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Tech Digest: More news this week

Up your shoe game

Adidas has joined forces with EA Sports on its new GMR smart insoles (£29.95,; above), powered by Google’s Jacquard tech, as found in Levi’s clever denim jackets. Sliding into any footwear, the tag uses AI to identify kicks, shot power, distance and speed while you complete challenges in the real world. It then uses that data to unlock in-game rewards in Fifa Mobile and boost your Ultimate Team. Smart.

Battery life woes

If you’re constantly left wondering why your iPhone’s battery depletes faster than a nine-pack of bog roll at your local supermarket, it could be down to a specific bunch of battery-draining apps. uSwitch has revealed that the main culprits include WhatsApp, Waze, Google and Facebook. If you’re fed up with the smartphone struggle, force-closing them ensures they’re not constantly running in the background.

Mother’s Day goes digital

Struggling to come up with a gift for Mother’s Day that doesn’t involve flowers or chocolate? Starting on Monday, Samsung’s KX experiential space in Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, invites you to push the creative envelope by joining a digital card-making workshop to make your own e-card using a Galaxy tablet. For timings and availability, visit