You know a technology's gone mainstream when the tabloids start yelling about it. This year the Sun, the Mirror, the Express, and the Daily Star have run splashes ranging from "Kodi Crackdown" through "Kodi Killers" to "Kodi TOTAL BAN!". It's not that they've stumbled on an underground hack scene; the stories have been briefed by copyright owners and law enforcement agencies. So what is Kodi, and why is it such a threat to The Man?
Newcastle’s Centre for Life has hosted the UK’s portion of the global Maker Faire phenomenon since 2014. Previously I’ve arrived to be greeted by a giant purple robot, a fire-breathing mechanical dragon and a musical traction engine. This year there’s just a man in a hat blowing bubbles. Behind him, though, is a Bake-Off-sized marquee extending the show floor to a packed sixth hall, where even more folk are doing more than ever with readily available technology.