Jamie Watts

Senior Writer London, UK

I’m Jamie (He/Him), the Tech Editor and a Senior Writer at Thred. Keeping up with social media updates and revolutionary technology is my forte, but when away from my keyboard, you’ll probably find me gorging on popcorn at the latest blockbuster screening. Follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn and drop me some ideas/feedback via email.

Hi, I’m Jamie, and I’m the Tech Editor and a Senior Writer at Thred.

I studied Freelance Journalism at the British College of Journalism before heading straight into sports writer roles for several football news outlets. Following Manchester United’s decline, I had an immediate change of heart and generously decided to lend my talents to Thred. Now, as the tech whizz at Thred, I spend my days obsessing over the latest gadgets and games, while grazing on fresh fruit and the occasional hobnob.

Often referred to as the resident cockney, I like to break up the daily hustle by irritating the rest of the office. I also love a headline image on Photoshop and get aroused by a tasty gradient.

      

Latest Stories from Jamie

Report shows growing ethnic gap in mortgages amid pandemic

Report shows growing ethnic gap in mortgages amid pandemic

Global economic fallout caused by Covid-19 will affect the property market for years. However, growing concerns over racial equity in mortgage applications must be addressed now. As we navigate what we hope to be the final stretch of the pandemic, those beneath the breadline are set to bear the brunt of global financial fallout. Shock. During the fever pitch of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, promising talk of total...

By London, UK
Magnetic device shrinks tumour without radiation or chemotherapy

Magnetic device shrinks tumour without radiation or chemotherapy

Researchers have developed a device reportedly capable of shrinking deadly brain tumours without radiation or chemotherapy. Could this be the neurological breakthrough of the decade? When it comes to developing and testing new healthcare technology, there is no organ more complex and challenging than the human brain. There’s a reason brain surgery is often mentioned alongside rocket science. The brain remains one of the biggest medical mysteries of the 21st century...

By London, UK
Forged vaccine passports threaten the future of international travel

Forged vaccine passports threaten the future of international travel

As international tourism begins to open up once again, forged vaccine passports sold on the dark web threaten further Covid outbreaks. Would you believe it’s been 18 months since global air travel was restricted? No wonder people are desperate to jet off for the remainder of the summer. After the initial chaos caused by Covid in 2020, the world is finally working out the kinks of living with the virus. Beyond the...

By London, UK
California launches largest free school meal program in the US

California launches largest free school meal program in the US

After a huge budget surplus from income tax revenue, California is launching the largest free school lunches program in the US. All 6.2 million public school students in the state are free to join regardless of family income. When classrooms reopen for the fall term in California, all 6.2 million public school students will have the chance to opt into their school’s free meal program for the first time. This state-wide...

By London, UK
Pegasus spyware sold to governments to target activists and lawyers

Pegasus spyware sold to governments to target activists and lawyers

The private data of human rights activists, journalists, and lawyers is reportedly under threat globally. Leaked records suggest as many as 1,000 have been targeted by phone malware sold to governments by an Israeli surveillance firm. Stories of big tech companies and anti-democratic governments butting heads have become common over the last few years. However, if new reports are to be believed, the whole data war may have taken its...

By London, UK
UK industry group calls for carbon assessments before all new builds

UK industry group calls for carbon assessments before all new builds

In a bid to address the construction industry’s growing carbon footprint, a group of UK architects, developers, and contractors have called for compulsory emission assessments before all future builds. Though most of us are now savvier to the inner workings of industries and how they affect climate change, thousands walk past the construction sites of high-rise offices and new build apartments every day without so much as a second glance. Infuriating...

By London, UK
Greenland finally ends 50-year bid to drill for oil

Greenland finally ends 50-year bid to drill for oil

Greenland has finally ended its 50-year ambition to become an oil producing territory. In the name of climate change, all exploration licences have been suspended indefinitely. If you were to list the clearest indicators of humanity’s damage to the planet, the constantly melting ice of Greenland would easily make top three. Perishing at a rate faster than any time in the past 12,000 years, we’re faced with the very real...

By London, UK
Netflix eyes game development to expand its community

Netflix eyes game development to expand its community

Netflix is expanding its service to feature video games and has on-boarded EA and Facebook executives to head up game development. Will this strengthen the belief that subscriptions are the future of the industry? Between binging an endless library of films, tacky reality shows, satirical cartoons, and high-brow TV dramas, it’s safe to say most of us with Netflix subscriptions are already getting our money’s worth. With over 200 million subscribers from...

By London, UK
Health AI ‘iAge’ predicts when our immune systems will fail

Health AI ‘iAge’ predicts when our immune systems will fail

Health AI is now reportedly capable of predicting the year each of our immune systems will inevitably falter, and whether or not people are likely to develop cardiovascular problems later in life. Remember those old school apocalyptic websites that used to show live countdowns to our random death dates, usually between two grinning skull gifs? Well, what if we had something like that for real? Far less sinister in nature, investigators...

By London, UK
UN outlines Paris-style plan to drastically cut extinction rates

UN outlines Paris-style plan to drastically cut extinction rates

Today, human activity has brought extinction rates 100 times above natural baselines. Ahead of the Kunming Biodiversity Conference in October, the UN is drafting up a Paris-style plan to finally address the issue in a big way. Faced with the prospect of Earth’s sixth mass extinction and losses of over 500 land species, the UN is finally drafting together a dedicated list of global biodiversity goals for 2030. Much like the...

By London, UK