Jay Donovan

By night, Jay writes for TechCrunch and has been covering startups for the blog as a long-time freelancer since 2009. By day, he is Associate Director of Strategy for the creative agency Resource/Ammirati, (an IBM Company). He earned his MBA from Capital University. You can reach him at jay at techcrunch dot com.

Disclosure: Resource/Ammirati was acquired by the creative consultancy IBM iX in Feb, 2016. Jay holds no stock.

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  • Video: Interview with Opera's Jon Von Tetzchner

    Back in the day, before the iPhone, before Android, before Webkit, before Skyfire, when we suffered through mobile web experiences using Pocket IE or worse yet maybe a preinstalled Motorola WAP 2.0 browser (dark times my friends), there was a bright and shining star that would aid those in need. That star was Opera. Its two flagship mobile browsers—Opera Mobile and Opera Mini—were… Read More

  • Powermat Expanding Into Europe

    I stopped by the Powermat booth at Mobile World Congress 2011 last week to get the update on their line of wireless charging products. Their biggest announcement during the event was that they are expanding into the European market this year, which I suppose makes the MWC an appropriate venue for that communiqué. Other than that, they still had some products on display, previously mentioned… Read More

  • CueThat: Add Any Movie On The Web To Your Netflix Queue

    The good people at Big Kitty Labs—a cadre of Central Ohio rapid prototypers whose various projects more resemble real products than prototypes—bring us yet another tool to make life easier…enter CueThat. CueThat is a browser plugin and bookmarklet that allows you to automagically add any movie title you find on the web to your Netflix queue. After you link the plugin to… Read More

  • Video: Bill Gajda On Visa's Mobile Payments Strategy

    While attending the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona, it became clear to me that, while many startups are entering the market with mobile payments solutions, the incumbent card networks are likewise devising their own strategies to be part of the new ecosystem. A quick Q&A with Visa’s head of mobile, Bill Gajda revealed a bit about their strategy for keeping their credit… Read More

  • Video: Connected Medical Devices At The GSMA Embedded Mobile House

    The Embedded Mobile House at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2011? It sounded like science fiction to me or like one of those old IBM commercials hype-ing RFID for transportation logistics. It sounded painful…just where exactly was it embedded? Seriously, I figured it would be a “flying cars/kitchen of tomorrow” type thing where all the devices in the house were controlled by… Read More

  • Video: Movilway Mobile Point Of Sale Terminal

    It looks like a mobile phone inside of a calculator (and that may be just about what it actually is). Regardless, Movilway, a payments platform serving the underbanked mostly in South and Central America, are further developing their self contained cellular POS system. It works mano-a-mano with their pre-paid system for money transfer in order to facilitate payments sans bank account or… Read More

  • Video Interview: Boku's Ron Hirson Describes Their Mobile Payments Service

    Mobile Payments were a hot topic at this year’s Mobile World Congress. I mean HOT (well, if your into that kind of thing of course). Based on what I saw at the event though, there are a lot of people into that kind of thing. In fact, they had an entire day dedicated to the concept. Panels and speakers talking shop, standing room only crowds, hundreds and hundreds of suits –… Read More

  • AC130 For Android: Turn Those Benjamins Into Little People And Then Destroy Them

    BeyondReality’s Jeroen Mol has an interesting concept for his new Augmented Reality game slated to go live in the Android Market in the next month or so. His clever idea of using paper money notes as AR targets (you know, those little black and white designs you usually have to print out first and view with your mobile device) eliminates the need to have a printer around before playing… Read More

  • Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka Gives Us The Update

    I’m covering a lot of mobile payments solutions and developments here at the Mobile World Congress 2011 and I can think of no better way to start off that segment than by speaking with the head honcho at Rovio (maker of the fabulously popular game Angry Birds)…Ladies and Gentlemen…your friend and mine…Peter Vesterbacka. Rovio is actually relevant in the payments space… Read More

  • Xperia Play Available In The U.S. In March On Verizon

    The big announcement coming out of the Sony Ericsson press conference tonight – the evening before the opening of the Mobile World Congress here in Barcelona, Spain – is that their new Xperia Play “gaming device” will ship in the U.S.A. this March and will ride on Verizon’s network. That’s what everyone was interested in and the crowded demo booths were… Read More

  • In The Future, We Won't Even Know How To Open A Cereal Box Without A Mobile Phone

    The Mobile World Congress kicks off next week in Barcelona and sure to be a relevant part of that week-long conversation will be Augmented Reality. With several companies bringing new AR services to the market, Metaio sent out a press release this morning with yet another demo illustrating the value of the concept. Hot on the heels of their recent campaign with USA Today, this little demo… Read More

  • More Apple HD TV Hardware Speculation

    Could Apple’s recent $3.9 billion investment in display components signal an intention to enter the HD TV market? AppleInsider is reporting that Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster thinks this could be on the horizon. With Munster estimating a “connected” TV rate of 48% in 2012, you have to admit the concept fits in with Apple’s convergence strategy for media… Read More

  • Junaio Brings Augmented Reality Superbowl Fun

    Some would argue that Augmented Reality has been a part of televised sporting events for some time. Indeed, we have come to rely on those virtual first down overlays when watching an NFL game. But USA Today and Metaio have partnered to bring a different kind of AR goodness to the Smartphone owners out there itching for additional content related to the biggest U.S. sporting event of the… Read More

  • Mod Your Fender Blues Jr.

    That your musical “sound” depends more on your hands/skill than the gear you play is a philosophy with which I personally agree. Too many times have I seen a very talented musician make a piece-of-junk guitar sound incredible while a mediocre guitarist (like myself) will make a beautiful, expensive guitar sound mediocre. One guy I know, a Mr. Charlie Pate of Nashville TN, has… Read More

  • Junaio Augmented Reality Browser Version 2.5 Is (Officially) Released

    Those of you following the crop of mobile Augmented Reality  tools out there will be pleased to know that Munich based Metaio officially released an update to their Junaio browser. Actually, the app update soft-launched over 10 days ago so in that respect the new version isn’t really “news”. But it is still a nice update containing a significant  GUI upgrade and some… Read More

  • Review: Rampage, Menace, Spitting Out Fire

    So let me give you the backdrop here. One of the bands I play in is a Nashville group called Bucktown Kickback. There are a cast of musicians that play and  tour with the group and over the years, I have gotten to know many of them. One, in particular, is a guitarist from Ann Arbor Michigan named Alex Anest. I play a gig with him, maybe… once every year or two and over time, I have seen… Read More

  • John Biggs Vs. Four Loko (The Short Version)

    In the event that you don’t have time to watch the full hour recap of John’s “research study” into the potentially unnecessary banning of a ridiculously unnecessary beverage, I have provided this 1 minute 30 second recap that basically documents what went on. Unnecessary background audio provided by yours truly. Don’t try this at home…er, actually… Read More

  • Review: Guitar World Lick Of The Day for iOS

    Guitar World Magazine and Agile Partners launch a new and pretty straight forward iOS app today called Guitar World Lick Of The Day. As the name suggests, the app delivers a new guitar “lick”, in the form of a video lesson, every day through a monthly subscription service. The app itself is free and comes pre-populated with several free licks so you can try it out first. You can… Read More

  • Review: Hands-On with AmpliTube 2 for iPhone

    IK Multimedia released an update to their AmpliTube iOS app today in the iTunes App Store. We reviewed the first version of the app and its necessary iRig hardware dongle back in July. It’s a worthy and early entrant into the emerging arena for native app-based recording on touch-enabled mobile devices. Version 2 of this iOS app is a free upgrade for previous installs and offers a… Read More

  • Nielsen’s Teen Mobile Report Shows Telling Trends In Mobile Data Usage

    It’s not a surprise that teens text a lot – teen females age 13 – 17 send and receive an average of 4,050 texts per month – however what is most interesting to me in this report from Nielsen is the trend for data consumption among teens. In one year, the percentages have increased significantly. They’re higher than I would have expected. Read More