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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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  • Tech gear you'll want in 2011

    Tech gear you'll want in 2011
    It's official. This is the year of the tablet. Companies all over are trying to make the next iPad, a slim, easy-to-use Web-surfing machine that turns your finger into something like a computer mouse. This overgrown iPhone without the phone has spawned a...
  • HD radio worth trying out

    HD radio worth trying out
    Q: I want to buy a portable HD radio with a speaker that I can carry out to the patio or elsewhere. I have an HD radio, and I like the HD programs here in Peoria on the NPR station, but the radio is solidly plugged into the wall, the plug difficult to...
  • Serviceman seeks worthy e-reader

    Serviceman seeks worthy e-reader
    Q: I am on a Navy ship called the USS Laboon. I am looking at getting an e-reader. I have seen many on the Internet and not sure which is the best. I would be using the reader while out to sea. I also wanted to be able to download books on audio, so I can...
  • Cable alternatives: Roku

    ROKU ($59.99-$99.99; roku.com) PROS: * The availability of Amazon and Hulu Plus compare nicely to Apple TV's iTunes. Hulu Plus lets you watch many current shows. * If you're a paying Amazon Prime customer, you can stream your Amazon video from your...
  • Replacing cable: How do you watch TV?

    "I WATCH TONS OF TV. I DON'T WANT TO WAIT FOR MY SHOWS, AND I DON'T WANT TO FOOL WITH A COMPUTER." Stick with cable. Easy to use and costs less than buying your favorite shows episode by episode. "I JUST WANT TO WATCH THE SHOWS I WANT TO WATCH." * Let'...
  • Cable alternatives: Apple TV

    APPLE TV ($99; apple.com/appletv) PROS: * Of the three boxes we tested, the hassle-free Apple TV is the easiest to set up and use. * Your iTunes video library can go with you on an iPhone or iPod Touch. * YouTube is built in * You can stream your...
  • Help! My HDTV is busted!

    Help! My HDTV is busted!
    Q: My 6-year-old HDTV is broken and it will cost $400-$500 to repair. Would it make more sense to buy a new one? --Ben, Chicago A: Today's TVs are more energy-efficient, meaning you'll save money on electricity bills. Some can connect to YouTube,...
  • What kind of computer should I buy?

    What kind of computer should I buy?
    Q: I need to get a new computer. One for the poor person with a rich person's taste. What do you recommend? -- Regina, Oak Park A: I'll see your question and raise you two: What do you want to do with it? And how much do you want to spend? The more...
  • Transfer VHS to DVD

    Transfer VHS to DVD
    Q: I've got a ton of old VHS tapes. How can I put them on DVD? A: You'll need a computer that has a DVD recorder and Honest Technology's VHS to DVD 5.0, for Windows computers ($50; honestech.com) or Roxio Easy VHS to DVD, for old-school, non- Intel...
  • Nannycam shopping

    Nannycam shopping
    Q: I'm thinking about getting a nanny cam, but I don't know what I should be looking for. Thoughts? — Lucy, Niles A: Most people buying a nanny cam are looking for peace of mind. Is the sitter treating my child well? Is my house OK while I'm on...
  • Too many negatives

    Too many negatives
    Q: I've been putting off converting my 35mm photos (negatives) to digital. I've been looking for something I can load a stack of negatives (or photos), push a button and voila! Know of anything on the market? -- Steve A: You want a flatbed scanner,...