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

Smart Lock Pioneer UniKey Raises $10m And Looks Outside The Home For Growth — Way back in the year 2011 Phil Dumas' company UniKey Technologies debuted its product on Shark Tank. It was a lock that used your smartphone as a key. Disruption! At the time smart locks were not really a thing yet UniKey plowed yet as the market exploded with similar products.

Securifi Adds Serious Home Automation To Its Almond Routers — Own an Almond router? It's about to get a dose of home automation thanks to new firmware from Securifi. The company behind the clever (and attractive) routers just announced a new set of features that will better position its product in the marketplace.

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.
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Apr 17, 2015

If you're flying over Michigan today and see something blinding on the ground, don't be alarmed, I'm just wearing shorts.

Apr 16, 2015

If you can walk across a major thoroughfare while carrying an hdtv and not look both ways first, you must be in Detroit.

Apr 16, 2015

Custom gold Apple Watches are the new custom gold Google Glass.

Apr 16, 2015

RT @McLean_Don: .@mjburnsy says #Detroit needs a big win. @tigesavage says dollars find you and successful companies are acquired - #workit. #TechweekDET

Apr 16, 2015

RT @merhl: Great fireside chat by @tigesavage and @mjburnsy #TechweekDET "get your ass on a plane and know people"

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