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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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Humans to Battle AlphaGo Yet Again

April 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow AlphaGo was created by Google's DeepMind team as the ultimate machine learning system, capable of playing the game of Go. The 3,000 year old game is so complex, an algorithm can't simply calculate all potential moves. Instead, AlphaGo learned the rules and played "like a human." In March 2016, Google's...

How to Make Your iPad Kid-Proof

April 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Handing a child a mobile device without any planning can be disastrous for your privacy and potentially your wallet. It was only after a lengthy court battle Amazon refunded customers $70 million worth of app purchases mistakenly made by children. For iPad users, parental controls have been built directly into...

This Hurricane Drone Flies High for Science

April 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA knows how to recycle. Since 2010, the space agency has been taking retired Global Hawk military drones and sending them to high altitudes to monitor and collect data from weather systems, including hurricanes. "What's neat about these airplanes is that you can get in a very high altitude," said...

Is a Voice-Controlled Lock Really Secure?

April 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A voice-controlled smart lock sounds like an ingenious idea—no more losing or fumbling with your keys. But is it a security risk? August's Smart Lock works with a few different platforms including Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa, using a combination of Bluetooth communications and vocal commands. While each system works...

This Windows Feature Lets You Step Away From Your Computer Without Worry

April 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Leaving your computer unattended can be a major security risk, no matter where you are. Because logging out or closing down your laptop can be a pain for every bathroom break and coffee run, Windows 10 now offers a solution. Known as Dynamic Lock, the computer will be able to...

Inside Samsung's Battery Testing Center

April 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Six months after the scandal involving Samsung's exploding Galaxy Note 7s, the tech company has revealed a new, improved model—the Galaxy S8. But what else has Samsung changed to ensure the safety of its devices? The company has conducted a barrage of tests on these new phones and on their...

What It Takes to Make NASA’s Top Gun

March 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What does it take to become an elite NASA research pilot? Nils Larson, flight crew branch chief and research pilot at NASA Armstrong research center, says a little bit of everything. "People I have to hire generally come from a pretty diverse background," said Larson. "Always looking for a broad...

What You Need to Know About the Latest iPhone Update

March 29, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple's latest operating system, iOS 10.3, is available for download and has a few key features users should know about. The new operation system boasts Apple ID profile information, which also includes information about all of your Apple accounts and all of the Apple devices associated with those accounts. You'll...

Robot Delivery: A New Way to Order Takeout

March 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Feeling hungry, but don't want to cook or leave the house? DoorDash, an on-demand food delivery service has recently deployed the Starship delivery robot. It can mount curbs with its six wheels, and it boasts nine cameras and ultrasonic sensors to navigate its city surroundings at 4 mph. When a...

Lost Your Phone? Here's How to Find It.

March 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Losing your phone is more than an inconvenience—it could become a huge security risk, putting your personal information up for grabs. Here's how to locate your smartphone, whether it was stolen or just misplaced. For iPhone users, the "Find My iPhone" feature can be turned on in settings and connects...