Nerd Notes: A free Smart Car, Subway sandwich thieves and the pope resigning, again

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Smart CarNeed a free Smart Automotive? In case you refer a developer or designer to Seattle startup EnergySavvy and she or he will get employed, you’ll obtain a Smart Automotive or a $14,000 money prize. However hurry, there’s solely per week and a half left. To enter, e mail joinus@energysavvy.com and introduce the individual you’re referring. Put “EnergySavvy Referral” in the topic line, and embrace your referral’s e mail tackle in the physique of the e mail. The open positions are lead designer, senior software program engineer, and software program engineer.

Interactive Fountain: Seattle engineer Gerry Chu (who developed iOS and Android apps for Goal and REI) constructed a fountain with infrared sensors that’s triggered once you stroll in entrance of it. Discuss a grand entrance.

A new stage of creepy: Try this feature by Ars Technica about the hackers who use the Remote Administration Tool (RAT) to spy on girls throughout the globe, utilizing the girls’s personal webcams and microphones. Ars had the probability to interview the males behind all of it. I’ve this bizarre feeling I’m being watched, impulsively…

Pope Francis resigns: Simply kidding. However The Onion posted a fairly hilarious video about it. What if? “That is uncharted territory for Catholics throughout the globe, as no pope has resigned since February of this yr,” says the pretend information anchor in the video.

The best resume: One other gem from The Onion: Don’t miss the Onion Special Report that jokes about the unimpressive abilities we frequently enumerate in our resumes and cowl letters. The UW Daily even makes an look.

formspring logoFormspring shuts down: In case you’re in faculty like I’m, you in all probability bear in mind Formspring. Mainly, it’s a discussion board the place your friends can ask you nameless questions, and you’ll be able to reply. The location peaked in reputation a number of years in the past. What it was really used for — at the least from what I bear in mind — is excessive schoolers posting imply, lowly jabs at each other that broken the vanity of teenagers throughout the nation. I’m proud to say that I by no means created an account. Perhaps it’s not such a foul factor that CEO Ade Olonah determined Formspring had run its course.

Sandwich stealers: Hungry? So had been Californians Shahin Abdollahi and Jeffrey Thomas Wilkinson once they hacked into 13 Subway POS systems and “fraudulently added at the least $40,000 in worth to Subway present playing cards.” Abdollahi owned a number of Subway franchises and later began an organization that bought POS techniques to Subway shops. No surprise he was such a grasp…till he received caught.

New Fb CTO: Earlier this afternoon, Facebook announced its new CTO, Mike Schroepfer, who was beforehand the VP of engineering. The place has been open since final summer season when former CTO Bret Taylor left.

Blackberry’s sale of 1 million telephones: And I assumed I used to be hooked on my smartphone. The AP announced Wednesday that Blackberry obtained an order for a million of its new Z10 smartphones. That’s the largest purchase the firm has ever had, however they’re not disclosing who’s behind it. The sale triggered Blackberry’s shares to extend by greater than 5 p.c.

Beforehand on GeekWire: Nerd Notes: An elevator murder prank and Steve Ballmer starring in a Taylor Swift song

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