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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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DARPA Robotics Challenge: What We Learned

September 16, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In June, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency wrapped up its Robotics Challenge and awarded millions of dollars to the winning robotics teams from the United States and South Korea. But how did the challenge begin? DARPA takes a look back to see what it learned along the way. The...

Video: How to Preserve Your iPhone Battery

September 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When your phone acts as your personal assistant, you need the battery to last more than a few hours, especially if you're on the go. How to maximize your battery? For iOS 9 users, head to the battery section of your settings. There, you can turn on low power mode...

NASA Goes from Red Planet to Red Carpet

September 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow "The Martian" recently premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is not only a big budget blockbuster; it's also great publicity for NASA. At the film's premiere, in attendance alongside the film's stars Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain was NASA's Director of Planetary Science Jim Green, who worked...

Video: What to Do With Your Old Devices

September 11, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the recent announcement of Apple's new products, it would appear inevitable that seemingly outdated phones and devices would soon fill up junk drawers across the country. But it doesn't have to be that way. Numerous websites can compensate you for your old phone, either in the form of store...

Video: How to Save Data When Backing up to Google Photos

September 10, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's important to back up your photos. This much we can all agree on. But backing them up to a service like Google Photos (which offers unlimited photo backup) can be a data suck. You'll want to make sure you're only backing up the photos while connected to Wi-Fi. To...

Video: Why You Should Use Apps to Save Data

September 8, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Having trouble deciding whether you should download an app or not? While using your smartphone or tablet, you might be tempted to just use your mobile browser to visit websites, but it might be far smarter to download a site's app, even if you don't use it that often. Why?...

Video: NASA Designed a Hedgehog Robot to Explore Comets and Asteroids

September 4, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As NASA expands its reach farther into the solar system, the space agency has plans to explore comets and asteroids. Because of the lack of gravity on these surfaces, traditional robots such as the Mars Curiosity rover can’t generate any traction to explore. Researchers and engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion...

Video: What it's Like to Eat at a Restaurant Entirely Run by Computers

September 3, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The idea of automated food conjures up an image of Rosie from the Jetsons serving a piece of rehydrated meatloaf. Fully automated fast-food restaurant Eatsa is nothing like that. Recently opened in San Francisco, Eatsa is reminiscent of the 1950s automat, but with a more efficient, modern way of doing...

Video: Who Envisions a Future with Self-Driving Cars?

September 2, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some enthusiasts (like Nextgov's editor) are already embracing self-driving vehicles, while others are not quite as ready to let go of the steering wheel. A love of driving and a mistrust of computers have soured attitudes toward self-driving vehicles, and carmakers and regulators need to pay attention to this common...

How This Wireless Company is Beefing up Mobile Security in a New Way

September 1, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You want your smartphone to be as secure as possible, right? Qualcomm is working to make sure of that, right down to your phone's hardware. Devices featuring the company's new Snapdragon 820 processor will feature Snapdragon Smart Protect, a service which helps secure smartphones against malware and user data leaks....