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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: How to Make Your iPhone More Secure

January 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For many people, their whole life is contained on their iPhone. So, keeping it safe and secure is pretty important. If you haven't already, make sure your iPhone locks when not in use. If your device already locks, make it lock quicker, so that it requires a passcode immediately. It...

Video: Smartphone Tech to Expect in 2016

January 5, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This year, expect the already-advanced smartphone to evolve even further. As more devices become a part of the Internet of Things, the smartphone might evolve into a universal remote control for all things "smart" -- like a smartwatch, smarthome and virtual reality. Smartphones will also integrate further with your car....

Video: What Are Your Tech Resolutions for 2016?

January 4, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 2015 has come and gone and with the start of a new year, many have resolved to start eating healthy or finally organize their home. Another area most people have room for improvement? Personal tech. This January, we can all resolve to make our passwords more secure and update operating...

Video: How to Track All of Your Holiday Packages

December 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the Dec. 24 deadline for gifts draws nearer, many are anxiously tracking their mail on multiple sites, hoping to make it on time. But there is a more efficient ways to track packages. Users with a Gmail account can track any shipments through Google search. When signed into Gmail,...

Video: The Year in Tech

December 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 2015 was a big year for technology, from exciting new gadgets to troublesome hacks. Smartwatches, virtual reality headsets and even hover boards went from science fiction to available for purchase. While all this new technology emerged, so did new threats, proving that no one is safe. To see of the...

Video: How Do Astronauts Watch the Super Bowl in Space?

December 16, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the 50th Super Bowl coming up in a few months, even the astronauts aboard the International Space Station will be able to watch the game. The ability to watch live sports games in space is relatively new, as NASA recently put a projector on board the station. "Hopefully, one...

Video: Why Closing Apps Won't Help Save Smartphone Battery Life

December 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During times when you're stuck without a charger and your smartphone's battery is quickly draining, you might think closing out of all your apps is the way to make that battery last a little bit longer. That won't really help, however. When you leave an app, the smartphone pauses it...

Video: How Amazon Gets Your Order to You

December 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As Christmas looms nearer, orders are pouring into Amazon.com with the hope they'll arrive by the Dec. 25 deadline. How does Amazon get all those orders fulfilled and delivered? Robots and a little elbow grease. At the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Tracy, California, Kiva robots roam the floor carrying stacked...

Video: Are Self-Driving Cars Really Safer?

December 11, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's no secret that automobiles can be deadly: In 2014 alone, 33,000 people died in road accidents in the United States. With these grim statistics, it's no surprise one of the biggest selling points of a driverless car is the dramatic reduction in car accidents. But self-driving cars' big promise...

Video: How Do You Build a Death Star? A NASA Engineer Explains

December 10, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In 2012, the public used the White House's petition tool We the People to ask the government to build a Death Star. Though the White House said no to the request, it hasn't stopped nerds everywhere from dreaming of a real-life version of the massive battle station. So is it...