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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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  • A user's guide to slightly used gadgets

    A user's guide to slightly used gadgets
    Q: Should you buy refurbished electronics? A: With the holidays coming up and the economy crushing your wallet, it makes sense to consider less-expensive toys as gifts — for yourself as well as others. You won't be giving up much, either: Even...
  • Traveler apps: Dress for the weather

    Traveler apps: Dress for the weather
    Swackett (free; iOS) What it is: A weather app that uses icons to suggest what to wear based on conditions How it works: Type in the city or postal code you're interested in to find hourly and daily forecasts, with highs, lows, "what it feels like"...
  • In a digital world, what about film?

    In a digital world, what about film?
    Q: I am searching to replace my dropped/broken point-and-shoot film camera (was a Nikon but have had other brands). I have not ventured into digital because I always wear polarized prescription bifocal dark glasses outdoors, which requires my switching to...
  • Catching up with online music services

    Catching up with online music services
    Q: I need help on a good music program. I would like to buy (not free sites such as Limewire) and download only music I desire. I hear folks talk about iTunes, but that and VCast seem to be directed to my cellphone. I want to download to my PC. Other...
  • Gearbox: Stream music anywhere

    Gearbox: Stream music anywhere
    Name: Kanex AirBlue What it is: A small Bluetooth receiver that connects to the Aux In of your car stereo or home music system so you can stream music from your smartphone or other Bluetooth device with the A2DP profile (a Bluetooth device bought in...
  • Find your kind of eatery

    Find your kind of eatery
    Alfred (free; iOS) What it is: A personal assistant that remembers your dining preferences so no matter what city you're in, you have a ready answer to "Where do you want to eat?" How it works: Answer a few questions from Alfred, such as "Where is one...
  • Convert images on the cheap

    Convert images on the cheap
    Q: Is software available to convert several .jpg files to web-ready .pcx files? Hate doing one at a time. — Jerry, Maryland A: XnView is a great free image converter for PC/Mac/Linux that doesn't feel like a cut-down, slapped-together mess. You...
  • What's more important: Processor or RAM?

    What's more important: Processor or RAM?
    Q: I would like your opinion as I'm undecided about which of the following two laptops to buy: Toshiba, $579, 6 gigabytes of memory, i5 processor, 750 gigabyte hard drive, 15.6-inch screen, Windows 7; or HP, $479, 4 gigabytes of RAM, i3 processor, 640...
  • Time to cut the tape

    Time to cut the tape
    Q: Where can I find a good-quality piece of equipment to transfer my collection of self-recorded great music cassettes to DVD? I have checked a number of products online that get poor reviews. Thank you for your help. — Randall A: For...
  • Gearbox: Hold the phone — and more

    Gearbox: Hold the phone — and more
    Name: The Callet What it is: A rubbery holder for your BlackBerry or iPhone with pockets on the back to carry credit cards, dollar bills, a driver's license and similar-size items. The good: The Callet just might replace your wallet. Its no-nonsense...
  • 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...
  • Life in the cloud

    Life in the cloud
    Q: Is "i-clouds" now operational? Can I transfer the songs on my iTunes account, thereby freeing up that space on my hard drive? — Joe, via email A: If you're referring to Apple's iCloud service, it's not available yet — Apple says it's...