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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Video: It's Time to Put Your Phone on the Night Shift

March 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many smartphone users like to scroll through social media feeds or play a round (or five) of Candy Crush in the evenings. For some, the last thing they do before going to sleep is set an alarm on their device. But even a quick glance at your phone at bedtime...

Video: How the iPhone Serves as Copilot for the Blind

March 25, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Before the smartphone era, vision-impaired people had to use several gadgets throughout their day, such as a light-detection device. Now, these functions are taken care of by the iPhone and apps. The iOS voiceover function allows users to navigate their phone using a combination of sound and touch. The Money...

Video: The Best Apps to File Your Taxes

March 24, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow April 15 is just around the corner. If you haven't done your taxes yet, and if, like many others, you dread the task, consider using a variety of smartphone app to figure out how much the government owes you this year. The Taxcaster app works in conjunction with tax software...

Video: Want to Recycle Your iPhone? This Robot Will Do it For You

March 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Now that Apple has a new iPhone on the market, some users may be wondering what to do with their old device. While you can sell your phone to make some cash, Apple has introduced a new and exciting way to recycle your device. The tech giant has built a...

Video: How Will NASA Astronauts Exercise on a Mission to Mars?

March 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On March 22, astronauts aboard the International Space Station will be getting a new way to work out. The Miniature Exercise Device, or MED-2, will be launched into low Earth orbit aboard the Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo vehicle. For astronauts in microgravity, exercise is essential for preventing muscle atrophy and...

Video: How to Get the Best Price When Selling Your Smartphone

March 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Looking to sell your old device? You can clear some space in your junk drawer and make some cash by putting your smartphone on the market. To get the best price, sell at the right time. Old models can flood the market as soon as a Apple or Google announces...

Video: How Helpful Are Siri and Other Voice Assistants in a Health Crisis?

March 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Voice assistants like Siri, Google Now and Cortana can help with just about anything, figuring out how the distance between the Earth and the moon or just finding a nearby coffee shop. But during a crisis or medical emergency, these smartphone helpers aren't so helpful. Medical researchers from Stanford University...

Video: Take a Peek inside Dropbox's Cloud Storage System

March 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The multibillion-dollar cloud computing market just got another entry: Dropbox. Until recently, Dropbox stored photos, videos and other files for a half a billion people by storing them with Amazon's cloud. The tech company has now taken on the storage duties itself. "We're storing upward of 500 petabytes in our...

Video: How Eagles Are Making Wind Turbines Safer for Birds

March 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bald eagle and a golden eagle, named Spirit and Nova, respectively, are getting a lot of work done for the Energy Department -- and their fellow birds. National Renewable Energy Laboratory scientists are using the eagles to conduct research into how to reduce collisions and make wind energy safer...

Video: Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone?

March 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On a given day, most people will check their smartphone 85 times and spend a total of 5 hours on the device. Most people use their phones in short bursts, frequently interrupting their work. This negatively affects productivity, as it can take employees roughly 20 minutes to get back to...

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