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. CrunchBase profile →

Latest from Jay Donovan

  • 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

  • Motorhead's Lemmy Fields Questions About His 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

  • Metaio’s New SDK Allows SLAM Mapping From 1,000 Feet

    Metaio’s New SDK Allows SLAM Mapping From 1,000 Feet

    Munich-based augmented reality pioneers Metaio announce today a whole slew of new products. These include:
    • A new SDK – powered by a new Augmented Reality Experience Language (AREL) • An update to Metaio Creator (their AR desktop publishing tool for non-technical users) • Advanced camera technologies like continuous visual search and SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and… Read More

  • TechTomorrow Startup Showcase

    Beverage Carts and MorphCards At The TechTomorrow Startup Showcase (Video)

    I’ll stop by any startup showcase I can, but it’s always a bonus when it happens to be local. Last week’s TechTomorrow showcase, sponsored by TechColumbus saw nearly 50 regional startups show off the results of their hard work – here are just a few ideas and demos present at the event worth mentioning. Read More

  • Slash Talks With Us About His Guitar App – AmpliTube Slash

    Slash Talks With Us About His Guitar App – AmpliTube Slash

    Recently, I took a look at IK Multimedia’s iRig STOMP digital stomp box. In order to test it out, I used AmpliTube Slash — a version of the same company’s amp modeling app that’s based on the Marshall amp sounds of Slash (you know…Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators). The app sounded quite good, so I inquired if… Read More

  • The Amico Bracelet: Restoring A Little Mystery To Meeting People

    The Amico Bracelet: Restoring A Little Mystery To Meeting People

    Do you remember life before the Internet? Can you recall a time when meeting someone new took place serendipitously and was uncluttered with all the profile searching and stalking? A time when there was a little mystery in taking weeks or months to uncover the contents of a new friend’s music collection? A time where, when you did meet someone interesting, you didn’t have every bit… Read More

  • Hop.in Launches Gesture-Based Sharing App

    Hop.in Launches Gesture-Based Sharing App

    The first thing I asked Andres Godoy and José Daire about their new app called Hop.in — launching this week at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco — was “isn’t this just like Pinterest?” Andres was quick to note that the point of the app is not as much about the content as it is about the gesture-based controls that make sharing or logging the content a breeze. Read More

  • Machina MIDI Jacket: Sound, Movement and Fashion

    Machina MIDI Jacket: Sound, Movement and Fashion

    Machina is a menswear clothing brand that is in the process of mounting a Kickstarter campaign to promote a new product. The campaign doesn’t start for about a month, but the company has a demo version of its unique “wearable” MIDI controller live on the floor of TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco this week. The Machina MIDI Jacket will come in a couple of different… Read More

  • guestHub Helps Identify Brand Campaign Influencers

    guestHub Helps Identify Brand Campaign Influencers

    I didn’t think that I would travel 2,400 miles to attend and help cover TechCrunch Disrupt, only to run into a startup from my home town of Columbus, OH, but lo and behold — it happened. guestHub, are here at Disrupt, showing off their new platform for identifying conversion-driven influencers as they pertain to marketing event and campaigns. It officially launches today. Read More

  • The iRig STOMP Ships

    The iRig STOMP Ships

    IK Multimedia’s iRig STOMP pedal interface for iOS is now officially available. I should also mention that approaching this official launch, I’ve been playing with the iRig STOMP for a week or so, (coupled with the iPad version of AmpliTube Slash), and the pedal is a real gas. It’s a really great little piece of hardware. Read More

  • The Zaphat Can Turn You Into A Zombie…Sorta

    The Zaphat Can Turn You Into A Zombie…Sorta

    Here’s an interesting approach to Augmented Reality marketing: turn hats into Zombie heads. The Zaphat (pronounced like Zap Hat, not Zafat) is a new line of fashion apparel where the logo on the accoutrement acts as the target for an iOS/Android app that uses Augmented Reality to transform the wearer into an avatar of their choice. In other words, when you wear a special hat, people… Read More

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