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TED Mobile Review
by on March 24, 2011
Launched in 2006, TED is a string of global conferences at which experts from many fields are invited to explain to non-experts what their ideas are and why they are important to the world – in 20 minutes or less. The talks are recorded and uploaded for free viewing from the TED website, and now from the TED Mobile app for iPhone.
For anyone used to the TED website, the app is a breeze. All the talks from previous TED conferences are available to view and are browseable by theme, name and tags (animals, social change, design etc.). There’s also a search feature if a favourite talk has sunk too far back on the ever-growing list of videos to be easy to find.
As you’d expect from a the TED conference (the T in TED stands for “technology”, after all) the video and audio quality of the talks is excellent, and videos load up quickly and play within the app, rather than directing you to a YouTube page or the TED site.
The area of expertise on show at the TED conferences is also exemplary and wide-ranging (former speakers include Bill Gates, Google founders Sergei Brin and Larry Page, Avatar director James Cameron, writer Malcolm Gladwell, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Jamie Oliver), and, just like the site, the videos available on the iPhone are all free to watch, and clock in at under twenty minutes each.
TED Mobile is a nicely put together app bursting with clear content and expert opinion on subjects that might otherwise be too removed (or require too many PhDs) to appeal to non-experts. If you’re looking for a way to pass 20 minute bus rides and want something more productive than Angry Birds, there’s just no reason not to have this app.
Download this app: TED Mobile for iPhone
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