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

  • AC130 For Android: Turn Those Benjamins Into Little People And Then Destroy Them

    AC130 For Android: Turn Those Benjamins Into Little People And Then Destroy Them

    BeyondReality’s Jeroen Mol has an interesting concept for his new Augmented Reality game slated to go live in the Android Market in the next month or so. His clever idea of using paper money notes as AR targets (you know, those little black and white designs you usually have to print out first and view with your mobile device) eliminates the need to have a printer around before playing… Read More

  • Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka Gives Us The Update

    Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka Gives Us The Update

    I’m covering a lot of mobile payments solutions and developments here at the Mobile World Congress 2011 and I can think of no better way to start off that segment than by speaking with the head honcho at Rovio (maker of the fabulously popular game Angry Birds)…Ladies and Gentlemen…your friend and mine…Peter Vesterbacka. Rovio is actually relevant in the payments space… Read More

  • Xperia Play Available In The U.S. In March On Verizon

    Xperia Play Available In The U.S. In March On Verizon

    The big announcement coming out of the Sony Ericsson press conference tonight – the evening before the opening of the Mobile World Congress here in Barcelona, Spain – is that their new Xperia Play “gaming device” will ship in the U.S.A. this March and will ride on Verizon’s network. That’s what everyone was interested in and the crowded demo booths were… Read More

  • In The Future, We Won't Even Know How To Open A Cereal Box Without A Mobile Phone

    In The Future, We Won't Even Know How To Open A Cereal Box Without A Mobile Phone

    The Mobile World Congress kicks off next week in Barcelona and sure to be a relevant part of that week-long conversation will be Augmented Reality. With several companies bringing new AR services to the market, Metaio sent out a press release this morning with yet another demo illustrating the value of the concept. Hot on the heels of their recent campaign with USA Today, this little demo… Read More

  • More Apple HD TV Hardware Speculation

    More Apple HD TV Hardware Speculation

    Could Apple’s recent $3.9 billion investment in display components signal an intention to enter the HD TV market? AppleInsider is reporting that Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster thinks this could be on the horizon. With Munster estimating a “connected” TV rate of 48% in 2012, you have to admit the concept fits in with Apple’s convergence strategy for media… Read More

  • Junaio Brings Augmented Reality Superbowl Fun

    Junaio Brings Augmented Reality Superbowl Fun

    Some would argue that Augmented Reality has been a part of televised sporting events for some time. Indeed, we have come to rely on those virtual first down overlays when watching an NFL game. But USA Today and Metaio have partnered to bring a different kind of AR goodness to the Smartphone owners out there itching for additional content related to the biggest U.S. sporting event of the… Read More

  • Mod Your Fender Blues Jr.

    Mod Your Fender Blues Jr.

    That your musical “sound” depends more on your hands/skill than the gear you play is a philosophy with which I personally agree. Too many times have I seen a very talented musician make a piece-of-junk guitar sound incredible while a mediocre guitarist (like myself) will make a beautiful, expensive guitar sound mediocre. One guy I know, a Mr. Charlie Pate of Nashville TN, has… Read More

  • Junaio Augmented Reality Browser Version 2.5 Is (Officially) Released

    Junaio Augmented Reality Browser Version 2.5 Is (Officially) Released

    Those of you following the crop of mobile Augmented Reality  tools out there will be pleased to know that Munich based Metaio officially released an update to their Junaio browser. Actually, the app update soft-launched over 10 days ago so in that respect the new version isn’t really “news”. But it is still a nice update containing a significant  GUI upgrade and some… Read More

  • Review: Rampage, Menace, Spitting Out Fire

    Review: Rampage, Menace, Spitting Out Fire

    So let me give you the backdrop here. One of the bands I play in is a Nashville group called Bucktown Kickback. There are a cast of musicians that play and  tour with the group and over the years, I have gotten to know many of them. One, in particular, is a guitarist from Ann Arbor Michigan named Alex Anest. I play a gig with him, maybe… once every year or two and over time, I have seen… Read More

  • John Biggs Vs. Four Loko (The Short Version)

    John Biggs Vs. Four Loko (The Short Version)

    In the event that you don’t have time to watch the full hour recap of John’s “research study” into the potentially unnecessary banning of a ridiculously unnecessary beverage, I have provided this 1 minute 30 second recap that basically documents what went on. Unnecessary background audio provided by yours truly. Don’t try this at home…er, actually… Read More

  • Review: Guitar World Lick Of The Day for iOS

    Review: Guitar World Lick Of The Day for iOS

    Guitar World Magazine and Agile Partners launch a new and pretty straight forward iOS app today called Guitar World Lick Of The Day. As the name suggests, the app delivers a new guitar “lick”, in the form of a video lesson, every day through a monthly subscription service. The app itself is free and comes pre-populated with several free licks so you can try it out first. You can… Read More

  • Review: Hands-On with AmpliTube 2 for iPhone

    Review: Hands-On with AmpliTube 2 for iPhone

    IK Multimedia released an update to their AmpliTube iOS app today in the iTunes App Store. We reviewed the first version of the app and its necessary iRig hardware dongle back in July. It’s a worthy and early entrant into the emerging arena for native app-based recording on touch-enabled mobile devices. Version 2 of this iOS app is a free upgrade for previous installs and offers a… Read More

  • Nielsen’s Teen Mobile Report Shows Telling Trends In Mobile Data Usage

    Nielsen’s Teen Mobile Report Shows Telling Trends In Mobile Data Usage

    It’s not a surprise that teens text a lot – teen females age 13 – 17 send and receive an average of 4,050 texts per month – however what is most interesting to me in this report from Nielsen is the trend for data consumption among teens. In one year, the percentages have increased significantly. They’re higher than I would have expected. Read More

  • Review: AmpKit and AmpKit LiNK

    Review: AmpKit and AmpKit LiNK

    In the course of any guitarist’s life, there will be some point where they come into contact with a product manufactured by Peavey. And if that 80s retro logo, complete with pointy-angled letters, bestows itself upon your amp on stage it will either be a source of embarrassment or a badge of honor, depending on your design tastes and sound needs. While I took the logo off it long ago, I… Read More

  • Chump Dump: Get Rid Of "Friends" On Twitter

    Chump Dump: Get Rid Of "Friends" On Twitter

    You never know where you are going to see something innovative—even right here the heart of the “Sili-corn Valley” that is Central Ohio. This week, I met a gentleman by the name of Dan Rockwell at the local Mobile Monday gathering, and we had a short conversation about his company’s latest mobile app called Chump Dump. The somewhat irreverent concept is both funny… Read More

  • Chump Dump: Get Rid Of "Friends" On Twitter

    Chump Dump: Get Rid Of "Friends" On Twitter

    You never know where you are going to see something innovative—even right here the heart of the “Sili-corn Valley” that is Central Ohio. This week, I met a gentleman by the name of Dan Rockwell at the local Mobile Monday gathering, and we had a short conversation about his company’s latest mobile app called Chump Dump. The somewhat irreverent concept is both funny… Read More

  • Augmented reality demo: junaio takes advantage of iOS 4 camera access.

    Augmented reality demo: junaio takes advantage of iOS 4 camera access.

    A while back, I posted a bit about a new augmented reality game called Zombie ShootAR. It is a shooter game where you kill zombies that appear only in the augmented reality of your mobile phone’s viewfinder. The game relied on some imaging technology that “watched” for horizon lines and therefore effectively planted the creeping zombies on the ground or in exact places… Read More

  • Review: I dig the iRig

    Review: I dig the iRig

    Anybody out there remember the Rockman? It was this little personal guitar amplifier, about the size of a Sony Walkman (adding “man” to anything portable was all the rage in the 80s, you know).The Rockman let you play distorted guitar through headphones and it curiously made everything you played sound like BOSTON. The AmpliTube iRig combo for the iPhone is kind of like the… Read More

  • New Mirror app coming to an iPhone 4 near you.

    New Mirror app coming to an iPhone 4 near you.

    Now it will be easier than ever to keep a kempt appearance while on the go. Ladies, leave that compact at home and guys, stop sqinting at your sleeping iPhone screen as you peer for post-lunch crumbs in your beard. Read More

  • I mean really, who doesn't need a LEGO Buffet Table!

    I mean really, who doesn't need a LEGO Buffet Table!

    Created by Droog Design, this is table keeps your geek cravings and avant-garde hipster leanings from being mutually exclusive. At 25,000 pieces, it begs the question… do you have to put it together yourself? Rest assured though, that if you begin to lose your geek cred by obtaining this beauty, you could always mount this other LEGO  beauty on top of it to KEEP IT REALZ. More items… Read More