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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: Choosing the Right Keyboard App

March 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most people use their smartphones to stay in touch, often through texting or emails. And because smartphone users are always composing messages, it makes sense they should explore options beyond the default keyboard. Swiftkey uses gesture-based typing, which works quicker than standard typing and has a pretty accurate autocorrect. Gboard...

Video: How to Put a Shutdown Timer on Your Computer

March 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Leaving your computer perpetually running is not ideal, so powering off is important. However, when you're done using your device for the day, it sometimes needs to download updates. Solution: Let your PC keep itself up to date and turn itself off by installing a shutdown timer. Check out the...

Video: Lost and Found in Space

March 2, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Have you ever put something down and immediately lost track of it? NASA Astronauts are no different when it comes to misplacing items, but they have the added challenge of microgravity. But the crew aboard the International Space Station has backup help when it comes to keeping track of inventory,...

Video: How a Cardboard Drone Could Save Lives

February 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Could something as high-tech and valuable as a drone be made disposable? That's the goal of Otherlab with its Everfly Aerial Platform Supporting Autonomous Resupply Actions drone. Inspired by origami and made with corrugated cardboard and some tape, this drone was designed through a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency project...

Video: Analyzing Genetic Data From the Space Station

February 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Among its other functions, the International Space Station is a scientific laboratory. During a typical 6-month period, about 800 researchers from around the globe run 250 to 300 experiments onboard the ISS. One recent experiment broke the mold. One researcher, Scott Smith, was able to publish the data from a...

Video: These Apps Will Help You Find a Parking Spot

February 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Parking in a city can be a difficult task. For a while, there have been apps that help drivers navigate, and now there are a few tools to help them park. ParkWhiz is an app that lets users book a space in advance. Enter a destination and available spaces and...

Video: How to Check Your Wi-Fi Speed

February 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Wi-Fi makes the world go around. But do you know how fast you're going? Knowing your Wi-Fi speed can allow users to troubleshoot when things are running slowly. Here are two quick ways to check your Wi-Fi speed: On a PC, right click on the Wi-Fi icon at the bottom...

Video: Eliminate Keys With a Smart Lock

February 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For those who chronically can't find their keys, the Yale Assure smart lock might be the answer. This smart device eliminates the need for keys altogether. The device features a touchpad, where you can input a code. Users have the option to choose several different working codes. Family members could...

Video: These High-Tech Glasses Help the Legally Blind See

February 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some wearables help people track how many steps they take in a day, but others can change lives entirely. A special headset with a video camera, the eSight 3, lets people with certain types of blindness see things near and far. "What it does is it uses a video camera...

Video: NASA Released More Ultra-High Definition Footage of Earth

February 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Earlier in January, NASA released 4K video of Earth, taken by astronaut Jeff Williams aboard the International Space Station. The agency has released even more ultra-high definition footage of our home planet recorded by Williams in 2016. Viewers can see the entire landscape of earth—like the jungles of Peru to...