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Daily Roundup: HTC kicks off $1 billion rebrand, Elon Musk's Hyperloop, Liquid E2 review, and more!

David Fishman

You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

Acer Liquid E2 review

It goes without saying that you can't compare a $276 phone to a high-end $600 one, so when reviewing the Acer Liquid E2 we tried to keep that in mind. But, you may wonder, even at its price level, is the phone good enough to sign over two years of your mobile life to? The Liquid E2 is a decent handset for casual users, offering good battery life and stock Android. Just make sure you've lowered your expectations before taking the plunge. Read on for more.

Daily Roundup HTC kicks off $1 billion rebrand, Elon Musk's Hyperloop, Liquid E2 review, and more!

Engadget's back to school guide 2013: smartphones

School's just around the bend, and we're here to help you alleviate some of that pre-term stress with our back to school smartphone guide. From keeping track of your class schedule on the go to helping you make after-hours plans, a handset is your go-to mobile gadget, so you'll definitely want a good one. Luckily, you have plenty of great options across budget categories, operating systems and screen sizes. Click the link above for our full recommendations, and don't forget to enter our giveaway for a chance to win big!

Daily Roundup HTC kicks off $1 billion rebrand, Elon Musk's Hyperloop, Liquid E2 review, and more!

Primed: The smashing science behind particle accelerators

Over the last several decades particle accelerators have revealed the existence of elementary particles such as quarks, led to the discovery of antimatter and generally helped us unlock the mysteries of the universe. After shedding light on the darkest corners of theoretical physics, they moved onto helping with breakthroughs in medical imaging and cancer research. So how do these massive colliders work, and what do they really do for society? Head on up, and let Terrence O'Brien explain it all in our latest edition of Primed.

Elon Musk details Hyperloop: public transit via aluminum pods and electric motors

Elon Musk is a man of transportation. Be it his endeavors into the private space travel industry with Space X, or Tesla, his electric car company that's causing ripples in the motor vehicle industry as a whole. Musk's latest project is revolutionizing public transportation with the Hyperloop, an aluminum pod that can travel at speeds up to 800 miles an hour, cutting the trip from SF to LA down to just 30 minutes. Sound interesting? Read more at the link above and be sure to check out the full plans for all the details.

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