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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    Happiest AR Headset On the Net | AwesomeCast 678

    March 13th, 2024  |  54 mins 17 secs
    apple vision pro, ar experiences, augmented reality, cultural discussions, disney world, family history, gadget reviews, interactive technology, magicband plus, medical innovations, personal anecdotes, polish pastries, surgery technology, tech podcasts, virtual reality
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    Web History and AI Futures | AwesomeCast 677

    March 6th, 2024  |  58 mins 12 secs
    pittsburgh, podcast, social media, sorgatron media, tech news

    This episode of the AwesomeCast offers an engaging journey through the evolving landscape of technology and innovation. Here's a short preview for those interested in tuning in:

    Dive into the nostalgia and lessons from web design history with a captivating look at, and understand how past aesthetics inform current trends. Experience the cutting-edge of 3D printing with a visit to Pittsburgh's Tronics 3D, where the future of manufacturing and prototyping unfolds. Discover how CapCut is revolutionizing video editing with its new AI features, making professional editing accessible and efficient. Engage in a thought-provoking discussion on AI-generated videos and their potential to transform content creation, job markets, and storytelling.

    This episode is a must-listen for anyone passionate about where technology has been and where it's headed, featuring insights, laughs, and inspiration for tech enthusiasts and professionals alike. Join us on this tech voyage to stay ahead in the rapidly changing digital world.

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    Podnar Needs a New Pair of Scanned Shoes | AwesomeCast 676

    February 28th, 2024  |  54 mins 47 secs
    pittsburgh, podcast, social media, sorgatron media, tech news
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    A Flipper. A Corn Sweeper. And a New Walmart TV. | AwesomeCast 675

    February 21st, 2024  |  57 mins 46 secs
    apple products, black horror, cultural representation, flipper zero device, imac issues, jordan peele, professional wrestling, science fiction, sidekick media services, social media, video production

    The "AwesomeCast Live" podcast episode from Pittsburgh dives into various intriguing topics, including the cultural phenomenon of Eurovision and its global impact, contrasted with traditional American entertainment events. The episode also explores NVIDIA's remarkable rise in market value, underpinning its significant contributions to artificial intelligence, computing, and gaming sectors, highlighting the tech giant's surpassing of other industry leaders in market capitalization.

    Additionally, the podcast delves into the evolving dynamics of social media, with a particular focus on YouTube's innovative features designed to enhance user engagement and compete with platforms like TikTok. Local cultural events, specifically Pittsburgh's Lenten fish fry traditions, are discussed, showcasing community engagement and local tech contributions.

    Gaming trends, notably Microsoft Game Pass's collaboration with NVIDIA GeForce, are examined for their role in transforming access to video games. The episode further addresses literary contributions to cultural representation, spotlighting Jordan Peele’s anthology "Out There Screaming" and its significance in black horror and speculative fiction.

    Lastly, technological advancements are dissected through gadgets like the Flipper Zero, alongside discussions on market shifts affecting major tech and entertainment companies, reflecting on broader business strategies and consumer trends.

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    Still In Beta | AwesomeCast 674

    February 14th, 2024  |  54 mins 55 secs
    accessibility tech, adobe and apple integration, ai in creative process, augmented reality, entertainment technology, facial tracking, iphone photography, photography apps, pop culture, social media trends, technology, video gaming culture

    The podcast AwesomeCast discusses various tech topics, featuring hosts Mike Sorg, kidmental, and Dave Podnar. They share personal stories and insights on gadgets, social media, and video games, alongside tech news and developments. Highlights include discussions about car troubles, the Akira motorcycle project by Bell & Bel, a new iPhone camera app for film-like photos, and the use of iPhone for live facial tracking in broadcasting. They also explore Adobe's integration with Apple Vision Pro and AI developments in image editing.

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    All Your Stream Belong to Us OR Is Mastodon the Linux of Social Media? | AwesomeCast 673

    February 7th, 2024  |  56 mins 52 secs
    applevisionpro, gadgets, gaming, healthtech, socialmedia, streamingservices, technology

    This "AwesomeCast" episode delves into the latest in tech, streaming services, and gadgets with discussions on a new sports streaming collaboration, cutting-edge gaming technology, innovative health tech, and the potential impact of Apple's Vision Pro. It explores the features of the Elgato Game Capture 4K X, advancements in diabetes monitoring technology, and the immersive possibilities offered by Apple's new product. Perfect for tech enthusiasts looking for insights into streaming, gaming, social media trends, and health innovations.

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    Hello Kitty Iron Man | AwesomeCast 672

    January 31st, 2024  |  52 mins 47 secs
    ai therapy app, awesomecast, digital parenting., fitness routines, meditation, mental health, online safety, professional wrestling, sidekick media services, social media, technology, tomo by replica

    This podcast explores the intersection of technology, mental health, and personal growth through various lenses, including the innovative use of AI in therapy, the impact of social media, and the importance of digital safety. It features discussions on professional wrestling, the tech-focused AwesomeCast show, and personal anecdotes on meditation and fitness, offering insights into enhancing mental well-being in the digital age.

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    Control the Vertical and the Horizontal | AwesomeCast 671

    January 24th, 2024  |  1 hr 2 mins
    apple, apple vision pro, ar/vr, death stranding, gadgets, gaming, hp printers, netflix, social media trends, streaming, subscription models, technology updates, twitch, wwe, youtube
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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