Director of Sales & Marketing at The Scarehouse. On air talent at Sorgatron Media & AwesomeCast. Social Media Marketing at Sidekick Media Services. Loves cats & wrestling
November 21st, 2023 | 54 mins 8 secs
apps, authentication, cases, chess, duolingo, gadgets, games, giveaways, guitar, iphone, magsafe, math, news, passwordless, podcasting, podcasts, public transit, sd cards, security, technology, transportation, wallets, yubikey
AwesomeCast is a weekly tech podcast hosted by Sorgatron, Dudders, and Chilla. They discuss new gadgets and apps, share their "awesome things of the week," and cover tech news stories. Recent topics have included Dudders' new Hello Kitty iPhone case, Chilla's MagSafe wallet stand, Pittsburgh public transit improvements, using guitar picks to remove SD cards, YubiKeys for passwordless authentication, Duolingo adding chess and math lessons, and the hosts sharing what technology they are thankful for this year. The hosts bring humor and personality to their commentary on the latest consumer tech and apps.
November 7th, 2023 | 54 mins 12 secs
ai, amazon, chatbots, geeky, google, google glass, instagram, iphone, iphone 15, messaging, meta ray-ban, movies, nasa, pittsburgh, podcast, pop culture, safety, smart glasses, social media, sorgatron media, tech, tech news, video games, waze, youtube
The AwesomeCast is a fun, geeky podcast hosted by Katie "Dudders" and Mike Sorg. In this episode, they discuss new tech like the iPhone 15, Meta smart glasses, AI innovations from companies like Google, Amazon, and YouTube, and upcoming movies based on video games. Dudders shares her experience with the new iPhone camera while Sorg is excited about the Ray-Ban Stories glasses. They also talk about new AI features like chatbots, generated ads and reviews, and safety alerts in apps like Waze. Other highlights include NASA's new free streaming channel NASA Plus launching soon and changes to Instagram messaging. The hosts keep things lively with their energetic banter about the latest in tech and pop culture.
October 17th, 2023 | 59 mins 31 secs
ai, alltrails, cancer, cyberpunk 2077, earbuds, gaming, interview, local news, meta, news, playstation, podcast, social media, tech news, threads, twitter, voice acting, vr, xbox
Hosts Michael Sorg, John Chichilla, and Katie Dudas discussed the Microsoft-Activision merger and when new games may hit Xbox Game Pass. They also talked about AI being used to recreate a deceased actor's voice for Cyberpunk 2077 and the spread of Meta's new VR headsets being called "Meta Glassholes." Other topics included Threads getting an edit button, using social media for news, AllTrails' new National Park guides, Chilla's new wireless earbuds for VR, Katie talking about her cancer journey on the radio, and sources for local news. The hosts covered the latest tech and gaming news while highlighting cool new products and digital trends.
September 26th, 2023 | 54 mins 26 secs
accessibility, ai, aldi, apple, auction, chatgpt, clothes, dinosaurs, email, fitness, fossils, fundraising, gadgets, google, health, iphone, money, pajamas, pittsburgh, podcast, social media, sorgatron media, tech, tech news, youtube
This episode of AwesomeCast dives into the latest tech gadgets and news with hosts Sorg, Dudders, and Podnar. They discuss new iPhone features like live voicemail transcription, voice isolation for clearer calls, and creating custom stickers from photos. Sorg reviews the Wellitory app which analyzes Apple Watch data to provide health ratings and recommendations for better sleep, exercise, and reducing stress. The hosts also explore iOS accessibility features that allow you to record your voice before potential speech loss, and then use it for text-to-speech. Plus, updates to ChatGPT like new voice and image capabilities, though concerns remain around impersonation and fraud. Podnar demos Google's Bard AI extensions which summarize your personal info and activities from Gmail, YouTube, Maps, and more. And the gang chats about the complexities of purchasing dinosaur fossils, after Dudders learns skeleton "Barry" is being auctioned for over $1 million. They get tips from ChatGPT on fundraising ideas. Finally, Dudders raves about the new cozy Aldi-branded apparel line with sweatshirts, tees and pajamas perfect for working from home.
September 12th, 2023 | 1 hr 2 mins
appleevent, applewatchultra, assassinscreed, beatboxing, crashtests, creators, honda, iosgaming, iphone15, mediaproduction, musicians, newtech, ohioadventures, pittsburghpodcasts, podcasting, portraitmode, residentevil, roadtrip, techforartists, weirdroadsideattractions, windtunnels
The AwesomeCast podcast hosted by Michael Sorg and Katie Dudas welcomes musical guest Kidmental for a lively discussion of technology and culture. The show begins by highlighting Kidmental's musical talents, with him providing custom intro songs and sound effects throughout the episode. Kidmental demonstrates his impressive beatboxing and looping skills using analog hardware like the RC 505 loop station.
The hosts then recap their recent trip to rural Ohio, hilariously detailing their visits to strange roadside attractions like a massive empty basket building and a 24-foot tall cuckoo clock. Shifting to tech news, they analyze Apple's latest product announcements including the new Ultra Apple Watch aimed at extreme athletes and the iPhone 15 Pro with advanced camera capabilities like automatic portrait mode.
Sorg and Dudas share their hands-on experiences testing out Honda's impressive wind tunnel and crash test facilities. With helpful context and enthusiasm, they evaluate how the new Apple features could benefit media creators. Kidmental pops in with funny reactions as Sorg geeks out about playing console-quality iOS games on the go and directly recording videos to external drives using the new USB-C port. Overall, the conversational tone provides an accessible yet insightful take on how tech innovations intersect with art and culture.
August 22nd, 2023 | 54 mins
acquisition, assassin's creed: mirage, awesomecast, calm app, desktop meta threads, dslr, dvd customers., gpus, high school nasa rover programs, intel cpus, katie, mega cat, movo mic, netflix, podcast, rovio, sega, space exploration, transformers, wrestlequest
In this episode of the Awesomecast Podcast, a range of intriguing topics are discussed. The hosts dive into "Wrestlequest" by Pittsburgh's Mega Cat, exploring wrestling-related content. Katie shares her experience using the Movo Mic alongside her DSLR camera to enhance audio quality. Exciting news arrives for some users with the introduction of Desktop Meta Threads. Gamers investing in Intel CPUs and GPUs are in for a treat as they now receive a complimentary copy of Assassin's Creed: Mirage. Sega's recent acquisition of Rovio takes center stage, with a substantial deal amounting to $776 million. An unexpected collaboration is noted as Transformers content finds its way onto the Calm meditation app. Shifting focus, the podcast sheds light on High School NASA Rover Programs, highlighting the remarkable contributions of young talents in space exploration. Lastly, Netflix's creative move involves sending an additional 10 movies to DVD customers, albeit with a playful hint that these movies aren't meant to be kept permanently.
August 15th, 2023 | 56 mins 45 secs
ai for adhd with chatgpt., blank youtube homepage issue, chicken soup for the soul entertainment cost-cutting, hello kitty apple arcade game, leettus lavalier wireless microphone for iphone, stray - the post apocalyptic cat game, threads app new features, whistle pet tracker, x's impact on website speed
The "AwesomeCast" podcast covers a variety of tech-related topics. In this episode, Katie shares her experience using the Leettus Lavalier Wireless Microphone for iPhones. There's also a discussion about the Whistle pet tracker, a device similar to a Fitbit for pets, offering initial impressions. Katie's gameplay of "Stray," a post-apocalyptic cat game, is highlighted. The hosts also discuss the Hello Kitty Apple Arcade Game. There's a segment on X's impact on website speed. The issue of blank YouTube homepages is explained. The podcast covers new features in the Threads app. Additionally, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment's cost-cutting measures post-Redbox acquisition are discussed. Lastly, there's a segment on using AI, like ChatGPT, to help with ADHD.
July 18th, 2023 | 56 mins 27 secs
all day dining, alltrails, amazon astro home robot, antstream arcade, fast track, hershey park, hpgo wristbands, mister roger's neighborhood lego set, mosquito levels, owo assassin's creed haptic feedback shirt, retro games, rosie robot., tech features, trail app, trail conditions, updates, weather, xbox
In this episode of AwesomeCast Podcast, we cover some new updates to AllTrails, our favorite trail app, including weather, trail conditions, and mosquito levels. Sorg and Katie share their first-time experience at Hershey Park, discussing HPGo wristbands, Fast Track, All Day Dining, and other tech features that worked (and sometimes didn't). We also highlight the OWO Assassin's Creed Haptic Feedback Shirt, Antstream Arcade's 1,000 retro games on Xbox, the Mister Roger's Neighborhood Lego Set, and the Amazon Astro Home Robot, reminiscent of Jetsons' Rosie Robot. Tune in for all the exciting tech news and discussions!
July 11th, 2023 | 56 mins 48 secs
barbenheimer, electric sleep masks, ezcast ultra, fire tv cube, ios 17 preview feature watch, meta's threads, miracast, zooaux usb c to usb adapter
Welcome to the AwesomeCast podcast! In this episode, we dive into the excitement of Prime Day, exploring the impressive features of the Fire TV Cube and Electric Sleep Masks. We also discuss the intriguing Barbenheimer event and share our insights on Meta's Threads, a new social media app designed for Twitter users. Additionally, we provide an exclusive preview of iOS 17 and highlight the remarkable capabilities of a wireless touchscreen when combined with MiraCast, ZOOAUX USB C to USB Adapter, and EZCast Ultra. Don't miss out on our tech-filled discussions! Subscribe to the AwesomeCast podcast at awesomecast.com or find us on the Sorgatron Media Podcast Network Feed at sorgatronmedia.fireside.fm.
July 5th, 2023 | 55 mins 15 secs
$400 bumblebee robot, ai money-making for a porn star, chatgpt ai in google search, disillusionment with twitter after rate limit gate., hello kitty swag from walmart, threads by meta release
Welcome to the "AwesomeCast" podcast, your go-to source for tech news from Pittsburgh! Join hosts Katie and Sorg as they discuss the latest in technology. From quirky Hello Kitty swag to experimenting with ChatGPT AI in Google searches, they cover it all. Tune in as they explore a $400 Bumblebee robot's impressive moves, a porn star's AI venture, and the release of Threads by Meta. They also delve into the disillusionment with Twitter after Rate Limit Gate. Stay informed and entertained with "AwesomeCast" as they bring you the hottest tech stories from the Steel City!
June 27th, 2023 | 52 mins 28 secs
aaa gas calculator, adobe, animal crossing, apple arcade, charging pki, community, cost calculators, hello kitty, hills food truck, infrastructure reliability, june boötid meteor shower, mattel adventure park, nacs connector, pa turnpike calculator, pittsburgh, podcast enhance, reddit blackout, sae international, tech, travel
June 13th, 2023 | 55 mins 25 secs
pittsburgh, podcast, social media, sorgatron media, tech news
June 6th, 2023 | 1 hr 5 mins
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May 23rd, 2023 | 1 hr 5 mins
pittsburgh, podcast, social media, sorgatron media, tech news
May 16th, 2023 | 1 hr 4 mins
pittsburgh, podcast, social media, sorgatron media, tech news
In this week's episode, we cover a range of topics, including the Pennsylvania Primaries, Bird Buddy (a device that feeds birds and uses AI for identification), Passion Planner Digital, awareness for Tourettes, AI chatbot for Wendy's drive-thru, interacting with characters through Character.ai, Gling AI for video editing, Telly's offer of free TVs for watching ads, uninstalling COVID exposure notification apps, and the removal of Facebook Messenger app from Apple Watch. Join us for the latest updates and discussions on the AwesomeCast Podcast!
May 9th, 2023 | 1 hr 2 mins
applewatch, awesomecast, bajasaeoshkosh, briancrawford, cameras, discussion, facebookgroup, finalcutpro, guitarbar, indiegogo, ipad, kickstarter, liveshow, logicpro, music, nutsmasher, patreon, podcast, rockdreamer, sidekickmediaservices, sliceonbroadway, technology, twitch, updates, youtube
In this week's episode, Dudders and Sorg share their muddy experience at the Baja SAE Oshkosh in Wisconsin and discuss new camera and Apple Watch uses for video and photography. Apple has announced that Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro will be available on iPad for a monthly/yearly fee. The hosts also talk about a Kickstarter project for a durable and funny silicone nutcracker called Nut Smasher. Later in the episode, Aurelio Sablone joins to discuss his upcoming IndieGoGo project, the Rockdreamer GuitarBar, which helps people get started playing the guitar quickly. Listeners can sign up for updates on the campaign at get.rockdreamer.com. The episode ends with information on how to subscribe to the AwesomeCast podcast and support the show at Patreon.com/awesomecast.