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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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Tech Company Introduces Audio Technology to Help Those with Hearing Loss

January 8, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tech company Bragi isn't at CES 2018 to promote a fancy new gadget. Instead, they've partnered with Mimi Hearing Technologies to introduce Project Ears. Done with Food and Drug Administration approval, the company aims to create personalized hearing technology within an unobtrusive design, Engadget reported. Potential users will start with...

Tips for Using Your New iPhone X

January 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Whether you were gifted the iPhone X for the holidays or it was simply time for an upgrade, you might be wondering how to use this new-fangled smartphone. While the X works differently from any iPhone that came before it—it is missing that classic home button—it's not too hard to...

Homeland Security To Release Active Shooter Training Simulator for Teachers

January 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In June of 2017, the Homeland Security Department released a simulator to train first responders on how to deal with an active shooter. The agency is expanding that program for an entirely different demographic: school teachers. Made in partnership with the Army, the program is titled EDGE or Enhanced Dynamic...

Need a New iPhone Battery? It'll Cost You $29

January 3, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple has been in trouble as of late. The tech giant has been the subject of backlash after it was discovered that the company intentionally slowed down older iPhones in order to mitigate battery concerns and ultimately get customers to buy a new model. Apple released an apology letter on...

How to Reduce Your Screen Time in 2018

January 2, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Smartphones and other mobile devices have thoroughly changed the way we live, giving us greater access to the world's information and a whole lot of convenience. But spending too much time looking at a screen can have negative consequences on your well-being. If you find yourself spending too much time...

Facebook Introduces a Facial Recognition Tool

December 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facial recognition has increasingly become a part of our lives—just ask anyone who has an iPhone X. But Facebook's recently announced facial recognition technology isn't designed to give users access to their accounts. Instead, the tool lets users manage how they appear on the site. Facebook will notify you when...

US Lifts Ban on Super-Virus Studies

December 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When it comes to deadly viruses, the government's first priority is stopping any outbreaks, not genetically enhancing them or engineering them. But on Monday, the National Institutes of Health announced that they would be lifting a three-year moratorium on backing research that involves genetically modifying deadly viruses. Studies like these...

Gadgets to Make Holiday Travel Easier

December 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Traveling during the holidays is a stressful affair and often the best-laid travel plans can go awry. Whether you're road-tripping or braving the airports, here are a few gadgets that might make the journey a bit better. If you're flying to their destination, the Spytech mini tracker lets you keep...

Twitter Tries Again to Crack Down on Hate Speech

December 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Twitter is laying down the law. The social media company announced Monday that policy changes the company proposed last month would officially begin taking effect. Twitter initially created a Trust and Safety Council in February 2016 to tackle the long history of abuse and harassment on the platform. So what...

NASA Gets Help From Google to Find Alien Planet

December 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google has put its machine learning skills to the test in order to help NASA hunt for planets. The partnership's most recent discovery was that Kepler-90, a star similar to our own sun but 2,545 light-years away, has an eighth planet. This means that our own solar system and the...