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Windows Search Went Down For Hours Because Of A Microsoft Services Outage



Microsoft’s built-in Windows search went down for many users for more than three hours today. Windows search is built into Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 operating system, and it started presenting blank search results for apps or any other search queries at around 8AM ET today. Windows search uses the Bing backend to search for results across the web, and it appears that this was the source of the issue.

Microsoft confirmed it was investigating access and latency issues “with multiple Microsoft 365 services,” before fixing the issue at 11:35AM ET. Microsoft blames a “third-party networking fiber provider” for experiencing a network disruption resulting in multiple Microsoft 365 services issues. “This issue has been resolved for most users and in some cases you may need to reboot your machine,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge

The Windows search issue comes just days after Microsoft’s Teams service experienced a widespread outage after the company forgot to renew an SSL certificate. This latest issue highlights Microsoft’s reliance on the cloud to power basic local search functionality in its Windows 10 operating system.

Update, February 5th 1:08PM ET: Article updated with confirmation from Microsoft that the issue is now resolved

Source: The Verge


Sustainable Developers See A Marketing Opportunity In IFC’s EDGE



GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, Sunday February 23, 2020/ – Ghanaian architects and developers are seeing the benefits of IFC’s EDGE green building certification as recognition for their projects. Available in over 160 countries, EDGE is gaining popularity around the world, with more than nine million square meters now certified.

EDGE provides architects and developers with a free, interactive application that helps them determine the most cost-effective ways to design green within their local climate context.

Each design and building element, from the type of flooring to the cooling system, has an impact on resource intensity. The EDGE software helps determine the savings in energy, water and embodied energy in materials for a project, as well as the cost-effectiveness of design choices.

Buildings that reach the EDGE standard of 20 percent savings are eligible for certification. Verification at the design and post-construction stages are required. In Ghana, certification services are provided exclusively by thinkstep-SGS.

To date in Ghana, there are several high-calibre building projects that have achieved EDGE certification, including Atlantic Tower at the Airport City enclave, the workshop and administrative offices of Terminal 3 at Tema Port, and the Takoradi Mall. The upcoming 363-key Pullman Hotel, which is going to be the largest in the country when completed in 2021, is also aiming to achieve EDGE certification.

More developers are following the lead of early adopters. Aside from being a modern and practical choice to improve comfort for occupants and reduce utility costs over time, EDGE also provides developers a way to distinguish themselves in a crowded market.

Last month, December 4, at the EDGE-certified Atlantic Tower in Airport Square, IFC brought together stakeholders from the real estate sector to learn from those who have certified their projects with EDGE. The event also provided an opportunity for developers and building owners to showcase their certified projects.

Rebecca Menes, the Global Marketing Lead for EDGE, encouraged Ghanaian developers to certify their buildings and take advantage of the marketing potential.

Ms. Menes said, “It’s important for developers to ensure that they don’t just build green, but that they also get credit for their achievements by certifying their properties. In this way, they will be able to best leverage visibility for their exceptional projects and enhance their sustainable brands.”

Dennis Papa Odenyi Quansah, IFC’s Green Building Lead for Ghana, shared the good news that the global commitment to EDGE is strong. EDGE has been supported by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) of Switzerland, and most recently the United Kingdom (UK) Government has entered into a partnership with IFC to support EDGE.

Further information on EDGE is available at

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Galaxy Z Flip vs Moto RAZR 2020/ 10 Differences



Galaxy Z Flip’s Infinity Flex Display is an immersive Dynamic AMOLED screen delivering incredible colour quality and reduced blue light. With minimized bezels and no notch, it’s 6.7 inches of stunning cinematic viewing.

The new, radically different razr is here. The pocket-ready size of a flip phone fused with the intelligence of a modern smartphone. The two displays are made to work together. Whatever you see on Quick View magically moves to the larger Flex View display the moment you flip open.

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MTN Raise Over 6,000 Units Of Bloods To Save Lives



GREATER ACCRA – GHANA, Thursday February 20, 2020/ – MTN Ghana Foundation has collected over 6,000 units of blood at the 2020 annual “Save a Life” blood donation exercise, exceeding its target of 5,000 units.

The annual exercise gives MTN staff, trade partners and the general public the opportunity to show love on Valentine‘s Day by donating a unit of blood to help stock various blood banks across the country. This year’s blood donation exercise had a total of 24 donation centers in all 16 regions of Ghana.

The blood collected went directly to the National Blood Service, 37 Military Hospital, Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Ridge and respective regional Hospitals. At the end of the exercise, the following number of units were collected from the various regions:

• Greater Accra – 504
• Ashanti – 534
• Bono – 548
• Bono East – 461
• Ahafo – 218
• Upper West – 371
• Upper East – 483
• North East – 215
• Northern Region – 924
• Savannah – 167
• Volta   – 353
• Oti – 64
• Eastern – 410
• Western – 225
• Western North – 202
• Central – 357

Commenting on the blood donation Campaign, the Corporate Services Executive of MTN, Mr. Samuel Koranteng said the exercise was a huge success and he attributed the success of the campaign to the efforts of all blood donors who came out to donate. He said “I will like to use this opportunity to thank all who supported in various ways to make this exercise successful. Thank you for coming to save lives by donating a unit of blood”

The MTN “Save a Life” project is an annual Valentine’s Day blood donation exercise, organized by the MTN Ghana Foundation. This initiative gives MTN staff and other individuals the opportunity to donate blood and stock the National Blood Bank and other regional hospitals. The project which started in 2011 was in response to calls made by the National Blood Service for voluntary contributions to replenish critically low stocks of blood. In all over 20,036 pints of blood have been collected since it’s inception.

In recognition of its efforts, the MTN Ghana Foundation was adjudged the highest corporate blood donor in 2013, second highest corporate donor in 2014 and one of the highest corporate donors in 2015.

MTN Ghana Foundation is committed to brightening lives of communities across Ghana. The Foundation is hopeful that through the continuous partnership with members of the public, many lives would be saved through the exercise.

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Huawei Launches Dazzling Four-camera Nova 5T In Ghana



GREATER ACCRA – GHANA, Thursday February 20, 2020/ – Huawei Technologies has launched the much-anticipated Huawei nova 5T in Ghana. The HUAWEI nova 5T furthers the legacy of the nova product line, by integrating a unique aesthetic identity with trendy fashion and cutting-edge technology. This establishes it as more than just a consumer electronic device, but also as emblematic of modern living: avant-garde, fashionable, and idiosyncratic, pushing the boundaries of style and functionality.

The youth-oriented HUAWEI nova smartphone series was conceived with the goal of merging eye-catching visuals with technological innovation, and balancing comfort with novelty. Building on the dazzling color gradients and reflective design in the previous generation, the nova 5T expresses the feeling of boundless space against a 3D backdrop, and depicts the surreal and fantastical through a bold clash of light and shadow.

Designed to provide flagship-level experience at an affordable price, the HUAWEI nova 5T packs a 32 MP selfie camera on the front and a powerful quad-camera array on the back. The AI-enhanced rear camera system is capable of ultra-wide-angle photography, macro shooting, and natural bokeh generation for portraits, as well as ultra-HD imagery that excels in any lighting environment.

It comes equipped with the premium Kirin 980 AI processor and 8 GB of RAM, which interact with the newly unveiled EMUI 9.1 operating system to offer a lag-free, fluid experience on par with expensive high-end models. Its 22.5W SuperCharge technology ensures that the phone is always ready to go and takes little time to get fully charged.

The HUAWEI nova 5T sports a 6.26-inch HUAWEI Punch FullView Display, but weighs only 174 grams due to its wafer-thin 7.87 mm thickness, offering an immersive display on a slender body.

The HUAWEI nova 5 series comes available in three inventive color schemes: Crush Blue, Dark Black, and Midsummer Purple. A refined finish provides a unique texture, and accentuates lighting contrasts, creating a multi-layered 3D effect on a flat surface.

Equipped with four AI cameras that support high-definition, ultra wide-angle, macro, and depth of field photography, the HUAWEI nova 5T is able to capture rich and clear images within a single shot in all scenarios, from vast landscapes to close-up shots. It also combines AI-powered image semantic segmentation and partition optimization technology with the 48 MP HD lens, 16 MP wide-angle lens, 2 MP macro lens, and 2 MP bokeh lens which can clearly present details in the photo and balance the exposure under all lighting conditions, thus preventing blown highlights and crushed shadows.

The HUAWEI nova 5T saw a massive technological leap in the full-view display. The HUAWEI nova Series has one mission – to democratize Huawei’s technology and deliver a premium user experience to the masses and it is very affordable.

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