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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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  • iPhone 4 or Android?

    iPhone 4 or Android?
    This article was updated at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, to correct the spelling of Sara Zailskas' name and to clarify that Google Calendar is used as an example of integration. With iPhone 4's arrival on Verizon Wireless' network, maybe you're thinking...
  • Kindle in France? Oui

    Kindle in France? Oui
    Recent Gadget Q&A columns about the Amazon Kindle, the Apple iPod and the Apple iPhone have brought in questions from readers. Great. Please keep 'em coming, gang. Q: I am vacationing in Florida from France and contemplating buying a Kindle reader here....
  • 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?...
  • 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 cable works

    HOW IT WORKS: Cable companies pay networks for the right to carry their shows. That's a key way studios and networks such as ESPN make their money these days. That in turn bumps up cable prices. PROS: It's there and it works, no assembly required. CONS:...
  • 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...
  • Cable alternatives: How-to

    YOU'LL NEED: * An indoor antenna that amplifies TV signals, such as the RCA 1440, around $40. It can lie flat on a table or hang on a wall and connects to your TV to bring in HDTV and other signals from nearby TV stations. WARNING: Thunderstorms and...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...