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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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Video: This Teeny Tiny Robot is Powered By an Emotion Engine

July 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cozmo is a companion robot that looks like a cross between Wall-E and a Tonka Truck and fits in the palm of your hand. But this robot proves powerful computing can come in tiny, adorable packages. "Cozmo is really fully packed with technology that starts with 40 or 50 gears...

Video: Take a Peek Inside Facebook's First Data Center

July 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ever wonder how Facebook manages the information and timelines of 1 billion users? The answer is a massive data center in Prineville, Oregon, that boasts buildings big enough to fit four football fields. The data hub also uses a technology invented by Facebook -- air cooling. This system involves bringing...

Video: 5 Tips to Speed Up Your Mac

July 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A slow laptop can slow down your productivity. For Mac users, there are a few ways to clean up and speed up your device. All users should be sure to back up all data to an external hard drive. Once all your files are securely backed up, feel free to...

Video: This Robot Glove Uses NASA Tech to Turn You Into a Cyborg

July 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Have you ever gotten tired spinning a wrench around and around and around? Enter the RoboGlove, which multiplies the force of the hand wearing it. At the same time, sensors and actuators on each finger tip mimic nerve endings and muscles of a real hand. General Motors developed the glove,...

PokemonGov: What Government Agencies Are Saying About Pokemon Go

July 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The frenzy around Pokémon Go continues unabated. The augmented reality smartphone game gained a massive following in just a few days, earning 7.5 million downloads in the U.S., according to TechCrunch. Many federal agencies have caught onto the fact that they play host to a Pokestop or a Pokémon gym....

Will the Government Go for Pokemon Go?

July 11, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The latest gaming app craze, Pokémon Go, has taken smartphones by storm. Its immense popularity made Nintendo's value rise by $11 billion. The app uses augmented reality, overlaying digital Pokémon -- quirky, collectible Japanese monsters -- over the real world. (And for those completely unfamiliar with Pokémon, the name is...

Video: Mac Users, Watch Out for This New Malware

July 8, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hey, Mac users: There's a new malware on the block known as "Eleanor," and she isn't very nice. This bug is hidden in an app called Easy Doc Converter, allegedly designed to let users easily transform various file types into Microsoft Word documents. Instead, it wreaks havoc on your computer....

Video: New Android Malware 'HummingBad' Infects Millions

July 7, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Android smartphone users have something new to worry about. Security company Check Point spotted a piece of malware in February 2016 that they dubbed "HummingBad." It works as a drive-by-download attack to try to gain root access to a device. Once installed, it force-downloads apps and clicks on the ads....

Video: Self-Driving Tractors Are Changing Farming

July 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Self-driving cars are increasingly finding their way onto our roads, with promises of fewer traffic jams and enhanced safety. Farmers have been putting earlier versions of autonomous technology to use for the past two decades to plow fields. Now, the self-driving tractor is advancing rapidly. Two hands-free guidance systems help...

Video: What Does Hacking Look Like?

July 5, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What does hacking look like? Some might describe a masked figure hunched over a keyboard; others might point to a cascade of green letters and numbers like in the "Matrix" films. Demonstrating what hacking entails visually will help the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency during its Cyber Grand Challenge. The...

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