News@10: Halo: Reach, Acer Liquid Metal & The Fastest Internet In The US

Microsoft delegated a Spartan complete with a jetpack to London's Trafalgar Square to mark the launch of Halo: Reach, the prequel to the ground breaking game Halo: Combat Evolved, at midnight last night. Hundreds flocked to retailers to pick up their copy of the fourth game of the series - and the last by Bungie - as it finally arrived on the shelves.

Acer's Liquid Metal smartphone is expected to be launched towards the end of October if the latest rumours are to be believed. The Android Liquid Metal should run on a 800MHz ARM-based Qualcomm processor, come with a 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen with Dolby Mobile, a camera with flash, 512MB RAM, Bluetooth 3.0 and Android OS 2.2.

US retail giant Wal-Mart has rolled out a new post-paid wireless plan for families, set to run on T-Mobile US network. The new wireless plans joins Wal-Mart's Common Cents and Straight Talk wireless offerings, which run on Sprint Nextel and Verizon Wireless respectively.

Chattanooga, a city in southern Tennessee, has unveiled the fastest broadband service in the United States. Google had planned to offer the fastest broadband service in the US, but has been beaten by the municipally-owned service provider.

Apple has confirmed that it will be selling the iPad tablet computer in China as from Friday. The move is an attempt to crack the booming home-grown tablet computer market and to fend off competition from the scores of iPad lookalikes made in mainland China.