The Secrets of 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 Bettinelli, Fr. Cory Sticha, Joanne Mercier, Fr. Michael Gossett, and Thomas Sanjurjo every week.

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Recent Episodes

Android vs. iPhone: Which one for you? - With so many smartphones and so many features, how do you decide between the major kinds: Android and iPhone? Dom Bettinelli moderates the discussion between iPhone maven Joanne Mercier and Android fan Fr. Cory Sticha to see where the differences and advantages of each platform are.
Password Security for Work, Church, and Yourself - With news of an Ohio Catholic parish getting hacked for $2 million, Dom Bettinelli, Jack Baruzzini, Thomas Sanjurjo agree that the best protection is commonsense. They also discuss Google's recent announcements and what SpaceX's Starlink satellites could mean for internet access.
Facebook Changes Facebook Changes and Crushes - Facebook is making big changes to the News Feed, Messenger, and Instagram, but as Dom Bettinelli, Fr. Andrew Kinstetter, and Pat Scott discuss them, the worst idea is Secret Crushes. Plus health apps sharing your private data and picks of the week.
Living through the gram Living Through the ‘Gram and iOS 13 Rumors - Are we spending so much time recording our life that we're not actually living it? Dom Bettinelli, Jack Baruzzini, and Joanne Mercier discuss how to find the balance so we don't miss the here and now. Plus a discussion of the rumored features of iOS 13.
The Recommendation Engine and The Evolution of Gaming The Recommendation Engine Problem and The Evolution of Gaming - Dom Bettinelli, Fr. Andrew Kinstetter, and Thomas Sanjurjo discuss the trap of the recommendation algorithms many sites employ that discourage curiosity and then talk about the evolution of gaming in light of the Game Boy's 30th anniversary.

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