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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 9-13-13


Red 5 painted on wet sidewalk with scattered wet leaves on it.

By Ron Miller
Ness Blogger 

It's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly feature where we search the Web looking for 5 interesting, funny and poignant links for developers and IT Pros.

If you missed our most recent post, Infographic: Protecting enterprise data in an insecure world, please check it out. It's an insecure world out there, but there are ways to give your employees a fighting chance. This infographic defines the problem and offers hints on how to battle it.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links: 

iPhone Devs Won't Get Fingerprint-Reader Authentication Option Yet  | AllThingsD

When Apple announced the new iPhone this week, IT pros got a little weak in the knees at the idea of being able to authenticate using the built-in biometric sensor, but it turns out at least for now, Apple is not letting developers near the sensor.

Shame on you! Report shows users lazier than ever about security practices | ZDNet

A new report on consumer security finds we're more careless than ever when it comes to security. And that doesn't bode well for the enterprise because if they don't practice good security at home, chances are, they don't at work either.

C jumps back to top of language popularity index | InfoWorld

If you're like me you were surprised to learn that there is even such a thing as the Language Popularity Index, but apparently one exists --and C is back on top. The researchers determine their standings based on keyword search terms in major search engines.  

'Brogrammers,' 'Cultural Fit,' and How They Can Hurt Your Company | The Simplicity 2.0 Blog

Lots of talk about sexism in tech recently, and that's a good thing. There are still too few women and too many workplaces are still very male-centric making it a less than comfortable working environment for women who do go into technology. If you're not addressing this issue, you could be affecting productivity and worker morale.

With iBeacon, Apple is going to dump on NFC and embrace the internet of things | GigaOm

With little fanfare, Apple has introduced a feature in iOS 7 called iBeacon, which essentially creates geo-fences using a Bluetooth low-end signal. That means when a user enters an area, iBeacon signals an app you are in the area and you can transmit custom content. Sounds like it could be the localization missing link or something very creepy, depending on how it's used. But it clearly is something developers should be looking at.

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