The Week in Tech: Wireless chargers made of marble, gadgets for our Christmas list & BBC teams up with Deezer and Spotify
JOE takes a look around at all that you need to know from the world of tech this week
JOE went along to the launch of O2's Christmas range this week and spotted a few gadgets that we fancy adding to our list already, even though we haven't gotten through Halloween yet.
Obviously, the standout products are the flagship smartphones like the Sony Xperia Z1, HTC One and Samsung Galaxy Note 3, all of which were on display. Obviously, the Nokia Lumia 1020 caught our eye because of its 41MP camera, and it doesn't look half bad on the outside either.
There are some more affordable numbers too from the lads at Alcatel (the ONE TOUCH range, of which our pick is the powerful Idol) and Hauwei.
The grumpy old man in us liked the wooden bluetooth speaker from Kitsound, while we know that Sol Republic make some quality headphones, so we can expect more of the same from them with the Tracks HD, pictured here in red. For more, check out O2 online.
The other big tech news this week was the announcement that Aer Lingus will now have Wi-Fi on their transatlantic flights and the Dublin to Malaga route in a partnership between themselves, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Aeromobile and Deutsche Telekom.
In other news, the BBC have announced their latest product, Playlister, which will go live soon on their UK website and around the world, in partnership with Deezer and Spotify.
The first stage of BBC Playlister will launch in the coming days on PC and via a mobile browser, letting you remember tracks, and export and listen to them on your chosen digital music service. Music lovers will be able to quickly and easily export their Playlist from thhe BBC to either Spotify, YouTube or Deezer and listen back to tracks in full.
Not strictly from this week but Sennheiser have made a few more colours in the Momentum On-Ears, a beautiful pair of headphones that we reviewed a few weeks back. They've added black, brown and red to the collection, and they all look very slick, as well as delivering ridiculously good sound.
Finally, one piece of technology that we spotted this week that we simply had to feature was this Oree wireless charging pebble, which is made of marble. It's red Versailles marble, if we want to get specific, and you can pop your phone on it to charge, if you happen to live in a palace and are the king of France. We don't live in a palace, but we still want one of these, just to make the place a bit classier. It costs €110, and you can preorder now from their website while checking out their other slick products...
Hat-tip to The Verge for the Oree charging pebble picture