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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 Prevent Your iPhone’s Security Feature From Destroying Your Data

March 3, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An Apple security feature has been in the news lately for blocking the FBI from unlocking an iPhone. That same security feature works the same for the rest of us. It can kick you out of your phone and permanently erase your data after 10 failed pass code attempts. That...

Video: Meet the New Digital Assistant Smarter than Siri

March 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Personal assistant apps like Siri and Google Now can feel very futuristic, but sometimes aren't very effective. Enter Hound. Just like its competition, it uses voice recognition and can also tell you the weather forecast, update you on sports scores and search the Web. But instead of requiring users to...

Video: This App Turns Your Phone Into a Car Key

March 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For all of those who ever lost their keys, the idea of an app that can unlock a car might seem like an ingenious idea. Volvo is developing just that. The app will use a Bluetooth connection, so if a driver is nearby, he or she can simply unlock their...

Video: What NASA Learned From Astronauts Spending a Year in Space

February 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A remarkable International Space Station experiment is coming to a close. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are wrapping up their year in space aboard the ISS and will return to Earth on March 1. What was their lengthy mission all about? "A one-way trip to Mars...

Video: How to Track Your PC or Mac if You Lose It

February 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A missing or stolen laptop is a nightmare situation for many. Before disaster strikes, however, users can do something to prevent it: Turn on location tracking. For computers running Windows 10, click "Start," "Settings," "Update & Security" and then "Find my device" to make sure the feature is activated. Connect...

Video: This NASA Plane Could Replace the 737

February 25, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Futuristic drones might be dominating the headlines, but other types of commercial aircraft are also seeing innovation. Enter NASA's Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research, or SUGAR, plane, which might one day take passengers around the world. Developed in partnership with Boeing, this aircraft reduces noise levels and emissions. Its slender...

Video: Watch This Computer Get 'Mousejacked'

February 24, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most users might think they're practicing good cyber hygiene by doing things like using strong password and two-factor authentication. But as vigilant as you are while browsing, your mouse could still leave you vulnerable. Security firm Bastille recently demonstrated how easy it is to hack a computer through a wireless...

Video: How to Keep Your Phone Number Private

February 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Whether you're selling something online or simply concerned about privacy in general, there are ways to keep your phone number from spreading across the entire Internet. Apps like Burner and Hushed can set up a temporary number, to make sure your real digits stay under wraps. With the free version...

Top Spy Chief Answers Public's Most Burning Questions, Including One on Aliens

February 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow James Clapper, director of national intelligence, isn't your typical Tumblr user. However, he recently participated in the blogging network's #AnswerTime. Clapper joined other notable people like Tom Hanks, Judy Blume and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who all have opened up their inbox to the public and answered as many questions...

Video: This 360-Degree Treadmill Will Make Your Virtual Reality Experience More Immersive

February 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Virtual reality is booming, from the high-tech Oculus Rift to the easy-to-use Google Cardboard, and there are various headsets and accessories hitting the market. The latest addition is Virtuix Omni, a 360-degree treadmill that allows user to run in virtual reality, making the experience that much more immersive. The Omni...