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Briefly: Best Audiobooks, New Nerf Guns, Fitness Trainer Tips

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: 10 brilliant audiobooks that can teach you a new skill in less than a day, what it’s like to play games for a living, the science of nuclear missiles.


Planhacker: Best Prepaid Mobile Data Plans Under $50

Prepaid mobile plans are great if you want to stick to a budget, but which plan should you pick if you want the best possible data experience?


Talk Out Loud When Answering Interview Questions

If you’re hit with a Killer Interview Question as part of a job interview, the temptation is to clam up in order to stop making an idiot of yourself. What may be more productive in terms of securing a new job is to keep talking out loud.


Elevator Pitch: WhosOnLocation

Elevator Pitch is a regular feature on Lifehacker where we profile startups and new companies and pick their brains for entrepreneurial advice. This week, we’re talking with Victoria Armstrong from WhosOnLocation.


Hide Everything But Active Apps In Mac OS X

It’s easy to hide your entire Mac OS X Dock, but what if you want to only see the applications you have open?


Introduce Yourself Solo When Starting A New Job For Better Name Retention

If you’ve ever been the new person in an office, chances are you’ve done the dreaded introductory lap where your manager drags you from cubicle to cubicle to meet a sea of strangers. In these circumstances, you rarely remember their names or what they actually do, making for awkward conversations in the office kitchen. Here’s a way to make the whole process a little less painful.


Ask LH: Can A Former Cancer Sufferer Get Life Insurance?

I had Cancer 17 years ago, treatment went perfectly and I have been clear since. However, now it seems impossible for me to get life or accident insurance, which leaves a big burden for my family if something should happen to me. Is there any way I can get life insurance? I have had letters from doctors, but I always end up rejected on applications. Thanks, David


You May Be Able To Selectively Update Windows 10

Windows 10 updates will be mandatory — except when they won’t. Microsoft’s added another tool to make some Windows 10 updates that bit more optional.


Which State Has The Biggest ICT Jobs Growth Rate?

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has released new research that breaks down the yearly ICT jobs growth rate per state between 2014 to 2020. While NSW currently has the largest ICT workforce nationally, employing 215,576 people in the ICT sector during 2014, it’s projected ICT job growth rate per year is just 2.1 percent, which is under the national average of 2.5 percent per annum.


Taste Test: The McDonald's Bunless Beef Double

McDonald’s new “Create Your Taste” menu allows customers to build some pretty unique burgers — including an all-beef take on the KFC Double. Intrigued? Here’s how to order one (and what it tastes like.)