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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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  • 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...
  • 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?...
  • Can I transfer e-books?

    Can I transfer e-books?
    As the ancient philosopher Mick Jagger once opined, "You Can't Always Get What You Want." Q: Hopefully you can help. I have many read and unread books paid for and downloaded into my Sony e-book reader (the first model). Someone helped me transfer them...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • DVR on the go

    DVR on the go
    Q: Hi, I hope you can help me. I was wondering if there is a recording device like a VCR, except it would record to a hard drive. I have satellite service at home and use their DVRs and love them. We travel a lot in a motor home, and sometimes want to...
  • Best computer to handle slides

    Best computer to handle slides
    Q: I have about 800 slides I took during a post-college, pre-grad-school road trip to Alaska in 1979. I would like to put it all on DVD(s) with music from the '70s. I have both a Dell and a Mac. What is my best route? Thanks. —Bryan Brown A: The...
  • Host a summer screening

    Host a summer screening
    The next summer blockbuster can be in your backyard. With a projector, a makeshift screen and proper planning, you can host your neighbors for al fresco DVDs and a side of Wii Sports Bowling. To pull it off on the cheap, you need your own projector, or...
  • Unlock Kodak Photo CD

    Unlock Kodak Photo CD
    Q: Back in the mid-1990s I was probably one of the very few people who actually purchased a Kodak Photo CD player. The system was/is great, and I have several thousand photos on the CDs that Kodak put them onto. Therein lies the problem. Since the...
  • Gadget gifts for all types

    Gadget gifts for all types
    Q: What should I give the tech head on my list? A: Something cool and unusual that he or she wouldn't think of. It gets tricky because you don't want to blow out your bank account, and because one person's "cool and unusual" is another's "dire and...
  • More on e-recycling, Kodak Photo CDs

    More on e-recycling, Kodak Photo CDs
    When S.S. asked recently about disposing of a hard drive so that its data couldn't be retrieved, I didn't imagine the number of emails I'd get. I suggested seeking out an e-Steward, a recycler certified by the Basel Action Network as a greener recycler...
  • What you need to know to upgrade your phone

    What you need to know to upgrade your phone
    Q: I currently have an "ancient" BlackBerry that I love. But it's time to update. I am a Mac user so I thought if was reasonable to upgrade to an iPhone. Can you walk me through a "decision tree" or survey to help me decide what is the best device for my...