Keith Shaw

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.

Under the hood: Lots of tech connecting self-driving cars

Review: Linksys Velop a solid choice in wireless mesh space

Review: Linksys Velop a solid choice in wireless mesh space

Velop mixes new mesh tech with home Wi-Fi experience.

Review: Netgear Nighthawk X10 packs a speed punch, has nice add-on features

Review: Netgear Nighthawk X10 packs a speed punch, has nice add-on features

If you're looking to upgrade your Wi-fi with a high-powered system, this should be on your short list.

Review: SVALT D2 dock cools notebook for higher performance

Review: SVALT D2 dock cools notebook for higher performance

A quick way to clean up your workspace and get faster performance from your Mac notebook (if you can afford another display).

CES 2017: More hot gadgets and cool stuff

CES 2017: More hot gadgets and cool stuff

Going through our notebooks to present some of the other awesome things we saw at CES 2017 last week.

CES 2017: Random ramblings from my second day here

CES 2017: Random ramblings from my second day here

Robots that fold laundry, an Iron Man massage chair and other cool devices that will never be in my house.

CES 2017: Early trends and thoughts

CES 2017: Early trends and thoughts

Thoughts about sleep after a long day of walking around Las Vegas.

Hottest products from CES 2017

Hottest products from CES 2017

It's time once again for the International CES, the world's largest consumer electronics trade show. Thousands of people will flock to Las Vegas to see the latest gizmos, gadgets, TVs, computers, smartphones, robots and other devices...

CES 2017: Let the madness begin!

CES 2017: Let the madness begin!

Opening thoughts on this years gadget-a-palooza.

ezTalks Onion: all-in-one videoconferencing is under-baked

ezTalks Onion: all-in-one videoconferencing is under-baked

I had a chance to get an early version (really early, as there is still some rough edges to be worked out) of the ezTalks Onion. The device (I don’t know why they call it the Onion – it doesn’t look like one particularly) is an...

Review: Google Home invades my home

Review: Google Home invades my home

The voice-controlled AI assistant sometimes listens to what I'm asking.

Petcube Play: An in-home camera for watching your pets do stuff

Petcube Play: An in-home camera for watching your pets do stuff

Device lets you play with pets while you're not at home. If your pets are into that kind of thing.

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