Jay Donovan

By night, Jay writes for TechCrunch and has been contributing to the blog since 2009.

By day, he manages Digital Strategy for Alliance Data. Prior to that, he held Art Director and Designer jobs at GSW Worldwide and Resource Interactive leading interaction design and mobile prototype projects.

You can reach reach him at jaydonovan at crunchgear dot com.

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Latest from Jay Donovan

  • iFM Radio Browser from Griffin Technology

    iFM Radio Browser from Griffin Technology

    Griffin Technology released a new iPhone app today called iFM Radio Browser that works like a search engine for radio stations. The essence of the app is that you can search for local radio stations (with the help of the iPhone's built in GPS capability) and view what is currently spinning on any of the stations it finds in your area. This is a new paradigm in station-flipping for sure. Read More

  • Review: ColorSnap for iPhone by Sherwin-Williams

    Review: ColorSnap for iPhone by Sherwin-Williams

    So I’m going through my twitter stream a while back and I see several links from some former colleagues of mine, pointing to a new iPhone app called ColorSnap, by Sherwin-Williams. So what right? There are a million (ok, fifty thousand) iPhone apps out there—what’s so interesting about this one? Well, two things. One, it was developed by my former employer, Resource Interactive… Read More

  • Interview: 20+ questions for JAGTAG's Dudley Fitzpatrick

    Interview: 20+ questions for JAGTAG's Dudley Fitzpatrick

    I recently had the opportunity to have a phone conversation and Q&A session with JAGTAG Founder and CEO Dudley Fitzpatrick. JAGTAG, for the unfamiliar, is a company that specializes in the creation of proprietary two dimensional bar codes, or JAGTAGs as they are called. These special “tags” are encoded with a variety of information—everything from URLs, to coupons to… Read More

  • Review: Griffin Technology AirCurve Acoustic Amplifier for iPhone

    Review: Griffin Technology AirCurve Acoustic Amplifier for iPhone

    My initial thoughts upon receiving the Griffin Technology AirCurve to review were, “Great, a speaker that requires no power. That’s cool.” I thought about it some more and began to feel differently though. I came to a new conclusion that for all the coolness and “green-ness” of its lack of power consumption, that it may not be as realistic or as practical as it seems for repeated use. I… Read More

  • New Adobe AIR Marketplace

    New Adobe AIR Marketplace

    From blogs.adobe.com Adobe AIR Marketplace is a central resource that allows developers to make their applications available to millions of potential users and makes it easy for consumers to find them. Read More

  • Review: Griffin Technology Clarifi iPhone Case

    Review: Griffin Technology Clarifi iPhone Case

    I am the kind of guy who can appreciate damage. It is the way of things. Entropy is part of the natural order of events—an unstoppable phenomenon.  For some, it is hard to accept this after forking over $400 for a fancy Smartphone. I mean, you don’t want the thing getting all scratched up right?  You don’t want it subjected to the elements, right? You want it to look good! For… Read More

  • Review: QB PASS ATTACK and X’s & O’s FOOTBALL for the iPhone.

    Review: QB PASS ATTACK and X’s & O’s FOOTBALL for the iPhone.

    What else have you got going on while you're "taking the Browns to the Super Bowl", if you get my meaning? A Newspaper? Popular Mechanics? Why not multitask and play some mobile games! And what better way to start my "Gaming on the Throne" review series than to mention two future mobile football classics for iPhone, brought to you by Skyworks Interactive: QB PASS ATTACK and X’s & O’s… Read More

  • Vintage Gadgets: Bynamics Desk Director System Six Hundred

    Vintage Gadgets: Bynamics Desk Director System Six Hundred

    Joel over at BoingBoing Gadgets posted his thoughts on his latest vintage electronics find, The Bynamics Desk Director System Six Hundred, which originally sold for nearly $900. It looks like a calculator, a phone, a volume pedal and a digital clock glued to a piece of cardboard, yet it is a gestalt artifact and somehow seems more important than that. Just what exactly was it a… Read More

  • Apple’s App Store gaining momentum

    Apple’s App Store gaining momentum

    comScore reports that totals for mobile game downloads in November 2008 were up 17% from the previous year. They also noted that 34% of all game downloads that same month were downloaded to a Smartphone instead of a regular mobile phone. Interestingly, the Smartphone stat represents a 291% increase from the previous year—no small affair. Read More

  • Pocket Shark! Pocket Shark!

    Pocket Shark! Pocket Shark!

    It’s a pen. It’s a knife. It’s a pen. Relax, it’s both a pen AND a knife. Cold Steel, makers of fine instruments of death and dismemberment, are offering up a new line of, um… pens. The Pocket Shark (no relation to the Pocket Rocket) is a must have item for, you know, seriously injuring someone and then signing autographs afterward. Or on a slow day, you could just use it to sign checks… Read More