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The Weekender: avoiding hackers, deciphering cameras, and solving a century-old mystery

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.

  • Feature

    John Wilkes Booth killed Lincoln… but who killed John Wilkes Booth?

    John Wilkes Booth is believed to have died outside a barn in Port Royal, Virginia. But there’s a chance that he didn’t actually die that day, and that another man was mistakenly taken as Lincoln’s assassin. A descendant of Booth’s believes just as much, and others have been trying for decades to exhume and study the dead man's body.

  • Feature

    This is the Moto X. Can it save Motorola?

    Motorola has been teasing one blockbuster of a smartphone for a some time, and now it’s finally been unveiled. The Moto X has a couple of high-tech features and a hugely customizable color scheme — but it’s going to take a lot more than that to stand beside the best of the best.

  • Report

    Top 10 things to be afraid of from Black Hat and Def Con

    The biggest hacker conferences of the year took place this week, and if you were in the area, you’d better have come prepared. Here are some of the scariest tricks coming through this year’s conference.

  • Interview

    Remembering Stanley: Christiane Kubrick on protecting the legacy of a master

    How do you look after the legacy of an iconic filmmaker? We sat down with Stanley Kubrick’s wife to talk about how she’s trying to correct the misconceptions about her husband, while at the same time, opening up the remnants of his work to the public.

  • Review

    Google Chromecast review

    Google has built what could be one of the easiest ways to beam content from your computer and the web over to a TV. But without partnerships with big names like HBO, can the Chromecast even do enough to make it worthwhile?

  • Report

    The curious case of Kandinsky: how Communist Russia enabled art forgers to make millions

    Auction houses are fighting back against forgery with X-rays, radiation, and other high-tech tools that can help to expose the truth behind a seemingly valuable painting. But art forgers are still getting away with it — and Russian history may be the reason why.

  • Feature

    Buying a camera: everything you need to know

    The fundamentals of photography can get surprisingly convoluted. We broke them all down to so you’ll know exactly what to look for when choosing the perfect camera.

  • Report

    Danger, Carlos: internet-fueled sex addiction is growing

    Anthony Weiner is caught up in another sexting scandal, and some therapists aren’t too surprised. With the rise of the web, sex addiction has skyrocketed — but some still aren’t taking the issue seriously.

  • Review

    Nvidia Shield review

    The Nvidia Shield bolts together a high-resolution touchscreen and an Xbox-like gaming controller for what could finally be the perfect solution to gaming on Android. Has Nvidia finally cracked the code?

  • Interview

    Genetics and the jock: inside the new science of athletic excellence

    David Epstein’s new book, The Sports Gene, explores the hidden links between genetics and athletics. We caught up with him to chat about the ways athletes are already trying to cheat their genes, how you might be doing the wrong workouts at the gym, and just how complex the genetic-athletic link really is.