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Eric Gwinn

Eric Gwinn
Eric Gwinn has written about gadgets and video games for the Tribune since the early '90s. He enjoys telling readers about electronic gear that solves real-world problems at a reasonable price. Eric's articles appear in the Tribune weekly, and he often shows up on WGN radio and CLTV.
Eric Gwinn has written about gadgets and video games for the Tribune since the early '90s. He enjoys telling readers about electronic gear that solves real-world problems at a reasonable price. Eric's articles appear in the Tribune weekly, and he often shows up on WGN radio and CLTV. « Show less

Top Eric Gwinn Articles

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  • Easier access to the Web

    Easier access to the Web
    Skype WiFi (Free; iOS) What it is: A way to connect to the Web via pay-by-the-minute Wi-Fi hot spots around the world. You pay the charges using money in your Skype account. How it works: Say you want to surf the Web in an airport, but your 3G or 4G...
  • Keep track of sun fun

    Keep track of sun fun
    Suntimer ($1.99; iOS) What it is: A calculator that tells you how much time you should spend in the sun. How it works: Use on-screen sliders to enter your skin type, the UV index of your location and your sunscreen's SPF. Suntimer calculates how long...
  • Wondering about Wi-Fi

    Wondering about Wi-Fi
    Q: I hope you believe there's no such thing as a stupid question! I'm 66 years old with a longtime Internet connection at home on my desktop computer. Now I own a condo in Las Vegas that I expect to spend weekly vacations at (maybe six to eight weeks a...
  • Gearbox: Hold the phone — and more

    Gearbox: Hold the phone — and more
    Name: The Callet What it is: A rubbery holder for your BlackBerry or iPhone with pockets on the back to carry credit cards, dollar bills, a driver's license and similar-size items. The good: The Callet just might replace your wallet. Its no-nonsense...
  • Gearbox: Stream music anywhere

    Gearbox: Stream music anywhere
    Name: Kanex AirBlue What it is: A small Bluetooth receiver that connects to the Aux In of your car stereo or home music system so you can stream music from your smartphone or other Bluetooth device with the A2DP profile (a Bluetooth device bought in...
  • Find your kind of eatery

    Find your kind of eatery
    Alfred (free; iOS) What it is: A personal assistant that remembers your dining preferences so no matter what city you're in, you have a ready answer to "Where do you want to eat?" How it works: Answer a few questions from Alfred, such as "Where is one...
  • Traveler apps: Dress for the weather

    Traveler apps: Dress for the weather
    Swackett (free; iOS) What it is: A weather app that uses icons to suggest what to wear based on conditions How it works: Type in the city or postal code you're interested in to find hourly and daily forecasts, with highs, lows, "what it feels like"...
  • Slick ski resort guides

    Slick ski resort guides
    TRAVELER APPS iTrailMap 3D ($4.99, iOS) What it is: Three-dimensional trail maps for hundreds of resorts and ski areas worldwide. Available without an Internet connection, so they're perfect for skiers, boarders and hikers out on the trail. How it...
  • An easy way to navigate

    An easy way to navigate
    My City Way USA (free; iOS) What it is: Travel-related apps covering 37 cities, each city with its own collection of restaurant finder, tour info, transit schedules, crime reports, dog park locators and more. How it works: Choose a city, from Atlanta to...
  • Gearbox: iPhone security cam

    Gearbox: iPhone security cam
    Name: Stem Innovation's iZon iPhone-compatible room monitor What it is: A small color camera with a microphone that connects to your wireless network so you can use Stem's free app on your iPhone to check on your home and even record short clips. The...
  • Watch HBO on the go

    Watch HBO on the go
    HBO Go (Free; iOS) What it is: A way for HBO subscribers to watch premium content on their iPhones and iPads. How it works: Log in through your cable subscription user name and password, and voila, top shows wherever you can get an Internet connection....