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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

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  • Cool gear for older folks

    Cool gear for older folks
    I'm no doctor but as I get older, I do keep an eye on gadgets that can benefit me — and my aging mom and in-laws, especially since my mother and mother-in-law have both suffered serious falls in the last couple of years. Here's what I've been...
  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 5 iPhone apps to make the holidays a breeze

    Holiday madness is coming, but this year you're armed: Your iPhone and a few convenient applications will help you get through the dark days ahead and keep you on top of everything — including your sanity. Check the iTunes App Store for these...
  • A hand-held TSA helper

    A hand-held TSA helper
    My TSA (free; iOS) What it is: Answers to the Transportation Security Administration's most frequently asked questions, plus travelers (often-outdated) reports of how long you must wait in the security checkpoint line at any U.S. airport. How it works:...
  • 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...
  • 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....