The single most important tool we use to manage our time is the calendar. Nearly every device you own has one, and it’s likely something that you use multiple times a day, every day. We spend an excessive amount of energy monitoring, planning, and managing our time. But modern calendars were never built for the modern workplace.

Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook are the current workplace standard, and their approach to collaboration is transparency — they make it possible for you to see your coworkers’ calendars. Beyond the obvious privacy implications, what they present is a mirage.

When viewing someone’s…

The Connected Lab Team (well, like half of us…)

I’ve been here for almost a year now, but I haven’t really spoken about what I’ve been working on at Connected Lab. And if you take a look at our site, I’m sure you’ll still have a bunch of questions.

We have a number of really exciting projects on the horizon, and I really really wish I could speak more openly about our clients and the projects we’re working on. But for a number of reasons, we can only speak openly after NDAs have been signed (and even then, it’s a bit problematic). …

We set out with ambitious plans but after a year of development, we’ve run out of cash and are shutting down Wattage.

I hate to say it, but Wattage Inc. is no more. We were unable to secure the additional investment we needed, so we’ve decided to close up shop and call it a day. That said, we did manage to secure a deal that allows us to return our investors’ money. So while we didn’t exactly birth a unicorn, at least it wasn’t a total loss.

There are a number of reasons why we failed, and I felt there…

While we’re not quite ready to reveal everything, we are going to start sharing a lot more. Below is a copy of the first update we sent to our mailing list. If you’re interested in receiving these updates, please subscribe here.

Wattage is a few things. At its simplest, it’s an online store where people can buy electronic devices. But the interesting thing is that all those devices will be created using our online tools. The enclosures are locally made using laser cutters and 3D printers, and inside is a family of modular electronic components.

What we’re trying to do…

We’re making it easy for anyone to build hardware, and we need your help.

I suspect you probably don’t know much about Wattage, which is understandable as we haven’t shared much yet. We hope to share more soon, and we’ve included a short video below, but until then I can say that we’re a small startup in Toronto that wants to make it easy for anyone to create beautifully designed electronics (much like the Braun RT20 above). You shouldn’t need to understand the basics of electronics, or how to solder, or how to use CAD software. …


I’m seeing a wave of people move from iOS to Android, and I’m curious to find out why.

I’ve noticed that a number of people I know have recently upgraded from an old iPhone to a new Android device. Usually moving from an iPhone 3Gs or iPhone 4, to a Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One or Nexus 4.

I’ve been incredibly curious to know why they made the switch and what they think of their new Android device… So I decided to check it out myself. I just switched from an iPhone 5 (running iOS7 b4) and will be using a Nexus 4 for the next few months.

I’m very familiar with Android and I used a Galaxy…

Tamar Levine

With an increasingly complex array of platforms and screen resolutions, it’s time to embrace the creative capabilities of HTML5 + CSS3 and make development part of the design process.

While I’ve spent most of my days in the creative department, I actually started my career as a developer. I was 16, and having discovered the WYSIWYG editor in Netscape Navigator Gold, I had taught myself the basics of HTML. I was inexperienced and couldn’t build much, but I did manage to make something that landed me a job building websites. I enjoyed those days working with code, but at night I found myself playing with Photoshop. Design seemed to come more naturally and I eventually moved into the creative department as a Graphic Designer.

That transition was a very…

Jeremy Bell

Founder & CEO of Mayday

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