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

Space Tech: Cool and Inspiring - Inspired by the SpaceX manned mission, Dom Bettinelli, Thomas Sanjurjo, and Jack Baruzzini discuss how space-related technology's coolness factor can inspire the rest of us. Also a lickable display; Zoom buys Keybase; Police can't look at your lock screen; AP exam iPhone fails; and eBay port-scanning you.
FaceTime as Lifeline - For many families, being able to video chat with parents and grandparents living alone or in nursing homes has been vital during lockdown. Dom Bettinelli, Pat Scott, and Fr. Andrew Kinstetter discuss the various options as well as the unique ways seniors have used tech to stay connected. Plus headlines and picks of the week.
Hackintosh - Not all Macintoshes come from Apple. Fr. Cory Sticha tells Dom Bettinelli and Joanne Mercier the details of how he built a Mac using off-the-shelf PC parts, the pitfalls, the advantages, and who should consider it. Plus cable company have woes, Wink hits users with charge, and iPhone saves Hollywood.
Ethics and Apple Support Questions - Listener John asks Dom Bettinelli, Thomas Sanjurjo, and Jack Baruzzini about technical and ethical questions that came up when he had trouble with his iPhone. Plus Apple & Google contact tracing advances; bad apps for ex-cons; Tesla's autopilot advances; and ESPN's deepfake ad concerns.
Who is Facebook Gaming For? - Facebook has a new gaming app. So who is it aimed at? Dom Bettinelli, Pat Scott, and Fr. Andrew Kinstetter discuss Facebook's new offerings; an Apple Mail bug or exploit; Google Meet for free; Unlocking your iPhone while wearing a mask; and extending useful life of your Chromebook.

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