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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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  • 5 iPhone apps to make the holidays a breeze

    Holiday madness is coming, but this year you're armed: Your iPhone and a few convenient applications will help you get through the dark days ahead and keep you on top of everything — including your sanity. Check the iTunes App Store for these...
  • 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...
  • 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it is: Answers to the Transportation Security Administration's most frequently asked questions, plus travelers (often-outdated) reports of how long you must wait in the security checkpoint line at any U.S. airport.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:...
  • 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...
  • Watch HBO on the go

    Watch HBO on the go
    HBO Go (Free; iOS) What it is: A way for HBO subscribers to watch premium content on their iPhones and iPads. How it works: Log in through your cable subscription user name and password, and voila, top shows wherever you can get an Internet connection....
  • Gearbox: iPhone security cam

    Gearbox: iPhone security cam
    Name: Stem Innovation's iZon iPhone-compatible room monitor What it is: A small color camera with a microphone that connects to your wireless network so you can use Stem's free app on your iPhone to check on your home and even record short clips. The...
  • 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"...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...