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  • Apple is getting ready to rain on Samsung's parade. Just a week after Samsung holds its Unpacked event on March 1—in conjunction with Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, where the company is expected to unveil the Galaxy S6—Apple has scheduled a special press briefing on March 9. Apple didn't provide any details on what it intends to talk about, but all signs point to Apple Watch. Apple's smartwatch was unveiled last year in tandem with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Since then, Apple has been quietly developing its smartwatch and preparing its stores for its arrival. Now, the time has come for Apple to finally announce pricing and availability. But the event could be about much more than Apple Watch. Historically, Apple events have not focused solely on one announcement, and this year isn't expected to be any different. Apple Watch will certainly be the headliner, but there will be many more things talked about at the event. This slide show will suggest other topics that the company might cover besides the long-anticipated Apple Watch.

  • The huge Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 event hasn't even officially begun in Barcelona, Spain, but for the last several weeks product rumors and early announcements have been making headlines across the Internet. MWC is one of the key mobile device news events of the year, and this year's conference won't likely disappoint smartphone, smartwatch and other mobile device fanatics who are looking forward to learning more about the next new devices they'll be able to buy and use in the coming months. MWC runs March 2-6, but some product manufacturers, including Samsung and Huawei, are planning special pre-MWC events on March 1 where they will tout their new gear publicly before all the glitter of MWC gets under way. So what are some of the key rumors around products so far to come out leading up to the conference? Samsung has been busy with teaser ads about its latest smartphone, rumored to be the new Galaxy S6, while LG has already announced four new midrange smartphones and two new luxury smartwatches. Check out this eWEEK slide show for more device news to watch.

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  • Google, which has been pushing sites to be more easily viewable on mobile devices, will give sites optimized for mobile viewing priority in mobile search.

  • In a 3-2 vote, new net neutrality rules were approved by the FCC on Feb. 26 that will allow the agency to protect broadband Net access as a public utility. Critics already vow to file lawsuits.

  • Apple has announced a special event on March 9 with the tag line, "Spring forward," a likely allusion and tease about its upcoming Apple Watch smartwatch, which is scheduled for release in April.

  • The Facebook app's constant background notification checks still have the greatest impact on overall Android device performance, AVG's report found.

  • Samsung will hold its annual Unpacked event on March 1 in conjunction with Mobile World Congress, which convenes starting March 2 in Barcelona, Spain. Naturally, the big news that everyone expects from the Unpacked briefing is the introduction of Galaxy S6 smartphone. Given how important the Galaxy line is to Samsung, the long-awaited handset is getting all kinds of attention from industry analysts, prospective buyers and mobile carriers. But as history has shown, Unpacked isn't just about a single product. Samsung uses its time on the stage to discuss a wide range of devices, services and software, and inform investors on its plans for the future. Unpacked is a crucial event for the company because it's the single day of the year where Samsung holds the mobile market spotlight without fear of being upstaged by competitors. But there has already been a lot of discussion about the Galaxy S6, so this slide show will focus on the other things that Samsung is expected to reveal besides a new flagship smartphone. Here's what else to look for from Samsung Unpacked 2015.

  • BlackBerry Classic will go for $99.99 after a $50 rebate under a 2-year contract with Verizon. It will be available online Feb. 26 and in Verizon stores March 5.

  • IBM added support for its Cloudant database as a service as well as contextualization and personalization to its MobileFirst platform.

  • The tech giant will deliver a range of enterprise mobility-management capabilities in collaboration with partners.

  • When it comes to customer service, consolidation was an underlying need for these departments, according to the study, conducted by IDC and OpenMarket.

  • Texas-based Smartflash LLC alleged in its lawsuit that Apple had infringed on three of the company's data storage and payments systems patents in Apple's iTunes music software.

  • The chip makers' respective platforms are designed to enable smartwatches and other devices to run longer before having to recharge.

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