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

    Xbox, watch TV: inside Microsoft's audacious plan to take over the living room

    The Xbox 360 has been slowly taking over the living room, but now Microsoft is going all in with the Xbox One. We took a deep dive into the new system with some of Xbox’s top team members to see where the One is trying to take gaming and TV.

  • Detours

    Where cats glow green: weird feline science in New Orleans

    Creating a glowing green cat isn’t the only thing the ACRES research center in New Orleans is working on. Using cloning, it’s been working to save endangered species of cats for extinction — but overcoming cloning’s inefficiencies isn’t easy.

  • Review

    iPad Air review

    The iPad has been the tablet to beat for years, and now Apple’s making it even better. It’s slimmer, lighter, and faster — but has Apple figured out what to do with all that power yet?

  • Feature

    Out of the picture: why the world's best photo startup is going out of business

    It takes more than a great product to build a great business. We spent some time with Everpix as the team prepared to announce its shutdown, seeing what they learned from the photo service's two years of work.

  • Report

    We play with the Steam Machine, Valve's game console of the future

    Valve is trying to turn the PC into a game console just like the Xbox or PlayStation. It’s an ambitious project that will launch next year, but we got to play with an early version. Here’s what it’s like to use Valve’s new style of game console.

  • Review

    ‘Thor: The Dark World’ review: Marvel keeps its hot streak alive

    The first Thor was a rare miss in Marvel’s growing collection of superhero movie hits, but its sequel manages to turn things around. The Dark World may revel in its comic book roots, but that’s exactly what fans will love.

  • Review

    Nexus 5 review

    Google new flagship smartphone is a powerhouse that only costs $350 off contract. It’s perfect for showing off the latest version of Android, but has Google paid as much attention to hardware as it has to software? Be sure to check out our review of Android 4.4 KitKat too.

  • Report

    More than a replicant: 'Moments Lost' revisits 'Blade Runner' through music

    A group of musicians, illustrators, and writers are looking to create an ambitious and expansive concept album inspired by Blade Runner. In their vision, the album wouldn’t just have songs, but a complete story and illustration to go along with every single track as well.

  • Report

    PayPal who? Dwolla is the most daring digital payment startup you've never heard of

    Dwolla isn’t just trying to streamline digital payments, it’s inventing an entirely new system to make them happen. So far you can use Dwolla to pay over 25,000 different parties — from merchants to government agencies — but now it may finally be getting simple enough for the average consumer to use.

  • Review

    Amazon Kindle Fire HDX review (8.9-inch)

    The largest of Amazon’s new tablets isn’t short for power, and it’s one of the least expensive large tablets out there. But Amazon still wants the experience to be all about, well, Amazon, and that might not be enough versatility for a tablet anymore.