| Dec 6, 2011
| 1:19 PM
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...
| Aug 10, 2011
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it is: Answers to the Transportation Security Administration's most frequently asked questions, plus travelers (often-outdated) reports of how long you must wait in the security checkpoint line at any U.S. airport.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:...
| Jul 10, 2010
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...
| Aug 6, 2010
| 1:15 PM
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.
| Sep 18, 2007
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...
| Sep 30, 2010
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...
| Sep 22, 2010
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?
A: Today's TVs are more energy-efficient, meaning you'll save money on electricity bills. Some can connect to YouTube,...
| Sep 29, 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
| May 13, 2004
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...
| May 27, 2004
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,...
| Jul 8, 2004
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....