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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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Google Chrome Feature Guards Users From Spectre Attacks

July 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Meltdown and Spectre security threats have been worrying security experts since they were discovered. Google has introduced a new feature to protect the users of its Chrome browser from a Spectre-type attack. The tech giant made the announcement in a blog post on Wednesday. The latest iteration of the...

Google Calendar Feature Helps Users Create Work-Life Balance

July 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be difficult when both employers and employees can always stay connected with technology. But setting and maintaining boundaries at work can also be aided by technology. Google rolled out a new feature called "Working Hours" that helps keep your colleagues from adding you to...

Congress Wants the Scoop on Gmail User Privacy

July 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google has a lot of explaining to do regarding the privacy of its popular email service Gmail, according to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Commerce Committee Sens. John Thune, R- S.D., Roger Wicker, R-Miss. and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., sent a letter to Google's parent company Alphabet and...

The Security Hole in Apple's New Security Feature

July 10, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple introduced USB restricted mode as part of its new iOS update, which it released Monday. The feature is designed to stop law enforcement from cracking the passcode to your phone by using a USB device. It does this by disabling USB access after your phone has been locked for...

NASA Turns on the Lasers on a Pair of Climate Satellites

July 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Pew! Pew! Pew! Perhaps the thought of lasers in space evoke an epic sci-fi movie battle, but NASA recently switched on a pair of lasers for an entirely different purpose. These lasers, also known as experimental laser ranging interferometer (LRI) instruments, belong to the two Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment...

MIT's New Cheetah Robot Navigates While 'Blind'

July 6, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Robots and other autonomous things often rely on cameras to "see" the world around them and navigate. But what happens when one of these robots encounters some place where they can't rely on their form of vision? The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed the Cheetah 3 robot that can...

The Smartphone Fingerprint Scanner Gets a Heat-Sensing Upgrade

July 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Fingerprint sensors—once a rarity—are now fairly common on smartphones. South Korean researchers have now given the fingerprint scanner an upgrade. This new scanner is a clear sensory array, meaning that it could be hidden underneath the display rather than accessed as a button. It can also check the temperature of...

Facebook Bug Could Have Unblocked People You Previously Blocked

July 3, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When you choose to block someone on social media, it's usually for a good reason. Maybe you just don't get along with them, they post upsetting content or maybe they have harassed you in the past. Whatever the reason, most Facebook users probably want the people they block to stay...

Facebook Tells Congress It Shared User Data with More Companies

July 2, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook comes clean. Again. The tech company admitted to providing numerous tech companies special access to user data in documents sent to Congress on Friday. This release of documents follows the questioning Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg received during a congressional hearing in April. It's also the second round of documents...

International Space Station Welcomes Robot Crew Member

June 29, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's tight quarters and long work days for the astronauts living on the International Space Station, and they need all the help they can get. Luckily for them, an assistant is on the way. CIMON, which stands for Crew Interactive Mobile Companion, is a robotic ball with a screen that...