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Tech Tip of the Week: Using IFTTT, Plus a Dozen Recipes to Get You Started

IFTTT (If This Then That) lets you automate tasks between popular web services such as Dropbox, Twitter, Evernote, Facebook, Instapaper, and many others. IFTTT works by telling it what task you want carried out, what will trigger this task, and it will put it into action for you.

A common example would be to have your Instagram pictures automatically backed up on your Dropbox or Box account. Certainly useful, but there's also more specific things you can do with it. For example, say I want to keep up with how a certain country is doing in the London 2012 Olympics.

Gmail calling now in 38 languages, lowered rates

Google has started offering Gmail calling outside the US in 38 new languages. You can now buy calling credit in your choice of four currencies (Euros, British pounds, Canadian dollars, or US dollars). Furthermore, there are no connection fees: you…

Google accuses China of hacking more Gmail accounts

Google revealed Wednesday that hackers compromised hundreds of Gmail accounts, including those of government officials in the US and several Asian countries, military personnel, journalists and Chinese political activists. Before you panic, the search giant stressed that its internal systems…

Google launches Gmail people widget

Google has announced that it is rolling out a new Gmail feature over the next two weeks: the People Widget, a small sidebar to the right of email messages that features contextual information about the people you're contacting via email.…