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

  • How To Make Your Own iPad Head Girl Helmet

    How To Make Your Own iPad Head Girl Helmet

    Well, not really, but Thinkmodo has put out a new video showing some behind the scenes footage of how they, in partnership with Clockwork Apple, created the iPad Head Girl hat, um...head piece. The thing actually looks pretty solid, although I would not go as far as to say that it looks comfortable. You likely saw the iPad Head Girl video making rounds in the media last week. Conceived by… Read More

  • Metaio's Augmented City Demo

    Metaio’s Augmented City Demo May Answer The Question Of AR’s Utility

    Augmented Reality veterans Metaio are announcing some more details about their upcoming insideAR conference scheduled to take place in Munich, Germany on September 26 - 27. While the speaker list for the event has been available since July, the greater theme for the conference is being updated via press release today. That theme is: “From a Vision to a Roadmap”. To help illustrate this… Read More

  • This Sexy Coffee Gadget Probably Won’t Ever Exist

    This Sexy Coffee Gadget Probably Won’t Ever Exist

    What is it? A laser cutter? A mod photo enlarger? A microscope? A tattoo remover? Nope, it's a coffee maker, but an extremely svelte coffee maker. In fact, I imagine this little Nespresso-friendly caffeine inducer would look pretty sweet in your typical "ice hotel" or ad agency lobby. Clearly, we've come a long way since days of yore when a Cuisinart was enough you get you by in the couture… Read More

  • Summer NAMM Conference Gadget Recap

    Video: Summer NAMM Conference Gadget Recap

    I descended upon Nashville's Summer NAMM conference/trade show with high hopes of finding a plethora of musically oriented gadgets to ease and augment the playing experience for ostensible and pro musicians alike. How did it turn out? Well, let me first say for the record that we do cover music gadgets here; gizmos, tools and instruments with technology at their heart or portability in their… Read More

  • Gallien Krueger MB 800 Ships Soon

    Gallien Krueger MB 800 Ships Soon

    While searching for music gadgets here at the Summer NAMM conference in Nashville TN, I was reminded of one of the bright stars that garnered “Best In Show” rating from the winter version of this bi-annual conference. While the MB 800 has been anticipated since its announcement last winter, I heard today that the item is planned to ship within the next 4-6 weeks, and possibly as early as… Read More

  • Just When You Thought It Was Safe: Skype Vulnerabilities Emerge

    Just When You Thought It Was Safe: Skype Vulnerabilities Emerge

    Silly hackers are always trying to ruin the Internet and they have found yet another target in the form of popular VOIP software Skype. According to the sweetest security report ever, linked from h-online's recap: "Skype suffers from a persistent Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability due to a lack of input validation and output sanitization of the 'mobile phone' profile entry. Other input fields may… Read More

  • It's Plick: Somebody Call Mattel And Get This Guy An Interview (Video)

    It's Plick: Somebody Call Mattel And Get This Guy An Interview (Video)

    What is it you ask? Plick (as in Programmable by clicking your fingers) is a set of connectable, interactive components that can be attached to ordinary objects and transform them into interactive gadgets. The components include an engine, distance sensor, LED lamp, battery pack and microphone. Just as the name suggests, you can program or activate the individual component's behaviors by clicking… Read More

  • InVision: UX Prototyping Made Easy

    InVision: UX Prototyping Made Easy

    This one is close to my heart. I built many an interactive prototype in my day and it usually consisted of opening Adobe Flash and then scheduling a considerable block of time for completion. To be clear, I am not a “Flash Hater”. I know Adobe has tried to accommodate both designers and developers with its authoring environment, but it is still a deep platform…it’s not for the faint of… Read More

  • Video: AppNinjas CEO John Waldron Demos "Swipe" Mobile Credit Card Reader And App

    Video: AppNinjas CEO John Waldron Demos "Swipe" Mobile Credit Card Reader And App

    “About three years,” says AppNinjas CEO John Waldron, when I asked him how long his group of companies have been providing mobile payments solutions to merchants. Three years. That makes them tribal elders when it comes to the nascent arena of mobile payment acceptance. When I say group of companies, I mean the conglomerate of AppNinjas and MerchantFocus whose services work together to… Read More

  • A Little Augmented Reality Check From Metaio

    A Little Augmented Reality Check From Metaio

    As a fan of Augmented Reality and its potential, I have, for some time, been thinking about how the technology will benefit from the larger screen real estate that tablets provide. There are plenty of examples out there…just search “Tablet AR” on YouTube and you’ll see what I mean. I received a press release from Metaio this morning (one of the companies that I follow most… Read More

  • Roland Introduces V-Drums Friend Jam

    Roland Introduces V-Drums Friend Jam

    Roland, makers of all things MIDI and beyond, have a new product out called V-Drums® Friend Jam. The software lets you connect your Roland V-Drums (electronic, MIDI drums) to your Mac or PC with a MIDI interface (not included) and, in the words of the press release, “allows V-Drums users across the globe to interact with each other while improving their drumming skills with play-along MP3… Read More

  • iPhly Radio Control For iPhone

    iPhly Radio Control For iPhone

    Ari Krupnik’s Kickstarter concept is about to take flight (oooof – can you believe I dropped that one). He just needs to round up another $5700 or so to bring the iPhly Radio Control to life. This hardware device works with his accompanying iPhone app – already live in the iTunes app store – to bring natural hand motion controls to your RC plane or car. Read More

  • Video: Alex Skolnick Demos AmpKit For iPad

    Video: Alex Skolnick Demos AmpKit For iPad

    Those of you who have witnessed some of my “Panel Dome” basement guitar demos will be relieved to see an actual guitarist demo AmpKit’s software. It was a treat to hang out with Skolnick, who plays lead guitar for metal shredders Testament as well as the jazzy Alex Skolnick Trio, and hear him play. In this final segment of my SXSW 2011 coverage, Alex took a few moments to show me… Read More

  • Richard Patrick from Filter on His Gadget Habits

    Rock Star On The Outside…Gadget Junkie On The Inside: An Interview With Richard Patrick From FILTER (NSFW Language)

    Late at night, in the bowels of the Austin Music Hall, toward the end of the SXSW Music Festival 2011, I sat in a small nondescript room with Richard Patrick, the lead singer and leader of the rock band FILTER. While the noise-canceling on my makeshift camera rig and mic may have been kind enough to convince you otherwise, trust me…there was a piercing rock performance happening on the main… Read More

  • Meridian For iPhone: In-store, turn-by-turn maps to merchandise

    Meridian For iPhone: In-store, turn-by-turn maps to merchandise

    Before you download Meridian for iPhone, you should know that it probably isn’t going to work in your town just yet, unless of course the town you live in is Portland OR. However, I still recommend trying out this new-fangled search app  for a few reasons: 1. It’s free. 2. They’ve set up one of their store locations to work even if you are not in Portland so you can get the hang… Read More

  • CrunchGear: "Gadget-Talk" With Marc Friedman From THE SLIP

    CrunchGear: "Gadget-Talk" With Marc Friedman From THE SLIP

    Bar/None recording artists The Slip (as well as their many side projects) frequently travel nationally and internationally. Therefore Marc Friedman, the band’s multi-instrumentalist with whom I shared an airplane row for the flight out of SXSW, was the perfect musician-on-the-go to investigate for possible “gadget addictions”. An admitted “late bloomer” to the world… Read More

  • Sony To Challenge MacBook Air With A Couple Of Ultralight VAIOs?

    Sony To Challenge MacBook Air With A Couple Of Ultralight VAIOs?

    One existing as an ultralight laptop with the ability to dock to a larger station for desktop replacement peripherals and the other as an 11.6 inch netbook running Chrome—rumors are out that Sony is planning to unleash these two ultra-portable VAIOs on the market in the near future. The former, known as the “Hybrid PC”, has specs like: a Core i7, an SSD, HDMI 1.4, WiDi and weighs less than… Read More

  • CrunchGear Interview: "Gadget-Talk" With Cody Votolato From The Band TELEKINESIS

    CrunchGear Interview: "Gadget-Talk" With Cody Votolato From The Band TELEKINESIS

    While the SXSW Interactive Conference concluded days ago and is likely only a faint, buzzed memory in the minds of its tech-savvy attendees, the Music side of SXSW just closed shop today. I made it almost all the way through the epic music showcase, leaving within a few hours of  the brutal, bitter end but not before speaking with several musicians about the ways that mobile devices have affected… Read More

  • Video: Q&A With Red Laser's Rob Veres and PayPal's Laura Chambers

    Video: Q&A With Red Laser's Rob Veres and PayPal's Laura Chambers

    Here in Austin, Texas the Interactive portion of SXSW, with the exception of the trade show, has come to an end. The conference rages on though as the music portion is really just getting underway. I can hear the music pumping outside my hotel room as I write this. But before the interactive side completed yesterday, I attended a fairly interesting panel called "What's In Your Virtual Wallet" that… Read More

  • Video: Loopt's Sam Altman Gives “One Year Update” At SXSW 2011

    Video: Loopt's Sam Altman Gives “One Year Update” At SXSW 2011

    While there may not have been a cohesive theme to this year’s SXSW Interactive Conference in the way Location Based Services seemed to dominate SXSWi 2010, it’s important to note that many of these location-oriented apps and services are still around and flourishing. I took the opportunity to reach out to Sam Altman, founder of Loopt, and pick his brain about how things have changed… Read More