Google Alerts

You might already use several of Google's services, but one of the lesser-known is Alerts. Put simply, it sends you emails when topics you're interested in pop up on sites around the web. See also: Create and share custom Google Maps

Instead of searching Google for those topics, you can let Google do the work for you. By setting up a custom alert, you'll be sent an email as frequently as you like with a list of relevant articles. See also: How to get started with Google+

Say you want the latest news on the latest Samsung or Apple products. All you need to do is to head to www.google.com/alerts and sign in to your Google account.

Type a search term into the box, such as iPhone 6 or iPad 5, and you'll see a preview of what the alert would look like on the right (it shows the latest articles which include your search terms).You could also use Google Alerts to follow a developing news story or get the latest on your favourite sports team or celebrity.

Use the Result type box to narrow the results by News, Blogs, Discussions, Videos or Books, and set the frequency to 'as-it-happens', daily or weekly.

You can set up as many alerts as you like, and remove them by clicking the Manage your alerts button.

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