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I love explaining things to small groups of people and through writing on the web, but when it comes to speaking in front of large groups of people I turn into a bumbling mess. Public speaking is one of those acquired skills that I never quite got, but there's still time. This week Fast Company spoke to a few podcasters who have mastered the skill (and have shows places like NPR and WNYC to prove it) and came up with a list of tips that even people like me can use to improve. Here are a few big takeaways.

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In case you haven't noticed, much of the world has spent the day gleefully reveling in full-blown Eclipse Madness. But now that the blessed event is behind us, it's time to reflect. Here are some of the best photos and occurances from this once-in-a-century event.

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Learning a second language is something most of us aspire to, but never get around to. This is unfortunate, as it's one of the most enriching skills you can acquire without spending heaps of money. This infographic breaks down eight ways becoming multilingual will benefit your life - from increased employment opportunities to a better understanding of your native tongue.

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Recently, a new staff member started at Lifehacker. She booted up her brand-new, company-issued MacBook Pro, and went to plug in her EarPods to listen to some tunes while she worked. She was met with the same baffling conundrum as other Apple die-hards who rush to procure the latest release: Why the hell can't you use the iPhone 7's Lightning connector headphones with the new MacBook Pro?

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It has been over a quarter-century since George R R Martin originally pitched his Game Of Thrones saga to book publishers. What you might not know is that the original treatment was markedly different to what we ended up getting. (For example, there was originally going to be a love triangle between Tyrion, Jon and Arya. Eww.) We take a look at the Game Of Thrones that could have been.

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For one reason or another, there comes a point in everyone's life where you have to call technical support. Maybe your power's been inadvertently shut off, your pay TV is on the fritz, or your flight's been delayed. But you should keep the rage and profane retorts to a minimum, especially when you're on hold. Chances are, they can still hear you.

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Two trains leave their stations and travel towards one another. Michelle is on Train A and is scrolling through her Instagram feed. Ben is on Train B and listens to Spotify while reading the news. Forty-five minutes later, the trains pass one another. Who has used the most data?

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Vodafone has announced a massive overhaul to postpaid plans, with sweeping changes to lock-in contracts, handset repayments and separate charges for voice, text and data usage so customers know exactly what they're spending.

According to Vodafone, the new plans will give customers better choice and flexibility: but how do they stack up in reality? We take a look at what's different.

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There's all manner of hand-wringing about the state of sex and relationships in the smartphone era — Online dating is ruining romance! And my god, the sexting! We asked some experts to weigh in on how smartphones are affecting our relationships and sex lives.

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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 Amantha Imber, founder of Australian innovation consultancy Inventium .

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There was a time when Snopes was the most trusted mythbuster on the internet. Whatever dumb or funny or shocking thing you were laughing at, if somebody posted a Snopes link, the laughing stopped. You'd been had. Thanks, Snopes.