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.
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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.
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With app store rules and social media community standards, who decides what constitutes offensive content? Dom Bettinelli, Fr. Andrew Kinstetter, and Pat Scott discuss recent app store removals and their implications. Plus what is a VPN, what is used for, why should you think about getting one, and how to choose?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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How can technology help us live the spirit of Holy Week and Easter better and when should we just turn it off? Dom Bettinelli, Fr. Andrew Kinstetter, and Pat Scott also discuss the newly revealed details about Disney+ and its implications for the streaming business.
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Our panel of Dom Bettinelli, Joanne Mercier, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the dreaded GPS rollover bug that turned out not to be a big deal as well as efforts by some people to revive Catholic blogging as they become disenchanted with social media.
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Some boys are reportedly becoming self-destructively addicted to Fortnite while other kids are tied to texts 24/7. Dom Bettinelli, Thomas Sanjurjo, and Pat Scott talk about the reasons for it and discuss tips to help concerned parents. Plus is Burger King's Impossible Whopper okay for Lent?
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Apple revealed its big services strategy of streaming video, subscription news, subscription games, and a credit card. Dom Bettinelli, Fr. Cory Sticha, and Pat Scott ask what it means for the average person and discuss whether they will go for it themselves.
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Facebook thinks its future is private, secure messaging; Disney completes its acquisition of Fox; and A doctor gives bad news to a patient via robot. Dom Bettinelli, Thomas Sanjurjo, and Fr. Michael Gossett discuss the implications of media consolidation, whether Facebook can be secure; and the importance of the human connection.
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Is technology becoming too expensive? Are we leaving unpleasant-to-use tech at the lower price points? Dom Bettinelli, Joanne Mercier, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss accessibility issues as well as practical ways technology can help us care for the non-techies in our lives.
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This week, Dom Bettinelli, Fr. Michael Gossett, and Thomas Sanjurjo discuss the EU's draconian proposed copyright law, push back on Apple's forthcoming premium news service, and the Momo hoax.
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Foldable smartphones are arriving. Dom Bettinelli, Joanne Mercier, and Fr. Cory Sticha give their first impressions and talk about where they hope smartphone development goes next. Plus what they hope for in the coming Apple streaming service and how many streaming services is too many.
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With the end of Google+ right around the corner, Dom Bettinelli, Thomas Sanjurjo, and Fr. Michael Gossett discuss their experiences with this and other non-Facebook/Twitter social media. Then they talk about small consumer tech companies being gobbled up by the Big Five companies.
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Our panel of Dom Bettinelli, Joanne Mercier, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss what would it take for them to switch to an electric or autonomous car? Then they discuss AT&T's 1993 predictions of future tech and how well those predictions were fulfilled.
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Americans endured over 26 billion robocalls last year. Dom Bettinelli, Fr. Michael Gossett, and Thomas Sanjurjo discuss what should be done at the government, corporate, and individual levels to deal with them. Then they discuss censorship by social media platforms and who gets to decide what is acceptable speech.
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On this episode, Dom Bettinelli, Joanne Mercier, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the recent story of a young woman who was saved in part by police surveillance cameras and another about the rise of the delivery robots. Plus picks of the week.
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