AwesomeCast: Tech and Gadget Talk

About the show

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!


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    Those Are Not Pearls | AwesomeCast 670

    January 17th, 2024  |  57 mins 21 secs
    apple disabling sensors, google/bing rewards programs, gps tracking, grind city tv expansion into radio/print, lack of sex tech at ces, media training for pro wrestlers, video editing tools like capcut

    The group discussed new smart pepper spray that alerts contacts if sprayed via GPS, Google/Bing rewards programs paying users for surveys/data, and video tool CapCut providing free Premiere-like editing. They criticized CES 2023 for severely limiting sex tech vendors without reason. Apple is disabling certain sensors in new watches due to an ongoing patent dispute. Guest Kay of the multimedia production company Grind City TV expanded from TV to radio and print, focusing on independent artists and media training. They jokingly suggested sending wrestlers for this training while learning wrestling moves themselves. Overall an eclectic mix of tech and business, with a unique media perspective from the guest.

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    Big Floppies and Working on the Soft Core | AwesomeCast 669

    January 10th, 2024  |  56 mins 10 secs
    accessories, ai, amd, ces, displays, engagement, entertainment, fashion, fitness, gaming, giveaways, humor, ice cream, iphone, laptops, media conversion, patreon, pets, podcasts, processors, screens, shoes, social media, technology

    On this AwesomeCast podcast, the hosts highlighted several new innovations showcased at the recent CES tech show. AMD revealed a new processor able to run graphics-heavy games smoothly without requiring a separate graphics card. Automaker Shift introduced Moonwalker X shoes that allow wearers to glide along motorized wheels embedded in the soles. Asus displayed a foldable OLED screen for on-the-go use with laptops or gaming devices. The Klix iPhone case adds a convenient physical keyboard for easier typing. Cold Snap demoed a home ice cream maker that can create customized flavors in just 2 minutes. And startup Flappy presented a smart cat door designed to block pets from bringing prey indoors by using AI to assess what they are carrying in their mouths.

    In terms of social platforms, they talked about Stimulus, which facilitates giveaways to drive brand engagement. And they praised updates to the Patreon app for simplifying podcast listening. Other topics included encoding old media onto modern computers, Apple Fitness add-ons, and injecting some humor regarding the show’s penchant for inadvertent double entendres. Overall, it highlighted innovations designed to enhance entertainment, convenience and creativity.

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    Taters in Space | AwesomeCast 668

    January 3rd, 2024  |  58 mins 19 secs
    apple, augmented reality, bandwidth, cats, diy, electronics, enterprise technology, fitness, future tech, gadgets, gaming, health, live streaming, nasa, platforms, set up, smart watches, social media, software, space, technology, video, virtual reality
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    AwesomeCast: New Year's Resolutions

    December 26th, 2023  |  13 mins 17 secs
    ai danger, aspirations, clean up, code word, fresh perspective, goals, happy new year, label cords, learn coding, new software, organize, python, remove unused, treehouse

    Sorg rearranged and cleaned up his podcast studio setup, including removing unused equipment, organizing cables, and labeling things. He recommends others with a tech/workspace setup do the same periodically.

    Katie discusses implementing a "code word" system with friends and family to combat dangerous AI voice spoofing calls asking for money or information.

    Dave talks about using a fresh perspective when adopting new software at work instead of just trying to replicate what the old system did.

    Amanda mentions wanting to learn coding in 2023, specifically Python, through the Treehouse online courses and practice worksheets. She recommends it for anyone wanting to learn coding.

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    AI, Patents, and Pet Translators: Bold 2024 Tech Predictions | AwesomeCast 667

    December 20th, 2023  |  54 mins 41 secs
    pittsburgh, podcast, social media, sorgatron media, tech news

    The hosts recap their 2023 tech picks including erasable friction pens, under desk keyboard trays, and AI writing assistants. They review their 2023 predictions, discuss failures like VR platform death and revivals, before making new 2024 predictions about AI compute limitations, Apple Watch patent lawsuits opening floodgates, ChatGPT on marketing job listings, pet translators, and AI-generated video from images. They close by planning a Twitter meetup event to invite people to new platforms.

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    A Reminder Your Phone Is Going To Die | AwesomeCast 666

    December 12th, 2023  |  55 mins 28 secs
    ai, apps, diy, e3, gadgets, gaming, geek culture, google, humor, kid mental, nihilism, podcast, pop culture, raspberry pi, remote play, sorgatron, steam link, streaming, technology, the game awards, the riz, twitch, video games, xbox

    The hosts discuss the latest in video games, including the winners at The Game Awards, the end of the annual E3 gaming convention, and using new services like Steam Link and Xbox Remote Play to play games around your home. They showcase geeky products from sites like and apps like Google's Notebook LM for organizing notes with AI. Other offbeat topics include the WeCroak mortality reminder app and the hosts' upcoming indie wrestling production and hosting gigs. The irreverent, pop culture-loving hosts bring their unique chemistry and humor to analyzing the latest in tech and gaming.

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    Pulling Cords Out Of Crevices | AwesomeCast 665

    December 5th, 2023  |  56 mins 51 secs
    amazon, cables, cameras, cloud storage, gadgets, graphics, headphones, iphone, licensing, live events, loop deck, media, mma, playstation, stats, storage, technology, video production, vmix, wrestling

    On this week's AwesomeCast tech podcast, host Mike Sorgatron is joined by media guru Katie Dudders, photography podcaster Dave Podnar, and musician kidmental. Topics include new Amazon gadgets like cable organizers and Bluetooth headphones, innovations in iPhone storage and camera capabilities, backups for purchased digital content, and production tricks with software like the Loop Deck and vMix. There's also discussion around the episodic nature of digital media libraries. The cast also touches on some upcoming entertainment events like the Jagoff parade, an MMA benefit show, and prospects for integrating stats into live wrestling production

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    Apps, Games and Doing Good | AwesomeCast 644

    November 28th, 2023  |  54 mins 58 secs
    assassin’s creed, comics, drawing apps, gaming, geeky, giving tuesday, ifttt, ikea, iphone privacy, kidmental, music, netflix games, pittsburgh, podcast, pop culture, sketchbook pro, smart home, sorgotron media, sweet gamer abgh, technology, teenage engineering, yakuza, youtube mini games
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    Fill All the Holes | AwesomeCast 663

    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.

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    iPhone 15 Cat Pics | AwesomeCast 662

    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.

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    Hollywood iPhone Style | AwesomeCast 661

    November 1st, 2023  |  53 mins 38 secs
    aew, apple, conversations, electric vehicles, health, honda, injuries, iphone, jon moxley, macbook, physical therapy, pittsburgh, podcast, podcasting, professional wrestling, rey fenix, social media, sorgatron media, summaries, tech news, technology, wwe

    Michael and Dave discussed new tech products like Honda's electric scooter and Apple's latest MacBook Pros. They were impressed by Apple using iPhone 15 Pros to film their recent event. Michael used his iPhone 13 for concert footage.

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    Sustainability in Business with Kloopify | AwesomeCast 660

    October 24th, 2023  |  58 mins 44 secs
    adobe, apple, artificial intelligence, content creation, emissions tracking, fashion tech, las vegas, mac, pittsburgh, playstation, podcast, procurement, social media, sorgatron media, sphere, startup, supply chain, sustainability, tech news, xbox

    This week on AwesomeCast, Daniela Osio joined to discuss Kloopify, a startup she founded to help companies integrate sustainability into procurement and supply chain processes. By mapping purchases to emissions data, Kloopify enables organizations to understand their environmental impact and make better sourcing decisions. Dave recapped his recent trip to the Palm Springs Air Museum and John shared how he uses AI to streamline content creation. Other topics included upcoming Apple product rumors, the dazzling new Sphere attraction in Las Vegas, and Adobe's electronic ink dress that can change colors and patterns on command. The episode provided great insights on leveraging tech for sustainability and productivity.

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    The Glasshole Next Door | AwesomeCast 659

    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.

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    Of SteamDecks and GoPros | AwesomeCast 658

    October 10th, 2023  |  52 mins 3 secs
    ai, charity event, children's hospital, classic games, extra life, fundraiser, gaming marathon, google, healthcare, kids, livestream, mario, pc gaming, pittsburgh, podcast, pollution, rabbids, saved games, spiderman, steam deck, tech news, traffic, twitch, video games, youtube

    Brothers Mike and Matt discussed video games and tech news on their podcast The Awesome Cast. Topics included Matt's upcoming 24-hour Extra Life charity gaming marathon, the capabilities of the Steam Deck handheld PC, and Google's Project Greenlight to reduce traffic pollution with AI. They reminisced about classic PC games after finding Matt's old saved game files. Upcoming titles like Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope and Spiderman 2 were mentioned. The show will stream Matt's fundraiser on Twitch and YouTube to benefit Children's Hospital Pittsburgh starting October 11th. Viewers can donate to support kids' healthcare.

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    Raspberry Pi Face | AwesomeCast 657

    October 3rd, 2023  |  53 mins 28 secs
    apple, apple park, apple watch, audio tours, battery life, breakage, bugs, computer history museum, fcc, fear-mongering, firing ranges, freezing, guidego, heating, iphone, islands, laggy, manufacturing, navy, os, raspberry pi, satellites, tesla, unboxing
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    Looking Fly in My Aldi Pajamas | Awesomecast 656

    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.