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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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How the City of Las Vegas Uses AI to Protect Against Hackers

September 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During the last week of July 2017, the city of Las Vegas became especially vulnerable to security breaches, due to the influx of visitors attending the annual Black Hat and Defcon cybersecurity conferences. These events brought the best hackers in the world to Las Vegas, but Sin City was prepared....

Alexa and Cortana Will Join Forces

September 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tech companies and competitors Amazon and Microsoft have formed an unusual partnership. They plan to connect their voice-controlled digital assistants together, making them the unlikeliest of friends, all to provide more information and capabilities to tech users. It won't be totally seamless experience, however. Users will have to verbally ask...

How to Make Your Smartphone Battery Last Longer When the Power Goes Out

August 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When the power has gone out, whether from a natural disaster or a technical malfunction, it's important to keep your smartphone charged. In dire situations, it will be your lifeline to loved ones, information and emergency services. Here's how to make your smartphone's battery last as long as possible. Make...

These Alternative Browsers Could Change Your Internet Experience

August 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sometimes your internet experience is only as good as the browser you're using. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are both incredibly popular browsers, but alternatives exist for those looking for something different. Brave comes with a built in ad-blocker and a feature that lets users pay money to the sites...

Uber Decided It Won't Track You...As Much

August 29, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ride-sharing company Uber is killing a tracking feature that some have criticized as invasive, the company's security chief John Sullivan told Reuters on Tuesday. The feature, which was rolled out in December, let users choose whether they wanted location tracking to be always on or always off. The on option...

How to Set Up Emergency Contacts On Your Smartphone

August 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As Hurricane Harvey leaves Houston in its wake, the devastation serves as a reminder to set up emergency preparedness plans before disaster strikes. One way to do that is to establish an official emergency contact on your smartphone that can be accessed without having to unlock the device. Whether you're...

The Hidden Features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

August 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Samsung recently announced their latest smartphone, the Galaxy Note 8. It's a very large phone with a 6.3-inch screen and it comes with updated specs and has a safer battery. This device also comes with some minor features that have a big impact. The Note 8 comes equipped with a...

Company Places Bounty on WhatsApp and Signal Bugs

August 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than 1 billion people looking to keep their conversations private rely on encrypted apps like WhatsApp and Signal. But all those people—including government employees—and their sensitive communications could be at risk. A company that specializes in discovering and selling zero-day exploits has its sights set on the two apps....

The Supercharged Facial Recognition of the Iphone 8

August 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you're concerned about the growing power of biometrics, the iPhone 8 may not be the smartphone for you The latest version of the iPhone is expected to launch in September and will feature updated tech that improves the device's speed and efficiency. But there will also be a significant...

Take a Bite Out of Android Oreo

August 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The title of the latest Android operating system is here, and it sounds like it would be delicious dunked in a glass of milk. Google timed the announcement of the name Oreo to coincide with Monday's solar eclipse at an event held in New York City. But more important than...