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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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This Smart Credit Card Might Soon Rule Your Wallet

January 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A lot of the new technology on display at this year's Consumer Electronic Show is far from actually reaching the market. But one piece of tech, a reprogrammable payment card, will definitely be coming to U.S. banks soon, according to Mashable. Currently dubbed Wallet Card, it's a collaboration between Dynamics...

AT&T Wants to Keep an Eye on Our Bridges

January 10, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow AT&T is most commonly known for it's cellular network, but the company announced at CES 2018 that it was introducing a new technology to monitor critical infrastructure, Mashable reports. The company has dubbed it a "structure monitoring solution" and it is a system of sensors that will monitor the condition...

Wireless Charging Is Finally Possible. Here's How.

January 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There are a lot of exciting gadgets and gizmos at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, but one in particular seems exciting for tech users who often feel tethered to the nearest outlet. Tech company PowerCast has introduced the PowerSpot Transmitter. It's a wireless charger that can charge up to 30...

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...