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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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AOL Instant Messenger to World: 'Goodbye!'

October 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bad news, all you AOL Instant Messenger fans. Oath, the Verizon company which owns AOL, announced that it will be shutting down the iconic messaging service on Dec. 15. AOL Instant Messenger, or AIM, began as a built-in chat application for the AOL desktop client, but then broke free as...

Google's Latest Smartphones, Speakers and Gadgets

October 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google made some big announcements at its Pixel event on Tuesday. The tech giant is coming out with several new consumer gadgets to compete with other tech companies Apple and Amazon. There are new smartphones, the Pixel 2, which measures 5 inches, and the Pixel 2 XL which is slightly...

How to Improve Battery Life for iPhones with iOS 11

October 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The latest iPhone operating system, iOS 11, has been available for download for a few weeks. While it does come with new features and opportunities for customization, some users may have noticed that this new operating system is ripping through their battery life. You can do a few things to...

This App Helps Users Detect ATM Skimmers

October 2, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow ATM skimmers are a scam that happens all too common. A small chip equipped with a Bluetooth module is placed inside the credit card slots at ATMs and gas station pumps, and this lets thieves steal credit and debit card information when people swipe to use these machines. These skimmers...

Google Opens Up Parental Controls

September 29, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Earlier this year, Google introduced Family Link parental controls for parents to manage their children's Android devices, but at the time it required an invitation. Now, the Family Link app is available in the Google Play store without an invitation. If you're an interested parent or guardian, you have several...

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...