Welcome to The Verge: Weekender edition. Each week, we'll bring you important articles from the previous weeks' original reports, features and reviews on The Verge. Think of it as a collection of a few of our favorite pieces from the week gone by, which you may have missed, or which you might want to read again. This was a very busy week (just ask around!) for us, and we've got a few more links than usual, so have fun!

Windows Phone 8 review

Microsoft's mobile OS is now on its third revision, but in many ways this feels like its first complete product. Windows Phone 8 powers great hardware, and adds a number of new features — can it stack up to iOS and Android? (Also, check out our reviews of two new Windows Phone 8 devices, the Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8X).


Microsoft rips a page from Spotify's playbook to take on iTunes

This isn't Microsoft's first foray into digital music — but with the lessons of Zune in its back pocket and the successes of streaming services like Spotify to compare against, Xbox Music looks to be one of the fiercest competitors to Apple's throne yet.

iPad mini review

The much-rumored iPad mini finally made its debut this week, and the 7.85-inch tablet offers a lot of what we love about the larger iPad — but it lags behind its larger sibling in some important ways.

‘Punch Quest’ is the iPhone’s hottest game, but it’s a financial flop

Rocketcat's appropriately-named game, which follows a punching hero through a series of levels, is one of the most popular titles on the iPhone right now. So why isn't it making any money?


'Why won't you die?!' The art of the jump scare

From Psycho to Paranormal Activity, the magic and craft behind the classic horror technique.

Post-hurricane, New York's internet industry runs on diesel

Running a startup in New York City can be challenging enough without Mother Nature getting in your way. Adrianne Jeffries looks at the trials and tribulations of the Big Apple's internet industry as it tries to stay on its feet in the wake of a natural disaster.

Google Nexus 4 review

Google's quietly making itself into a hardware company. In addition to the Nexus 10 tablet, the company unveiled the new Nexus 4 smartphone, made by LG to be the perfect representation of the Android experience. An experience, apparently, that doesn't include LTE.

Election 2012: where do Obama, Romney, Johnson, and Stein stand on tech issues?

The election is just a few short days away. T.C. Sottek reports on voting on cyber war, space, drone armies, and internet freedom.