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.

  • Feature

    The cult of Cthulhu: real prayer for a fake tentacle

    The Necronomicon is a powerful spellbook that informs the world of H.P. Lovecraft’s fiction — but it was almost definitely never a real book. Yet a purported Necronomicon has made waves among fans, and no one can say for certain where it came from.

  • Detours

    The camera next door: how neighbors watch neighbors in New Orleans

    Verge Detours’ final stop of the year is in New Orleans’ French Quarter, where residents have blanketed their neighborhood with private security cameras to deter crime. Eerie as it may sound, the cameras might just be working.

  • Review

    Sony PlayStation 4 review

    The next generation of game consoles is finally here, or at least, they're supposed to be. The PlayStation 4 has more power and more versatility than its predecessor, but does it really change the game?

  • Report

    Christening the USS Gerald Ford: inside the most advanced, most expensive warship ever built

    The Navy’s new supercarrier is an incredibly advanced warship that introduces a number of major new technologies. It’s also really expensive — and not everyone is sure it’s worth the ballooning costs.

  • Feature

    The edge of the abyss: exposing the NSA's all-seeing machine

    Just how does the NSA work and how much of your data can it access? We pieced through everything that's been revealed of the secretive agency to find out exactly that.

  • Review

    iPad mini with Retina display review

    Apple’s smaller tablet finally has a gorgeous, high-resolution display to go with its sleek body. It's fast, it's light, and it has a ton of apps: is there anything not to like?

  • Report

    Startup metropolis: why so many American cities are trying to be Silicon Valley

    More than few big US cities are vying to be the next major tech hub, but is there any real chance that they’ll succeed? Giving entrepreneurs the tools they need is easy for local governments, and so far, signs show that it just might work out for some of them.

  • Feature

    How to buy a smartphone: a guide

    Buying a smartphone is getting harder and harder, if only because the choices are all getting so good. We broke down exactly what you should look for and what you need to know when buying your next phone.

  • Review

    Lenovo Yoga Tablet review

    Lenovo has made some of the smartest convertible laptops to date, and now it’s taking some of that eccentricity to Android tablets. Unfortunately, an eccentric design may be all that's worth noting on the Yoga Tablet.

  • Report

    Afghanistan is growing more opium than ever ahead of US withdrawal

    Afghanistan’s opium trade has accelerated as the US military nears its withdrawal, and once it leaves for good, some suspect that economic instability may only make poppy farming all the more prominent.