Photos: iPhones, Assembled-in-India, are Here

I tweeted this on Friday and wanted to share it here as well: as we reported last month, the first-ever assembled-in-India iPhones are a reality. Here’s a closer look at a couple of images of SE models I snapped at two shops recently here in New Delhi. For more on the wider context, see our […]

Newley’s Notes 97: Apple’s India Bet; Uber Post-Kalanick; Free, Beautiful Ebooks

Edition 97 of my email newsletter, Newley’s Notes, went out on Friday. To subscribe, simply enter your email address at this link. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s brief, and few people unsubscribe. Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest issue of Newley’s Notes, a newsletter in which I share my Wall Street Journal stories and other […]

India’s WhatsApp Rival Launches Mobile Payments

That’s what I wrote about in this story today, which begins: India’s biggest local messaging app, Hike Ltd., has beaten Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp into the country’s booming mobile-payments business. Hike on Tuesday launched free bank-to-bank and mobile-wallet payments for its roughly 100 million users, meaning people can quickly send money to one another via the company’s […]

Weekend Sketching: Pen and Ink is Therapeutic 

After sketching in pencil the other weekend — and toiling forever to get the angles right — I decided to ditch the graphite this time and go straight to pen and ink.  It felt liberating.  With ink, provided you don’t put down any pencil lines first, you have to just commit and draw. There’s much […]

📨 Newley’s Notes 96: Amazon Buys Whole Foods (!), Tech News from HK, Rise of Cold Brew Coffee

Edition 96 of my email newsletter, Newley’s Notes, went out on Saturday. To subscribe, simply enter your email address at this link. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s brief, and few people unsubscribe. Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest issue of Newley’s Notes, a newsletter in which I share my Wall Street Journal stories and other […]

New Story: Mobile Wallet Paytm Hits Pay Dirt Amid India’s Cash Crackdown

A new story out Wed., which I wrote with my colleague Corinne Abrams, begins: MUMBAI—India’s second-most-valuable startup, the mobile-payments app Paytm, has a new target after proving itself more popular than credit cards. “We’re competing with cash,” said Madhur Deora, Paytm’s chief financial officer. “In India, we’re not competing with cards.” The company’s boast isn’t […]