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Online dog-sitters, how things work and a kids' game grows up


DOGS | I have not yet reached the point my life where I can be trusted to care for another life on a full-time basis, human or otherwise. That's why ROVER.COM is perfect. I get to play with a dog for a week without the full-time responsibility of vet visits, expensive food and cleaning the constant coat of fur off the furniture. It's a great way to test the waters of pet ownership before making the commitment — plus you get paid. Rover takes a percentage off the top, but also provides insurance for emergency vet visits and a 24-hour support line. Not that I've ever had to use it.


TWITTER | Ever wonder how they get the sticks on a sucker? How a museum restores 100-year-old paintings? What a cow's inflated lungs look like? Follow @HOWTHINGSWORK and wonder no more. The account has more than 200,000 followers and posts GIFs showing a slow-motion woodpecker, how a root canal is performed and how they filmed the giant in Game of Thrones.


GAME | I'm not ashamed to admit there was a time in my life when I wanted nothing more than to fling a Poké Ball into the air, unleashing my own real live Pokémon. Well, technology has finally caught up with my 11-year-old obsession. POKÉMON GO, a new augmented reality mobile game revealed last week, allows players to live in the world of Pokémon. The game will be available for iPhone and Android devices and is set for a 2016 release. Through their phones, players see Pokémon roaming throughout the real world and can catch, battle and trade with other users. Now instead of walking obliviously into oncoming traffic because you were texting, you'll do it because you were trying to catch that Pikachu over there. ♦

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