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 Bettinelli, Fr. Cory Sticha, Joanne Mercier, Fr. Michael Gossett, and Thomas Sanjurjo every week.
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Technology for Bookworms - Summer is a great time to read a book and Dom, Pat, and Fr. Andrew discuss some great technology for books, both ebooks and paper, including tech to help you discover new books, to help you organize, and to keep track, as well some caveats for ebook ownership. 911: Would They Be Able to Find You? - Your Uber can drive up in front you when summoned, but call 911 and they may think your blocks away. Dom Bettinelli, Thomas Sanjurjo, and Jack Baruzzini talk about how to overcome this technology obstacle and then discuss how Chrome may be allowing 3rd parties to track you and how to stop it. Please and Thank You, Alexa and Siri and Google - Should we be polite to our smart assistants to encourage good social habits in us or does it blur the lines between machines and people? Dom Bettinelli, Jack Baruzzini, and Pat Scott discuss the pros and cons and then discuss which smartphone is best for hearing aid users. Breakup Big Tech? - Calls for regulating or even breaking up big technology firms--in the areas of ecommerce, social media, hardware, and more--have been coming with greater frequency from all across the political spectrum. Dom Bettinelli, Joanne Mercier, and Fr. Cory Sticha the problem as described, the solutions proposed, and the pros and cons of what could result. Apple’s WWDC Goodies - At its annual developer conference, Apple unveiled its plans for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch software for the next year as well as a much-awaited new Mac Pro. Dom Bettinelli, Thomas Sanjurjo, and Fr. Michael Gossett evaluate the new offerings, including the features that most interest them.