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.


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Ooma adds Internet security service to VoIP platform

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Review: Skybuds offer truly wireless earbuds for workouts, iPhone 7 users

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Review: Netgear Orbi straddles line between traditional, mesh Wi-Fi

Easy setup merges with access to advanced features, fast LAN performance

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Review: Almond 3 Wi-Fi router will bring you joy

Touch-screen router adds mesh features, smart home controls and Amazon Echo support to home network.

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Eero updates its wireless mesh offering for whole-home Wi-Fi

Analytic updates from customers help improve mesh algorithm to boost LAN speeds

Netgear's Arlo Go camera makes security more mobile

Netgear's Arlo Go camera makes security more mobile

New networked security camera operates on batteries and LTE access.

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Cool Yule Tools 2016: Our Top Picks

Our selections for the hottest tech toys and holiday gifts for the 2016 season.

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Cool Yule Tools 2016: Digital disruption at Santa's Workshop

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Audio Q&A: 20 years of networked cameras

Audio Q&A: 20 years of networked cameras

Axis Communications came out with its first networked video camera in 1996. Now, 20 years later, cameras are everywhere. In this audio interview, Keith Shaw chats with Axis' Fredrik Nilsson about the growth of this market and what the...

Review: Lenovo Yoga Book advances the state of digital pen-based input

Review: Lenovo Yoga Book advances the state of digital pen-based input

Innovative design and light-up virtual keyboard impresses

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