Episode from the podcastThe Vergecast

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

Released Friday, 16th April 2021
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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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