Jay Donovan

Jay Donovan

By night, Jay writes for TechCrunch and has been contributing to the blog since 2009. By day, he is Associate Director of Strategy for the digital agency Resource/Ammirati.

You can reach him at jay at techcrunch dot com.

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  • Purchext Keeps Your Kids From Buying Beer With Their Allowance

    Purchext Keeps Your Kids From Buying Beer With Their Allowance

    Purchext, a new app/service that increases communication between parents, their youngsters and the purchases their youngsters make, is on display at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013. The concept behind the startup is a way for parents to approve purchases their kids are making. In reality, it works more like a way for kids to submit expense reports to their parents. For each purchase a dependent… Read More

  • Review: The Timbuk2 Espionage Camera Backpack

    Review: The Timbuk2 Espionage Camera Backpack

    The tale of this backpack review is one of love and regret; I love how this backpack works and I regret that I did not take it on my last trip. In short, it’s a good pack, generally does what it is designed for and does it well. As I know a lot of you are photographers (or at least enjoy carrying around thermos-shaped objects from place to place), I thought I’d talk a bit about… Read More

  • “I Would Like OUYA To Be On Every Television” Says OUYA’s Julie Uhrman

    “I Would Like OUYA To Be On Every Television” Says OUYA’s Julie Uhrman

    Julie Uhrman, the CEO/Founder of the smash Kickstarter-project-turned-gaming-console known as OUYA, was the third keynote speaker at SXSW Interactive 2013. Interviewed by The Verge’s Joshua Topolsky, the two dove in the intricacies and challenges of crowd funding and creating a new hardware startup. Read More

  • Jifiti Lets You Teleport Products To Your Friends…Sorta

    Jifiti Lets You Teleport Products To Your Friends…Sorta

    The idea for Jifiti came about because Shaul Weisband — one of the creators of the app and company behind it — wanted to “teleport” gifts to friends. While teleportation is still not really possible, the team at Jifiti has done the next best thing and is aiming to incorporate this into a new way of shopping. And I think retailers are going to like it. Read More

  • “The US Is A Country Of Explorers” Says Elon Musk As He Plans For A Texas-Based Spaceport

    “The US Is A Country Of Explorers” Says Elon Musk As He Plans For A Texas-Based Spaceport

    Wired’s Chris Anderson interviewed Mega-Entrepreneur Elon Musk about hs many projects, which include SpaceX AND Tesla Motors. Throughout their fairly technical and detailed conversation, Elon when into detail about the rigors of launching rockets and dealing with bad press about cars. Read More

  • Bravo Extends Their PLAY LIVE TV Platform And Advertisers Sign Up

    Bravo Extends Their PLAY LIVE TV Platform And Advertisers Sign Up

    Cable TV channel Bravo is extending their acceptably popular Play Live interactive/voting platform so that it can now be used for pre-recorded television shows broadcast on the network, allowing you to interact with programs in real-time. Before you yawn and click over to The Oatmeal, hear me out. This is interesting. Read More

  • Mobile World Congress 2012 Flashback: Jerzy Drozd Basses (Video)

    Mobile World Congress 2012 Flashback: Jerzy Drozd Basses (Video)

    Up a steep hill, far away from the hustle and bustle of the Plaça d’Espanya in Barcelona is a small Luthier shop called Jerzy Drozd Basses. Last year in February of 2012, as my travels to Barcelona approached for the Mobile World Congress, I realized that Jerzy Drodz was actually based in Barcelona. What luck and what a shame it would be to travel 8000 round-trip miles  and not see… Read More

  • Metaio Develops First Chipset To Improve Augmented Reality Performance In Mobiles

    Today, Metaio announced the development of a new Augmented Reality hardware chipset called the “AR Engine”. The German AR firm also announced a partnership agreement with ST-Ericsson that will lead to the integration of Metaio’s AR Engine into the Swiss semiconductor maker’s new mobile platforms. What does this mean? It means improvements in power consumption for… Read More

  • Ogio Renegade RSS Backpack Makes For A Solid Hackathon Carry-All

    Ogio Renegade RSS Backpack Makes For A Solid Hackathon Carry-All

    The backpack arrived in the mail about 3 days ago — perfect timing for a business day trip I needed to make and a great test of this backpack’s capability. How did it work for me? Great. I love it. But why? Read More

  • An App Called PAUL Predicts The Videos You Want

    An App Called PAUL Predicts The Videos You Want

    With tablets and smartphones consuming more and more video content, a new app for Android simply called “PAUL” aims to ease that ever-increasing network strain by using a predictive cache/download algorithm. Similar to peak-shaving in electrical grids, PAUL begins to predict your video consumption habits and downloads videos that it thinks you’ll like, whenever… Read More

  • Cincinnati Startup ChoreMonster Makes Chores Fun And They Even Made A Beastie For Us

    Cincinnati Startup ChoreMonster Makes Chores Fun And They Even Made A Beastie For Us

    ChoreMonster launched an update to their app a few days ago which includes: a parents section, a redesign of the kids section, a new Monster Carnival and yes…even a new character named TeeCee exclusively for all the TechCrunch readers out there. We never asked for this, but I have to say… “Damn it feels good to be a Monster.” Read More

  • iRig HD Surfaces At CES

    iRig HD Surfaces At CES

    I spent a lot of time at CES 2013 searching for new audio goodness and one of the cool things I found was IK Multimedia’s latest product called the iRig HD. Not “officially” announced yet and missing a release date, there were still a few demo units at their booth in the South Hall. Read More

  • Connected Bike Looks To Up Your Cycling Game With Automatic Gear-Shifting

    Connected Bike Looks To Up Your Cycling Game With Automatic Gear-Shifting

    When peak performance is your goal, every second counts. I guess milliseconds count too. Product development consultancy Cambridge Consultants had this in mind when they developed their new automatic gear-shifting system for performance bicycles called The Connected Bike. The idea is to shave off those precious seconds of time you use both considering and shifting gears while riding. We took… Read More

  • Lemmy From Motorhead Answers Questions About New Motorheadphones

    Lemmy From Motorhead Answers Questions About New Motorheadphones

    I can tell you that the very, very last place I expected to see Lemmy Kilmister, from the band Motorhead, was at CES 2013. However, the metal pioneer emerged from the chaos with his new line of headphones — Motorheadphones, that is — to sell to the masses. Read More

  • TYLT’s Product Lineup Materializes At CES

    TYLT’s Product Lineup Materializes At CES

    Last week, TYLT sent out a press release touting their new lineup of products, including several 3D renderings. I have to say that after getting a chance to look at a few of the actual products here at CES, the lineup looks impressive and the renderings seemed accurate. Read More

  • In Preparation For CES, TYLT Announces New Products

    In Preparation For CES, TYLT Announces New Products

    The new line of TYLT device charging accessories will be officially released at CES in January. However, these makers of so many bright and colorful smartphone battery extending concepts still released some details about their upcoming vendibles a bit early…and they look pretty great. I will be interested to check these out in person in a couple of weeks at the massive tradeshow. Read More

  • Gift Guide Review: Golla’s Carter Sling Camera Bag

    Gift Guide Review: Golla’s Carter Sling Camera Bag

    My first encounter with Golla bags happened at the Mobile World Congress in 2012. Their vibrant display at the event was hard to ignore. Even now, it’s hard to ignore the breadth of designs and options they give you for protecting and toting your personal gear. They sent over their Carter Large Pro Sling Camera Bag for review and I must say there is a lot to like about it. Read More

  • LaunchGram Adds TV Shows To Their Alerts Service

    LaunchGram Adds TV Shows To Their Alerts Service

    LaunchGram is an alert service that allows consumers to subscribe to news about imminently launching products. After doing so, they receive email alerts and breaking news about those products. We first  told you about the service back in April. At the time they only let you subscribe to breaking news about video games, electronics, cars and movies but now TV shows are on their list of… Read More

  • PaeDae Launches White-Label Gaming Prize Network

    PaeDae Launches White-Label Gaming Prize Network

    Santa Monica company PaeDae launches its new prize network for online and mobile game developers today. The best way to describe how the network works is: “It’s like a white-labeled version of Kiip, but it also includes virtual rewards too.” So this means that, like Kiip, gamers are rewarded for successful game play and are given offers for items when they complete certain… Read More

  • Is OffersBy.Me Better Than Groupon? Probably (Especially If You Are A Business)

    Is OffersBy.Me Better Than Groupon? Probably (Especially If You Are A Business)

    What is OffersBy.me? It’s a new website/app offering discounts for goods and services. And although it is currently only serving up offers in the company’s hometown of Columbus, OH (expansion is planned) it has some cool features that set it apart from behemoths like Groupon or LivingSocial. OffersBy.me lets customers offer up how much they are willing to spend for a particular good… Read More

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