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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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  • What is 4G?

    What is 4G?
    Q: My wife's and my two-year contract is up from Verizon. I have been waiting for the HTC ThunderBolt to come out, as I think the 4G network is the future, at least for a few years; however, I am not a very tech-savvy person and have not even been using a...
  • Power up your workouts

    Power up your workouts
    Looking to energize your workouts with some high-tech-gear? We're here to help. SWIMMERS Swimmers have more choices than ever for underwater music players, but two of the best options out there are the Waterproof iPod Shuffle from H2OFriendly ($139.99;...
  • Get paid for gadget ideas

    Get paid for gadget ideas
    What are you going to do with that can't-miss gadget idea you've had in your head all these years? You can continue to let it sit till someone else makes it, or you can go through the hassle and expense of designing the thing, making a prototype,...
  • How do I digitize my LPs?

    How do I digitize my LPs?
    Q: Hi Eric; I have a collection of 45s and LPs in my basement that I play and enjoy. I would like to upload them to my computer. Could you give me ideas about what equipment and software I would need to do this? Thanks. — Bevin Prussia A: If you...
  • Guide for new Mac users

    Guide for new Mac users
    After nearly two decades of PC ownership, I've gone back to Mac. I got tired of life with two laptops — a tricked-out (for 2005) Windows machine and my wife's hand-me-down Mac. I recently bit the bullet and grabbed a 13-inch MacBook Pro, maxed out...
  • In the market for an upgrade

    In the market for an upgrade
    Q: Hi Eric; It's time for us to upgrade our home computer. I have a Dell desktop. I know I want a laptop, but do I want a PC or a Mac? How do I decide? Do you have any suggestions of where to start researching? Thank you, thank you, thank you! —...
  • 4G and U.S. Cellular

    4G and U.S. Cellular
    Q: In your article "What is 4G?" the only carrier you did not mentioned was U.S. Cellular.  What is the best 4G phone that you would recommend from this carrier?  —Mary Ann Wren A: Chicago-based U.S. Cellular doesn't currently offer 4G phones. The...
  • Kindle in France? Oui

    Kindle in France? Oui
    Recent Gadget Q&A columns about the Amazon Kindle, the Apple iPod and the Apple iPhone have brought in questions from readers. Great. Please keep 'em coming, gang. Q: I am vacationing in Florida from France and contemplating buying a Kindle reader here....
  • Quitting cable? Read this first

    Quitting cable? Read this first
    Success of Internet TV — Netflix streaming accounts for most of the Internet's bandwidth during prime time — is making people think about dropping their cable company. After all, they wonder, why pay for a bunch of channels I don't watch?...
  • Cable alternative: Boxee Box

    BOXEE BOX by D-Link (about $199; boxee.tv/buy) PROS: * Comes with a Web browser, easily bringing the Internet to your TV. * The nifty two-sided remote has a QWERTY keypad on one side and on the other has a few buttons to scroll your cursor across the...
  • How cable works

    HOW IT WORKS: Cable companies pay networks for the right to carry their shows. That's a key way studios and networks such as ESPN make their money these days. That in turn bumps up cable prices. PROS: It's there and it works, no assembly required. CONS:...