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    The Weekender: meeting munchkins, monitoring mining, and making concept cars move

    The Weekender: meeting munchkins, monitoring mining, and making concept cars move


    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

      The Verge Awards: the best of CES 2014

      It's easy to be overwhelmed by just how many new products are unveiled at CES, but each year, some rise above the rest as clear winners of the show. Here are the absolute best of the best new products and technologies we saw this week at CES 2014.

    • Report

      Finding Oz in the heart of Las Vegas

      The tech industry may descend on Vegas from New York, San Francisco, and around the world for CES, but it's still the locals who put on all the shows. Meet the people of Vegas, through a microcosm of actors right on the show floor.

    • Report

      Lean into it: test driving Toyota's i-Road concept car

      Could a tiny, cramped, short-range vehicle become the solution to car sharing? Toyota plans to find out by running a trial with its i-Road concept car in Japan and France. Here's what it's like to ride in the tiny, three-wheeled vehicle.

    • Report

      Circuit vapers: the e-cig is getting an upgrade

      E-cigarettes used to be all about disposables, but this year things have changed. Their manufacturers are quickly turning into technology companies, and their latest devices include everything from Bluetooth to fingerprint scanners.

    • Interview

      The designers behind webOS TV explain why it's 'a little bit snarky'

      webOS is back from the dead, and though it was made for smartphones and tablets, it makes for a surprisingly good smart TV interface too. We spoke with two of the designers behind the new webOS to find out exactly how they made it happen.

    • Report

      Can Intel break our addiction to conflict minerals?

      All Intel processors released this year will be free of conflict minerals — a major shift for a major tech company, and one that could raise awareness to their continued use. But getting rid of conflict minerals is an expensive process, and other companies may not be able to join in even if they want to.

    • Report

      This is the real CES

      While many of us come to CES to see the latest and greatest, a good contingent of the trade show's visitors are in town to do business. We followed around one buyer for a day to find out how business gets done in and out of CES' endless series of booths.

    • Report

      What happens if you fall asleep in a self-driving car? Audi knows

      We took a ride in Audi's new self-driving car to check out all of its latest tech. From detecting when you're sleeping to making sure you make the next light, Audi's incredible new features could one day make your rush-hour drive much, much easier.

    • Report

      Blood money: PulseWallet lets you pay with your veins

      The iPhone's Touch ID has made biometric scanners all the rage. Now PulseWallet wants to take it from your phone to the checkout counter, letting you charge your credit card with just a scan of your hand.

    • Report

      How Netflix won CES

      Even though Netflix didn't have an official presence at CES, it was absolutely everywhere. Here's how Netflix is saving the TV industry and changing what the future of television could look like.