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

  • Testing The iCache Geode Mobile Wallet, A Card That Clones Your Credit Cards

    Testing The iCache Geode Mobile Wallet, A Card That Clones Your Credit Cards

    I have to admit, when I first heard about the Kickstarter project for the iCache Geode Mobile Wallet I thought to myself  “yeah right…good luck with that.” The process seemed unlikely to me. First of all, how are the card networks ever going to let someone temporarily “clone” their cards onto another dynamic card? Secondly, how fast could the process work? Read More

  • Wifarer Brings Indoor Navigation To The Royal BC Museum

    Wifarer Brings Indoor Navigation To The Royal BC Museum

    Indoor positioning systems are on the rise and are meeting a service void for consumers. I don’t know about you, but I constantly use outdoor mapping apps for all variety of location needs. However when I step into a mall or museum or campus building, I can sometimes be left hanging, so to speak, with regard to my location. That might be on its way to becoming a thing of the… Read More

  • Meridian Indoor Navigation Adds Las Vegas Hotels To Client Roster

    Meridian Indoor Navigation Adds Las Vegas Hotels To Client Roster

    Starting today, the Venetian-Palazzo Casino and Hotel (owned by The Las Vegas Sands Corp.) is beginning to employ an app technology by Meridian as their indoor navigation service of choice in order to help you get around their casino more efficiently. This new “wayfinding” technology will reside in the resort’s new app called VP Pocket Concierge. I first covered Meridian back… Read More

  • Startup Weekend Columbus: An Empire Is Born

    Startup Weekend Columbus: An Empire Is Born

    As I sit here with 75% of my laptop battery left, drenched in sweat, in a totally dark house, recapping my first Startup Weekend experience — unfortunately I am one of the last of the 500,000 central Ohioans affected by power outages due to last weekend’s storms — I realize that I love the Startup Weekend concept. That concept, which we have covered before on several… Read More

  • Qualcomm Extends Vuforia Augmented Reality Platform To The Cloud (Video)

    Qualcomm Extends Vuforia Augmented Reality Platform To The Cloud (Video)

    Qualcomm announced an upgrade to their Vuforia Augmented Reality platform on Wednesday. Vuforia is a platform that focuses on using images as the “targets” to launch an AR experience, rather than requiring consumers to scan QR codes or other glyphs. So instead of scanning a barcode, you just scan a specific picture to start the AR experience on your mobile phone or tablet (it… Read More

  • Cannon.fm Launches Local Music Streaming Radio App

    Cannon.fm Launches Local Music Streaming Radio App

    In an attempt to watch their development, I’ve been keeping tabs on a small Columbus OH startup called Cannon.fm. I first talked with them several weeks ago before their product launch, and have been interviewing them occasionally, to see how they are adapting, changing, improving, revising their business model and product. That product — a streaming radio iOS app called Cannon.fm… Read More

  • Junaio Augmented Reality Browser Gets A UI Makeover (Video)

    Junaio Augmented Reality Browser Gets A UI Makeover (Video)

    When it comes to Augmented Reality browsers on mobile devices, I always particularly liked Junaio (just one of the many AR tools created and maintained by Munich-based company Metaio). It’s an especially appealing option since it’s quite powerful, and has many, many content channels to choose from (a good side effect of their successful developer outreach – they have over… Read More

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

    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

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

    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

  • Review: Samson Carbon 49 USB 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

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

    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

  • Startup Team ManCard Spreads The Testosterone

    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

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

    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

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