Technology

Welcome to The Secrets of Technology from the Star Quest Production Network, your weekly look at the world of technology from a uniquely Catholic perspective. We’re not the usual tech news from New York or San Francisco. We’re creating conversations around technology topics that affect all of us, including social media, privacy, AI, the ubiquity of gadgets, parenting tech-savvy kids, and more.

Geek and gadget culture is mainstream in society at all age levels now more than ever. By exploring the intersection of faith and technology, we give you the tools to live your faith life and spirituality in harmony with the work of technology and media that you are immersed in.

But you don’t have to be Catholic or a believer to get something out of Secrets of Technology. Our regular panel will discuss the top tech stories, offer up technology tips and lessons, and give you our picks of the week for software, hardware, web sites, or information that will make you more productive, more entertained, more informed, and more secure. Join Domenico BettinelliJoanne MercierJack BaruzziniThomas SanjurjoFr. Andrew KinstetterPat ScottFr. Joseph SundVictor LamsPatrick Mason, and Jim Beeghley every week.

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  • Shield Your Tech

    Shield Your Tech

    Case or no case? Dom Bettinelli and Jack Baruzzini discuss the pros and cons of smartphone cases and screen protectors; the various options; and what steps to take if you decide to keep your phone au natural.

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  • Master Messaging Apps

    Master Messaging Apps

    We have a plethora of ways to communicate via text, voice, and video messaging, but which is the best? Dom Bettinelli, Pat Scott, and Fr. Andrew Kinstetter discuss popular and lesser-known apps and the best practices for using them safely.

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  • A Special Message from StarQuest

    A Special Message from StarQuest

    StarQuest CEO Dom Bettinelli has a special message for all listeners and supporters of StarQuest’s shows.

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  • Sunny with a Chance of Tech: Weather Apps

    Sunny with a Chance of Tech: Weather Apps

    There are a plethora of weather apps to choose from? Dom Bettinelli, Pat Scott, and Victor Lams discuss their different approaches to weather forecasts, from blasé to obsessive, and which apps they rely on to get the forecasts that suit them.

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  • Pick of the Week Hits and Misses

    Pick of the Week Hits and Misses

    Secrets of Tech began with Dom Bettinelli, Joanne Mercier, and Fr. Cory Sticha and now five years later they’re saying goodbye to Fr. Cory. To mark the occasion, they go through their dozens of picks of the week to choose the enduring hits and the…

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  • Is Apple Intelligence Enough?

    Is Apple Intelligence Enough?

    Apple revealed its latest software strategy this week, including its latest approach to artificial intelligence. Dom Bettinelli and Joanne Mercier take an in-depth look at the announcements as indicators of where consumer application of this tech could go.

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  • Master Safe Surfing: Tips for Secure and Private Internet Browsing

    Master Safe Surfing: Tips for Secure and Private Internet Browsing

    Protect yourself. Dom Bettinelli, Pat Scott, and Patrick Mason discuss tips for keeping you safe and private on the web, from VPNs to public wifi to avoiding social media scams and more. Plus the problem of web rot and link decay; an anti-scam coalition; and…

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  • Tech for the Faithful: Empowering Parish Pastoral Care with Modern Tools

    Tech for the Faithful: Empowering Parish Pastoral Care with Modern Tools

    Pastoral care is a person-to-person ministry, but as Dom Bettinelli, Joanne Mercer, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss, tech tools from remote meeting software to streaming video boxes to online messaging apps all provide essential assistance to parish staffs in reaching more people.

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  • Stream Smart: Comparing Music Services for Every Budget and Need

    Stream Smart: Comparing Music Services for Every Budget and Need

    You probably have a music streaming service but is it the best one for you? Dom Bettinelli and Thomas Sanjurjo discuss the 4 big music streamers (and a couple small ones), their prices and features, and how to decide which one is best for you.

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  • Digital Shields Up: Defense Against Identity Theft and Breaches

    Digital Shields Up: Defense Against Identity Theft and Breaches

    With identity theft and data breaches becoming more common, Dom Bettinelli, Pat Scott, and Thomas Sanjurjo discuss proactive security measure to protect yourself and what to do if your identity or privacy are compromised or if you think it has.

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  • Lessons from Father Justin AI

    Lessons from Father Justin AI

    Catholic Answers made a big splash with its AI-powered apologetics chatbot with good and bad reactions. Dom Bettinelli, Victor Lams, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the lessons to learn about AI and its best uses as well as how the Church should use and approach…

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  • Our Tech Every Day Carry in 2024

    Our Tech Every Day Carry in 2024

    What’s in your pockets? Dom Bettinelli, Fr. Cory Sticha, and Joanne Mercier discuss the tech they carry in their pockets, wallets, keychains, and tech bags or as wearables. Plus dangerous USB accessories; health data breaches; and obsolete critical tech.

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Picks of the Week

Catholics of Oz logo - australian flag over shape of country
Logo over earth from space and a purple orb above
glowing atom on dark background with lets science with the catholics of oz text
yellow background with green figures of children playing
Praystation Portable logo on white field with bibles
tardis with glow behind and sparkles on dark background
ring on red background
a red curtain like for a theater stage
logo over architecture
a stargate on a black background
star trek space ship and logo over a planet
star wars logo
futuristic city