Ookla: AT&T iPhone 4 Faster than Verizon in 3G Tests

AT&T lost its exclusivity grip on the on the iPhone 4 when Verizon started carrying the Apple device earlier this month, but if it comes as any consolation, the wireless carrier won Ookla’s head-to-head broadband tests, Wired reports. You may recog…

AT&T lost its exclusivity grip on the on the iPhone 4 when Verizon started carrying the Apple device earlier this month, but if it comes as any consolation, the wireless carrier won Ookla’s head-to-head broadband tests, Wired reports. You may recognize Ookla as the team behind Speedtest.net, an online broadband metric. Ookla recently turned its attention to the iPhone 4 by compiling data from iPhone users who downloaded and ran the mobile version of Speedtest.

The average download speed on AT&T, as represented by 43,000 AT&T iPhone 4 owners, was 1,769Kbps and the average upload speed was 730Kbps. The former is twice as fast as was reported by Verizon’s 14,000 customers, whose average download speed was 848Kbps (average upload was 506Kbps).

“I think that’s the story I expected to see,” said Doug Sutties, co-founder of Ookla. “Verizon has never talked up their speed, but they always talk up their coverage and reliability. I think the story is quality versus throughput. What are you after?”

Good question, and we’ll pass it on to you. Which do you value more? Sound off in the comments section below!

2 Million Windows Phone 7 Devices Shipped Last Quarter

Microsoft has again broken their vow of silence to release some Windows Phone 7 figures. But really, we don’t know why they were being so coy about it. According to Microsoft, 2 million Windows Phone 7 devices were shipped last quarter. This is no…

Microsoft has again broken their vow of silence to release some Windows Phone 7 figures. But really, we don’t know why they were being so coy about it. According to Microsoft, 2 million Windows Phone 7 devices were shipped last quarter. This is not the number actually sold to customers, but 2 million shipped to retailers is not a bad showing. Still, we’re hoping to see some sales numbers soon.

Microsoft said that brand awareness of Windows Phone 7 has spiked 22% since launch to 66% total. User satisfaction is also looking good at 93%. For a fledgling platform, those are good numbers. There was also an update on the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, which now has over 6500 applications. Microsoft still has a long way to catch up to Android and iOS, but this is just the first step in recapturing their shrinking market share.

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Rumor: RIM’s Playbook Could Run Android Apps

RIM is in the process of planning for a QNX-based future. The robust operating system is the basis of the upcoming Blackberry Playbook, and BGR is reporting that some decisions are coming down the pike that could allow Android apps to run on RIM’s QNX …

RIM is in the process of planning for a QNX-based future. The robust operating system is the basis of the upcoming Blackberry Playbook, and BGR is reporting that some decisions are coming down the pike that could allow Android apps to run on RIM’s QNX devices. RIM is likely going to use a new Java virtual machine to allow legacy apps to work on QNX. Among the candidates is Dalvik, which is the VM used in Android.

If RIM chose Dalkiv, they could use the open source version of the VM with no dealings with Google. This would allow users to sideload Android app APK files. If RIM really wants to blow consumers away, they could come to some arrangement with Google to certify the Playbook for the Android Market. This last bit sounds like crazy talk to us, but anything is possible. 

The Playbook is running on ARM architecture like all other Android devices, so apps would likely work to some degree. We can’t be sure about how well they will work, but it should technically be possible. Does this sound plausible to you?

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Wolfram Alpha Now Offers Free API Access

Attention math nerds everywhere. Everyone’s computational knowledge engine, Wolfram Alpha, has just opened up version 2.0 of their developer API. This version brings many improvements to help you cheat at math and statistics even faster. For instance, …

Attention math nerds everywhere. Everyone’s computational knowledge engine, Wolfram Alpha, has just opened up version 2.0 of their developer API. This version brings many improvements to help you cheat at math and statistics even faster. For instance, API 2.0 supports asynchronous operation, so data that is simpler will be returned immediately, while data that requires more computation will be delivered later. Best of all, it’s now free.

Developers just need to sign up to get an API key to start working with Wolfram Alpha. There is extensive documentation for devs as well. All data is returned in XML by default, but plain text, HTML, or images can be specified. This is a smart way of returning results that should be well-suited to any number of applications. If you build anything great with Wolfram Alpha, make sure to clue us in.

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CES 2011: New Hands Free Camera From ContourGPS!

To wrap up our coverage for today, watch Editorial Director Jon Phillips take a quick look at a new hands free camcorder from CountourGPS. The portable, HD-ready camera can be stuck virtually anywhere, (i.e. helmet, gun, etc) and can now synch to your …

To wrap up our coverage for today, watch Editorial Director Jon Phillips take a quick look at a new hands free camcorder from CountourGPS. The portable, HD-ready camera can be stuck virtually anywhere, (i.e. helmet, gun, etc) and can now synch to your phone to act as a live viewfinder! Pretty intense right? Don’t just take our word for it. Video below!  

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