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

  • 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 year. On… 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 an… 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 location… 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 him… 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, don’t… 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 get… 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 plethora… 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 have… 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 and… 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 and serious; gain points for… 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 (instead… 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 Rockman… 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 in… Read More

  • Fart Battles for iPhone. It's what's inside that counts!

    Fart Battles for iPhone. It's what's inside that counts!

    There’s not much to say about this new iPhone app created by Popkiller Games that isn’t covered in their youtube promotional video (see below). The bottom (ooof) line is that you need this app because, well, you fart! The app measures and categorizes a plethora of data on each fart and stores audio samples in your very own fart library. Save the best ones and attack your friends with… Read More

  • AmpliTube iRig: Rock out with your 'Phone out!

    AmpliTube iRig: Rock out with your 'Phone out!

    IK Multimedia - makers of fine Guitar and Bass modeling software, among other things – have pre-order and pricing info available for their new iRig/Amplitube combo for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. This system requires their iRig dongle in conjunction with an app on your device. I have used both their Amplitube and SVX desktop modeling software before with good results. This mobile version… Read More

  • Junaio Augmented Reality browser comes to Android.

    Junaio Augmented Reality browser comes to Android.

    Augmented Reality is a technology I follow regularly as I think it is a potential mobile industry game changer. Lately, a company called Metaio has come to my attention. They are making great strides bringing AR out of its technological infancy with a series of software developments. The first development to note is that starting today (June 1), Junaio - Metaio’s free Augmented Reality… Read More

  • Review: AAARR! AAARRR! Kill Zombies with Zombie ShootAR.

    Review: AAARR! AAARRR! Kill Zombies with Zombie ShootAR.

    Zombie ShootAR (get it…AR as in Augmented Reality) is a fun and innovative first-person shooter for Smartphone that pits you against a legion of virtual zombies. You play the game by using your phone’s camera and screen to search for, shoot, chop-up or otherwise destroy the virtual zombies that appear integrated into your surroundings via augmented reality. Just watch the video below… Read More