LG quits the smartphone business / Sonos Roam review / Apple “Spring Loaded” event preview

Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Chris Welch dive into the tech and gadget news from this week — including theories on what will be announced at Apple’s spring event next week, LG quitting the smartphone business, and Sonos’ next speakers.

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US recommends pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine use over extremely rare blood clots
How the Johnson & Johnson pause could move the needle on vaccine fears
For many, COVID-19 vaccines come with a side of side effects
How CO2 sensors might help us return to ‘normal’
Airbnb is trying to preemptively cancel post-pandemic bacchanals
Celebrate your COVID vaccination with these off-the-wall tchotchkes
Expedia launches a new tool to check coronavirus travel restrictions
Apple officially announces Spring Loaded event for April 20th
New iPad Pro still coming soon but supply could be short, says Bloomberg
Apple officially starts letting your iPhone help find lost third-party products
Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag Plus with UWB to track items with AR is out April 16th
Logitech officially discontinues its Harmony remotes
Apple gets its own button on Roku’s latest remotes
Roku announces Express 4K Plus streaming player and rechargeable Voice Remote Pro
Roku OS 10 adds instant resume for streaming apps, brings AirPlay 2 to more devices
Apple reportedly developing an Apple TV with a built-in camera and speaker
LG is quitting the smartphone business
LG had a few smartphone hits, but it’ll still be missed
LG leaves behind more than a flip phone-shaped hole in our hearts 
Google announces Pixel 5A 5G by denying rumors it’s canceled
TCL aims to build a better budget phone with the 20 Pro 5G
TCL’s Fold ‘n Roll concept transforms a 6.87-inch phone into a 10-inch tablet
Sony announces the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III with variable telephoto lenses
US carriers have thankfully abandoned at least one bad plan for RCS

Apple says iMessage on Android ‘will hurt us more than help us’ 
Sonos Roam review: portable potential 
Ikea is working with Sonos on a hidden speaker built into art you hang on the wall
Spotify’s Car Thing debuts as a limited release for selected US users
Amazon announces new Echo Buds with more powerful ANC and better comfort
Microsoft announces Surface Laptop 4 with choice of Intel or AMD processor
Can Clubhouse keep the party going? 
Apple trusts Phobio for its trade-ins, but maybe you should think twice
Google is poisoning its reputation with AI researchers

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