Newley’s Notes 185: Facebook Branding; Alexa and Siri Concerns; Hungry Service Dogs

The latest edition of my email newsletter has gone out to subscribers. It’s pasted in below. To get these weekly dispatches delivered to your inbox, sign up here. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s brief – and few people unsubscribe! Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes. 🔌 Last week I shared my […]

Newley’s Notes 184: Smart-Enough Phones; Millionaire Gamers; Wearable ACs; Eager Pooches

Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes. 🔌 My latest story, out last Tuesday and teased on the WSJ front page Wednesday: The Hottest Phones for the Next Billion Users Aren’t Smartphones. It begins: NEW DELHI–The hottest phones for the world’s next billion users aren’t made by smartphone leaders Samsung Electronics Co. […]

The Hottest Phones for the Next Billion Users Aren’t Smartphones

That’s the headline on my most recent story, which came out Tuesday. It begins: NEW DELHI—The hottest phones for the world’s next billion users aren’t made by smartphone leaders Samsung Electronics Co. or Apple Inc. In fact, they aren’t even smartphones. Millions of first-time internet consumers from the Ivory Coast to India and Indonesia are […]

The Internet Is Filling Up Because Indians Are Sending Millions of ‘Good Morning!’ Texts

That’s the headline of my newest story, an A-hed out yesterday. It begins: Google researchers in Silicon Valley were trying to figure out why so many smartphones were freezing up half a world away. One in three smartphone users in India run out of space on their phones daily. The answer? Two words. “Good Morning!” […]

U.S. Security Firm Identifies Android, iOS Spyware Targeting Hong Kong Protesters

That’s the subject of a story I wrote Friday: A U.S. mobile security firm says it has uncovered smartphone spyware aimed at pro-Democracy protesters in Hong Kong that comes disguised as an app created by a community of socially minded programmers. When activated, the Android app reveals the smartphone user’s geographical location, text messages, address […]

Samsung’s Plan to Hook Consumers in Southeast Asia

Can free Frappuccinos, deals on hotel rooms, and apps offering localized content keep users hooked on Samsung’s smartphones as the company loses market share here in Southeast Asia? The South Korean electronics giant is betting that the answer is yes. That’s the focus of a story I wrote that ran on the front page of […]