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

Choosing Web Hosting, Domain Registrar, and Email Server - When you want to stake your claim on the internet, you need your own web site and email address. Dom Bettinelli, Pat Scott, and Fr. Andrew Kinstetter discuss some options for choosing, what to look for, and some providers they've had experience with.
Avoiding Fleeceware - Fleeceware are apps that trick you into spending a lot more money on them than you wanted and Dom, Joanne, and Fr. Cory discuss how to identify these apps and how to avoid them. Plus VR for seniors improves their lives, Amazon's biometric consent, and movies back in theatres next year.
Retro Gaming in Emulation - Retro gaming is hot! Dom, Fr. Andrew, and Jack talk about how to find and play classic video games on your modern tech and why you might want to. Plus, T-Mobile's privacy misstep, Facebook's mindreading tech, and what happens to learning tech after lockdown.
Vaccine Passports - Some countries are saying you'll need a vaccine passport to travel there. Dom, Pat, and Jack discuss what kind of technology might be involved--if any. Also, Apple's clearing the decks, Netflix on account sharing, prison software bugs, and Microsoft's decentralized ID.
DeepFake Grandma - A new service lets you upload old photos and turn them into brief animations. Dom, Fr. Cory, and Joanne talk about animating relatives and the ethics of simulcrams of real people. Plus some Apple-related woes in the news and new high-tech dine and dash schemes.

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