Chandler Harris

Chandler Harris is a freelance business and technology writer located in Silicon Valley. He has written for numerous publications including Entrepreneur, InformationWeek, San Jose Magazine, Government Technology, Public CIO, AllBusiness.com, U.S. Banker, Digital Communities Magazine, Converge Magazine, Surfer's Journal, Adventure Sports Magazine, ClearanceJobs.com, and the San Jose Business Journal. Chandler is also engaged in helping companies further their content marketing needs through content strategy, optimization and creation, as well as blogging and social media platforms. When he's not writing, Chandler enjoys his beach haunt of Santa Cruz where he rides roller coasters with his son, surfs and bikes across mountain ranges.

Complex Surgeries Get Slithering Snakebots Invasion

Posted In Living in Tech
Imagine tiny robots swimming through your body to perform complex surgeries. You can stop imagining now, since these robots are quickly becoming a reality. Scientists and doctors are using miniaturized snake robots, or “snakebots” injected into bodies to help them perform surgery on hearts, prostrates and other organs. They carry tiny cameras, scissors and forceps and are currently tethered, but may soon roam bodies on their own. “It won’t be very long before we have robots that are nanobots, meaning… continue…

HR Screening Software Hinders Hiring at Some Companies

Posted In Looking in Tech
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A current trend of automatically screening applicants with recruiting software is a double-edged sword for companies that claim they simply can’t find the right talent, says Peter Cappelli, a professor of management and human resources at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. HR screening software helps companies sift through the thousands of resumes they may receive, allowing them to filter the documents according to qualifications and keywords. However, at many companies, this software has replaced recruiters, so “applicants rarely talk to anyone,… continue…

Social Media Monitoring by Employers Will Increase

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Big Brother employers are about to get even bigger. Gartner says that by 2015, 60 percent of all companies will monitor employee social media use. That’s substantially up from the less than 10 percent of companies currently monitoring employees’ use of Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and other social media sites for security breaches. Although Gartner says security breaches are the primary reason employers are cracking down, many companies are also monitoring social media for brand management and marketing purposes. Facing Security Threats… continue…

‘Entrepreneur Visa’ Would Allow Longer Stays for Entrepreneurs

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Foreign students with post-graduate degrees in math, science, or engineering from American colleges may find it easier to stay in the U.S. should proposed legislation pass into law. The legislation, created by a bipartisan group of senators, would create an entrepreneur’s visa to allow foreigners who start new businesses and create jobs to remain in the country. The proposal calls for a total of 75,000 visas for immigrant entrepreneurs in science and technology. The bill also includes a proposal for a targeted… continue…

Tattoo Preventing You from Landing a Job?

Posted In Looking in Tech
You might love the tattoo of an anaconda wrapped around your arm. But employers might think otherwise, even in the casual blue jean, t-shirt clad environment of an IT campus. Which may have something to do with why tattoo removal procedures grew by 32 percent this year, says a new study. Indeed, of those folks surveyed, 40 percent said “employment reasons” prompted the procedure. “Like it or not, a significant number of people feel that their tattoos are preventing their… continue…

Video Game Companies Turn to Crowdsourcing

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Video game companies are increasingly finding that large numbers of fans are willing to donate a few bucks in order to see a game they want developed. And sometimes those few bucks add up to big money. Double Fine raised $3.3 million from 87,000 people this year; Wasteland 2 raised $2.9 million; and Shadowrun Returns secured $1.8 million, according to the New York Times. But typically, the fundraising rarely reaches seven digits. The Times found that 854 game developers successfully… continue…

Ghost Recon Now Battles On Facebook

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Ghost Recon has a new battlefield and it’s called Facebook. Ubisoft is venturing into new territory with its popular franchise of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, offering a free version of the game on the social network. The company is hoping to leverage its hard core gamers, who pay $60 for the console game version of Ghost Recon Future Soldier, to try out its companion version. The free Facebook game — Ghost Recon Commander — is designed to be “a gamer’s game.”… continue…

Major Smartphone Vulnerability In Baseband

Smartphone security is headed for an “apocalypse,” since a major vulnerability with smartphone baseband processors has gone unheeded, warns Dan Auerbach, a staff technologist at the Electronics Frontier Foundation. The problem lies in “Baseband Hacking”, or taking advantage of vulnerabilities in a phone’s baseband processor to intercept a phone’s communication with a phony base station. With the meteoric rise in worldwide smartphone use and the declining costs of portable base stations and new open-source software called OpenBTS, a “baseband apocalypse”… continue…

Sony Playstation Vita Gets Skype

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Sony is hoping its Playstation Vita can regain ground lost to mobile phones, which have eaten away at video gaming, by becoming more like a phone. Microsoft’s Skype is now available for download on the PS Vita, allowing users to participate on video chat while playing games. Skype is also available on the Windows phone. Yet while the Windows Phone version cannot be used while other applications run, the processing power of the PS Vita enables it to run both games and Skype,… continue…

Valve Looks for Video Game ‘Innovators’

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Valve Software is one of the more innovative video game companies around. After all, who else can pull off creating a game that involves two robots using portal guns to complete complex mazes, via Portal 2? Does a company without defined managers seem appealing to you? Why or why not? Share your thoughts below. The company’s employee handbook, released via the Flamehaus Forum this week, gives a peek inside the mechanics of working for Valve, which relies on a “flat” organizational structure in… continue…