Matthew Hughes

Joined June 2013

Matthew Hughes is a software developer, student and writer from Liverpool, England. He is seldom found without a cup of strong black coffee in his hand and absolutely adores his Macbook Pro and his camera. You can read his blog at and follow him on twitter at @matthewhughes.

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4 Unusual Ways Of Monetizing Your Creative Content

8 hours ago

Are you a creative person? Perhaps you’re a fiction author, or an investigative journalist? Monetizing your work is tricky. Here are four of the best ways to monetize content without an inch of advertising.


How Technology May Be Influencing Human Evolution

6 days ago

There’s not a single aspect of the human experience that hasn’t been touched by technology. Everything from industry, to medicine, to how we work has been fundamentally reshaped by the technologies which emerged in the second half of the 20th century.


TorrentLocker Is A New Ransomware Down Under. And It’s Evil.

2 weeks ago

Cryptolocker might be dead and buried, but there’s a new piece of malware looking to take the Ransomware crown. It’s called TorrentLocker, and it’s positively evil. TorrentLocker is said to borrow features from both the infamous CryptoLocker ransomware, as well as CryptoWall. Despite being a derivative of these malware programs, the security researchers who discovered […]


Work With Images? Here’s Why You Need BatchPhoto 4

2 weeks ago

Extracting beautiful images from your photos can be a time consuming process. With BatchPhoto 4 making your pictures look better becomes a breeze. Get it free with MakeUseOf Rewards.


What Happened On ’512K Day’?

15th August, 2014

Curious about how finer details of what went down on ’512K Day’?


CryptoLocker Is Dead: Here’s How You Can Get Your Files Back!

14th August, 2014

Good news for anyone affected by Cryptolocker. IT security firms FireEye and Fox-IT have launched a long-awaited service to decrypt files held hostage by the notorious ransomware. This comes shortly after researchers working for Kyrus Technology released a blog post detailing how CryptoLocker works, as well as how they reverse engineered it to acquire the […]


Smartphone & Laptop Searches: Know Your Rights

14th August, 2014

Do you know what your rights are when travelling overseas with a laptop, smartphone or hard drive?


NPR One Brings The Best Of US Public Broadcasting To iOS & Android

13th August, 2014

Australia has the ABC, the UK has the BBC, Ireland has RTÉ, and America has the venerable NPR.


Need A Cheap Laptop? Here Are The 5 Best Chromebooks In The Amazon Back-To-School Sale

13th August, 2014

The new school term is almost here, and with it, a deluge of Chromebooks at a rock-bottom price, courtesy of Amazon. Here are some of the best.


Goodbye Power Company: Why You May Soon Be Generating Your Own Electricity

12th August, 2014

Solar power allows the clean generation of electricity, using a source that is guaranteed to never run out in our lifetime – the sun. But will it ever beat out the power companies?


Immunicity Has Been Shut Down: Here’s What You Need To Know.

11th August, 2014

Police in England have arrested a Nottingham man accused of running a proxy server that provides access to sites subject to court-mandated blocks. The man – who has since been released on bail – was accused of running the Immunicity proxy service, which has been taken down by the authorities. This was designed to unblock […]


Efficient. Cheap. Awesome. Here’s Why New Spray-On Solar Cells Matter

6th August, 2014

The cost of solar energy is set to drop precipitously after a team of scientists working at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom announced development of solar cells using a spray-on process.


Is It Legal Or Illegal To Unlock My Smartphone In The US?

6th August, 2014

Unlocking your cellphone is now legal in the United States thanks to a bipartisan bill signed into law by President Obama, but it only lasts until 2015. Care to learn more about the legality of unlocking?


What’s That Song? Shazam Finally Hits The Mac App Store

3rd August, 2014

Music identification app Shazam has finally made its way to the Mac, allowing you to easily identify the music playing around you without reaching your your phone.


Type Less! PhraseExpander 4 Will Make You More Productive & Save Your Wrists

2nd August, 2014

Ever noticed that you are typing some phrases over and over again? Save time by assigning repetitive text to short abbreviations and let PhraseExpander write it out for you.