Are Uncontacted Tribes Increasingly Emerging from the Wilderness?

I recently watched a short, thought-provoking documentary on Netflix from U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 called “First Contact: Lost Tribe of the Amazon.” It contains some captivating footage of uncontacted tribes in the Amazon, on both the Peruvian and Brazilian sides, emerging from the wilderness. (Uncontacted people are those with no direct contact with civilization. In […]

The Best Books I Read in 2016

I read many books this year, and as faithful readers know, I’ve been sharing my notes from some of them under the heading “Book Notes.” I’ll break down my picks according to two categories: My favorite book published this year: I read Cal Newport’s “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” over […]

My Top 10 Posts from 2016

Here are the ten most popular posts from Newley.com this year, measured by number of visits. I will refrain from speculating on the reasons. Food, tech, weird animals, soccer — the Internet, I learned a long time ago, works in mysterious ways. Recommended: Decker Barbeque, Texas-Style BBQ in Singapore — A report from what is, […]

Newley’s Notes 77: Uber in India; Apple Scoop; OMGWTF: New ‘Bladerunner’?

Edition 77 of my email newsletter went out to subscribers yesterday. It’s pasted in below. To get these weekly dispatches delivered to your inbox before I post them on Newley.com, enter your email address here. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s brief, and few people unsubscribe. Hi friends, thanks for reading Newley’s Notes, a weekly newsletter […]

How to Send a Paperless Post Greeting Card *Later*

TLDR: enter the name and email address and click the “add recipient” button. Then the option to send the card later will appear below. I recently sent an online greeting card via Paperless Post. For such a popular service, I was surprised to find myself temporarily confounded by part of the process. After configuring the […]

How Uber’s Racing to Add Drivers Here in India

That’s the subject of my latest story, out Thursday, which begins: NEW DELHI—How do you train a million new Uber drivers in a country where most people have never driven a car, tapped on a smartphone or even used an online map? Uber Technologies Inc. faces that daunting task as it tries to avoid its […]

Scoop with a Colleague: Apple Is Discussing Manufacturing in India, Government Officials Say

The story, which ran Tues., begins: NEW DELHI— Apple Inc. is discussing with the Indian government the possibility of manufacturing its products in the country, according to two senior government officials, as the company seeks to expand its sales and presence in the South Asian nation. In a letter to the government last month, the […]

This Week’s Newley’s Notes: ‘Demonitization’ Back Story; Your Brain on Running; Striking Images from the Philippines

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Delhi Snapshot: Think Your TV Job is Tough?

Spare a thought for this local reporter I saw doing a (rather crowded) live shot the other day. I count more than 15 people, not counting the journalist, in the frame.  That cannot have been been easy, but she seemed totally unflustered. 

In This Week’s Newley’s Notes: Our India ‘Demonetization’ Video; Best Books and Albums of 2016; Chapecoense’s Final Flight

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