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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Matthew's Latest Posts


What Is Net Neutrality & Why Should I Care?

1 day ago

A significant number see Net Neutrality as essential to the survival of the Internet. In this article, we’re going to look at why Net Neutrality matters, and why we should fight to protect it.


PowToon Makes It Easy To Create Animated Videos And Slideshows

2 days ago

Have you ever thought about what would happen if it became drastically cheaper, quicker and easier to produce awesome cartoons? I have. And then I discovered PowToon, and their brand new presentation service, #Slides.

StartUp Britain Mini at BIS

Your Startup Should Have A Blog. Here’s Why

4 days ago

Here are some more compelling reasons why your startup cannot live without a blog.


EasilyDo Or Google Now: Which Is The Better Personal Assistant?

5 days ago

EasilyDo is a virtual personal assistant for iOS and Android that can be compared to Google Now. In fact, as we’ll discover shortly, it’s much better.


How To Generate Dummy Data in Ruby, Perl and Python

1 week ago

You’re building a web application, and you need some realistic information to shove into it. You need to check that your validation functions work perfectly, and see that your product actually works.


YNAB Makes It Easy To Make A Budget And Stick To It

2 weeks ago

Does your checking account remind you of a debt-burdened Southern European nation? You Need A Budget. We know it’s tough to keep track of spendings. YNAB can help.


4 Ways Homeschoolers Use Technology To Teach and Educate Their Children

2 weeks ago

What happens when your child’s schooling goes wrong? Would you abandon the public schooling system in its entirety and to embrace something radically different — homeschooling?


Move Over Shell-Scripts: Is Here, And It’s Awesome.

1st April, 2014

I bet you didn’t know that you could write shell scripts in Python: allows you to call programs, pass parameters and handle outputs.


Just a Single Page Website: 3 Reasons Why It Can Work For Your Idea

31st March, 2014

One thing I love about the Internet is how it perennially exists in a state of evolution, adopting new ideas and discarding ones which have ceased to work. Take Flash, for example. From the mid-90s to the mid-2000s, it was the dominant tool used to add interactivity and panache to websites. Countless security vulnerabilities and […]


What To Wear: Compare Before You Shop For Your Next Apparel On picVpic

26th March, 2014

Shopping for clothes online is hard. picVpic wants to make your online apparel shopping easier by becoming the ultimate aggregator for clothing and accessories, whilst making it easy to compare prices across fashion websites.


Deus Ex: The Fall Is Out. Is It Any Good?

25th March, 2014

Does this game capture the glory of the old games, or does it fall flat?


Keybase Wants To Bring Encryption To The Masses. Here’s How.

24th March, 2014

When Edward Snowden leaked a veritable treasure-trove of documents to Guardian journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, nobody could have predicted the impact his revelations would have had upon the world. In particular, the Snowden revelations had a profound and significant effect on the crypto world for two important reasons. Firstly, for the first time ever, there […]

Wordpress Developer

How To Find Your First Clients As A WordPress Freelancer

24th March, 2014

Freelance development is just about being an insanely hot programmer, right? Right? Wrong.


Facebook Wants To Build A Better PHP With Hack. Spoiler: It’s Really Good.

23rd March, 2014

10 years ago, in a Harvard dorm room, Facebook was launched. Initially, it was just Mark Zuckerberg hacking away at a codebase which consisted exclusively of PHP code, interacting with a MySQL database. Since then, it has ballooned in size, both in terms of users and developers working on a codebase which is constantly growing. […]


Want to Teach? 4 Ways To Share Your Knowledge & Experience Online

19th March, 2014

Teaching is an important process in learning. It is no longer the preserve of academics and schoolteachers. Anyone can become a teacher. Here’s how.