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Sam Shead


Sam Shead joined Techworld UK as a reporter in July 2013. He studied Physical Geography with Science Communication at Royal Holloway University before completing a postgraduate diploma in journalism at Cardiff University.

He has worked as a journalist for a range of publications, including The Engineer, ZDNet and MailOnline. Areas that Sam covers for Techworld UK include start-ups, telecoms, networking, data centres and emerging technology/innovation.

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International investors scout out Portugal's top startups in Lisbon

Portugal’s largest venture capital firm held its first international investor summit in Lisbon today in a bid to showcase what it considers to be some of the nation’s most promising startups.


Insight: Government scheme to attract overseas tech talent is struggling

A government scheme designed to attract some of the best global tech talent to the UK is understood to be struggling, Techworld can reveal.


Huawei shifts focus from communications to IT as it looks to engage with CIOs

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has revealed its ambition to be seen as more of an IT company as it looks to impress CIOs with its latest products and services.


Apple forces startups to pull HealthKit-integrated apps as new platform catches a bug on iOS 8 launch day

Apple prevented several healthtech startups from launching or updating their iOS 8 apps last night after it found a bug in its new HealthKit platform.


UK startup Big Health pins hopes on Apple's new HealthKit as it launches Sleepio app

UK startup Big Health today launched a smartphone app called Sleepio - one of the first apps to be integrated with Apple's new health APIs.


Diane Von Furstenberg gives Google Glass a makeover as it goes on sale in UK at Net a Porter

More stylish versions of Google Glass went on sale in the UK today as online fashion outlets Net a Porter and Mr Porter became the first third-party retailers to offer the augmented reality spectacles.


Where fashion meets tech: Microsoft teams up with design duo at London Fashion Week

Microsoft has teamed up with a design label and an app builder at this year’s London Fashion Week (LFW) in a bid to create the catwalk of the future.


Startup Institute bags £1.85m from Silicon Valley Bank ahead of London launch

Silicon Valley Bank has invested £1.85 million ($3 million) in Startup Institute – an organisation that aims to equip people with the skills needed to work in high-growth tech startups like Shazam, Spotify and Huddle.


TechUK manifesto spells out industry demands on next government

TechUK today posed a fundamental challenge to the next government. The technology industry trade body has issued a detailed manifesto, spelling out what is required to turn politicians’ words about digital excellence into deeds that will keep Britain competitive.


RBS considers installing nCube's energy management platform in up to 2,500 buildings

A London firm with a new idea for saving energy has been shortlisted as one of a handful of startups that RBS wants to work with through its Innovation Gateway programme.


Two of London's most promising startups to play key role on Apple Watch and iOS 8

Two fast-growing London tech firms are likely to play a key role on iOS 8 and the Apple Watch, with one of them even featuring in the Apple Watch demo last week.


In pictures: Amazon's massive new office in Shoreditch


London's Heron Tower skyscraper to keep its name

Heron Tower, the tallest skyscraper in the City of London, is set to keep its name, according to business newspaper CityAM.


Amazon plans to move UK HQ from Slough to London

Amazon is turning its back on its UK headquarters in Slough and moving to a new 15-storey office on the fringe of the City of London.


Googlers reveal how they lived at California HQ for months

A number of former Google employees have taken to an online forum to compete over who has lived the longest on the search giant’s campus.


Employee training platform Looop raises £1.2 million to tap into UK startup market

Looop, an online learning platform for employees, is being offered across the UK after it raised £1.2 million in funding from an undisclosed investor.


Hague seeks to reassure MPs that their data is safe in Microsoft's Dublin data centre

The UK government has sought to reassure MPs that their data on Microsoft’s servers in the Republic of Ireland cannot be accessed by US surveillance agencies.


Visa to work with Apple on bringing Apple Pay to Europe

Visa is hoping to work with Apple in a bid to persuade the technology giant to bring its contactless payment platform Apple Pay to Europe.


Wear Your Own Device set to become next big headache for IT departments

Businesses in the UK need to plan for the onset of the Wear Your Own Device (WYOD) trend following the launch of the Apple Watch, a US networking company has said.


TechUK and BCS to run startup school for young healthtech firms

Young UK healthtech firms have been invited to attend a startup school being run by techUK and the British Computer Society (BCS) later this year.


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