Now Everyone Can Be Lazy If They Want To

Lazyfeed 2Got an email today from the fine folks at Lazyfeed and this is what it said:

Hi guys,

I am very excited to let you know that we are going live–yes, completely open–today.

Lazyfeed is open for everyone as of 10 am, August 25, pacific time.

We are currently indexing contents from various video sites, photo sites, and from about 1 million blogs, and it’s still growing.

Thank you for all your support. We received lots of great feedback and applied lots of them to the product. Some of the significant changes we’ve made since our first debut are:

1. Status Bar : We now have a status bar at the bottom of the page, which makes it easy to navigate. You can easily access “Topics for Lazy Me” and “Saved Stuff” from here.

2. Personalization : If you don’t want to see contents from certain sources, you can block them easily by using “block this source” feature.

3. Sharing : You can now share your interesting discoveries with your friends on Twitter, Facebook, and with Email. You only need one click to do this, so try it!

Also, we have created a new screencast recently. We tried to include some example use cases, so that you can use Lazyfeed more effectively. Please watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCse5Z4KaxY&feature=player_embedded

Anyway, please check out the new features and the video if you haven’t yet, and be sure to tell your friends about us if you like us. Thanks!

best,

Ethan Gahng

Lazy founder/CEO

Cool! For those who never got the original party invitation, its time to crash and get Lazy!

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The Kindle Alternative

I have been waiting for the Plastic Logic and Irex eReaders to become widely available – I like their look and design much better than the Kindle.

The good news has been rolling in over the last couple of weeks: Irex and Plastic Logic and Barnes & Noble have teamed up to face the Kindle head-on in the eReader wars. The Irex / B & N offering appears focused as a direct competitor.  The Irex reader has a 8.1 inch touchscreen, a stylus and a 3G wireless connection. The identity of the wireless carrier has not yet been disclosed.

The Irex will take advantage of B & N’s larger selection of eBooks. Nice to have choices.

Hat Tip to ReadWriteWeb.

Et Cetera

First a word from our sponsor. Well, I guess that’s me. I have been quite busy over the last week on matters other than writing for the Studio. I wrote some guest blog posts that were published on other sites. I had much money-making work to do. And I have been trying to tweak and tighten my information gathering, organizing and sharing system to an even greater degree than it already was wrapped and wound. More on this latter effort in future posts – I want to get as much information as possible on these new systems before passing the information on to you.

I am expecting a call this week from the fine people at SkyGrid. They identified me as a feedback-oriented user and have asked for a little bit more of my time to pick my brain further on what I like and what I don’t like about the service.  Once again, I find myself impressed with SkyGrid – they are clearly more than casually interested in what their users think, to the point that they actively solicit feedback above and beyond the normal “suggestion box” black hole that you find in most venues.

Finally, a cool iPhone app alert: Good Reader is a PDF storage and viewing application for the iPhone. While large PDFs are its specialty, it also can hold and show MS Office, text, audio and video files. The app allows you to search and scan the documents for information. iPhone Alley reviews the application favorably here. There are some limitations, as would be expected in a .99 cent application, but for storing, viewing and searching on your phone, the price is well worth it.