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.

Can India make a usable $35 tablet?

After a false start, British firm DataWind is working with the Indian government once again to deliver an ultra-low-cost tablet capable of connecting hundreds of millions of people to the internet. Is the second time the charm?

Google Maps for iPhone is here: how data and design beat Apple

Google answered the cry for help of millions this week with the release of an authentic, attractive version of its Maps app for iOS. Here's why it's so much better than Apple's latest effort.


Genes, patents, and big business: at 23andMe, are you the customer or the product?

Decoding your genes is cheaper and more accessible than ever, thanks to 23andMe's price drop from $299 to $99 — but in the long term, that's not how the company plans to make money.

HTC Windows Phone 8S review

HTC's throwing all its weight behind its Windows Phone 8 lineup, starting with the high-end 8X. But the 8S, which debuted to far less fanfare and may never make it to the US, is a rare combination of inexpensive and well-designed. Does HTC have another hit on its hands?

The future of television has arrived: it's called the iPad


A room full of content and cable execs waved their iPads in the air at a packed conference on the future of television in New York this week, and that tells you everything you need to know about where the small screen is headed.

Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ review

Barnes & Noble's latest tablets are designed to compete with the best devices on the market, from the Kindle Fire HD to the iPad. Can the bookstore remake itself as a manufacturer to be reckoned with? We spent some time with the new Nook HD+ to find out..


Rise of the giant robots: how one Japanese cartoon spawned a genre

Why everything from ‘Voltron’ to ‘Evangelion’ owes a lot to artist Go Nagai and 'Mazinger Z'