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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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GCHQ teaches civilians and military personnel to defend cyber attacks

Experts at GCHQ aimed to teach civilians and military personnel how to defend against cyber attacks at the army’s Defence Academy in Wiltshire today.


Google yet to start building new HQ in King's Cross

Google is yet to start building its new UK headquarters in King’s Cross, Techworld can reveal.


Fraunhofer develops Google Glass app that can read emotions

A German research organisation has created an app that can be used by a Google Glass wearer to identify how someone in their vicinity is feeling.


David Cameron's constituency finally gets 4G following EE network expansion

EE today claimed that its 4G network is available to three quarters of the UK population, including those living in Prime Minister David Cameron’s constituency of Witney, in Oxfordshire.


London's Google Campus to be replicated in South Korea

Google is aiming to tap into South Korea’s entrepreneur community by replicating its London Campus start-up hub in the capital of Seoul.


Cisco and British Gas get behind government's IoT competition

Five companies have given their backing to an internet of things (IoT) competition being run by the UK government.


Berlin privacy start-up ZenMate expands service to mobile

Berlin privacy start-up ZenMate today announced it has expanded its online privacy tool to mobile.


Big ambitions for a small island: Isle of Man aims to be recognised as global tech hub

The Isle of Man, a self-governing jurisdiction in the middle of the Irish Sea, is on a mission to be crowned one of the world’s leading tech hubs.


Citymapper goes down in hometown of London

Citymapper, one of the most popular city navigation apps, has confirmed that it is experiencing problems with its service.


Government makes it easier for start-ups to operate from home

Home businesses stand to benefit from new measures being introduced by government that aim to give greater freedom to people who want to start a business from home.


London named crowdfunding capital of the world

London has beaten New York and San Francisco to be named the crowdfunding capital of the world, according to new figures from the Crowdfunding Centre.


Uber taxi app banned in Berlin on safety grounds

Mobile taxi app Uber has been banned in Berlin by the city's State Department of Civil and Regulatory Affairs.


HP and Huawei rumoured to be behind new Isle of Man tech university

HP and Huawei could be about to give their backing to a new technology university on the Isle of Man, Techworld can reveal.


Northern cities need their own Boris Johnson to compete with Silicon Roundabout, think tank argues

Cities in the north of England need elected mayors with economic development powers if they are to compete with their southern counterparts, according to a report released today by a leading UK think tank.


Tinder poaches head of engineering from Amazon Web Services

Matchmaking mobile app Tinder has poached Jerry Heinz from Amazon Web Services, where he was head of engineering for the AppStream product.


UK start-up Bizagi sets up shop in San Francisco

Bizagi, a business process management (BPM) platform, today opened its US headquarters in San Francisco and relocated its UK headquarters to larger offices close to London.


Vodafone calls most likely to fail in rural areas, says Ofcom

Mobile phone calls made in rural areas over Vodafone's network are most likely to fail, according to research by industry regulator Ofcom.


UK teens to study cyber warfare through GCHQ-backed programme

The GCHQ-backed Cyber Security Challenge UK is planning to teach UK students aged 12 to 18 cyber defence skills through the importation of the US-created Cyber Patriot programme.


Investors back Wambiz's education social network with £600k

Wambiz, a start-up aiming to tackle the issue of student retention in further education, announced today that it has secured over £600,000 in angel funding for its education social network.


Public Health England unveils Health X finalists

Public Health England (PHE), an agency established by the Department of Health in 2013 to protect and improve the nation’s health and to address health inequalities, has announced the 10 finalists for its inaugural PHE Health X programme.


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