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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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Microsoft Tool Builds Apps Out of Just Sketches

January 26, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want to develop an app but you don't have the coding skills? There might be some help for you. Microsoft is developing a tool that will take your rough notes and sketches on paper and turn them into a digital prototype, no coding required, Engadget reports. It's called "Ink to...

NASA Testing Foldable Wings for Supersonic Aircraft

January 25, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's a bird! No, it's a plane! No, it's a supersonic unmanned aerial vehicle with foldable wings! NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center recently conducted tests for their Spanwise Adaptive Wing project. The craft in question was a subscale UAV called Prototype Technology-Evaluation Research Aircraft, or PTERA, and it was outfitted...

This Search Engine Can Help You Browse The Web With Privacy

January 24, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The internet can be a scary place. And it can be made scarier by knowing that the websites you likely frequent are tracking every single thing you do. Enter DuckDuckGo. It's an alternative search engine focused on privacy that was even banned in China in 2014. But it's now upgrading...

Tech Giants Spent $50 Million Lobbying U.S. Last Year

January 23, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The year 2017 featured a massive political shift, and the tech industry responded in kind. According to Recode, a thorough examination of combing through House and Senate records revealed that tech companies spent a record amount on lobbying last year. Specifically, the biggest tech companies, Amazon, Apple, Facebook Google and...

How to Recycle Your Old Tech

January 22, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With 2018 still being relatively new, you may be in the mood to organize and declutter your home. But when it comes to tech and electronics, you can't always just throw those items in the trash can. Nor can you simply chuck them in the recycling bin along with paper,...

NASA Is Testing A Nuclear Reactor

January 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While NASA has sent plenty of rovers and probes to Mars, one of the agency's ultimate goals is to send a manned mission to Mars. While that likely won't be possible until the 2030s, NASA is working on preparations like figuring out how to power the mission. While getting to...

Apple CEO Says iPhone Users Will Soon Be Able to Disable Battery Management

January 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple has been in hot water as of late. It was revealed in December that the tech company was intentionally slowing down older models of iPhones. To apologize to users and make up for their actions, Apple lowered the price of replacement batteries from $79 to $29. But that hasn't...

Google To Build 3 Undersea Internet Cables

January 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google is expanding its international reach. The tech company announced it has made plans for three undersea cables to improve its network. The cables will be commission in 2019. The areas connected by the cables will have access to a faster and better version of Google's products, such as their...

Microsoft Develops Virtual Reality For Disaster Response

January 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Scaling virtual reality up from smaller scenarios is a major goal for video game developers. According to Engadget, Microsoft is also looking to expand virtual reality beyond the size of a living room for a different reason entirely: disaster response. Microsoft Research released a video detailing how it's reconstructing entire...

This Smart Credit Card Might Soon Rule Your Wallet

January 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A lot of the new technology on display at this year's Consumer Electronic Show is far from actually reaching the market. But one piece of tech, a reprogrammable payment card, will definitely be coming to U.S. banks soon, according to Mashable. Currently dubbed Wallet Card, it's a collaboration between Dynamics...