Keith Shaw

Cool Tools Columnist / Multimedia Content Editor

The first gadget Keith Shaw ever wanted was the Merlin, a red plastic toy that beeped and played Tic-Tac-Toe and other various games. Since then, his obsession with technology, both small and large, has grown into the multimedia empire that is Cool Tools. A child of the '70s and teen-ager of the '80s, Shaw has been a fan of computers, technology and video games right from the start. He won an award in 8th grade for programming a game on the school's only computer, and saved his allowance to buy an Atari 2600. He took a side trip in the '90s to the world of newspaper journalism, and has worked at a variety of newspapers in New York, Florida and Massachusetts. In 1997, he combined his love of technology with his journalism skills, working at Computerworld for a few years before joining Network World in 1999 as the company's product reviews editor. In 2000, Shaw took over the Cool Tools column, which continues to appear in the print version of Network World weekly. Shaw started the Cool Tools video show in 2005, and in 2006 teamed up with Multimedia Editor Jason Meserve to create the company's weekly Twisted Pair podcast (RIP). Shaw has a bachelor's degree in newspaper journalism from Syracuse University. He won an award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for a 2003 article on anti-spam testing, and a Gold Award in their 2010 Digital Awards Competition for the "ABCs of IT" video series. Shaw is also the co-creator of http://www.taquitos.net, the crunchiest site on the InterWeb, which has taste tested and reviewed more than 4,000 varieties of snack foods.

Speech recognition, sans headset

Work up a sweat with these Bluetooth headphones

Work up a sweat with these Bluetooth headphones

Reviews of two new wireless headphones that can take the heat - or, rather, your sweat when you run, walk or otherwise work out.

Cool Stuff at CE Week New York

Cool Stuff at CE Week New York

Highlighting what's new and cool from the CE Week New York event.

Netgear Nighthawk X6 router introduces concept of tri-band wireless

Netgear Nighthawk X6 router introduces concept of tri-band wireless

Latest 802.11ac router from Netgear splits 5 GHz band to prioritize faster clients from slower ones

Up close videos of three cool gadgets

Up close videos of three cool gadgets

Check out videos of the LEGO Fusion iPad app, the Drop iPad kitchen scale and LifeTrak activity monitor watch.

Christmas in summer: Rounding up Gadgety Goodness in NYC

Christmas in summer: Rounding up Gadgety Goodness in NYC

Check out the newest gadgets on display in the world of consumer electronics

Review: Sync, store and share data with Transporter Sync

Review: Sync, store and share data with Transporter Sync

Keith Shaw reviews the Transporter Sync device, which lets you create a personal cloud for all of your data, across devices and locations.

Reviews: D-Link's Wi-Fi Smart Plug; LaCie's Fuel wireless storage

The Wi-Fi Smart Plug is a power outlet adapter that includes Wi-Fi connectivity, letting you turn any electrical device into a connected device for power on/off purposes. With an included app for iOS and Android devices (phones or...

How far are you willing to go to spy on your employees' smartphones?

The ultimate eavesdropping solution for people who want to see what their employees, kids or spouse are doing on their Android (or jailbroken iPhone) smartphone.

Getting small: Tiny microphones, PCs and speakers

This week's column was totally unintentional - at first it was just three separate roundups of some of the latest devices I've found interesting. But after I completed the reviews, I realized a common thread between all of them -...

Video: Letting the blind 'see' a smartphone display

The IDG News Service's Nick Barber brings us this video news report, discussing a project in which images from a screen get converted into electrical impulses that you can feel on your hand. The Hamsa Touch project was on display at...

A Wi-Fi range extender that tells you where it should go; latest Das Keyboard for fans of clickety-clackety keystrokes

The scoop: WiFi Range Extender (model EX6100), by NETGEAR, about $90

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