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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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Say Hello to Cloud-Connected Office Furniture

June 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Furniture maker Herman Miller, the company behind the ubiquitous Aeron chair you've seen in many offices, has developed a new connected device: the cloud-powered smart desk. It comes with built-in infrared sensors that connect to a software platform. Along with the desk, Herman Miller will sell an annual subscription to...

Amazon Echo Is Your New Stylist

June 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Amazon Echo is one of the most popular voice assistants on the market, but Amazon has introduced a new version that comes with a camera and a keen eye for fashion. Dubbed the Echo Look, the smart speaker has a camera that takes a user's picture or a 6-second...

We're Going to Consume a Ton of Data in the Future

June 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Even in a future with access 5G coverage, most tech users will still be massive data hogs, a report found. Ericsson released its June 2017 Mobility Report and revealed its predictions for the future of tech usage, and according to their estimates, it's going to increase. According to the report,...

Who Are NASA's Newest Astronauts?

June 12, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Out of more than 18,300 applicants, NASA chose just 12 women and men for its 2017 astronaut class, the largest class since 2000. The new team will head to Johnson Space Center in August to begin training for the next two years for missions ranging from research on the International...

A New Kind of In-Flight Wi-Fi

June 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the government considers fully banning laptops from airplanes, tech company Honeywell has debuted a Wi-Fi system for aircraft, that might make most airline passengers hope the ban won't come to pass. The internet works on the ground and at cruising altitude and the average download speed was around 30...

Don't Take the Bait: Tips to Avoid Getting Phished

June 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many people trying to stay secure online have likely heard vague advice about how do so. Experts will advise tech users to "avoid suspicious emails and phishing attempts" that can invite malware and more onto their devices. But there's more to avoiding a phishing attack than just steering clear of...

When Being Awesome Can Help Kids Become Cyber Savvy

June 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Adults often have trouble keeping themselves secure online, so imagine the trouble a kid can get into: clicking on suspicious links, choosing weak passwords and unwittingly sharing sensitive information on social media. To combat this, tech company Google has developed an interactive, online program dubbed Be Internet Awesome to teach...

Safari Browser to Offer Privacy Features

June 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Along with some new MacBook laptops and a new iPad, Apple announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference it is making some changes to its Safari web browser. The updated Safari will be a part of Apple's new operating system High Sierra. The new and improved browser will have a speed...

These Smart Gloves Can Translate Sign Language

June 2, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Language translation technology is a field currently undergoing a lot of development, but what about a nonverbal language like sign language? Taiwanese company Yingmi Tech has developed a potential solution: smart gloves that translate sign language to text. The company demonstrated a prototype of the gloves at the Computex technology...

Intel Introduces an Extreme Processor

June 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Are you doing some multitasking on the computer and need some extreme computing power? Well, you're in luck. Intel recently introduced at the Computex technology show in Taipai a new series of processors known as the X-series. And X stand for extreme. For the basic processors in the series that...