App of the Week: TED app gets us ready for BC in 2014

We were excited to see the news last week that the main TED conference is moving to Vancouver, B.C., in 2014 — practically our backyard.  As it happens, the TED app for iPhone and iPad was recently updated with a slate of improvements, so we thought it only appropriate to give our new neighbors a friendly nod as our App of the Week.

The official TED app, which is also available for Android, offers an extensive archive of the conference’s signature talks, from notable and inspiring people including “education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus and music legends,” as the app’s description explains. It’s particularly good weekend content, with the ability to watch video or listen to audio while doing chores and errands.

New talks are added almost every day. The recent iOS update added new language and subtitle support, plus speed improvements and performance enhancements.

App of the Week is a regular feature of the GeekWire radio show and podcast, airing at 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays on 97.3 KIRO-FM in Seattle. The show runs every weekend on GeekWire.com. You can get every episode using this RSS feed, subscribe in iTunes. or search for the show on Stitcher.

Listen to the segment via this MP3 file or the audio player below. Incidentally, if you listen, you can ignore what I was saying about it being available on Windows Phone 8 — I discovered afterward that the version for WP8 isn’t an official TED app.