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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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Amazon Introduces a New Collection of Smart Home Gadgets

September 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Amazon Echo has been a popular smart home gadget for several years, and on Wednesday the company announced it is expanding the Echo line with a new collection of digital assistant gadgets at different price points. The plethora of options means that almost everyone could turn their house into...

Major Security Vulnerability Discovered in New Mac OS

September 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you've downloaded the latest Mac operating system, High Sierra, you may want to be on high alert. High Sierra became available on Sept. 25 and comes with lots of new features, but a security researcher has already discovered a major vulnerability. Any hacker, with a little bit of work,...

Coming Soon: A Blockchain-Powered Smartphone

September 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Are you in the market for a new smartphone but concerned with the lack of security found in the current devices that are available? You might be in luck. Sirin Labs is developing a smartphone aimed specifically at the cryptocurrency community. Named the Finney, after bitcoin pioneer Hal Finney, this...

Microsoft and Facebook's New Massive Undersea Data Cable

September 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft and Facebook have announced that their new massive undersea cable is completed after nearly two years of construction. The cable, which runs underneath the Atlantic Ocean from Virginia Beach to the city of Bilbao in Spain, is the largest of its kind. The cable, which is named Marea, has...

These 'Robocops' Can Detect Weapons

September 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some robots are designed to deliver you food or help you with chores, but these new robots from Knightscope are more focused on security and surveillance, specifically designed to autonomously monitor indoor and outdoor areas for potential threats. So in the near future you might spy them in malls and...

You're Turning Off Wi-fi and Bluetooth Wrong

September 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you've downloaded the new operating system for your iPhone, iOS 11, there are a lot of fun things you can do to customize it to your liking. There is one thing you can't do, however, and that is turn off bluetooth and wifi with a quick tap on the...

Change these IOS 11 Settings Immediately

September 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congratulations on installing Apple's new operating system for the iPhone, iOS 11. But before you run off into paradise with your newly updated smartphone, there are a few changes you might want to make. First, customize your new control center, as the new operating system gives users some more flexibility....

Google Maps Street View Gets an Upgrade

September 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow From dense city centers to remote islands, Google has made an attempt to map the entire world at the street level. Now, the tech giant is improving those street views and it will be sending a new fleet of Google Street View cameras out into the world. The updated cameras...

NASA Says Goodbye to Its Saturn Probe

September 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Friday at 7:55 a.m., NASA's Cassini Probe said its final goodbyes and plunged into the planet Saturn, which it has spent 13 years studying. Our spacecraft has entered Saturn's atmosphere, and we have received its final transmission. — CassiniSaturn (@CassiniSaturn) September 15, 2017 Cassini's journey to Saturn began with its...

NASA Engineer Sues Customs for Illegal Smartphone Search

September 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In February 2017, NASA Engineer Sidd Bikkannavar came back to the United States following a trip to Chile. He was detained by Customs and Border Protection and was commanded to hand over his smartphone and the password to it, without a warrant. He wasn't the only one who encountered this...