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Caitlin Fairchild

Web Producer Caitlin Fairchild joined Government Executive in summer 2011 as an editorial fellow, after graduating from the College of William & Mary, where she spent four years writing for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat. In March 2012, she was hired full time as a web producer. She has completed internships at Washingtonian Magazine and at the public affairs office of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.
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Which Digital Assistant Reigns Supreme?

July 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Digital assistants are a growing presence on our laptops, smartphones and other devices. They're even powering our cutting-edge robots. Each power player in the tech industry has their own digital assistant with a friendly personality and the ability to conquer basic tasks. Apple's Siri for iOS 11, Google Assistant and...

Google's SOS Alerts Can Help You During An Emergency

July 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most questions you type into Google's search engine aren’t a matter of life or death. Searches for the nearest Chipotle or Tom Hanks' filmography aren't too pressing, for instance. A search for the nearest emergency room in the middle of an earthquake, however, is far more urgent. Google announced Tuesday...

Windows 10 Users, Here's How to Increase Your Privacy

July 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Desktops and laptop computers can do lot more these days than run Microsoft Office and play Minesweeper, including broadcast your location. For Windows 10 users concerned about privacy, there are a few things you can do to make your trusted computer more trustworthy. Windows 10 features the digital assistant Cortana...

A Tiny Japanese Robot Rolls Onboard the Space Station

July 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The astronauts aboard the International Space Station have a new roommate, but he doesn't take up much space. The new addition is a camera drone, known as the Int-ball. Developed by Japan's space agency, JAXA, the Int-ball was manufactured entirely through 3-D printing and looks like something out of a...

It's Time to Update Your iPhone

July 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While many people are anxiously awaiting iOS 11 and all the cool features it will come with, they may not have noticed that Apple released a new update to make their phones more secure. The update, iOS 10.3.3, was released on July 19 and makes changes to your phone's contacts,...

Google Can Now Help You Recruit Employees

July 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Tuesday, Google introduced a new recruitment service specifically designed to help organizations with their internal recruitment process. The service, named Hire, specifically is designed to manage prospective applicants, and collaborate on hiring decisions. Hire will be part of Google's G Suite, which includes Gmail and Google Calendar, and is...

How to Use the New and Improved Google Drive

July 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google Drive is a reliable and easily accessible method of backing up files, but Google recently released some big changes to the program specifically for desktop users. The tech giant originally planned to release these changes to Google Drive back in June but postponed. Now, Google's Backup and Sync App...

Keep Hackers Out of Your Netflix and Hulu Accounts

July 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Have you ever browsed Netflix and noticed a strange film you'd never watch pop up in your suggestions? Or maybe a strange extra profile has appeared? You could be playing host to a streaming service freeloader. To take back your account, there are a few things you can do. Start...

Microsoft to Expand Broadband in Rural Areas

July 12, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Currently, more than 23 million Americans in rural communities lack access to broadband internet, but Microsoft would like to change that. Microsoft has developed and put in motion a plan that would connect 2 million of those Americans over the next five years. How? By using TV white space, unused...

Battle For the Net To Wage War Across Your Browser

July 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you're clicking through all your favorite websites Wednesday, you might notice some familiar images popping up repeatedly. It may even appear the site is taking forever to load. Relax, it's not a problem with your Wi-Fi. These sites, including Twitter, Amazon and Netflix, are participating in an online protest...