Netflix has revealed that 13 million new members joined in 2014.

The streaming service now possesses 57.4 million subscribers worldwide, the company confirmed yesterday (Tuesday, January 20).

The numbers also reveal that 4.33 million subscribed in Q4 2014, a new quarterly high, beating the figure of 4.07 million in Q4 2013.

"Internet TV is growing globally and Netflix is leading the charge," stated Netflix.

Netflix will expand to Australia and New Zealand in March 2015.

In the same month, new series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (March 6) and Bloodline (March 20) will debut.

Meanwhile, Kevin Spacey's House of Cards will return for its third season on February 27.

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Internet security firm SplashData has revealed the 25 most common passwords of 2014, and if yours happens to be one of them, change it immediately.

The company compiled the data based on 3.3 million leaked passwords from Europe and North America, finding that '123456' is the most popular login.

Several of the other passwords in the top 25 are variations of this code, with 'password', '12345', '12345678' and 'qwerty' making up the top five.

The top two places from 2013 remain unchanged, while references to superheroes and sports continue to be common.

SplashData has provided tips for creating a secure password, advising users to avoid keyboard patterns from the top row of letters, as well as sports, birthdays, and common names.

Cyber security remains a hot topic in the technology industry following highly-publicised breaches against Sony Pictures and Apple's iCloud service.

The top 25 most-used passwords of 2014 are as follows:

1) 123456
2) password
3) 12345
4) 12345678
5) qwerty
6) 1234567890
7) 1234
8) baseball
9) dragon
10) football
11) 1234567
12) monkey
13) letmein
14) abc123
15) 111111
16) mustang
17) access
18) shadow
19) master
20) michael
21) superman
22) 696969
23) 123123
24) batman
25) trustno1

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Several Starbucks stores in London have been equipped with free wireless charging points for customers.

The coffeehouse chain is bringing the Powermat technology to ten branches in total. Customers connect a magnetic wireless charging ring to their phone or tablet and place it onto the charging matt.

Starbucks will lend the charging rings to customers or they can buy their own one for £10, reports TNW.

Smartphones with built-in Qi are not compatible, so have to use the Powermat technology.

The service will be available at Starbucks stores in Princes Street, Kingsway, Wardour Street, Pentonville Road, Harewood Place, Berkeley Street, Great Portland Street, Moorgate, Fleet Street and Euston Tower.

A similar trial was launched in Starbucks outlets in the US last June and is now in the process of being rolled out further across the country.

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Facebook has announced plans to more aggressively cull hoaxes and scams from users' News Feeds.

The social media giant vowed today (January 20) that satire will not be affected by stronger efforts to regulate user content.

Facebooke's Erich Owens and Udi Weinsberg detailed the company's policy changes in a new blog.

They wrote: "The goal of News Feed is to catch up with your friends and find the things that matter to you. We're always looking to people on Facebook to tell us how we can improve this experience.

"We've heard from people that they want to see fewer stories that are hoaxes, or misleading news. Today's update to News Feed reduces the distribution of posts that people have reported as hoaxes and adds an annotation to posts that have received many of these types of reports to warn others on Facebook.

"We are not removing stories people report as false and we are not reviewing content and making a determination on its accuracy."

The duo went on to clarify that Facebook defines hoaxes as deliberately false clickbait and misleading news stories.

"To reduce the number of these types of posts, News Feed will take into account when many people flag a post as false," Owens and Weinsberg explained.

"News Feed will also take into account when many people choose to delete posts. This means a post with a link to an article that many people have reported as a hoax or chosen to delete will get reduced distribution in News Feed. This update will apply to posts including links, photos, videos and status updates."

The News Feed update follows Facebook testing audio clip transcriptions for Messenger and taking on LinkedIn with the new Facebook at Work.

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Amazon has announced that its Sunday deliveries have quadrupled compared to this time last year.

The online retailer attributes the upturn to the success of its Logistics service, which provides facilities for local and national delivery firms to operate seven days a week.

"We're excited that so many customers are taking advantage of Sunday delivery and that so many local and regional delivery companies continue to join the Amazon Logistics platform," said Logistics director Jamie Stephenson.

"This is just the beginning - we recently opened a new delivery station in Glasgow and we hope to expand even further in the future."

Amazon's Prime subscribers can take advantage of the Sunday delivery service at no extra cost, which highlights why Royal Mail is now facing heightened competition.

Last month, Amazon launched an ultra-fast delivery service in New York City called Prime Now, promising to ship goods to customers within the hour.

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Microsoft Research has developed a phone-charging system that uses artificial beams of light to power up handsets.

AutoCharge consists of a ceiling-mounted unit that automatically detects when a device in the room is low on power and directs a charging beam towards it.

Devices must be fitted with a small solar panel to convert the ray of light into battery power.

AutoCharge includes some of the same components as Xbox Kinect, using the camera found inside the gaming accessory to locate the mobile phone.

The prototype model harnesses a bright LED torch to beam power to devices, but the team behind it believe that it is theoretically possible to create a version that uses infra-red lighting.

The researchers are yet to reveal plans for commercial application of the technology.

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Samsung may have dismissed reports that it is launching an acquisition bid for BlackBerry, but the company is keen to build on its relationship with the Canadian firm.

Mobile chief JK Shin said that he wants to expand the existing partnership between the two firms, rather than buy out the once-dominant smartphone maker.

"We want to work with BlackBerry and develop this partnership, not acquire the company," he told The Wall Street Journal.

Samsung has already denied that it is interested in BlackBerry's security software, insisting that it is committed to its own Knox platform, but BBM and BlackBerry Hub could be areas of negotiation.

It is possible that Samsung software could also find its way to BlackBerry devices as part of the expanded arrangement.

BlackBerry's shares reached their highest level in around a decade following the Samsung buyout reports, only to retract after they were denied.

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Apple's iOS 9 could be in for sweeping changes to take advantage of the more powerful hardware inside the iPhone 6S, reports suggest.

Rumblings from the company's Asian supply chain point to an iPhone 6S with 2GB of RAM, double the amount inside its predecessor, Forbes reports.

Such rumours have given rise to speculation that Apple is planning to dramatically overhaul its next mobile operating system to harness the extra memory.

Adding credence to the reports, Apple traditionally follows an incrementally-updated operating system with a fresh build, and iOS 8 retained the design of iOS 7.

However, iOS 9 would have to function on devices packing 1GB of RAM to avoid alienating much of Apple's user base. The iPhone 4S, with 512MB of RAM on board, may be phased out.

Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 6S later this year, but is yet to confirm its future plans for iOS.

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Samsung has reportedly hired a new designer from a firm where Apple's Jony Ive used to work.

According to The Korea Herald, the Galaxy smartphone maker has taken on 47-year-old Lee Don-tae, who worked at London-based design firm Tangerine.

However, Don-tae's focus will stretch further than Samsung's mobile division and cover Samsung's Design Management Centre, where he will report directly to the CEO.

"He will work to elevate Samsung's design prowess overall rather than focusing on a specific product," a spokesperson from Samsung told the publication.

Since 1989, Don-tae has consulted for the likes of LG, Toyota, British Airways and Samsung too.

One of his biggest achievements was redesigning the business-class cabin and seating configuration for British Airways.

Samsung has been exploring new designs for its smartphones of late, notably opting for a premium metal feel instead of plastic with its discontinued Galaxy Alpha device.

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3D printing can be used for practically anything these days - even in construction it seems.

Chinese construction company Winsun has recently unveiled a mansion and a tower block in Suzhou with materials made by 3D printers, pictures from Caixin show.

The buildings' walls were made by giant 3D printers using concrete, and then assembled together to form a building structure.

It's not clear how much of the buildings were 3D-printed, but windows, balconies and metal hand rails were installed on the 1,100-square-metre mansion as normal.

The project is certainly not Winsun's first of this kind either, with the company having previously built ten small houses in only 24 hours using 3D printers.

These new buildings are proof-of-concept and will therefore be unoccupied, but they serve as a way to show what can be achieved with 3D printing and how construction may look in the future.

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