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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Latest from Jay Donovan

  • Flying People Spotted Over New York City…Film At Nine

    Flying People Spotted Over New York City…Film At Nine

    In a recent publicity venture for their new movie “Chronicle”, 20th Century Fox enlisted the help of viral marketing agency Thinkmodo to design and execute a rather unique campaign element that surely caused several doubletakes over the New York City skyline. If you thought you saw some flying humans in the sky over parts of New York City and New Jersey in the last couple of weeks… Read More

  • ZOOM’s B3 Bass Effects Pedal Launches At NAMM

    ZOOM’s B3 Bass Effects Pedal Launches At NAMM

    In a lot of the Paneldome demos I have done, I (flailingly) play guitar, but I am actually a bass player. That’s why I am excited to hear about the Zoom B3 Effect Pedal/Amp Simulator released today at NAMM. The promise of “a stompbox pedalboard with the power of a multi-effects pedal and USB audio interface” for bass guitar is tempting. This all-in-one design would definitely… Read More

  • The iRig PRE: A New Microphone Interface For iOS Devices

    The iRig PRE: A New Microphone Interface For iOS Devices

    Jeez, CES is barely over and already NAMM is upon us. Unfortunately, this blogger is not in Anaheim for that event, but to be honest, I am still reeling from the few days I spent at CES with Team TechCrunch. Instead, I’ll happily watch the music industry event from a safe distance this year. I did however spy the iRig PRE while I was at CES but it was not yet ready for prime time. It… Read More

  • ION Audio’s iPad Guitar Concept In Legal Trouble

    ION Audio’s iPad Guitar Concept In Legal Trouble

    Wow. Talk about not doing your homework. ION Audio has apparently infringed on the patents, trademarks and designs of three companies by debuting a new iOS peripheral at CES. The Guitar Apprentice (which is honestly a pretty cool idea) appears to use concepts that Behringer sent to the US Patent and Trademark office over a year and a half ago. But it’s not just the product… Read More

  • Rockers <i>One Like Son</i> Record Full Album Using Only iPhones

    Rockers One Like Son Record Full Album Using Only iPhones

    In August, I remember seeing YouTube links for the band One Like Son, who recorded an entire song using only their iPhones and a few iPhone peripherals (in addition to their instruments and drum programs). Today, I received a press release indicating that the band have finished recording an entire 10 song album using the same setup. Intrigued, I contacted Stephen Poff, the mastermind behind… Read More

  • Lost And Found In The Paneldome: The iRiffPort

    Lost And Found In The Paneldome: The iRiffPort

    We get mailed a lot of stuff at TechCrunch and sometimes a good item will slip through the cracks. This iRiffPort has been sitting in my pile of gear since it came out in October. I wrote a review. Shot some photos. It was all ready to roll and then somehow it got misplaced and I forgot about it completely. Too bad, because it is a good cable. This week, I received a postcard from Kevin… Read More

  • Smart TVs: How Do They Work?

    Smart TVs: How Do They Work?

    Smart TVs were everywhere at CES. I must have seen two hundred of them while I was there. I could report on specs, resolution or 3D screens, but really, I am more curious about that word “smart” than I am about the raw specs. Is it merely the sum of new features that defines what a Smart TV is or should be? Just what exactly is it that makes a Smart TV, well…smart? It… Read More

  • Vuzix: SMART Glasses Explained

    Vuzix: SMART Glasses Explained

    The story about Vuzix’s new AR/holographic enabled concept glasses broke last week, but I had a chance to catch up with Clark Dever from Vuzix (with my rogue TechCrunch ghetto cam) for a brief video explanation and demo of the technology. The short of it is that it involves some highfalutin’ technolgy to get the displays to accurately display into the lens material. Their displays… Read More

  • IK Multimedia Adds MIC Cast, STOMP and MIX to their iRig Line

    IK Multimedia Adds MIC Cast, STOMP and MIX to their iRig Line

    IK Multimedia unleashes a plethora of new hardware this week at CES 2012 within their iRig line. This triumvirate of products look to make it easier than ever to use iOS devices, live and inline, with analog musical instruments like guitars, bases, vocals and regular DJ consoles. Read More

  • U.S. Teens Triple Data Usage

    U.S. Teens Triple Data Usage

    Nielsen is reporting today that teens have more than tripled mobile data consumption and also continue to hold top spot as the most engaged mobile messaging segment. The report states that “In the third quarter of 2011, teens age 13-17 used an average of 320 MB of data per month on their phones, increasing 256 percent over last year and growing at a rate faster than any other age… Read More

  • Cost Of U.S. Consumer Electronics Returns Estimated To Reach $16.7 Billion In 2011

    Cost Of U.S. Consumer Electronics Returns Estimated To Reach $16.7 Billion In 2011

    While consumer electronics (CE) merchandise returns are often an overlooked scenario for consumers they are undoubtedly top of mind for manufacturers and retailers because of their billion dollar price tag. “Put another way, manufacturers spend about 5 percent to 6 percent of revenues to manage all aspects of a customer return. For retailers, returns represent approximately 2 percent to… Read More

  • Junaio And Kreativagentur Thomas Launch AR Scavenger Hunt – Win An iPad

    Junaio And Kreativagentur Thomas Launch AR Scavenger Hunt – Win An iPad

    Another example of creative use of Augmented Reality rears its head in the form of an online scavenger hunt with a chance to win an iPad 2. The team at Metaio who created the Junaio Augmented Reality browser and German creative shop Kreativagentur Thomas have partnered to create a scavenger hunt where you can use Junaio to scan special images hidden around the web to unlock AR content and… Read More

  • Metaio Adds Gravity To Their Augmented Reality Platform

    Metaio Adds Gravity To Their Augmented Reality Platform

    German augmented reality firm Metaio showcased some updates to their core technologies today at this year’s ISMAR conference in Basel, Switzerland. The company is documenting this update with out-takes from some highly technical white papers and also, thankfully, with a few video demonstrations (for the algorithm-ly challenged out there – like me). The basic gist of this update… Read More

  • Total Immersion Launches D’Fusion Augmented Reality SDK Update And A New iOS Game (Video)

    Total Immersion Launches D’Fusion Augmented Reality SDK Update And A New iOS Game (Video)

    Augmented Reality company Total Immersion released a free, Augmented Reality SDK today called D’Fusion. The updated kit is specially designed for multi-platform developers of games, apps and marketing solutions. To mark the occasion (and demonstrate the tech) Total Immersion are also launching a free iOS game in the app store called Skinvaders. The game, which takes advantage of… Read More

  • Head Mounted Displays, DIY Augmented Reality And More At InsideAR

    Head Mounted Displays, DIY Augmented Reality And More At InsideAR

    I was able to attend Metaio’s InsideAR 2011 conference last week in Munich and check out many new and updated Augmented Reality concepts at the event. Several concepts I saw at the trade show portion resonated with where consumer AR is headed and some were merely for entertainment. But pretty much everything I saw tried, in some way, to push the envelope of technical possibility. I saw… Read More

  • Graphical Resume Site Vizualize.Me Launches, We Talk To The Founder.

    Graphical Resume Site Vizualize.Me Launches, We Talk To The Founder.

    With over 200,000 pre-launch signups and 40,000 users in their beta program, it’s very likely that you saw a vizualize.me resume link show up in a friend’s Facebook status update last week when the site soft launched. I know I did. The Toronto based company (and winner of Startup Weekend Toronto 2011, and International Startup Festival’s Top Elevator Pitch) has been… Read More

  • Will ModoPayments Finally Monetize Check-In?

    Will ModoPayments Finally Monetize Check-In?

    ModoPayments’ simple and comprehensive solution for providing mobile payments is interesting and what’s more, its offer-based approach may have finally cracked the code for monetizing check-ins. This is something that mobile location-based service providers (LBSs) like Foursquare, Loopt, Gowalla and ShopKick have, no doubt, been laboring over since their inceptions. And while… Read More

  • Junaio 3.0 Mobile AR Browser Update. Now Scans Barcodes Too.

    Junaio 3.0 Mobile AR Browser Update. Now Scans Barcodes Too.

    Junaio, the mobile Augmented Reality browser created by German AR firm Metaio, has been updated this morning: Version 3.0 now supports scanning barcodes. Some of you are probably thinking “Whoop-dee-doo, every app can scan barcodes nowadays.” And you’re right; it’s not really a big deal in that sense. When you consider Junaio’s capability at advanced image… Read More

  • A Woman, A Cupcake, A Bank And A Square: Why Credit Card Companies Are Scared Of Change

    A Woman, A Cupcake, A Bank And A Square: Why Credit Card Companies Are Scared Of Change

    In the sleepy Columbus, Ohio suburb of Canal Winchester there is a shop that makes cupcakes. These are not ordinary cupcakes; these are fantastic cupcakes. In fact the name of this establishment—Fantasy Cupcake—is no boast and can readily back up the hype (trust me, I ate one and it was killer). A relatively new business owned and operated by Leah Dotson, Fantasy Cupcake chose… Read More

  • 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… Read More

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