Weekends with Engadget: the future of Oculus Rift, new HTC One review and more!

Welcome to Weekends with Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines from the past seven days -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. For even more news, subscribe to our Flipboard magazine!

Can Oculus survive the Facebook effect?

Earlier this week, the internet responded to Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR with a swift fury. But it's not all bad news. Our own Marc Perton points out, the deal doesn't change the essence of the Oculus Rift, or its potential for non-gaming applications.

HTC One review (2014): a great phone, but no longer a game-changer

HTC's new One is official, and it's quite the looker. With a sleek unibody chassis reminiscent of last year's model, the new One packs a larger 5-inch screen, and a brand new version of its Sense UI. What's more, the handset is one sale in the US today, starting at $199 for the 16GB version.

iTunes Radio now streams the news, thanks to NPR

Last week, NPR announced that it joined iTunes Radio as the music streaming service's first news channel. It may be the exclusive station for iDevice users at the moment, but we expect that won't last for long.


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review (2014): new, but not necessarily improved

The new ThinkPad X1 Carbon brings everything Lenovo fans loved about the original X1 Carbon, just in a lighter, slimmer package. Some users, however, may not enjoy its new "adaptive panel," which replaces the traditional Fn keys. You can pick one up for $1,259, but be warned: the X1 Carbon has the shortest battery life in its class.

Turkish government bans YouTube following attempt to remove corruption videos

The Turkish government has struck again, this time banning YouTube in what appears to be an attempt to remove videos that contain evidence of political corruption. At this point, the restriction is active on several ISPs and continues to roll out.

San Francisco Giants (and most of MLB) adopt Apple's iBeacon for an enhanced ballpark experience

The iBeacon is a small Apple device that boosts iPhone location services through Bluetooth -- and the San Francisco Giants are outfitting their entire stadium with the tech. For the Giants, as well as 19 other MLB teams following suit, the iBeacon is yet another way to bring mobile interaction with fans to the next level.

Facebook: A visual history

Mark Zuckerberg's social network turned 10 this year, so we took a look back at its design changes over the course of the decade. From profile redesigns to quarterly News Feed tweaks and open betas, constantly adapting aesthetics to catering to user habits has been a driving force for Facebook for quite some time.

Office for iPad review: three beautiful apps, each with strong competition

After quite a few leaks, Microsoft officially outed its Office for iPad offering. Those curious to try it out will need an Office 365 subscription in order to opt in and OneDrive for cloud accessibility, making it an optimal choice for those already invested in Redmond's wares. Click through for all of the details in our full review.

This is what Facebook could look like on Oculus Rift (video)

As you're probably aware, Facebook dropped $2 billion on Oculus VR with the intent to bring "completely new kinds of experiences" to us all. And while that leaves much to the imagination, Chaotic Moon studios has an idea of what that could look like.

NSA spied on Huawei founder's emails to implicate him as a Communist Party insider

The New York Times managed to get a glimpse of documents suggesting that the NSA was hacking into the email account of Huawei founder, Ren Zhengfei. Apparently the government has been creating "back doors" in the company's systems since 2009.

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