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The Weekender: boosting cars, crashing beaches, and building costumes for cosplay

The best of the week gone by

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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.

  • Review

    Google Nexus 7 review (2013)

    Google’s back for a second try at a 7-inch tablet, and this time around it may have nailed it. The Nexus 7 is priced right, has an amazing display, and is smaller than ever — but the big question is, is it enough to beat out the iPad mini?

  • Report

    How Google accidentally uncovered a Chinese ring of car thieves

    Google is constantly scouring its ad network for signs of fraud, but human eyes can’t catch everything. It took a smart machine and a little bit of investigation for the team to bust an unlikely scam that took place largely offline.

  • Feature

    David Geffen's beach is yours: crash Malibu's secret oceanside hotspots with your iPhone

    Private properties bump right up against the ocean in Malibu, but a lot of those beaches are still open to the public. Now a new app wants to arm beachgoers with the knowledge they need to fend off unruly private security who would keep them from the best spots on the coast.

  • Review

    Nokia Lumia 1020 review

    Nokia hasn’t changed much between the Lumia 920 — its last major flagship for AT&T — and the Lumia 1020, except for one big thing: it added a massive, high-resolution camera hanging off the back. Is that enough to pull this Windows Phone ahead of the iOS and Android competition?

  • Report

    Being Spider Girl: a day at Comic-Con with a master of make-believe

    Some people make a career out of dressing up, and Comic-Con is their event of the year. But for those who can’t make the money flow in, cosplay becomes an art of passion more than anything else.

  • Report

    Watch men: what hardcore timepiece collectors think about smartwatches

    Smartwatches are coming, but luxury watch makers have little reason to be worried: for a small sect of diehard collectors, ornate mechanisms and classic designs may still matter above all else.

  • Interview

    How murderers tell stories: director Joshua Oppenheimer on 'The Act of Killing'

    The Act of Killing documents the Indonesian army’s systematic killings during the fall of 1965 by having the killers reenact their actions. We spoke with the film’s director about the power of movies, the stories we tell ourselves, and the nature of evil.

  • Report

    Despair is a game in 'Gods Will Be Watching'

    The original Gods Will Be Watching came out of a three-day-long game jam and resulted in a cruel sci-fi puzzler where your characters just couldn’t make it out alive. Now after a successful Kickstarter, the team wants to supersize the game with all new ways to stress out its players.

  • Review

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and 10.1 review

    Samsung just released two new Android tablets. They’re both running the latest version of the OS, are nice and thin, and include a handful of the wild features found on the Galaxy S4 — but after testing them, we’re left wondering why Samsung made them in the first place.

  • Report

    As police crack down on pirate radio, broadcasters resist the move online

    New York is cracking down on illegal radio stations with laws that can make getting caught translate into jail time. But radio culture has become embedded in many of the ethnic communities throughout Brooklyn, and sending broadcasts online just won’t be the same.