Smartwatch company Pebble raised a record $16m via  crowd-funding site Kickstarter.

Smartwatch company Pebble, which raised a record $16m via Kickstarter, says smartwatches will dominate the future

South Korean tech giant Samsung announced a new mobile payments system, Samsung Pay, at Mobile World Congress. (Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters)

At Mobile World Congress Spanish bank BBVA says financial services companies are also moving into the financial space

An employee waves her arm to demonstrate command of a 5G Mission Critical IoT wireless robotic device manufactured by SK Telecom Co at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Traditional companies are now moving into the Internet of Things era of smart devices

Foldable keyboard:  Microsoft basically reinvented the keyboard

There was plenty of good stuff in Barcelona which didn’t grab the headlines

A man takes a picture of Motorola Moto X smartphones during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Photograph: REUTERS/Albert Gea

More than 30 Irish companies at trade show as deals and partnerships are announced

Old-school thermometer: Conor Harkin’s start-up team is focused on developing a smart thermometer – SmartTherm – to provide continuous temperature monitoring. Photograph: Frank Miller

Some $4bn was invested in digital health in 2014

Visitors at the Mobile World Congress. FCC commissioner Michael O’Rielly criticised his agency’s new net neutrality rules during a speech at the event.  Photographer: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg

Michael O’Rielly says he voted against new US regulation at Mobile World Congress

Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Tom Wheeler: Compared fifth-generation mobile networks (5G) to a Picasso painting. Photograph: Bloomberg

Tom Wheeler indicates arbiter for internet just and reasonable in interests of fairness

Gunther Oettinger, European Commissioner of Digital Science and Society, delivers a keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Wednesday. Europe’s two biggest telecom operators have called on regulators to be flexible in finalising rules to protect the openness of the Internet, to allow them to give priority to certain kinds of data traffic on their networks. (Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters)

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