TED – Ideas Worth Spreading

Total Score:  28.5

Looking for inspiration?  TED provides you with on demand short videos by the best thinkers in the world.  Whether your interest is education, architecture, green living, technology or global issues, you’ll find the information you need.  These videos were shot at the one of the annual TED conferences.  There is an archive of all the talks to date and as new conferences convene, a constant supply of new material.   Rather than watching the latest rerun of Family Guy – spend some quality time with TED.

Price Rating = 5      This app is free

Ease of Use Rating = 5     You are presented with a menu of videos – all you need to do is choose one.

Readability Rating = 5     The font size on both the iPad and iPhone is completely reasonable.

 Will You Use It Rating = 5     If you have a curiosity about life and a desire to learn, you will value this app.

Downsides Rating  = -1     Sometimes the video stops to allow it to buffer – or catch up with the full loading process.  You will need a Wi-Fi  connection for a download.

  Consumer Review Rating = 4.5     There are only about 2,700 reviews.  Most are enthusiastic about the app.  A few people have reported the app freezes up.  The load time will vary depending on your connection.

 Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5     We need to have something to help us keep our brains alive and considering new thoughts.  Having something at our fingertips to deliver creative, funny and thought-provoking ideas is a treat.

How does it work? 

  1. There are several tabs at the bottom of the screen.  You can choose to see which talks were featured, the “inspire me” tab, archives or search for a specific person or topic.  You can also bookmark certain talks to create a “my talks” tab.
  2. If you choose the “inspire me” talk it will provide you with a list of topics to choose from – do you want something courageous, funny, persuasive, ingenious, jaw dropping, beautiful and the list goes on.   Then it will ask you how much time you have.  You will be offered a selection that fits your time period.
  3. On the iPad you have another option – you can select a “tag” for a topic.  It will sort by topic.  For instance there are two talks about ants, five about birds and sixty about brains.
  4. The iPhone also has a “Radio” button.  You can push they and get just audio.  It appears to just be random selections.  I don’t see that option on the iPad.

There is a large database of talks from which to choose.  You can use this as an opportunity to expand your mind and fill your downtime with something that educates and entertains.

Devices:  This app can be used on either the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.  It requires iOS 3.2 or later.  This app was developed by Ted Conferences, LLC.




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