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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 Easily Can an Amazon Echo Be Fooled?

November 22, 2017 Digital assistants are increasingly becoming a presence in people's homes. Both the Google Assistant software that powers Google Home and the Alexa software that powers the Amazon Echo can recognize individual voices and do numerous tasks based on that recognition. Alexa lets you make calls and gives a personalized daily...

How to Stay Secure While Holiday Shopping

November 21, 2017 After the turkey and pumpkin pie is finished, Americans have only one thing on their mind: Christmas shopping. Whether you opt for frenzied Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals, 'tis the season of increased cyber threats from online shopping and scams. Staying safe online while shopping and making sure that...

Which iPhone is Right For You?

November 20, 2017 After Thanksgiving wraps up, holiday shopping will begin in earnest. A new iPhone tops the wishlist for many people, but it can be hard to know which one to pick from the multiple versions on the market. So whether you're shopping for yourself or just letting Santa know exactly what...

Is Your Thanksgiving Under Surveillance?

November 17, 2017 Thanksgiving is just around the corner and many Americans will try and spend as much time as possible with their families. Just as many will try and spend as little time as possible with their families. Researchers at Stanford decided to study the amount of time Americans spent with their...

Firefox Quantum Just Might Transform Your Internet Experience

November 15, 2017 After 2 months of beta-testing, Mozilla is releasing Firefox Quantum, a new ultra-fast browser designed to compete with Google Chrome. According to Mozilla, the browser is backed by new, powerful engine, meaning it can handle as many tabs as you want to open. The company also claims that Quantum uses...

Can iPhone's Face ID Be Fooled By a Mask?

November 14, 2017 Face ID might not be as secure as Apple has stated. A security firm from Vietnam claims they've found a way to trick the Face ID security feature on iPhone X. The firm, BKAV, created a mask to bypass the facial recognition system. This isn't your typical halloween mask, however....

Here's How to Use Apple Pay Cash

November 13, 2017 One of the more exciting features of Apple's latest operating system is Apple Pay Cash. It's different from the standard Apple Pay, which lets users pay for purchases at a store with their iPhone. Apple Pay Cash is a peer-to-peer payment system, similar to Square Cash or Venmo. It's excellent...

Email Bot Fights Back Against Scammers

November 10, 2017 While you might be smart enough to know that the email from the Nigerian prince sitting in your inbox isn't real, not everyone is savvy about these scams. To help protect the people who might fall into an email trap like this, New Zealand online safety organization Netsafe has developed...

Microsoft and LinkedIn Join Forces to Improve Your Resume

November 9, 2017 Job-hunting is an exhausting process and most people looking to take on a position or switch career paths need all the help they can get. Microsoft claims that more than 80 percent of resumes are updated in it's Word program, so the tech giant has partnered with LinkedIn to produce...

Uber to Work with NASA to Build Flying Taxis

November 8, 2017 Need to get somewhere but the roads are jammed? Uber is developing a way to get around that with it's flying taxi project that they've dubbed Elevate. And they've got a new partner. Uber has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to build software for the project, which the...