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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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  • 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...
  • 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:...
  • How Internet TV works

    HOW IT WORKS: * You get a small box, such as an Apple TV ($99; apple.com/appletv), Roku ($59.99-$99.99; roku.com) or Boxee Box from D-Link (about $199; boxee.net/buy). * Connect the box to your TV via HDMI or standard cable, and hook up the box to...
  • iPad update: Screen won't lock

    iPad update: Screen won't lock
    Questions from around the Thanksgiving dinner table: Q: I updated my iPad to the newest operating system, but now I can't lock my screen, so it bounces around all over the place. A: Yeah, the updated software hides the screen lock function. Tap the home...
  • A look at the 'do not track' registry

    A look at the 'do not track' registry
    Would the FTC's proposed "do not track" registry really keep marketers, advertisers and others from following you around online? It would be a great, but companies that want to know where you go and what you buy online -- so they can tell you about stuff...
  • Got new toys? Sell the old ones

    Got new toys? Sell the old ones
    So, you got the gear you wanted. Great! Or you didn't get it (bummer), and you're planning to treat yourself to what you really wanted, just as soon as you get your hands on some cash. Here's how you can make money off your old gadgets, either because...
  • Make that old PC fly

    Make that old PC fly
    If you didn't find a new computer under your Christmas tree, there are things you can do to make your old machine run like wind. If you don't have the know-how to do these tricks, find a computer repair technician who can. Upgrade your RAM: Few things...
  • Teach an old gadget new tricks

    Teach an old gadget new tricks
    With all the flashy new stuff announced at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, it's easy to think of your gear as flabby, old and tired. Well, here's a neat little trick that might not make iPhone 4/ iPad owners feel like you've got a new toy, but...