Stories by Keith Shaw

Latest gadgets ease the cruelty of travel

Luckily, gadget-makers understand the cruelty of travel, and are always creating new devices that help the mobile worker/road warrior ease the pain of a hotel room with few outlets, or expensive in-room Wi-Fi. Here are three gadgets I've recently tested that can help you on your next trip:

7 games that will eat up your free time

Last week, our company hosted an expert on digital efficiency, who gave attendees a great presentation on how to get more out of the workday with a whole range of tips, tricks and tools.

Seagate's latest: Drive fast, App slow

The data transfer speed improvements that Seagate has made to their drives is remarkably impressive.

Reviews: HP's EliteBook 840 and Logitech's ConferenceCam CC3000e

The notebook features a lightweight yet tough finish, and the latest tech specs; up to 16GB of memory; storage options up to 1TB hard drive or 256GB SSD; 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Two Cool Tools to entertain the kids during winter, spring or summer vacation

Over the past few weeks we've been snowbound several times, which also included a school vacation week. With my kids asking me for the one-millionth time "What can we do, Dad?", fortunately I had two technology-related items for the column to test out, and they would also appeal to the youngsters as well as adults.

Boost the soft sounds around you; keychain-sized phone charging cable

The scoop: BEAN Quiet Sound Amplifier, by Etymotic Research, about $480 (for one; $860 for two)

The accidental Mac user

In 1990, I was a cub reporter at a small daily newspaper in Southwest Florida, and someone brought in a Macintosh computer to the editorial department. They asked, "Who knows how to use one of these?" I raised my hand, saying that I had used them for a short time in college (the journalism school had just started to use Macintosh systems and QuarkXpress in their computer labs).

Review: Plantronics Voyager Legend CS Bluetooth Headset System and Logitech Mobile Speakerphone P710e

Here are two new devices that can help improve audio quality for voice calls, whether you're in the office or out on the road.

Review: Yoga 2Pro flexes its multimode Windows 8 options

If you're going to be stuck with a Windows 8 (or 8.1) notebook, you might as well make it as interesting as possible, to help lessen the pain of having to deal with Windows as your operating system.

In Pictures: 20 hottest tech toys for the holidays

Cool Yule Tools 2013: Our Tester Elf-approved picks for awesome gadgety goodness

In Pictures: Wacky or unique tech gift ideas Holiday 2013

Here are some unique gift ideas that have some cool technology behind them.

In Pictures: Top photo and video gift ideas for Holiday 2013

Check out these devices and gift ideas.

In Pictures: Top phones and tablets for holiday 2013

Here are our picks for the coolest ones for your list

Gift Guide 2013: Kid stuff and geek stuff

As a dad of three youngsters, one of my favorite categories in the holiday gift guide is seeing what technology-related fun we can dig up and play with. Here our a bunch of our favorite toys and silly geeky things that will keep your kids (or the kid in you) entertained for weeks, months or even years.

Gift Guide 2013: Extras and Accessories

Our annual holiday gift guide always ends up with devices and gadgets that we just can't fit into the other buckets. But rather than not consider them, we create a "miscellaneous" bucket. If you're an artist, creative type or are just looking for something to keep track of your keys, check out some of these gift ideas / suggestions:

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