TED, the all-inclusive nonprofit busy with the never-ending task of promoting "Ideas Worth Spreading," are officially spreading those ideas to Android devices as the group has announced the release of an official app for the platform. Similar to the iOS that's been hanging around for a while, the Android app will enable users to browse and watch the full library of TEDTalks, all of which are categorized, searchable and tagged.
The functionality of the TED app is fine-tuned for the mobile audience, and allows for offline browsing and viewing, as well as audio-only engagement. That way, if you're out on a drive or even enjoying a refreshing jog, Android users can still listen to the TEDTalks without the distraction of the pretty images dancing on the screen of your smartphone. The TEDTalks are updated daily so users will be able to access the newest videos as soon as they're online. Also, if you've connected your Facebook and Twitter accounts, you can
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"At TED, we're always looking for powerful new ways to spread ideas," said June Cohen, Executive Producer for TED Media, said in the release statement. "With its vast installed user base, the Android platform is an important new frontier for us in our effort to bring new thinking and ideas to even more people."
The new TED app is built for a wide array of Android-enabled phones and tablets, including the new Sony Tablet P "dual screen" and the Amazon Kindle Fire. The design adapts to various screen sizes making the experience adjustable for different devices. The app will initially be available in the Google Play Store and the Amazon Appstore for Android.
At this point, if you're a regular internet junkie with a penchant for learning new things, you've undoubtedly come across TED before. For the neophytes who might not yet have had a proper introduction to the idea-spreading, knowledge-building, and generally awe-inspiring rockstar collective of good idea people, ranging from sanitation managers to marine biologists, here's a few videos to get you started on your soon-to-be-settled addiction to TEDTalks.
Kathryn Schulz, author of Being Wrong, giving a talk called 'Don't Regret Regret' in which she argues that you shouldn't feel bad when you do life badly.
Here's a recent one by Rob Reid called 'The $8 Billion iPod.'
Carlo Ratti, speaking about design and data, 'Architecture That Senses and Responds.'
Finally, here's a talk from 2007 called 'Your Brain Is Badly Wired - Enjoy It!' by Al Seckel, a cognitive neuroscientist speaking about the delightfully dumb things our brain does.