps is great – but, it’s totally up to the developer to make it happen. Speaking of apps – Chilla’s Awesome Thing of the Week is news out of WWDC18 about iOS apps on MacOS. With the Apple updates at WWDC18, if iOS can port over to MacOS – does that mean I can play Fortnite on my Apple TV? Thanks to Mat Weller for letting us know about the Nerf War at Century III. Sorg has been playing some BumbleBee on AR thanks to the recent movie trailer. When Apple talks to us about upcoming upgrades, we listen – and we share. Apple Watch will be getting some upgrades – including walkie talkie mode! Viewing websites and menus on Apple Watch? Yes, please. Will Apple TV be replacing your cable box? Sorg is playing AR videogames while podcasting. IBM is shutting down free plans on U-Stream. Chilla is talking about some podcast implications for Just A Line. 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 awesomecast@sorgatronmedia.com 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: Alex (@alexanderkahrs), Chilla (@chilla) and Sorg (@Sorgatron) June 12th 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!

Jun 06 2018
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Rank #9: Banana Phone | AwesomeCast 386

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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) 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 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! Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.com for more entertainment; and view us livestreaming Tuesdays around 7:00 PM EST!

Feb 28 2018
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Rank #10: The Wheels on the VR Desert Bus | AwesomeCast 376

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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!

Dec 06 2017
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