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.

Microsoft just teased the next Xbox at CES

Tucked away in Samsung's CES press conference of all places, Microsoft may have just quietly shown off bits and pieces of the next Xbox that's expected to be unveiled later this year.

HP Envy X2 review

Just about every PC manufacturer is trying to figure out what a Winodws 8 PC looks like. HP's betting it's a convertible, 11.6-inch laptop with long battery life and a design that looks more than a little like a MacBook Air. We tried to figure out if they were right.


Inside one of the last pinball factories in the world

Chicago's Stern Pinball is a survivor of a bygone era in gaming.

For Amusement Only: the life and death of the American arcade

Almost all of America's video game arcades are gone. Where did they go? And where did they come from begin with? Is there a future for the arcade in America?

Tweet my fridge: the bizarre home appliances of CES


Brilliant 4K TVs and hot new gadgets aside, there's another part of CES that you don't always see: refrigerators. Ovens. Vacuums. Do you need your icebox to connect to Evernote? Sam Byford has you covered.

How Twitter made Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend look real

The story of the Notre Dame football star's fabricated girlfriend is rapidly becoming one of the strangest stories of 2013 so far. How did it happen? Russell Brandom and Tim Carmody break it down.


No more secrets! Cypherpunks, Wikileaks, and the new era of total surveillance

Andy Greenberg talks Bradley Manning, cryptographic anonymity, and Icelandic information activists.


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon is still one of our favorite Windows ultrabooks, so we were curious when the company updated its flagship laptop with a touchscreen and Windows 8. We took it for a spin to see how it works, and if the X1 Carbon Touch could be the Windows 8 laptop we've been waiting for.