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Keith Shaw

Keith Shaw

Senior Editor, Programming Director

Network World, Inc.

Keith Shaw is Programming Director at Network World, responsible for multimedia strategy (videos, podcasts, chat events). In addition, he writes the Cool Tools column, which looks at personal technology, gizmos, gadgets and other fun stuff. You can reach Keith at

In addition, Shaw is the editor of the DEMOletter newsletter/blog, coordinating the weekly publication of articles for the DEMO community of demonstrators, sponsors, attendees and media members. He also assists the features department in a variety of print and Web site projects. He has moderated several events for the Network World Events group, including Technology Tours on wireless LANs and Messaging/Spam. In 2004 he won an award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for the Sept. 15, 2003 article, Spam in the Wild.

Shaw has been at Network World since December 1999. Before joining Network World, he worked at Computerworld for three years in several editing and production positions. He has been a journalist for more than 17 years, with experience at many daily newspapers. He has vast experience in writing, editing and design. He holds a bachelor's degree in newspaper journalism from Syracuse University.

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Recent articles by Keith Shaw

Latest gadgets ease the cruelty of travel

April 15, 2014

Luckily, gadget-makers understand the cruelty of travel, and are always creating new devices that help the mobile worker/road warrior ease the pain of a hotel room with few outlets, or expensive in-room Wi-Fi. Here are three gadgets I've recently tested that can help you on your next trip:

7 games that will eat up your free time

March 25, 2014

Last week, our company hosted an expert on digital efficiency, who gave attendees a great presentation on how to get more out of the workday with a whole range of tips, tricks and tools.

Seagate's latest: Drive fast, App slow

March 12, 2014

The data transfer speed improvements that Seagate has made to their drives is remarkably impressive.

Reviews: HP's EliteBook 840 and Logitech's ConferenceCam CC3000e

March 05, 2014

The notebook features a lightweight yet tough finish, and the latest tech specs; up to 16GB of memory; storage options up to 1TB hard drive or 256GB SSD; 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Two Cool Tools to entertain the kids during winter, spring or summer vacation

February 28, 2014

Over the past few weeks we've been snowbound several times, which also included a school vacation week. With my kids asking me for the one-millionth time "What can we do, Dad?", fortunately I had two technology-related items for the column to test out, and they would also appeal to the youngsters as well as adults.

Boost the soft sounds around you; keychain-sized phone charging cable

January 28, 2014

The scoop: BEAN Quiet Sound Amplifier, by Etymotic Research, about $480 (for one; $860 for two)

The accidental Mac user

January 21, 2014

In 1990, I was a cub reporter at a small daily newspaper in Southwest Florida, and someone brought in a Macintosh computer to the editorial department. They asked, "Who knows how to use one of these?" I raised my hand, saying that I had used them for a short time in college (the journalism school had just started to use Macintosh systems and QuarkXpress in their computer labs).

Review: Plantronics Voyager Legend CS Bluetooth Headset System and Logitech Mobile Speakerphone P710e

November 25, 2013

Here are two new devices that can help improve audio quality for voice calls, whether you’re in the office or out on the road.

Review: Yoga 2Pro flexes its multimode Windows 8 options

November 21, 2013

If you're going to be stuck with a Windows 8 (or 8.1) notebook, you might as well make it as interesting as possible, to help lessen the pain of having to deal with Windows as your operating system.

Gift Guide 2013: Games and gaming gear

November 18, 2013

Let’s face it - this holiday season is going to be really good for the video gamer on your holiday list. Not only are there two new gaming consoles coming out (the Xbox One and Sony Playstation 4), but there are a bunch of games that will keep you entertained for months on end. Plus the accessories to enhance those games and experiences continue to be top-notch.