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With mobile tech becoming increasingly sophisticated, why go to the office at all?

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Once upon a time – what seems like forever ago – calls were received on land lines, computers were big, heavy and desk-bound, and Internet was hooked up to a dial-up modem – remember that dial up tone? These days, the scene couldn’t be more different.

With compact and powerful processing capabilities of mobile phones, tablet computers, laptops, and wireless Internet all designed to help people stay in touch while on the go, what’s becoming increasingly common is the opposite of mobility… It’s working from bed.

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In fact, in a recent survey conducted in the US, 8 out of 10 young, professional New Yorkers work from bed both before and after work hours. And this isn’t a habit unique to inhabitants of the Big Apple: One in five workers in the UK spend between two and ten hours a week working from bed.

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Can’t deny the numbers…

Of 1 000 respondents surveyed by Good Technology, 50% check their email from bed – some because they can; others because they’ve got demanding clients and time zones to consider.

And of course, in the world of business, where people are taking up lifestyle habits, there’s money to be made. While working from bed is a lot more comfortable than sitting at a desk, it’s not the most ergonomic design, and some savvy businesses are set and ready to cash in:

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Bed manufacturers are making remote-controlled, adjustable beds, so you can find that perfect working spot. Even hospital beds aren’t safe, having power sockets included in the frame for charging devices.

If adjustable mattresses are a step too far for comfort (and a step closer to a seriously peeved spouse), here are some smaller gadgetry for bringing your office to bed:

This pyramid pillow from levinger.com for $39 allows you to prop up your tablet and finally stop losing pens in the sheets.

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The adjustable laptop lifter helps you find that perfect horizontal working position, while laptop holders mean you’ll never have to have an overheated lap and laptop while you work.

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If the folding bed tray is too complicated, leave it to Ikea to come up with a simple, elegant soft-desk solution at $15.

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(Slideshow) Bizarre Buildings

From a germ-free building to one built in a bomb shelter, we take a look at some of the strangest yet functional buildings around the world.

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The-Bubble-Building-Cool Offices-Cool BusinessThe Bubble Building. This inflatable, antibacterial building was designed to keep out germs in the Shanghai city centre. While it may resemble a giant jumping castle, if built it will provide an ultra-clean office space.

The building could be created using inflatables made of white antibacterial nylon that are placed around the exterior of an ordinary office building.

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(Slideshow) An Artistic Eye

Saatchi and Saatchi bust out in Bangkok in the most colourful way they know how.

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Saatchi-Saatchi-Office1-Cool Offices-Cool BusinessSaatchi & Saatchi, a brand that came about in the 1980s, is now one of the world’s advertising giants. The agency has now setup shop in Thailand, and true to their brilliance their offices are really something to stare at.

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As Cool as on TV

Web.tv – where your office looks like a film set.

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We all dream of cool offices, but most of us only get as far as customising our desk area with a few photos and a gadget or two. But check out video social networking company Web.tv’s awesome offices. Located in Turkey, the sprawling building hosts over 200 employees and offers a range of stations for any kind of mood, be it social, relaxing, or a quiet spot to focus.

Since work is where we spend a large portion of our day, Web.tv decided to make it a fun place to be, with themed offices that are caves, ski lifts, a sail boat, a stage, bar, café, you name it. Scroll on and be amazed.

The stage space allows workers to enjoy their hobbies like playing in a band, staging short plays, reciting poetry.

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“My office is a cave… no, really”

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Feel like you need a break from work? Take a pause in one of the ski lift rest areas.

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Because every office needs a boat desk to bring on good ideas.

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When the day is done and a well-deserved drink is in order, just pop down stairs to the company’s own bar. Wonder if the drinks are subsidised…?

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Need a quiet space to reflect and be intellectual? Try the library room – even if the books are just printed wallpaper…

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This cute office looks like a blown-up doll’s house.

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We’re not even sure what they were thinking with this cotton ball, igloo, snowball meeting room…

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There’s even a gym with TV screens that show jogging routes linked to the outside world.

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But before you go thinking these people have got a little slice of heaven, even Web.tv has a cubical farm.

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