The story begins: NEW DELHI—An explosion of smartphone usage in India is changing the way Alphabet Inc.’s Google sees the future of the internet. As a mobile price war in the South Asian nation has slashed data rates to less than $5 a month for unlimited high-speed access, hundreds of millions of people are getting […]
So, what’s up with the air pollution here in New Delhi? Here’s an update: It’s still bad. The PM2.5 reading yesterday morning was in the 300s. Which is not good. But it’s not all terrible news. Winter temps are here, which I love. Lows are dropping down to the 50s Fahrenheit, which is about 10 […]
Spotted today at a roadside stall here in New Delhi. Yes, this bag of snacks comes with a free fidget spinner. This raises a few questions. First, how inexpensive must these toys be that they’re included with such low cost items? Second, how many consumers do you think will unwittingly munch on the toys?
As I mentioned in the most recent Newley’s Notes, the air pollution here in Delhi worsens significantly this time of year. Here’s a short video I shot on Wednesday afternoon near Connaught Place, in central New Delhi. The air has been, in a word, soupy.
I have posted before about how now only are New Delhi street dogs clever and enterprising, but also totally unflappable. The often straight up sleep on busy sidewalks as people step over and around them amid this buzzing metropolis of 26 million. But the mutt pictured above, which I encountered recently at the popular Khan Market, takes […]
Given my fascination with the original 1982 Ridley Scott sci-fi classic, I wanted to share my take on “Blade Runner 2014,” which we watched yesterday. First, the bad: So, yes: it’s long. Like, 2 hours and 43 minutes long. That’s…just too long. It is a fantastic film, but does any movie really need to be nearly […]
Here’s a video I captured recently of a street dog near New Delhi’s busy Connaught Place. The pooch caught my eye because he or she seemed to be waiting patiently near a curb. When the traffic stopped, sure enough, the canine sauntered across the street. I was interrupted by a call and the video […]
The story begins: NEW DELHI—Uber Technologies Inc.’s rival in India, Ola, is in talks to raise as much as $2 billion, a cash injection that would provide added fuel to fight the San Francisco ride-hailing giant in the world’s second-most-populous country. ANI Technologies Pvt.’s Ola, based in Bangalore, is in discussions to receive the funds […]
Spotted here in Delhi. Not sure if this is officially sanctioned signage, but I support the effort. 🐕
The story begins: Alphabet Inc.’s Google is aiming for a piece of India’s booming—but increasingly crowded—mobile-payments business. The Mountain View, Calif., tech giant on Monday launched its first-ever smartphone app that lets users transfer money to individuals and businesses in the country without the use of a credit or a debit card, a crucial factor […]