Cybertainment: TEDTalks now available via TuneIn
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People who enjoy ideas and conversations from the cutting edge find a rich supply of them at TED -- a website filled with videos of speeches by some of the most provocative and forward-thinking people of our time.
TED, which stands for technology, entertainment and design, is a nonprofit devoted to "ideas worth spreading." It furthers this mission through its TEDTalks lectures.
Audio versions of some of these now are available to listen to on demand anywhere through TuneIn, a free service that gives listeners access to more than 60,000 AM, FM and online radio stations.
In the new TED/TuneIn partnership, selected lectures will be available to listen to either online or through smartphone apps.
Categories include technology, news and politics, kids and family, music and arts, life and culture. For example, Ric Elias, CEO of Red Ventures, was on the plane that crash landed in the Hudson River in New York in 2009. He talks about what was going through his mind during that experience. In another, writer and designer Graham Hill talks about the benefits of living with less stuff and in less space, and how to "edit" one's life.
With a little more than 1,300 views on YouTube, it hasn't exactly gone viral yet -- but comedian Mike Travers' ode to the city of Pittsburgh is worth seeing.
The video "I Love You Pittsburgh" celebrates everything unique about the city and its people -- its tunnels and bridges, its personality and its quirks: "You're not from Pittsburgh/ if you've never grabbed a girl in Noah's Ark/Or attended a rehearsal dinner that was being held at Eat'n Park."
The song is available for download for 99 cents on the music site CD Baby.
Pinterest has given "pinning" a new meaning, and has launched a slew of similar online scrapbooking sites.
The recently launched Curisma is aimed at tech geeks and focuses on cool technology and design items. Named for a combination of three words -- curation, curiosity and charisma -- its users post images of things that they want or have.
Large images showcase the items nicely. So far, you'll find things like playing cards with Space Invaders designs, a Ctrl+O (the keyboard command for opening files) bottle opener and a Timex hologram watch.
Another worth checking is Clipix, which lets users clip and store images and articles they find on the Web, using a button they install on their browser's bookmark tool bar. It's designed to organize all the things people gather while browsing the web and to reduce desktop clutter.
Clipix also has a privacy feature where the user can elect to keep what they post on their boards private.
First Published April 29, 2012 12:00 am