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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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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...

How to Preview the Unreleased Version of Firefox

August 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Is it time for a browser update? Mozilla is currently developing the latest iteration of their browser, Firefox 57, but internet users can download a preview dubbed "Firefox Nightly" to see what they can expect. So whether you have been clinging to an outdated version of Internet Explorer or you're...

Big Changes Are Coming to Microsoft Outlook

August 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Outlook users, rejoice! Microsoft recently launched a beta version of their email service. If you're using Outlook currently, keep an eye out for some big changes, as well as some fun new details. Most importantly, Microsoft says they are "implementing a more responsive web development framework." For the user, this...

Simple Ways to Improve Your Wi-Fi

August 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Wi-Fi feels like an essential component of everyday life. Having a strong connection can determine whether that video conference call goes well or if you win the next round of your online game. While a lot of what determines a good connection is out of your control (such as your...

Are You Ready for the Big Changes Coming to the iPhone?

August 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple will officially release its new operating system for the iPhone, the iOS 11, sometime this fall. As with any operating system upgrade, there will be plenty of changes—both big and small—to your phone. The big changes are what most iPhone users are most concerned about, however. Once the iOS...

Nearly Half the World Uses Social Media, Report Says

August 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While it may seem like everyone in the world is on social media, it's only about 40 percent. About 3.8 billion people in the world have access to the internet and 3 billion people use social media, which means most of the people who are connected are also connecting on...

FCC Plans to Spend Billions on Rural Broadband

August 7, 2017 Twenty-three million Americans don't have access to broadband internet, according to the Federal Communication Commission's 2016 Broadband Progress Report. To help change these numbers, starting in 2018, the FCC plans to shell out $2 billion over the next decade to bring broadband access to more remote parts of the country....

FCC to Spend Billions to Bring the Broadband to Rural America

August 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Twenty-three million Americans don't have access to broadband internet, according to the Federal Communication Commission's 2016 Broadband Progress Report. To help change these numbers, starting in 2018, the FCC plans to shell out $2 billion over the next decade to bring broadband access to more remote parts of the country....

Your Amazon Echo Could Be Listening—And Not Just for Commands

August 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Amazon Echo, the very popular home gadget, was designed to help people with daily tasks and chores. But this innocent digital assistant can be tampered with to do some nefarious things, one security researcher discovered. Security firm MWR InfoSecurity revealed that one of its researchers gained access to an Echo's...