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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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This Windows Feature Lets You Step Away From Your Computer Without Worry

April 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Leaving your computer unattended can be a major security risk, no matter where you are. Because logging out or closing down your laptop can be a pain for every bathroom break and coffee run, Windows 10 now offers a solution. Known as Dynamic Lock, the computer will be able to...

Inside Samsung's Battery Testing Center

April 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Six months after the scandal involving Samsung's exploding Galaxy Note 7s, the tech company has revealed a new, improved model—the Galaxy S8. But what else has Samsung changed to ensure the safety of its devices? The company has conducted a barrage of tests on these new phones and on their...

What It Takes to Make NASA’s Top Gun

March 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What does it take to become an elite NASA research pilot? Nils Larson, flight crew branch chief and research pilot at NASA Armstrong research center, says a little bit of everything. "People I have to hire generally come from a pretty diverse background," said Larson. "Always looking for a broad...

What You Need to Know About the Latest iPhone Update

March 29, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple's latest operating system, iOS 10.3, is available for download and has a few key features users should know about. The new operation system boasts Apple ID profile information, which also includes information about all of your Apple accounts and all of the Apple devices associated with those accounts. You'll...

Robot Delivery: A New Way to Order Takeout

March 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Feeling hungry, but don't want to cook or leave the house? DoorDash, an on-demand food delivery service has recently deployed the Starship delivery robot. It can mount curbs with its six wheels, and it boasts nine cameras and ultrasonic sensors to navigate its city surroundings at 4 mph. When a...

Lost Your Phone? Here's How to Find It.

March 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Losing your phone is more than an inconvenience—it could become a huge security risk, putting your personal information up for grabs. Here's how to locate your smartphone, whether it was stolen or just misplaced. For iPhone users, the "Find My iPhone" feature can be turned on in settings and connects...

This is How You Know Your Facebook Account Has Been Hacked

March 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Since many people use their Facebook account to log in to other sites, keeping it secure is very important. Click on "Settings," then "Security" and then "Where you're logged in." On that page, if you see any unfamiliar login locations, you might have been hacked. Thankfully, Facebook lets you "End...

Inside the NASA Lab That Builds Model Airplanes

March 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Think model airplanes are just a toy? At NASA Armstrong's Sub-scale Research Lab, experiments in model aircraft can change the future of spaceflight. "We use small-scale unmanned aircraft to test out theories and ideas before they go onto the manned world," said Robert Jensen, operations engineer and pilot at the...

One Day You, Too, Could Fly a Jetpack

March 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Jetpacks are flying off the movie screen and into reality. Company Jetpack Aviation is just one of the startups dabbling in the sci-fi technology. Company CEO David Maimon used its prototype, the JB9, to fly around the Statue of Liberty in 2015. One lucky civilian, blogger and engineer Mischa Pollack,...

Apps That Organize Your Digital Life

March 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With spring arriving, many people are deep-cleaning their homes and organizing their lives. But what about organizing your digital life? Flic lets users clean up their camera roll via a speedy swiping method: left to trash, right to keep. The app also keeps track of how much space you've cleared...