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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...
  • 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it is: Answers to the Transportation Security Administration's most frequently asked questions, plus travelers (often-outdated) reports of how long you must wait in the security checkpoint line at any U.S. airport.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:...
  • Watch TV on your phone

    Watch TV on your phone
    Name: MobiTV iPhone app What it is: A free way to watch shows from Fox News, Comedy Central, NBC Sports and other programming — most of it recorded — on your phone. The free app, downloaded 1 million times from the Apple App Store, gives...
  • Rewire your old house to make it tech savvy

    Rewire your old house to make it  tech savvy
    Go ahead, wave to your 3-D TV to make it change channels, or tell it to record your favorite show tonight. While you watch TV, your dishwasher will run when electricity is cheapest, and your water heater will anticipate when you're ready for a bath. With...
  • HOW DO I ... Rescue old video memories?

    Many of us haven't hada VHS player up andrunning since DVDs took over the living room. That means there is a big stack of aging videocassettes on the shelf storing everything from "ER" episodes we recorded back in the day to prized home movies (there's...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • September 29-October 3, 2008

    Monday, September 29 Chicago Tribune Newspaper Party Eric Gwinn, The Gadget Adviser Emily Nunn of Good Eating, 'Fake Foods' Maine South H.S. Marching Band www.south.maine207.org Ben Franklin www.hfkpresents.com Skip Parker www.myspace.com/skipparker...
  • Electronic gamemakers see future in cell phone

    Electronic gamemakers see future in cell phone
    Gamemakers can't stop thinking about your cell phone at the E3 convention that gathers the movers and shakers of the gaming industry. They'll jump through any hoop to get you to spend up to $5 downloading a game. If that means rewriting a game hundreds...
  • How to get game? Phantom knows

    The Phantom Video Game Service takes on the console industry, the PC gaming industry, the video game rental industry and the video game sales industry, all from a box that looks like a sleek DVD player. Something that does so much defies rigid labels,...
  • A few of TiVo's little secrets

    A few of TiVo's little secrets
    I don't watch much television. Which is why my wife and I bought a TiVo. Two of them, actually. Now I can go upstairs and catch ESPN's "SportsCenter" and Cartoon Network's "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" -- two of the few shows I do like -- whenever I want....