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Talkcast tonight, special time -- 8pm ET/5pm PT! WWDC countdown


All-new dial-in experience! See below -- do not call into Talkshoe, we won't be there.

Our experiment last week using Fuze Meeting for our call-in process worked well enough to merit a second shift. Just as before, the text chat will be in this very post when the show begins... which will be two hours earlier than usual, given a few timezone conundrums and a few hosts out celebrating various celebrations.

So, tonight at 8pm ET, 5 pm PT, join us for our final WWDC preview countdown. This week, we'll review some of the external expectations put on Apple, in the context of Rich's assessment of true innovation coming from Cupertino.

Just like last week, we're trying a new way to connect on the Talkcast. With some help from the fine folks at Fuze, we're going to be leveraging a Fuze meeting room to record the show. This should let everyone listen in live -- and, if you want, raise your hand as you would in the Talkshoe room to get unmuted and chime in.

Here's how it goes: You can join the call in progress (meeting # is 20099010) at 8 pm ET from any computer via this link; if you download the Mac or Windows Fuze clients ahead of time, you'll get better audio and a slicker experience, but browser-only will work fine. Using an iPhone or iPad? Grab the native clients from the App Store and get busy. (Even Android users can join the party.) Still feel like using the conventional phone dial-in? Just call 775-996-3562 and enter the meeting number 20099010, then press #.

While the Fuze web and native clients have a chat channel, we'd like to reserve that for host participants, requests to talk and other real-time alerts... so the full-on chat for the show will appear in this very post at 8 pm tonight. You'll need Twitter, Facebook or Chatroll credentials to participate in the chat. We'll remind everyone to check back in at that time.

This is an experiment, of course, so your patience and forbearance is appreciated in advance. For the time being, the podcast feed of the show will continue to originate from Talkshoe and should be there within 24-36 hours. See you tonight!

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