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An iPad for everybody

By Johnny Diaz
Globe Staff / November 6, 2011

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It may be an effective tech tool, but it’s also one of the most popular tech toys: the iPad, Apple Inc.’s popular tablet computer. And last spring, every employee at Boston-based Suffolk Construction Co. received a complimentary iPad of their own. Every hire is also issued an iPad.

“The iPad is an important tool’’ for work, said Kimberly Steimle, executive vice president of marketing, but the company encourages employees to use it at home, too.

Employees carry their iPads throughout the workday, using them at staff meetings and during presentations that feature renderings of building projects in progress. The iPad helps keep the costs of printing materials down - and then there are all the games, videos, and Internet surfing that workers, family, and friends can do at home.