Like ‘Making a Murderer’? Read This New Yorker Story

I’ve Tweeted about this and mentioned it in this week’s Newley’s Notes, and wanted to highlight it here, as well. The Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer” has been a smash hit, setting the Internet on fire, bringing renewed fame to the subject’s defense attorneys, and inspiring amateur sleuths the world over. I have watched it. It is highly […]

By Me Last Week: How Apple’s Trying to Win India

I was in India recently working on a story about Apple’s strategy to win over consumers in the world’s second-most-populous country. The piece, which ran last week, begins: NEW DELHI—Amid concerns that China’s slowing economic growth could sap demand for iPhones, Apple Inc. is increasingly turning its attention to one of the last big countries […]

By Me and a Colleague: Islamic State Using Telegram Messaging App to Communicate with Radicals in Indonesia, Malaysia

The story begins: Communications app Telegram Messenger is in the spotlight after the deadly terrorist attacks in Jakarta last week, with experts in Indonesia and Malaysia saying Islamic State radicals in Syria have used the platform to recruit members from Southeast Asia. The revelations underscore both the apparent popularity of the Berlin-based app among members […]

Recommended: Decker Barbeque, Texas-Style BBQ in Singapore

Highly recommended if you’re in Singapore and have a hankering for smoked meat*: the recently opened Decker Barbeque. On a visit not long ago, the meats — brisket, ribs, pulled pork — were perfectly cooked and well seasoned. And the sides, especially the mac ‘n’ cheese, were all excellent. There is also a kale (yes, kale) […]

My iPhone Home Screen, Early 2016

I’ve seen a few people posting about what they’ve got on their iPhone home screens now, with the new year upon us, and was inspired to do the same. I look forward to seeing how this changes over time. Here goes: On the top row, I’ve got the standard calendar app (I’ve tried the popular iCal alternatives, notably Fantastical, but was […]

2015 Media Picks: My Favorite Book, Album, Movie, TV Show — and Goal and Save

Book: “Waking Up” I read a lot of really great books this year, most of which were published prior to 2015. The one that comes closest to qualifying for this list, however, since it was published in late 2014, is Sam Harris’s Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion. Harris, a neuroscientist, illustrates that our perception of the world […]