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Fibit organised a workout outside the New York Stock Exchange after the company's initial public offering.
Fibit organised a workout outside the New York Stock Exchange after the company's initial public offering.PHOTOS: BLOOMBERG, REUTERS
Chief executive Rajeev Suri
Chief executive Rajeev Suri

New memory chips used in AMD's latest graphics cards

AMD's latest graphics cards use high-bandwidth memory chips which offer up to 512GBps of memory bandwidth. This is almost twice the bandwidth offered by top graphics cards from rival Nvidia.

The flagship AMD Radeon R9 Fury X is said to deliver 11/2 times the performance per watt of its previous flagship model, the R9 290X.

Fury X uses liquid cooling and goes on sale today in the United States at US$649 (S$860). AMD plans to sell a less-powerful model in the middle of next month for US$549.

Game of Thrones finale breaks its own piracy record

The final episode of Game of Thrones season five is the most illegally downloaded TV episode of all time.

It was downloaded more than 1.5 million times in the first eight hours after airing. The previous record was for this season's first four episodes, which were leaked earlier this year.

The finale also attracted a record 8.1 million viewers. The HBO fantasy TV show had only 3.04 million viewers for its season one finale.

AT&T fined for throttling Internet speeds

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has fined US telecommunications carrier AT&T US$100 million (S$134 million) for slowing down the Internet speeds for users who had signed up for its "unlimited" data plans. The company said it intends to fight the fine.

Millions of AT&T customers who exceeded a certain amount of data usage on their mobile devices had their Internet speeds throttled. This practice started in 2011 and had led to thousands of complaints to the FCC.

Next Apple Watch may have a front camera

The second-generation Apple Watch will reportedly have a front camera for FaceTime chats when it launches next year, according to website 9to5Mac.

The report also said Apple wants to add more functions to the smartwatch that can be performed when it is not connected to an Apple iPhone.

The Apple Watch will be available here on Friday from the Apple Online Store and selected retailers.

Nokia plans mobile phone comeback

Nokia plans to return to the handset business next year, said chief executive Rajeev Suri in an interview with Germany's Manager Magazin.

It will design the phones, but seek partners to license its branding.

Nokia sold its handset business to Microsoft last year amid declining sales. However, it has since designed a tablet that was made by Foxconn.

Fitbit shares up nearly 50 per cent on first day of trading

Shares for the wearable tech company were priced initially at US$20 a share. But they closed at US$29.68 after the first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange last week.

Fitbit raised US$732 million from the public offering, which it intends to spend on research and development. The company made US$131.8 million in profits last year.

Compiled by Vincent Chang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2015, with the headline 'Tech bytes'. Print Edition | Subscribe