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Microsoft Unveils e-commerce Portal For Telangana’s Handloom Weavers

Weavers are trained in the use of natural dyes to enable them to make newer and sustainable handwoven products to meet the demands of the socially and environmentally aware consumer

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Microsoft launches e-commerce portal for Telangana's handloom weavers. Pixabay

In a bid to empower handloom weavers in Telangana, Microsoft India on Saturday announced the launch of a new e-commerce portal that will help the weavers optimise operations and engage better with customers.

The “re-weave.in” will host signature collections created by the weaver communities, and showcase traditional designs and products created from natural dyes.

“With the introduction of our new e-commerce platform, digital empowerment centres and the new design curriculum, the weavers will be able to build on the rich handloom heritage of India and also reach out to a wider customer base,” Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D) said in a statement.

This e-market place would help sell to a broad set of customers, which would support the weavers by increasing their income and earning a sustainable livelihood while simultaneously reviving traditional but forgotten Indian art.

Microsoft also partnered with the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) to curate a special curriculum in ‘CAD and Colour for Handloom Weaving’ to provide digital training in handloom design.

The tech giant has also been steadily expanding digital empowerment centres to more weaver clusters in the state.

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“ReWeave ties very well into Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organisation in the communities we work in by using Project Sangam — our Azure based technology solution and expertise to democratise opportunities and bridge the digital divide,” Bhansali said.

The first batch of 100 handloom weavers at NIFT have been awarded certificates for successful design course completion.

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“These initiatives like e-commerce marketplace and design training will enable weaver communities to sustain themselves and provide livelihood to artisans,” said Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Industries & IT, Telangana.

“This also is a practical solution to motivate younger generation of weavers to continue with their traditions and not divert into other professions,” Ranjan said.

Project ReWeave also aims to help the weavers with working capital support through non-profit organisations.

Weavers are trained in the use of natural dyes to enable them to make newer and sustainable handwoven products to meet the demands of the socially and environmentally aware consumer.  (IANS)

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We experienced these issues on a Surface Pro 6 device, and the problems could be related to certain router combinations, the TechCrunch reported

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Some Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 devices are throttling down to crippling low speeds of 400MHz, post the new firmware update that was rolled out on August 1.

The throttle-lock appears to be caused by an Intel CPU flag called BD PROCHOT (bi-directional processor hot), which can be set by any peripheral, telling the processor to throttle down to decrease system temperature, a report in the Tech Republic said on Thursday.

The issues were flagged by several users on Reddit.

However, along with the CPU issues, Microsoft’s latest firmware updates have been causing Wi-Fi issues for several users.

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Surface Book and Surface Pro 6 owners have complained on Microsoft’s support forums that the latest Marvel Wi-Fi driver, supplied with Microsoft’s Surface firmware updates on August 1, is not allowing devices to connect to some 5GHz wireless networks.

We experienced these issues on a Surface Pro 6 device, and the problems could be related to certain router combinations, the TechCrunch reported.

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“If you have Wi-Fi issues on a Surface device since the updates earlier this month, you can simply roll back the driver in device manager, which will restore access to 5GHz networks. A Microsoft volunteer moderator claims the company is ‘working on an update’,” the TechCrunch report added. (IANS)