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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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Tube to start accepting contactless payment cards

London Underground will start accepting contactless payments across its network from 16 September, Transport for London (TfL) announced today.


Government pulls £50 million Silicon Roundabout regeneration fund

The Prime Minister’s office has pulled the £50 million that was due to be spent on the regeneration of Old Street’s Silicon Roundabout in East London.


London Metal Exchange to launch super-fast trading network with Colt

The London Metal Exchange (LME) is working with telecoms firm Colt on a new trading network in a bid to provide market participants with a better connection to the Exchange.


Inside ClubLounge39: A private members club in Canary Wharf for CIOs and tech investors


BT diverts subsea broadband cable to Isles of Scilly

BT has started diverting a subsea fibre broadband cable to the Isles of Scilly in a bid to make the archipelago one of the best connected remote communities in the world.


US tech firms set to continue getting lion's share of global venture capital

Technology firms in the US are set to continue getting the vast majority of the world’s venture capital funding, a report has found.


Just Eat to host Bristol hackathon as it looks to improve its service

Online food delivery platform Just Eat is hosting a hackathon in Bristol this weekend in a bid to identify new technologies that could be used to improve its service.


Huawei invests in Bristol chip manufacturer XMOS

Huawei made its first equity investment in a UK tech company this week when it joined forces with other large corporates and backed Bristol-based semiconductor company XMOS.


Canary Wharf start-up incubator opens private members club for CIOs

Canary Wharf start-up accelerator Level39 has opened an exclusive private members club to help enterprise CIOs and private investors liaise with promising financial technology, retail and smart city start-ups.


Berlin tech accelerator invites UK start-up to be part of new program

UK-based Phaide Limited has beaten hundreds of start-ups to be named one of the firms that will be enrolled into a new Berlin accelerator programme.


Surrey 5G research gets £5m government boost

The UK government has pledged to fund organisations doing 5G research in Surrey with £5 million over the next five years.


How IBM served up Wimbledon analytics from an underground bunker to devices worldwide


Vodafone "cuts" roaming costs in eight countries

Several months after Three launched its “Feel at Home” service, British mobile phone operator Vodafone today announced a new plan that will allow customers to use their phone as normal in eight countries, providing they pay a set fee each day.


London tech start-up Outlandish gives itself away on Employee Ownership Day

Outlandish, a web design consultancy focusing on applications, rapid-prototyping and social media, has joined a growing number of businesses that are giving ownership to their employees.


EE to use new spectrum in a bid to improve network at Glastonbury 2015

EE has revealed that it will improve the mobile phone network at next year's Glastonbury Festival by rolling out more spectrum to mobile phone users.


Imogen Heap Wi-Fi gloves get connectivity boost from Bristol undergrad

Scientists from the University of Bristol and the University of West England claim they have improved the performance of a pair of Wi-Fi gloves used by popstar Imogen Heap.


TfL concludes Uber is operating lawfully in London

London taxi regulator Transport for London (Tfl) has concluded that Silicon Valley start-up Uber is operating within the law.


Canary Wharf accelerator Level39 teams up with Intel

Level39, an exclusive co-working and accelerator space in London’s Canary Wharf, has a signed a new partnership with Intel that will see start-ups gain access to the chip manufacturer’s industry expertise, contacts, data sets and next-generation hardware.


London Rabobank developer seeks success in the Valley

A developer that used to work for one of the world’s largest investment banks is trying his hand at a tech start-up in Silicon Valley after failing to acquire the capital required to launch the company in London.


French start-up moves execs to Silicon Valley but keeps developers in Paris

French start-up Scality has moved several of its executive team to Silicon Valley in a bid to capitalise on the area’s “buzz” and “ideas”, while keeping its army of loyal developers in Paris.


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