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Starbucks and Microsoft team up: You can now send coffee by email

With just a few clicks, you can now schedule a meeting at Starbucks or say "thank you" with a gift card at the coffee chain.

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Microsoft on Wednesday released its Starbucks add-in for Outlook 2013 and 2016. The plugin allows users to set up meetings at any of Starbucks' locations through Outlook. Users can also buy and sell gift cards for Starbucks through the mail application.

"Being successful at business is all about building strong relationships and personal connections," Microsoft wrote in a blog post announcing the feature. "Often, these personal connections are made face-to-face in an informal, friendly environment, over a cup of coffee."

The add-in is available for free on Microsoft's website and aimed at supporting stronger business relationships.

"In this fast paced, hyper-connected world, where meetings are often conducted remotely or in a formal office setting, we sometimes lose a personal connection which is so important in building a great business relationship," Microsoft wrote. "Outlook now makes it easier for you to have that personal connection by enabling you to meet your customers, business partners or study group at your favorite Starbucks location, all with a few clicks from your Outlook inbox."

The tech company first announced it was working on a Starbucks plugin during its Build development conference in March, according to Engadget.

The add-in is not yet available for Mac users or Outlook Mobile, although Microsoft said it is working to get the add-in on both platforms in the coming months.

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You may want to change your Twitter password. Social media site hacked

Twitter is the latest target of hackers trying to get passwords.

This time, a Russian seller has put the email addresses, usernames and passwords of about 32 million Twitter users for sale online, ZDNet reported.

The purported seller, Tessa88, is the same person who is suspected of hacking MySpace, LinkedIn and Tumblr.

Tessa said the accounts date back to 2015, but the data was probably gathered by malware, instead of an attack on Twitter itself.

The company responded to recent data leaks online, saying it has been comparing its data against what has been leaked.

Twitter followed that with tips for keeping your account secure.

Earlier this week, the NFL's account was hacked, with someone tweeting that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had died. Hackers had also taken over Mark Zuckerberg's account this week, BBC reported.

Laundry will never be the same: Machine promises to fold your clothes for you

A California company may have just changed the face of your laundry chores.

It's called FoldiMate, and the company promises that its new machine will fold, steam and treat your laundry after washing, WCMH reported.

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The machine, which is not yet on the market, could set you back between $700 and $850, but says it will provide neatly, consistently folded laundry while saving time. 

Take a look at how the machine works in the company's promotional video.

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Uber will give you $2 if it makes you late

Uber is guaranteeing to get users to their destinations on time with uberPOOL.

If not, the ride-sharing service will give you $2.

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uberPOOL is the transportation company's carpool option. It matches those requesting a ride with others who are traveling in the same direction to the same location or locations close by.

Uber announced "Arrive By" in a Tuesday blog post. It is a new feature on uberPOOL that guarantees that users will arrive at their destinations before the quoted time, or they will get $2 off their next uberPOOL trip.

"The time that we show you is a fairly conservative one," uberPOOL senior product manager Brian Tolkin told Tech Insider. "The vast majority of the time you'll get there earlier."

The feature is launching first in Los Angeles.

Eventually, the "Arrive By" guarantee will expand to all cities where Uber Pool is available.

Over 70 new emojis unveiled

Always wanted an avocado, potato or egg emoji? Look no further.

The Unicode Technical Committee has accepted over 70 new characters to be added to the emoji keyboard.

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A meeting for the second quarter at the UTC determined that 72 characters will be added to Unicode 9.0 and released in June.

Emojipedia, a site that provides definitions of emojis, said the release date is June 21.

UTC notes that any of these characters may still be removed, but it's still fun to see the possibilities.

Some interesting characters are coming, including emojis for a nauseated face, sneezing face, selfie, shrug and facepalm.

The animals and nature category includes an eagle, gorilla, deer and duck.

New food emojis are an avocado, potato, bacon, salad and a "stuffed flatbread" which, based on interpretation, could be a falafel, gyro or something similar.

The most interesting category for new emojis may be sports, which includes handball, juggling and water polo.

The full list can be seen at the Unicode website.

UTC says anyone can file a proposal for a new emoji, so if you're still unimpressed with the list, information about submitting characters can be found here.

Elon Musk thinks we're basically living in a video game

Elon Musk seems to think there's a one in several billions chance the world we live in isn't really a "Sims" game.

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The founder of Tesla spoke Wednesday about the "simulation hypothesis," which argues we are all living in an artificial version of the universe created by an advanced civilization.

Musk said to think about how basic the video game "Pong" was just 40 years ago. 

"Now, 40 years later, we have photo-realistic, 3-D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously, and it's getting better every year. ... If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality," Musk said. 

And if virtual reality seems realistic at all now, Musk says to think how perfect it could seem 10,000 years from now. It might seem like a long time, but it's really just a "blink of an eye" in terms of how old our universe is believed to be.

Sound familiar at all?

As a character from "The Matrix" said: "The world as it was at the end of the 20th century. It exists now only as part of a neural-interactive simulation that we call the Matrix."

Hollywood blockbusters aside, scientists have been toying with this idea for years. Past mathematical formulas have shown there's likely either an overwhelming probability we're living in a simulation, or there's practically no chance of it. 

It's been argued for the theory to be true that machines would have to become conscious — to improve themselves and run the simulation. The scientific community seems divided on this, too, with some thinking we'll have that kind of tech in the near future and some thinking it'll forever be impossible. 

Could we actually prove we are or are not living in a simulation? 

To keep the video game analogy going, occasionally they glitch. Some physicists have argued a simulated universe may do the same, but to us it would be seen as changes to the laws of nature. And just like a video game, these breaks from the laws would quickly be fixed by the creator.

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Myspace hack: Passwords and usernames stolen

Myspace may be so 2006, but something that happened three years ago may be coming back to haunt hundreds of millions of users now.

That's because the formerly popular social media site was hacked, not recently, but in June 2013. It was just recently discovered, Wired reported.

Myspace company officials found that usernames, passwords and potentially secondary passwords were offered for sale on an online hacker forum.

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The person they think is responsible may also be the same one behind hacks of Tumblr and LinkedIn, Myspace posted on its blog.

To protect users' information, Myspace invalidated all passwords for accounts created before June 11, 2013. If you try to use Myspace, you will be prompted to change your password.

Myspace also suggested that you change other passwords on other sites if they are similar to the information you used for that account.

The hack could affect more than 360 million users.

Man arrested for 'poking' woman on Facebook, police say

Police arrested a man Monday after they said he "poked" a woman on Facebook despite the fact that she had taken out a protection order against him, according to multiple reports.

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Eric Bauer, 27, is accused of violating a no-contact protection order issued on May 5 by using Facebook's "poke" feature on an unidentified woman, WTNH reported.

Bauer was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

When a user "pokes" someone else on Facebook, it sends the person a notification. The feature has been described as a virtual wave.

"People 'poke' their friends or friends of friends on Facebook for a lot of reasons (examples: just saying hello, getting their attention)," according to Facebook.

It's not the first time someone has faced charges over the longstanding feature. A Tennessee woman was charged in 2009 with violating a legal order of protection after authorities said she "poked" a woman on Facebook.

"Protective orders are not always about physical danger, they're often about getting this person out of your attention and getting away from them," Ryan Calo, then a residential fellow at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet & Society, told ABC News in 2009. "A poke is a very deliberate action. You have to select the person and say, 'This is what I want to do.'"

Party like it's 2004: Motorola hints at RAZR flip phone's return in new video

In the iPhone era, it’s hard to remember the days of the quaint Motorola RAZR.

The terrible keyboard! The teeny tiny screen! The fact that it flips open and closed!

We’re nostalgic. And now, we’re overjoyed — because Motorola has hinted at a RAZR comeback.

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A new video from the telecom company, now owned by Lenovo, looks like the beginning of an early 2000s teen comedy. (It even features “The Great Escape” from mid-aughts band Boys Like Girls.) The high school hallway scene ends with a date — June 9, 2016 — and a heavy implication that something big will happen.

We’re left with one burning question: What will a 2016 RAZR look like?

Guess we’ll just have to wait and see. TTYL.

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