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The phrase ‘mobile technology’ breeds all sorts of questions for the construction industry: What exactly does it mean? What’s the cost? What benefits can it generate? And, how does a company get started?

This last query is the easiest to answer: Start by developing a plan. A strategic plan should lay out an organization’s issues and its current and potential use of mobile technology. Like any good strategic plan, it should evolve as time passes and the organization learns more about the technology and how to use it.
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Be sure to read the agcXML article in the upcoming November/December issue of Constructor magazine. It will address why the need for interoperability, how AGC is leading the charge, and what's next for contractors. The magazine will be online at www.constructormagazine.com by October 31. 
In its ongoing commitment to the agcXML initiative, the agcXML Advisory Board recently launched an informative and user-friendly website, www.agcXML.org. The site provides a wealth of resources to interested parties, including articles, data on schemas, sponsorship information, and overall benefits.
To take part in the exciting, leading-edge interoperability conversation, search for the "agcXML in construction" group on LinkedIn and request to join.
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Is there an article topic you'd like to see covered in TechBrief? Or, are you interested in providing content? TechBrief is currently working on its 2014 editorial calendar and seeks your input on informative and timely articles. Please contact Jeanie Clapp at jclapp@naylor.com with your feedback and ideas.
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The U-Pointer allows contractors to turn physical surfaces into interactive whiteboards and capture notes, annotate drawings, and enhance screen-sharing programs.
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Apple's new iPhones and iOS 7 operating system for mobile devices are packed with new features, although not of all them are readily apparent. Here are a few tricks for both the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S, which come with iOS 7 installed.
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Q. Has anyone run across a printer that’s an all-in-one solution that works with direct-connected laptops as well as over the air with iPads?
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