Rich Warren

Rich Warren

Rich Warren | Breaking down Apple's latest offerings

Take another bite out of the Apple with me. Before revealing all the March 25 introductions, here's a reflection. When Sony opened its gallery on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago in the early 1990s, one of the first, if not the first in the country, it was a rather sedate affair showcasing Sony products.

Rich Warren | Firms capitalize on ferocious appetites for content

In the heyday of consumer electronics, new products from companies such as Sony and Bose garnered great attention and often awe. Subsequently, new PCs and Apple computers, not to mention the Intel CPUs that powered them, received breathtaking acclaim. Now, hardware, even the Samsung foldable smart phone, seems passe.

Rich Warren | Technology users can avoid common pitfalls

When swimming off the Big Island of Hawaii, an undertow grabbed me and pulled me toward Maui. Had it not been for a kindly surfer, I might not be writing this column today. Aspects of contemporary technology remind me of that undertow.

It seems that between Amazon and Google, along with other players, privacy becomes as endangered as a lone swimmer in a riptide.

Rich Warren | You don't have to settle when it comes to sound

The audio train careened off the rails. When I first rolled down the sonic tracks, only quality mattered. As a student at the University of Illinois, the sound quality of one's audio system determined dorm floor prestige. In 1977, when I began writing about technology, my columns focused on the best possible sound at home and subsequently in the car.

Rich Warren | Some sound advice on buying a receiver

Let's open with a reader question: We are setting up a TV area in our basement. I have a couple of vintage Polk audio speakers that I plan to use for a TV sound upgrade. My question for you is should I look for a vintage receiver somewhere or is there any good quality new ones on the market today? My budget is under $500.

Rich Warren | 2019 Consumer Electronics Show was a yawner

After nearly a full month of the new year, here's a bit more of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a few reflections and a reader question.

Perhaps it's my imagination, but the recent CES in Las Vegas may have been the most boring in memory. Other than LG's rollable TV screen and various dexterous robots, no company revealed a revolutionary or futuristic product or technology.

Rich Warren | Highlights from 2019 CES in Las Vegas

In 1979, Sony's large exhibit at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show featured the interconnected home. In this home of the future, interconnected entertainment devices and appliances communicated with each other for an automated and immersive experience.

Of course, at the time, it resembled a Potemkin City, a facade of wishful technology.

Rich Warren | Some tech predictions heading into 2019

Every year, the old crystal ball rolls out to predict the future, but let's face it, the old crystal ball is just that, so 20th century. With virtual reality, mammoth 8K TV screens, holograms and Alexa, who needs a crystal ball?

Rich Warren | Do you really need the latest gadget?

Most electronic products flop. Many of the latest and greatest technologies praised by the technorati won't be around in a year. Advertising or viral online marketing can't save a product or app that we don't need or want. Along those lines, 3-D TV comes to mind.

Rich Warren | Stuff stockings with these excellent products

Stuff a stocking or two with these suggestions for a smile on Dec. 25 or one of the seven days of Hanukkah.