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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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Report calls on government to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in schools

The UK government is being urged to add lessons in entrepreneurship and innovation to the national curriculum.


Premier Inn launches app that can be used to book and control new tech hotel rooms

One of the most technologically advanced hotels in London started taking bookings today through a new mobile app that can also be used to interact with rooms after the guest arrives.


Government digital startup hub to open in London within weeks

A government-funded centre designed to accelerate the UK’s digital economy will open its doors in just over four weeks, it has been revealed.


Government to carry out review of UK sharing economy

The UK government today launched a review of the "sharing economy" in a bid to understand the economic potential and social issues that are generated when people share products and services over the internet.


Tech City businesses unable to trial EE's 300Mbps network due to lack of compatible handsets

The “world’s fastest 4G network", due to be trialled by businesses in London’s Tech City by EE, could only be used by EE's engineers, Techworld can reveal.


John Lewis crowns micro-location tech startup Localz as the winner of JLabs

John Lewis today announced the winning startup of its first JLabs programme is Localz - a business specialising in micro-location technology.


London's Charing Cross Hotel gets "fastest hotel wi-fi in Europe"

London's 150-year-old Charing Cross Hotel will get the fastest hotel wi-fi in Europe next month, according to the CTO of the hotel group that manages it.


Google attempts to drum up SME support for its cloud platform at London HQ event

Google attempted to drum up further SME (small and medium enterprise) support for its cloud platform as it held its annual Atmosphere conference in Central London.


EE aims to help Wembley become the best-connected stadium in the world

With a capacity of 90,000 people, Wembley can accommodate more fans than any other stadium in the UK. But Wembley doesn’t just want to have a large capacity for putting bums on seats. Now, with the help of technology partner, EE, it’s looking to greatly enhance the capacity of its mobile and wi-fi networks.


NBC Universal taps into London's startup scene through Media Labs programme

US media giant NBC Universal has revealed how it is tapping into London’s burgeoning startup culture.


Huawei announces £2.45bn investment in fixed broadband R&D

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has pledged to spend $4 billion (£2.45 billion) on fixed broadband research and development over the next three years.


Government urges SMEs to apply for broadband grant following disappointing take up

SME business owners in 22 SuperConnected Cities have been reminded by government they have less than half a year to apply for grants worth thousands of pounds that can help them set up superfast broadband.


Wembley and EE illuminate iconic arch to mark next generation of stadium tech

Wembley Stadium’s iconic arch was lit up last night to celebrate the technological advancements that mobile network operator EE has introduced since it was announced as the stadium’s leading technology partner earlier this year.


UK needs to work with China on developing 5G standards, says ex-science minister

Former science and universities minister David Willetts today said the UK government needs to work closely with China on the development of 5G standards, pointing to telecommunications giant Huawei as a Chinese company that is making particularly strong inroads in the emerging mobile network.


GCHQ harnessing analytical skills of 120 dyslexic and dyspraxic spies

GCHQ (the Government Communications Headquarters) has revealed that it employs over 100 dyslexic and dyspraxic 'neuro-diverse' spies as they possess many of the analytical skills needed to help fight terrorism.


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.


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