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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: Tesla's Improved Software Interface

September 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine you could change your car with the push of a button. Tesla owners—140,000 of them—got that option with the release of Tesla's new software interface. After a 45-minute update, users got a different feeling vehicle. The update changed the surface-level aspects, like the music interface, but also improved on...

Video: White House, NASA Officials Discuss Asteroid Redirect Mission

September 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA recently launched the OSIRIS-REx mission, to map and study an asteroid, but one of the agency's next step into space will go even farther. NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission is an ambitious project that will bring asteroid samples back to Earth. The mission's robotic spacecraft will launch in 2021 and...

Video: Google Targets Travelers With New Organizational App

September 20, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want a way to keep all your travel plans organized? Google has developed its new Trips app to keep all travel information—from flight information to dinner reservations—in one place. The app works by pulling information from your email account, which means app users would have to arrange and book everything...

Video: Siri Has a New Trick Up Her Sleeve for iOS 10

September 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There have been many changes in Apple's new operating system, iOS10, but one of the biggest changes has happened to Siri. The digital assistant can now control third party apps, not just Apple's. To find out which apps work with Siri, head to the Siri section under "Settings" and then...

Video: What You Need to Know About the Latest IT Modernization Act

September 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nextgov's Frank Konkel participated in a round table discussion about the new IT legislation—proposed by Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas—known as the Modernizing Government Technology Act. The most important talking points? FedRAMP and funding. Konkel and the panel also touch on the Technology Transformation Service at the General Services Administration. Learn...

Video: How Refugees in Serbia Use Technology

September 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One camp on the border of Serbia and Hungary, known as Horgos, houses roughly 600 refugees, all living in limbo without electricity and Wi-Fi. At Horgos, there are small, poorly working solar lights charge throughout the day to provide some light after dark, but don't have enough energy to fuel...

Video: How to Customize Your Lock Screen After IOS 10

September 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For iPhone users who have taken the plunge and updated to iOS 10, the lock screen is looking a lot different. The time and new notifications appear as soon as you raise your phone up to look at it, while older notifications can be accessed by simple swipe down. Users...

Video: Just How Vulnerable Are Voting Machines?

September 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the 2016 election approaches, a series of hacks, including one targeting the Democratic National Committee, have raised questions about the security of our voting system, particularly electronic voting machines. While no evidence of direct interference has been found, research says voting machines are extremely vulnerable. Most of the machines...

Video: America's First Offshore Windfarm

September 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department recently finished construction of the Block Island wind farm, located off the coast of Rhode Island. The farm features five turbines, which together will produce 30 megawatts of energy—the equivalent to powering 17,000 New England homes. Energy expects the wind farm will go online by the end...

Video: FCC Wants to Make Cable Set-Top Boxes a Thing of the Past

September 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow According to a congressional study, 99 percent of pay-TV subscribers are spending $231 a year on renting set-top boxes. But the Federal Communications Commission wants to make a massive change. The proposed alternative? Accessing TV services from an app on a smartphone or other device. Customers could watch Comcast through...

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