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

    Fanboys

    Here's what it's like to be truly in love with a brand, to fight for its products, its reputation, and its principals until it hurts. Here's how fanboys are made.

  • Report

    How Gatorade turned water into 'the enemy of performance'

    Usain Bolt's sprinting track was booby trapped with performance-degrading drops of water in a mobile game from none other than Gatorade. The game's troubling premise caused a small uproar, and though it's since been pulled, at least one food activist is still hoping to see Gatorade answer for its irresponsible advertising.

  • Report

    Blurred lines: how an app ruined the Sundance waiting game

    If you want to get into a coveted screening at Sundance, you used to have to get there early. Very early. This year the film festival is trying to make things easier with a digital queue, but while it's simpler, it might be ruining a lot of the fun.

  • Review

    Typo Keyboard review: mistakes were made

    The Typo keyboard case wants to add a BlackBerry-style keyboard right onto your iPhone. Unfortunately, looking like a BlackBerry doesn't mean it works anywhere near as well as one.

  • Report

    Machine feels: the search for emotionally intelligent software

    Can an iPhone app know exactly how you're feeling? Beyond Verbal is releasing a mobile version of its emotion-sensing software, which aims to break down feelings just by listening to your voice.

  • Report

    Moby wants you to take his music, make it better, and profit

    Few successful musicians would deliberately give away their work, but Moby actually thinks he can make money doing it. We caught up with him to hear about why he's giving away music on Bit Torrent, and how he sees it as beneficial to music and his career.

  • Feature

    Status Symbols: Tivoli PAL Radio

    Tivoli's portable PAL Radio may not be the most portable or the more powerful speaker around, but it certainly feels like it carries a premium. It's an incredibly stylish speaker that's built for radio, the road, and being relied on.

  • Report

    Video games change the way you dream

    Nightmares might be chilling for most of us, but for gamers, they could just be another virtual threat to topple. We spoke with psychologist Jayne Gackenbach to hear about her investigations into the dreams of gamers.

  • Review

    'The Raid 2' review: bigger and bloodier

    The Raid's incredibly action has come back bigger and better for the film's sequel. And this time, director Gareth Evans may have made a movie that's just as big on story as it is on action.

  • Report

    'The Wind Rises': the beauty and controversy of Miyazaki's final film

    Rather than sweeping viewers off to a fantastic new world, Hayao Miyazaki's final film focuses on the creation of one the most feared warplanes of World War II. Its approach to the dark subject matter has been controversial, but that may go to show more about Miyazaki himself than post-war Japan.