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.

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Watch Arthur C. Clarke predict smart watches, the Internet and cell phones in 1976

Raw video footage of science fiction author discussing communications methods of the future, including a wrist phone and computers.

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Eero brings wireless mesh networking home

Puck-sized gadget aims to simplify wireless home networking setup, management

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Super Social Media Stats from Super Bowl 49

When the big game was on the line, everyone watching was also on their computer, tablet or smartphone.

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Logitech expands video/audio gear for meeting rooms

New equipment merges camera, microphone and speaker for small meeting areas known as "huddle rooms."

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Long-term device testing reveals unexpected benefit

What happens when old gadgets sit around for months at a time?

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Reviews: Netgear's Arlo simplifies home video security; Logitech widens its wireless mice

Home video monitoring becomes truly plug-and-play

Review: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro

Review: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro

Is a tiny projector in your tablet a thing you need? Keith Shaw lets you know.

Hey Keith, what's cool at CES? (Part 2)

Hey Keith, what's cool at CES? (Part 2)

Virtual reality hits the mainstream at this year's gadget show (and other cool stuff)

Hey Keith, what’s cool at CES? (Part 1)

Hey Keith, what’s cool at CES? (Part 1)

Where Keith tries to answer the question he always gets after going to the consumer electronics trade show.

Videos: CES 2015 has it all from wearables to laptops

Videos: CES 2015 has it all from wearables to laptops

Take a look at the sights and sounds from the annual consumer show in Las Vegas.

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