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BYTE Wireless Radio 13 digs into mobile week ahead.

Sure, the World Health Organization had us buzzing about cell phone dangers, but this week on BYTE Wireless Radio we were all about the future--the future, that is, as it applies to next week.
What new and unexpected things will Apple announce at its annual worldwide developer conference? That was the focus of this week's episode, hosted by Craig Johnston and Information Week's Fritz Nelson, and me. This week, teamBYTE senior contributor and mobile expert Todd Ogasawara was along for the ride, too.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs will announce its iCloud service on Monday, but is it just a rejiggered, expensive version of MobileMe? We debated its value and how iCloud stacks up to other services.

This is the fourth time Apple's attempted a cloud service--first there was iDisc in 2000, .Mac in 2002, and then MobileMe in 2008. We agreed that it had better be less expensive.

With major deals reportedly signed with music industry leaders such as Warner Music and Sony Music, a free iCloud service from Apple could be the real deal. Listen in to hear what surprises Jobs might reveal after his characteristic "and one more thing" line.

Certainly, the OS X 10.7 upgrade, now in developer Preview 3 mode, is a cat half out of the bag. Code-named Lion, Apple has been tremendously open about what to expect here, and photos of its features and interface abound online.

Fritz will be live blogging from the event and BYTE senior contributor Todd Moore will be there as well keeping abreast of the latest news.

One interesting point about Lion, which Apple says will support touch screen swiping, is that it's mobile ready. The same is happening on the PC platform. Mobile and non-mobile OS experiences are merging. This week, Microsoft showed it is doing just the same thing with Windows 8. Its screens look tablet ready and we expect it to work on ARM processors. Here's our analysis.

What's next for iOS, OS X, and Windows? We had a lot to say about it in this week's episode. Join us! Click here to listen. Until next week, remember: don't hold your ear too close to the phone. Even if WHO's warnings are off, it's just better to keep your ears cool.

Gina Smith is launch editor of BYTE, coming in July. Follow her on Twitter @ginasmith888 and BYTE @BYTE.

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