TED

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Description of App: 

Feed your curiosity and expand your world with TED Talks. Explore more than 2,000 free videos and learn from the world's most remarkable people. Search by any mood or topic, from tech and science to the surprises of your own psychology. Features on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch: ・Browse the free TED Talks video library, with subtitles in over 100 languages ・Play videos on your device or send to your home entertainment system via AirPlay or Chromecast ・Discover inspiring, funny, or jaw-dropping free talks ・Let us build you a custom playlist -- tailored to your time frame ・Bookmark talks to watch later ・Download talks to watch offline ・Listen to an on-demand playlist of TED Talks audio

Apple Watch Support: 

No

Version: 

3.2.1

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

iOS Version: 

11.0.2

Accessibility Comments: 

Voice Over reads all of the buttons which enable you to play, share, and save your favorite lectures. The interface is easy to navigate. There is one area of the application which may pose a bit of an annoyance. I'm new to the IPhone so I don't know if this is an issue with VoiceOver or one that stems from my novice skill level with the IPhone and Voice Over. There is a feature called Inspire Me which creates a random playlist based on the category of the lectures you would like to view (funny, beautiful, informative, etc). You are also instructed to select how much time you have (anywhere from 5 to 60 minutes). I had to disable Voice Over and swipe in the middle of the screen, re-enable it, then hear how many minutes I had set it for. Again, I'm unsure if this is because I'm inexperienced with using VoiceOver or if this is a problem with the application and the way it was developed. This will need to be looked into and the rating updated if necessary.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

Ted offers many video lectures on a wide array of topics, ranging from politics to scientific breakthroughs to uplifting inspirational fodder for the soul. For those who enjoy learning new things, this is a great app because the videos are updated weekly. You'll never run out of things to explore and best of all, it's free! Another noteworthy feature is Ted Radio, which provides a constant supply of randomly selected lectures as streaming audio. You never know what you'll be presented with, but it sure will be interesting!

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@TEDTalks