Welcome to The Verge: Weekender edition. Every Saturday, we'll bring you some of the best and most important reads of the past seven days, from original reports, to in-depth features, to reviews and interviews. Think of it as a collection of some of our favorite pieces that you may have missed — or that you may just want to read again. You can follow along below, or keep up to date on Flipboard.

  • Report

    ‘Come to the flashing lights’: finding a lost autistic child in a city of 8 million

    Finding a lost child is hard enough, but finding an autistic child who's gone missing is something else entirely. Now the NYPD is trying out a new search method across New York City in the hope of finding Avonte Oquendo, who went missing two weeks ago.

  • Detours

    Cleaning up one of America's most polluted cities

    For years, thick smog hung over Pittsburgh's streets because steel plants wouldn't clean up their acts. Here's how the city is finally becoming cleaner than ever.

  • Review

    Windows 8.1 review

    With Windows 8.1, Microsoft is trying to polish out the rough patches from its brand new operating system. It's made everything flow better between the desktop and the new Metro interface, but is that enough to make Windows 8.1 a great OS?

  • Report

    The art and science of selling clothes to bros

    Online retailers are hoping that they can figure out what makes men's shopping instincts kick in… and maybe sell them a shirt or two while they're at it.

  • Feature

    The Classics: Roland SP-808 Groove Sampler

    What was it about the SP-808 that kept it alive far past its time? Meet the first box to put everything an electronic music producer needed all in one place.

  • Review

    'The Fifth Estate' review: truth is more interesting than fiction

    Julian Assange and WikiLeaks should be the perfect subjects for a tense and morally ambiguous drama. But with so much of the action happening in cyberspace, is it possible to create a compelling movie out of it?

  • Report

    Would you pay $2,000 for a GIF?

    It's hard to sell artwork that you can't hang up in a house, but digital artists are now selling their GIFs, YouTube videos, and web installations for thousands — even if owners can't really keep the artworks for themselves.

  • Review

    Fitbit Force review

    Can a fitness tracker replace your watch? Maybe not just yet, but it can at least look good and try to get you up off the couch — and Fitbit's Force may do one of the best jobs yet.

  • Report

    Two-way street: electric cars of the future could give power back to the grid

    As electricity-sucking cars begin to proliferate, the power grid is going to have to keep up. But while electric cars might seem to be the problem, they could actually become a solution — and one that's surprisingly profitable for cars' owners too.

  • Report

    Fragments of time: the wild, messy state of smartwatches

    Smartwatches are far from perfect. But how far have they come? We're looking across the current crop of smart, wrist-worn devices to see how smart they really are, and what a mythical iWatch would need to do in order to to beat them.