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Today's Tech: Samsung teases new 'Smart Hub' TV interface, Kobo Mini reviewed

Based on its weekly compilation of the most downloaded content on BitTorrent, TorrentFreak is helping us get into the end-of-the-year spirit with its report on the most-pirated TV shows of 2012. HBO's Game of Thrones is set to take home the nefarious trophy, boasting 4,280,000 downloads for a single episode en route to becoming 2012's most downloaded programme. Last year's winner and this year's number two, Dexter, snagged 3,850,000 downloads for its most pirated episode in 2012. Follow the link to find out what other shows were heavily plundered in 2012 - and why it's all the cable networks' fault.

Samsung certainly can't be accused of lacking ambition heading into 2013, with the latest reports indicating that it will launch a new connected TV and its "Smart Hub" user interface at CES next month. The Korean firm made the announcement regarding Smart Hub on its official blog, Samsung Tomorrow, following on from a recent teaser video (see bottom) for an all-new smart TV. Describing Smart Hub as a "unique platform" for its connected televisions, Samsung said that the updated UI design would enhance ease-of-access and user enjoyment by dividing content into five sections. There's also at least one innovative new feature accompanying the revamped layout, so click on to find out the latest tricks Samsung has up its sleeve for CES 2013.

With the new year around the corner, it’s likely that many of us have vowed to do more reading in 2013. And if you’re looking for an eBook reader to help you accomplish your resolutions, you might be considering a Kobo. Stuart Andrews took the miniature version of the affordable reader, the 5in Kobo Mini, for a spin. And while he was impressed with its portability and sturdy design, Stuart found the reading experience to be a little lacking. “If you’re a frequent traveller and you want the lightest and most portable eBook reader on the market, then the Kobo Mini is it. Deal with the compromises and it’s still quite usable. If you can spend a little more, however, and you’d rather have something you can read comfortably for hours at a time, then Amazon’s base-level Kindle, the Kobo Touch, the Nook Simple Touch or Kobo Glo would all give you a better experience without giving you an awful lot more to lug around,” he concluded. Follow the link for a more in-depth look at the Kobo Mini.

Despite Microsoft's recent efforts to counter Google's portfolio of cloud-based productivity applications, the search giant has been finding success with more and more business customers switching over to use Google's suite of online word processing, collaboration, email, messaging, video conferencing, and backup tools. According to the New York Times, in 2012 such prominent new customers as Swiss drug manufacturer Hoffmann-La Roche and the US Interior Department made the switch, each with between 80,000 and 90,000 staffers now using Google Apps. Will Google's ascent in productivity software continue in 2013? According to Gartner, the search giant is the only strong competitor" Microsoft faces in the enterprise arena. Follow the link for more details on Google’s chances of taking on Microsoft.