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Every few months, HBCU Connect hosts networking events in various cities for African American tech professionals who may be interested in career opportunities at Microsoft.

Nationwide ( Microsoft and Target Black Tech Professionals in Dallas for VIP Event on Sept. 22, 2016-- In partnership with Microsoft’s IT Business, is offering black technical professionals in Dallas, Texas (and surrounding areas) the opportunity to meet with representatives from Microsoft to learn more about career opportunities, network with their peers, as well as open up one on one discussions with Microsoft team members that could lead interviews as soon as the next day for high paying tech careers!

HBCU Connect has executed on events for Microsoft’s recruitment efforts in the past, hosting a similar event in May of this year that resulted has resulted in 15 hires already!

This event for black tech professionals on Thursday September 22nd will target software engineers, service/network engineers, Mobile Developers, Technical Support Professionals and experienced IT/Security professionals in the region. The decision to host the event in the Dallas area was based largely on the large population of black technical professionals that are members of

“We expect to see 100+ professionals in attendance that will be looking to land interviews with Microsoft leadership, as well as learn more about what life at Microsoft is like as an African American,” said Will Moss, CEO of “What is really exciting about this particular event, is that Microsoft will be setting up interviews with some of the event attendees as soon as the next day, right after the event! This shows how serious Microsoft is about hiring talent from the African American professional community.”

This will be a great opportunity for African Americans working in software, networking, or IT to make new connections, expand their network, and explore new career opportunities.

The event will be held on September 22nd from 5pm to 7:30pm and will be RSVP only. Once attendance is confirmed, the exact location of the event will be shared as well as details on parking and an agenda for the evening.


2015 DMV Driver Handbook Now Available for the iPad

New interactive option to prepare for the knowledge test

State/Government News

Sacramento – The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announces the release of the 2015 Driver Handbook for the Apple iPad tablet. The book is available in English and Spanish, and can be downloaded free, through the iBooks application bookstore. Print publication copies of the 2015 California Driver Handbook are also available at DMV field offices, statewide.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the California DMV and this milestone is commemorated on the front cover of both, the electronic and print version of the 2015 California Driver Handbook. It is designed to help prepare new drivers to take the knowledge test that covers traffic laws and road signs. New and experienced drivers will also find this handbook a valuable resource for information about safe driving.

“We transformed our traditional driver handbook into a convenient and interactive way to study,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto. “The iBook version of the 2015 California Driver Handbook brings the learning experience to a whole new level—offering our customers educational materials to help them prepare for the driver license exam.”

The new features of the 2015 DMV iBook version offer a comprehensive overview of the rules of the road and include topics on how to acquire a new license or renew an existing license, a summary of standard road signs, and safe driving tips on how to properly share the road with other vehicles, mass transit, pedestrians, and cyclists.

The 2015 DMV iBook includes study material, complete with diagrams, photos, videos, and quizzes. Other useful tools include text highlighting, content search, a detailed glossary, and the ability to take electronic notes and share information through social media on Facebook or Twitter. You can read in horizontal or vertical view, as well as increase the text size.

This electronic version was created using DMV’s in-house information technology and website services team, which was instrumental in selecting the template, customizing the program, and designing a layout.

A demonstration video of the new handbook for the iPad is available on the DMV’s YouTube channel, where drivers can find lots of useful information to help hone their driving skills.

The 2015 California Driver Handbook iBook is available for download on a Mac or iPad, and with iTunes on a computer. California DMV handbooks are available on the DMV website in various languages in PDF format, viewable on any smartphone or tablet device.

Never miss the latest news from the CA DMV. Sign up now for DMV News Alerts! It’s an easy way to receive up-to-date information from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. This new tool also offers customization to obtain specific DMV related topics, such as AB 60, autonomous vehicles, and office openings and closures. Click here to get started:


Cricket Wireless increases high speed data access

Cricket Introduces the Most Value of Any U.S. Pre-Paid Wireless Carrier with an Upgraded “All In” Plan Featuring 2.5 GB of High Speed Data and Unlimited Nationwide Talk and Text for Only $35 per Month After $5 Auto-Pay Credit

More High Speed LTE Data Access, Free LTE Smartphone plus a Free Month of Service

ATLANTA, January 30, 2015 – Cricket will now offer the most value of any U.S. pre-paid wireless carrier with 2.5 GB of high speed data and unlimited nationwide talk and text for only $35 per month after $5 Auto-Pay credit ALL In (taxes and fees included), plus a nationwide network with more 4G LTE coverage than T-Mobile, Metro-PCS, Sprint, Boost and Virgin.


Starting today, for value seeking-customers, Cricket will also deliver a new  plan with 20GB of high speed data and unlimited talk and text, a free month of service for customers making the switch to Cricket and discounted and free 4G and LTE smartphones*, all for a limited time.  Additionally, Cricket will offer increased high speed LTE data access for Basic and Smart plans.


1.       More Data: New and existing customers on our Basic Plan now automatically get a free data upgrade to 2.5GB of high-speed LTE data access**.  Plus for just $45 after $5 Auto Pay credit, all in, you now get 5GB of high speed LTE data access on our Smart Plan.  And for a limited time, customers with LTE phones can sign up for our promotional Advanced Plan*** with 20GB of high-speed LTE data access for only $55 after $5 Auto Pay credit, all in. 

2.     Free and Discounted Phones: Many premium quality 4G and LTE smartphones are on SALE. Including, the Nokia Lumia 635 - free after mail-in rebate Cricket Visa ® Promotion Card - a 4G LTE enabled phone with a fast and smooth user experience. Its 4.5'' clear black display allows for ease of viewing, even in bright sunlight. With a selection of thousands of apps available at the Windows app store, Nokia Lumia 635 users have something to smile about

3.    Free month of service: There’s never been a better time to switch to Cricket. Customers who make the switch, for a limited time, and sign up for the Smart, Pro or Advanced plan will receive a free month of service after completing two months on one of these plans ****.

“We are changing the prepaid wireless industry one Cricket customer at a time- by providing quality phones, low prices and even more high speed LTE data than ever before,” said Janna Ducich, marketing vice president and chief marketing officer for Cricket Wireless. “Cricket’s Advanced Plan provides 15GB more high speed LTE data than T-Mobile’s Simply Prepaid $60 plan, all on a network with more LTE coverage, and – with taxes and fees included – at a lower cost.  It’s simple math; this new offer is our best deal yet.”


Cricket's Increased High-Speed LTE Data Access Details

Cricket Plan


High-Speed Data


High-Speed Data


Basic Plan




(after $5 Auto Pay credit)



Smart Plan




(after $5 Auto Pay credit)



Pro Plan




(after $5 Auto Pay credit)



Advanced Plan

(Limited Time Only)




(after $5 Auto Pay credit)






So, for customers doing the math, the solution is simple - more high-speed data access, free smartphones, one free month of service plus a nationwide 4G LTE network covering more than 300 million Americans. It’s #SimpleMath. Now is the time to upgrade to Cricket.


To check out the new Cricket or find a store near you, visit and connect with us on Facebook at and Twitter at For news, information about events and other press materials about Cricket, visit the new Cricket Wireless Newsroom.

About the new Cricket Wireless 
Cricket is bringing consumers more value with a simple, friendly, and reliable nationwide wireless experience with no annual contract. The power of Cricket is our nationwide 4G LTE network that covers more than 300 million people; easy and affordable unlimited plans that are all in with taxes and fees included – no surprises; and a great selection of phones customers love. Cricket, Something to Smile About. Cricket is a subsidiary of AT&T Inc. Coverage not available everywhere. © 2015 Cricket Wireless LLC. All rights reserved. Cricket and the Cricket logo are trademarks under license to Cricket Wireless LLC. 

Cricket's Sample of Free and Discounted Smartphones Details

For more discounted devices go to


January 30 – April 9, 2015

Tax Promotion Price

Original Price







Nokia Lumia 635 (LTE)


After mail-in rebate (MIR)  

$      99.99

 $       99.99


Nokia Lumia 530 (4G)


After MIR  

$      49.99

 $       49.99


$100 or more savings




Motorola Moto G (LTE)


After MIR

$   149.99

 $    125.00

Phones for under $100




HTC Desire® 510 (LTE)

$ 79.99

After MIR

$   149.99

 $       70.00


LG Optimus L70 (4G)

$   $ 79.99

$      99.99

 $       20.00


*Free 4G LTE Smartphone: Free phone offer ends 4/9/15.  While supplies last. New activation required. Lumia 635 is $74.99 before $75 mail in rebate. Sales tax not included. Card valid at US locations where Visa accepted for 150 days after Card issuance. 2nd month of service req’d. Restrictions & other charges apply. See store for details.

**High-Speed LTE Data Access: Cricket’s Basic, Smart, Pro and Advanced unlimited plans include 1GB, 3GB, 10GB and 20GB high-speed LTE data access allowances, respectively.  Data use exceeding these high-speed access allowances will result in data download speeds reduced to a maximum 128Kbps for the remainder of the monthly billing cycle.

***Advanced Plan: Limited time offer; subject to change. LTE-capable device and activation of Advanced plan required to get 20 GB of high-speed data access. Not eligible for Group Save discount. All Monthly Plans:  Monthly plan price includes taxes, applicable fees and unlimited domestic talk, text and data access. Monthly plan payments are not refundable or transferable, and other charges and fees may apply. In-store activation fee up to $25. Service and coverage not available everywhere. All plans and services are subject to Cricket's Terms and Conditions of Service available at

****Free Month of Service: Limited time offer. Not available on-line. New customers on Smart. Pro and Advanced plans only. Number transfer req'd. Not available to AT&T customers, or Cricket CDMA customers. Free month applies to rate plan only and excludes features or other services. Active account in good standing req'd. Account credit applied approx. 5 days before 3rd month payment due date. Restrictions apply. See store for details.

Auto Pay: $5 savings provided as an account credit at the end of each billing cycle while enrolled in Auto Pay.  Auto Pay credit requires Auto Pay enrollment with a new Basic, Smart or Pro plan. Terms, conditions and restriction apply.

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