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TechCrunch Senior Editor. Lover of gadgets. Occasional woodworker. And I live in Michigan. That's about it.

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Smartphone Stuff And Smart Home Stuff — It was a big week for phones and homes. John Biggs has been reviewing the new Galaxy S6 Edge from Samsung, while the HTC One M9 recently went on sale in certain markets. And speaking of things that just went on sale, Indiegogo darling Canary recently went live in retail stores like Best Buy and Verizon Wireless, as well as on Amazon.

Internet Of Things Accelerator Seamless Opens Doors In Michigan — The West Coast of Michigan is a haven for industrial designers and is home to the world's most iconic furniture manufacturers: Steelcase and Herman Miller. That's because Michigan builds things. Soon there will be a new accelerator that will help young companies do just that.

Sign Up To Exhibit In Startup Alley At Disrupt NY 2015 — Disrupt NY 2015 is the place to be if you want your startup to get noticed. According to CrunchBase, of the 126 companies on display in Startup Alley at Disrupt NY 2014, 24 have since been funded, raising $90.9 million in Seed and Series A funding as of January 2015.

August Raises $38 Million To Expand Smart Lock Retail Availability — Smart Lock purveyor August has raised another $38 million in funding, bringing the company's tally up to $50 million, the company's co-founder Jason Johnson told TechCrunch. August's Smart Lock attempts to reinvent the front door and rid the world of physical keys by relegating that duty to a smartphone.

Tesla Model X Spied On California Highway — Tesla's pure electric SUV is nearing launch and there is apparently at least one cruising around California. The video above shows a slightly camouflaged Model X near Palo Alto. The SUV looks good even with all the design elements covered up. Road testing unreleased vehicles is a standard operating procedure for automakers.

Fitbit Wearers Can Now Use Multiple Devices — Fitbit just rolled out a small but significant update that gives Fitbit users the ability to use multiple devices on the same account. A person could wear a Fitbit Flex to work and then a Fitbit Surge at the gym. You know, business during the day and party at night.

WordPress Blocked In Pakistan — According to multiple local outlets, WordPress blogs are currently not accessible in Pakistan and pointing the blockage at the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). TechCrunch has not been able to confirm that yet. As it stands right now, and blogs hosted by WordPress cannot be reached. Self-hosted WordPress blogs still work.

Dear Teacher, A Video Game Developer Is A Real Job And Should Be Celebrated — Today was career day at my son's school. He's seven. Like every other seven-year-old, he lives for Minecraft and wants to be a video game developer. And so today he donned his favorite Minecraft shirt and proudly went to school as his favorite video game developer, Markus Persson.

FAA Grants Amazon Permission To Test Drone Deliveries — The FAA just released a statement indicated that Amazon now has limited permission to test and develop drones in the United States. It's not a blank check, though. The FAA gave Amazon strict rules and regulations. Amazon announced its drone ambitions in October 2013 and has since been grounded by the FAA.

Richard Branson Hints At A Tesla Competitor From Virgin — Sir Richard Branson's numerous companies build and sell everything from rockets to cell phones. And now the billionaire founder of Virgin Group has indicated his sights might be set on chasing Elon Musk on the ground as he already does in space.
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Mar 28, 2015

@panzer there’s a distinct lack of Michigan beers.

Mar 26, 2015

RT @marialegre: @mjburnsy game developer is a career that teachers should encourage. @Chartboost we can prove this is a real job…

Mar 24, 2015

RT @rrhoover: @mjburnsy that used to exist: ShelfFlip — sell your older electronics/amazon purchases

Mar 24, 2015

@rrhoover i don't want to sell stuff. i just want to laugh at what i bought 5 years ago.

Mar 24, 2015

@KetteringU you guys have anyone who know how to start an after school coding/dev program and want to come out to swartz creek to help?

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