Wii U, Halo 4, and the expectations of E3

Secrets of the Wii U are expected to be revealed at E3 next week, Venus makes a move, and the iPhone could be coming to Boost Mobile.

In today's show, we're stretching our thumbs, looking to Venus and pondering iPhone popularity:

It's time to gear up for the year's big video game conference, E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The coverage begins around 9 a.m. Pacific, noon Eastern when Microsoft holds its press event. Expect talk of Halo 4 and new entertainment features tied to Xbox Live.

Sony will be holding a press event late Monday evening, and Nintendo will be having one Tuesday to reveal more on the Wii U , right as the show floor opens.

Google will be holding an event on Wednesday to talk about new features in Google Maps . Timing on that is interesting, considering many expect Apple to talk about new iOS map features at WWDC the following week on June 11.

Be sure to make plans to see the solar transit of Venus on Tuesday. If you miss it, you'll have to wait another hundred years or so before it happens again.

On Thursday, Leap Wireless announced the iPhone would be available without a contract on its prepaid Cricket service. Now there's a report saying the iPhone could come to Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid service in September.

It won't be long before the iPhone is on every carrier, making it even more common of a smartphone. But if the iPhone becomes the every-man phone, will it make it any less "cool" or desirable? Thanks to all of you who jumped on Tout to send some great comments! You can view the conversation in the player below.

And a big thanks to Jeff Bakalar for being our surprise guest on the show today! Be sure to follow him and the rest of our CNET crew heading to L.A. to cover E3 all next week.

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