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.

The End: A journey through America's Doomsday Obsession

An original five part series from The Verge investigates how the end of the world could happen, if it did happen.

Why Apple Maps needs Foursquare's 50 million venues

Apple needs good location data, and fast, in order to repair the damage from its botched Maps service. So it wasn’t surprising to read reports that the iPhone maker is considering a partnership with location-based social network Foursquare, which happens to be sitting on a homegrown database of 50 million venues in 220 countries, extremely valuable data, warts and all.


Sony NEX-6 review: can a pocket-sized camera finally kill your DSLR?

Sony's goal is very clear: it wants to replace your DSLR with a camera that's smaller, lighter, cheaper, and every bit as good. The company's released a handful of NEX models as it tries to reach the elusive goal, but with the NEX-6, it may have finally done it.

Animate your memes with Vimeo creator's new project, Moonbase

Jake Lodwick, one of the tech world's true eccentrics, has created what he calls an artists collective of computer programers, Elepath, to craft the next big thing. Its first project, Moonbase, a visual plug-and-play engine, that lets user create rich media that would require serious Javascript skills without writing a line of code.

Conflict-free: FairPhone struggles for more ethical smartphones in 2013


It’s an idea that’s been floating around for a while, a phone designed to have minimal impact on humans and the environment — and under FairPhone, a Dutch initiative for responsible tech, it’s quickly taking form.

It began with 'Spacewar!' A history of science fiction in video games

A new exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image invites you to play the classics.


The best all-in-one PC: we review the new touchscreen Windows 8 desktops

The many enhancements in Windows 8 — the more visual interface, the touch-friendliness — make Windows the perfect operating system for a touchscreen all-in-one. That's what we thought, anyway, so we took a half-dozen of the desktops for a spin to see which ones are really worth your money.