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Happy May Day! April sure flew by quickly, but it had plenty of highs and lows and the month ended on the higher end of the scale, judging from our last recap from the month. We've got a pair of Tim Cook tales to bookend today's edition, along with a Vine update, Hulu statistics and the CEO of BlackBerry predicting the end of the tablet within five years -- and he doesn't mean the company's own. Stay with us, won't you?
With May now in full swing, the folks over at AllThingsD have announced the list of speakers to appear at their D11 conference taking place in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. For the second year in a row, Apple CEO Tim Cook will appear for an interview, this time as the opening night speaker on May 28. The event will also include executives from Twitter, Motorola Mobility, Sony, Google, Pinterest and others, and hosts Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg always do a bang-up job of keeping things lively. While the event has long since been sold out, coverage can be found on the AllThingsD website, which will include videos posted throughout the conference.
Vine announced on its blog Tuesday that a version 1.1 update is now available, which introduces the ability to shoot video with the front-facing camera, including the option to switch willy-nilly between cameras. Vine also now supports mentions, so Twitter users can tag people in posts so they'll be notified about your video. As usual, this feature will offers username suggestions as you begin typing -- perfect for those of us who can never remember them.
The Hulu Blog announced Tuesday that the service now has more than four million paid subscribers for its Hulu Plus service, a new record for the first quarter of the year. Judging from the chart included with the post, Hulu's subscription base continues to grow at a steady clip each quarter, with mobile viewing said to make up approximately 15 percent of the service's viewers in the year to come. The service is also announcing a pair of new shows to debut this summer: Quick Draw and East Los High, which will join nine others already announced, as well as new episodes of classic soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live.
Bloomberg reported Tuesday that BlackBerry Thorsten Heins doesn't see much of a future for tablets -- which may have something to do with the company having a tough time selling its own BlackBerry PlayBook. “In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore,” Heins explained. “Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model.” Needless to say, Apple would probably disagree with that sentiment as the market leader. Heins also predicts BlackBerry will return to its former glory as "the absolute leader in mobile computing" in the same timeframe, so there's that.
Remember last week's auction for a coffee date with Apple CEO Tim Cook? The highest bid hit a whopping $605,000 last Friday, but by Monday morning had dropped $5,000. According to CNNMoney, the drop was made because the $605,000 winning bid had been made using a stolen credit card, so the folks at Charitybuzz had to void the highest bid and go with the next one in line. The charity auction for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights originally had an estimated value of only $50,000, so what's a few grand either way, are we right?
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