Tech round-up for April 8: Scottevest, Homeworld, Borderlands, Star Wars

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This week in tech, vests for tech geeks and everyone else who hates backpacks, why there are so many remastered video games for the PS4 and Xbox One, and the Star Wars films debut in digital.

Apparel for gadget lovers

Scott Jordan solved a problem of our age: How to carry a multitude of gadgets simply and easily.

His solution wasn’t a utility belt, but a vest with pockets. Lots of pockets.

The Featherweight vest that I just picked up has 14 pockets, including one that has RFID-blocking material to keep your credit cards and ID from being skimmed.

It’s got pockets for pens, and mobile phones. You can string earbud headphones through the vest from an interior pocket to the collar. You can carry a full-size iPad and there’s an elastic in one pocket that will keep a one liter bottle of water upright.

Most amazing about the Scottevest products is that they are designed to carry the weight of all the gadgets, so it won’t hang low on one side and it’s not bulky, even with stuff packed into all the pockets. You’ll know that you’re carrying the extra weight, but nobody else will know.

Remastered video games to play

If you’re among those complaining there aren’t enough good games to play on your PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, add the remastered releases of Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! to the growing list of games from the previous generation of consoles being made available for the new ones.

And if you haven’t played Borderlands 2, you need to get on that, because it’s one of the best shooter-RPGs made for any generation.

Also remastered and released recently are high-definition remasters of Homeworld 1 and Homeworld 2, both originally developed in Vancouver at Relic Entertainment (released in 1999 and 2003, respectively), and République, originally developed as a serialized mobile game.

Read more at The Georgia Straight

Star Wars films getting released on digital

People like me have owned the Star Wars films in dozens of formats, and now there’s another one we can pay money for. On Friday (April 10), the six films in the series are being released in high-definition digital, and there are dozens of bonus videos that are part of the collection.

Purists should note that the versions of the films being made available are the special editions, in which George Lucas added a bunch of content, including Greedo shooting at Han Solo before the nerf herder killed the bounty hunter in the Mos Eisley cantina.

There are some nine digital distributors that will be selling the films, individually and bundled as a box-set of sorts, including iTunes, Google Play, and Xbox Video. The price is the same no matter what service you use, $25 per film or $125 for the bunch, but for those who purchase all six films, Microsoft is throwing in the R2-D2 avatar for Xbox 360 and the Star Wars Pinball pack for Pinball FX 2 (available for free on Xbox One and Xbox 360).


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