Keith Shaw

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, and the rest, they say, is history. 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.

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...

Up close with Google Wifi's setup process

Up close with Google Wifi's setup process

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First look: Google jumps into crowded wireless mesh market

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Cool Yule Tools 2016: Our Top Picks

Cool Yule Tools 2016: Our Top Picks

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

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

The 17th annual Network World holiday gift guide has something for every techie (and techie-wanna-be) on your list.

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Sneak peek: 15 gadgets to put on your holiday wish list

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Back to school stuff for the discerning techie (or techie-in-training)

Back to school stuff for the discerning techie (or techie-in-training)

Yeah, we don't want to go back to school either. But if you have to, here are some ideas to help geekify and techify your classroom experience.

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The stereotypical IT guy is now a psycho loner. Progress?

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Virtual flying with Superman: How Six Flags New England added more thrills to its top coaster

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Superman VR roller coaster in pictures

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Father's Day 2016 gift ideas for the discerning geek techie

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Catch up on Interop 2016 with these videos

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30 years of gadgets, computers and video games from my fabulous life

30 years of gadgets, computers and video games from my fabulous life

Jump in the Cool Tools time machine to see what things Keith was obsessed with over the past three decades.

RSA catch-up: The video edition
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RSA catch-up: The video edition

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IDG Enterprise editors predict IT trends for 2016
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IDG Enterprise editors predict IT trends for 2016

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Holiday Bonus: Top gift guide ideas from the Cool Yule Tools Team

Feel free to peruse this handy-dandy slideshow, offering up our favorite gifts that you can give to your favorite techie.

Cool Yule Tools for the Home

Cool Yule Tools for the Home

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Cool Yule Tools for Play

Cool Yule Tools for Play

Network World's gift guide is ultra-techie and ultra-geeky, some of the stuff you may look at and go, “what kind of gift is that?”. Quite simply, it’s stuff we’ve tried out this year, stuff we’ve liked, or stuff that we think can help...

Cool Yule Tools for Work

Cool Yule Tools for Work

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