Xiaomi HomeDevicesNews Xiaomi updates MIUI, unveils smart speaker Xiaomi smartphone surge bears fruits Previous ArticleMotorola unwraps latest Z smartphoneNext ArticleInterview: MessageBird Tags Author Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more US backs down on Xiaomi row Xiaomi unveiled a set of new products, including an update to its MIUI user interface, a connected speaker and a smartphone.While the company said MIUI is used across 142 countries in 55 languages, at launch MIUI 9 is squarely targeted at its home market of China.Updates trumpeted include dynamic resource allocation, to prioritise system resource access for apps based on use; on-device image search based on people, location, expression, events and more; a smart app launcher, based on screen content; and accelerated start-up for apps.Also showcased at the event was Xiaomi’s Smart Assistant, which it described as “an easy way to find almost anything – from photos to text and much more”.Xiaomi joined the smart speaker set – alongside players such as Alibaba, Amazon, Apple, Google and Samsung – with its Mi AI speaker.Priced at CNY299 ($44), it comes in cheaper than rival products (the Alibaba device is currently discounted to CNY499), with the company touting availability of add-ons and plug-ins to improve its functionality.On the smartphone front, Mi 5X has a 5.5-inch display, full metal unibody, and dual camera as used in its Mi 6 flagship (12MP wide angle plus 12MP telephoto). Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, it has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and will be “one of the first” products including MIUI 9.Mi 5X is priced at CNY1,499. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 26 JUL 2017 Related Devices Steve Costello Xiaomi off the hook in the US
The annual “World Happiness Report” for 2019 is out. Depending on the Gallup World Poll, it turns out the U.S. comes in rather low among free countries at number 19.The Declaration of Independence states that all of us are “endowed” by our Creator with “inalienable rights,” among which is “the pursuit of happiness.” The idea, of course, is that finding happiness is the responsibility of the individual and that government may not unduly interfere with that quest.The Technocrats SpeakBut according to the study’s technocratic authors, government is the prime creator of happiness. Indeed, the first topic mentioned in the report is “happiness and government,” which are the subjects of the first two chapters. In Chapter 2 they write:At the most basic level, good government establishes and maintains an institutional framework that enables people to live better lives. Similarly, good public services are those that improve lives while using fewer scarce resources.The authors also worry about “happiness inequality,” a new term for me that certainly implies that government’s role is to pursue policies that make everyone equally happy.The factors that the authors claim determine a country’s happiness are:GDP per capitaSocial supportHealthy life expectancy at birthFreedom to make life choices Generosity Perceptions of corruptionNotice that vigorous government would have a clear tie-in with most of these. Accordingly, Western free countries with the most socialized systems are at the top of the list as the happiest countries, led by Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland, with the U.S. coming in behind Canada and Israel, albeit ahead of France, Italy, Spain, and the Czech Republic.What Is Happiness?The conclusions in reports like this depend on data and what is included as relevant criteria, or to paraphrase Pilate, what is happiness?In this regard, I noticed a glaring absence from these happiness-gauging criteria: a robust personal faith and religious participation in one’s life. I did a word search of the entire report and neither the words “faith,” nor “religion” appears, nor is the issue discussed in the chapter on personal “pro-social behavior.”What a glaring omission. It seems to me as a non-social scientist that living a life of meaning and purpose are more important in deriving life satisfaction than GDP and life expectancy at birth — which, in turn, would seem to be a more important factor in a good life than mere “happiness.” Certainly, people who are not religious can be happy and have live meaningful lives, but I think that overlooking this crucial aspect in the life experiences of literally billions of people in the world — again, as a non-social scientist — renders the happiness report substantially useless.Here’s a little evidence that supports my conclusion. The supposedly happiest country, Finland, also has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, higher than ours — and we are in the midst of a suicide crisis. So do the next three highest ranged countries, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland.Which brings us back to the question: What is happiness? This report is a waste of time.Photo credit: Photo by bruce mars via Unsplash.Cross-posted at The Corner. Culture & Ethics “World Happiness Report” Focuses on…GovernmentWesley J. SmithJanuary 23, 2020, 12:57 PM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Wesley J. SmithChair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human ExceptionalismWesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. 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“The Hilton Foundation has been championing solutions for long term homelessness for two decades and we have learned that permanent supportive housing is the most cost effective and successful,” says Steven M. Hilton, president and CEO of the Hilton Foundation. “This approach restores stability, autonomy and dignity and helps the individual integrate back into the community.”This approach combines affordable housing with on-site services such as mental health treatment, substance abuse prevention, employment opportunities, and life training. Studies in Los Angeles show that it is 40 percent less costly to place someone in this type of supportive housing than to leave them on the streets. Further, the costs decrease over time. National studies reveal that chronically homeless people—18 percent of the overall homeless population—consume 64 percent of homeless system resources.Since 2004, the Hilton Foundation has provided more than $20 million in grants and loans for such efforts in Los Angeles, resulting in the development of more than 2,300 units and the creation of the $30 million Los Angeles Supportive Housing Loan Fund.Getting local businesses involved is part of the strategy for success. The Hilton Foundation provided funding for the creation of the Los Angeles Business Leaders Task Force on Homelessness. The task force has been led by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Greater Los Angeles. The new plans will also focus on homeless veterans who are cycling through institutions such as shelters emergency rooms, and jails. “This campaign is a great step forward to eradicating long term homelessness in our home town,” notes Hilton, “and there could be no greater way to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors than to help vulnerable people find homes, medical and other services and, most of all, hope.”Learn more at HiltonFoundation.org.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSupporting an initiative to end chronic and veteran homelessness in Los Angeles County within five years, the Conrad Hilton Foundation announced Wednesday a gift of $13 million in grants to fund key components of the campaign.The grants include: $9 million for the creation of 2,500 new permanent supportive housing units; $3.6 million to identify 4,500 of the most vulnerable people on the streets and provide housing; $330,000 for an innovative pilot program to ease the transition into housing; and $200,000 to engage faith leaders and communities in the campaign.