The Weekender: Larping, new iMacs, and celebrity endorsements

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Welcome to The Verge: Weekender edition. Each weekend, we bring you important articles from the previous week's original reports, features and reviews on The Verge. Think of it as a collection of a few of our favorite pieces from the week gone by, which you may have missed, or which you might want to read again.

Jawbone Up review (2012)

Jawbone's first fitness band was popular and well-liked, but ran into some serious problems. Now the company's back with a new device that promises to help you eat better, exercise more, and actually get some sleep. We loved the idea (and needed some sleep), so we took the new Up for a spin.

My so-called larp: learning to love in a world without men

Surviving a weekend of quadruple-crosses, motherhood, and emotional world building

'Barkley 2': the world's most ridiculous game gets a sequel

"The year is 666X. A powerful youngster, wise beyond his years, awakens from a B-Ball induced coma aboard the mysterious dwarf space ziggurat Necron 7, held captive by the Malevolent A.I. Cuchulainn."

And it gets weirder from there. Andrew Webster takes a look at the sequel to one of the most absurd games ever made.

The stars are liars: how Twitter outs celebrity smartphone shills

A quirk in the way Twitter works is making it tough on celebrities who are getting paid to endorse products they don't actually want to use in real life. How's that secret iPhone of yours, Carly Rae?

Escape to Earthship: Building a home for the end of days

Despite Constructing utopia in Taos, one tire at a time

New World Order: is the UN about to take control of the internet?

Next week, the UN's International Telecommunication Union is holding secretive talks in Dubai that could change the very fabric of the way the internet is controlled. What does it mean for you?

Acer C7 Chromebook review: the rebirth of the $199 laptop?

$199 laptops have always made us think of ugly netbooks that don't work well and are mercifully mostly extinct. But Acer wants to bring back the cheap genre, by pairing its hardware with an operating system — Chrome OS — that doesn't need huge horsepower to work well. We tried to decide if a $200 laptop is once again a reality.

Apple iMac and Mac mini review (late 2012)

The last of Apple's devices to get a refresh, the company's desktop computers were certainly not forgotten. Both the iMac and Mac mini now ship with new (and mostly improved) internals, and the iMac got a design overhaul as well. Has Apple improved on a great thing even more? We found out.

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