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

  • TechCrunch Review: Dry Case Waterproof Backpack

    Video Review: Can The Dry Case Waterproof Backpack Withstand A Dip In A Pool?

    First of all, let me say that the Dry Case Waterproof Backpack is designed for use in outdoor environments with the main goal of keeping things in the inner compartment dry. Clearly, all the marketing pictures at DryCase.com, show people using the bag in wet, outdoorsy places (on a canoe, on a boat, etc), and with that in mind the biggest question is “does it actually work?” I put… Read More

  • Startup Profile: Cannon.Fm

    Cannon.fm: It’s More Than Just Pandora For Local Bands (Video)

    Intrigued upon hearing about these StartupWeekend vets, I managed to track down Cannon.fm founders Ryan Cox and Mat Marcum in order to get a little more info about their interesting and imminently launching streaming music startup. Cannon.fm is like a lot of other streaming music services out there — Pandora and Spotify come to mind — however this lean team of eight or so have… Read More

  • Need To Pump Up Your iPhone Voice Recordings? The Pint-Sized iRig MIC Cast Is Now Shipping

    Need To Pump Up Your iPhone Voice Recordings? The Pint-Sized iRig MIC Cast Is Now Shipping

    The microphone in the iPhone 4S is pretty good — I have found it to capture excellent quality on all my consumer-ish recordings and videos. Of course, that is not to say it could not be improved. When the iRig MIC Cast was announced at CES this year, I was pretty excited. I have gotten a lot of use out of the original iRig MIC and this miniaturized version seemed poised to make my… Read More

  • Mint.com App Update: Now Split Transactions

    Mint.com App Update: Now Split Transactions

    Mint.com iOS users now have the ability to create and (more importantly) edit budgets directly on their iPad/iPhone. Previously, editing functionality was only available at the main Mint website. Additionally, users can also split transactions, giving them a better more granular look at their financial picture. The main thrust of this update includes: Create and edit a budget while out… Read More

  • Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, And Others Will Share Wi-Fi Hot Spots

    Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, And Others Will Share Wi-Fi Hot Spots

    Imagine for a moment that you are sitting in your front yard in a lawn chair, sipping lemonade while attempting to read the latest news on your WiFi-only iPad. You’re just out of range of your WiFi signal. Your neighbor’s signal is super strong, but that selfish hooligan didn’t leave it wide open for you to leach onto. Wouldn’t you love to be able to use a portion of… Read More

  • Apple Wants Immediate Ban On Galaxy Tab 10.1 In The USA

    Apple Wants Immediate Ban On Galaxy Tab 10.1 In The USA

    On Friday May 18th, Apple filed a motion for a U.S. preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. This follows a ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Northern District of California), siding with Apple on the question of whether Samsung is in violation of an iPad-related design patent (U.S. Patent No. D504,889). According to Foss Patents, the source of… Read More

  • Samson Carbon 49 MIDI Controller

    Review: Samson Carbon 49 USB MIDI Controller

    If you are looking for Piano or Rhodes-like feel for serious playing, Samson’s Carbon 49 USB MIDI Controller may not be right for you. However, if you need a keyboard for some light playing or sample triggering, why not keep the expensive Kronos at home and bring the Carbon 49 out for the dangerous outdoor gigs that require expendable equipment? (I have seen many an expensive… Read More

  • Why Search? Let LaunchGram Bring New Product Info To You

    Why Search? Let LaunchGram Bring New Product Info To You

    Last week at the 10x Xelerator, Andy Sparks impelled LaunchGram.com into motion and lazy people all over the world rejoiced (or they will…eventually). This new service, in the words of Sparks, “aggregates pre-release demand signals for products coming soon.” The way it works is that consumers can create an account at LaunchGram’s website and subscribe to news about… Read More

  • VenueSeen: Social Media Monitoring Via Photography

    VenueSeen: Social Media Monitoring Via Photography

    VenueSeen launched their new platform today that lets businesses aggregate location specific sentiment, via social photography. What does that mean in layman’s terms? It means this startup company will monitor and identify any shared photos that a consumer takes inside a place of business. If the photos are shared via Instagram, Foursquare, Foodspotting or Facebook then VenueSeen… Read More

  • Megadeth's David Ellefson Talks Rockshop

    Interview: Megadeth’s David Ellefson Talks Shop About Rock Shop (Video)

    David Ellefson Rock Shop is a solid and simple guitar/bass amp-modeling app that runs on iOS. It is made by PocketLabWorks and works in conjunction with the company’s iRiff Port cable/interface. In case you hadn’t guessed by the name of the app, special consultation was provided by David Ellefson (bass player and founding member of Megadeth) in order to achieve the sound of his… Read More

  • Team ManCard

    Startup Team ManCard Spreads The Testosterone

    The first thing that popped into my mind as I interviewed Suzy Bureau about her Columbus Ohio Startup project called The ManCard was “This is all wrong. We should be shooting skeet, or tearing out drywall or fly fishing — anything but sitting in a coffee shop drinking lattes.” Despite the emasculating surroundings our conversation continued as the ebullient Ms. Bureau… Read More

  • David Marcus Weighs in on NFC Utility

    Do We Even Need NFC For Mobile Payments? PayPal, Google Weigh In (Video)

    If you tried to judge whether NFC mobile payments are ready for prime time — based on the amount of chatter you hear in your newsfeed — you’d think the contactless technology was on the brink of ubiquitous adoption. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, there are documented sources out there citing that we are four, five, maybe even ten years away from a realistic… Read More

  • Attention Melbourne: You May Now Begin Hunting For Virtual Eggs

    Attention Melbourne: You May Now Begin Hunting For Virtual Eggs

    With all the talk about the potential of Google Glass, I thought it might be nice to drop back in on the current state of Augmented Reality — the kind where you still use a smartphone to view markers or images. In the spirit of Google’s “20-percent time”, Melbourne Australia based mobile app development company jTribe developed an Augmented Reality Easter egg hunt for… Read More

  • Interview: Andrew Bird And The Concept Of Cultivated Precariousness

    Interview: Andrew Bird And The Concept Of Cultivated Precariousness

    On the surface this may seem like an unlikely interview. I mean, we’re a tech blog and Andrew Bird is a musician. But beneath the organic and strikingly analog sounds of Mr. Bird’s beautiful music there is this whole sea of technology at work — especially during live solo performances. Andrew was kind enough to take some time out of his touring schedule on the eve of the… Read More

  • Movilway Expands Services to the Underbanked in Latin America

    Movilway Expands Mobile Payment Services To The Underbanked In Latin America [Video]

    Movilway, the company pioneering prepaid mobile payments in Central and South America, recently updated their arsenal of tools to include a new custom Android tablet Point Of Sale (POS) terminal as well as a new MoviPIN system for online purchases. Both systems — available at select locations — bring digital purchasing power to those without bank accounts or credit… Read More

  • Post MWC: Total Immersion's Augmented Reality Sunglasses Demo

    Post MWC: Total Immersion’s Augmented Reality Concepts Assist E-Commerce

    Another Augmented Reality update from Total Immersion popped up on my radar at this year’s Mobile World Congress. This nifty app, demoed at the Texas Instruments booth, is loaded with retail potential for e-commerce situations. This is not the first AR tool we’ve seen to assist with retail apparel purchases, however it is one of the best. Excellent AR tracking. Read More

  • Post MWC: Aurasma Augments Reality Anywhere

    Aurasma Augments Reality Anywhere — Even Waiting For A Cab

    At many conferences, like the Mobile World Congress, it seems the best demos usually end up happening while waiting in line for lunch or for a cab. While rolling through the pile of video content I collected at the MWC this year, I ran back across this Augmented Reality demo by Aurasma. It is a perfect example of the “elevator demo” and in one way illustrates the portability of many… Read More

  • DigiMo Cracks The Code: Mobile Payments With No Point Of Sale Changes

    DigiMo Cracks The Code: Mobile Payments With No Point Of Sale Changes

    DigiMo, is a mobile payments platform that actually makes sense to me. When I sat down with CEO Yossi Yarkoni and VP of Marketing Nir Shimony at the Mobile World Congress to hear about their concept, which is piloting in Israel right now, the first thing I thought was “wow, why didn’t somebody think of this before”. It’s a pretty good idea and solves many of the… Read More

  • Map Your Own 3D Space With Metaio Creator Mobile

    Map Your Own 3D Space With Metaio Creator Mobile

    Yesterday, Metaio CTO Peter Meier ran a small demo for me that describes how their new Creator Mobile software allows any user to map a 3D space with a coordinate system, so they can then add their own digital, Augmented Reality content to that space. This mobile app will work in conjunction with their desktop solution called simply Metaio Creator (video description at this link), which is… Read More

  • A Few New Bag Designs From Golla

    A Few New Bag Designs From Golla

    I spent a good portion of my adult career as a graphic designer. I still look at the world through that lens, so I am always happy to stumble across some beautiful designs, no matter where they might be. Stumble I did, into the Golla booth at the Mobile World Congress today (2 hours of sleep and about 300 calories of food in the last 36 hours) to find a pretty killer lineup of beautifully… Read More