Status Shuffler app for BlackBerry to update your BBM status

One of the few bright spots that show that there is still a flicker of hope for Canadian tech firm Research In Motion, is its BlackBerry Messaging service.

BlackBerry and its BBM app enables individuals to send and receive files with their contacts, be able to have a chat with them or with a group of individuals, play a game with a contact and change status manually or via a third party application.

One such app that enables you to change your BlackBerry Messenger status is the Status Shuffler for BBM which was developed by SRID games.

Status Shuffler enables you to change your BBM status via a single press of a button. Status Shuffler posts a status either from a quote, sayings, one-liners and others. It has about 15 categories that you can choose from. Categories include relationship quotes, inspirational, funny and friendship quotes.

You can select to choose a time for you to let Status Shuffler change your BBM status.

Status Shuffler can be downloaded in the BlackBerry App World. It has a free version while the premium version costs you around $1.99 and can be installed in BlackBerry units with OS 5 or up.

Check it out and let your status be the talk of the town.

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BlackBerry Curve 9310: Simplicity at your finger tips

Want a solid smartphone but feel tired of all the hoopla behind the iOS and the Android operating systems? Well, Research In Motion might have something for you.

RIM has been trying to penetrate the market of the masses with their BlackBerry Curve line of devices. Though not as great as those on the upper tiered phones of BlackBerry, the Curve line still is a great phone but don’t expect too much from it.

And if you want to get your hands on a Curve device, feel free to try on the BlackBerry Curve 9310.

The Curve 9310 is released by Verizon and Boost Mobile. The device has the all familiar BlackBerry QWERTY keypad and a 3.2 MP rear facing camera with a BlackBerry 7.1 OS installed.

The device has a 2.44 inch LCD screen that has a 320 x 240 resolution. The images isn’t that sharp since the LCD is in lower resolution.

What’s great about this phone is that it’s a BlackBerry, though nowadays that name isn’t at all the great. What we mean by that is that it comes with the BlackBerry Messaging service.

For $50 you can have the BlackBerry Curve 9310 locked up. So it’s affordable and you can add $45 on top of it to have unlimited texting, calling and BBM.

Verizon’s unlimited plan will cost you $80 per month.

Try the Blackberry Curve 9310 and see what made BlackBerry “CrackBerry”.

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BBM still exclusive to BlackBerry users

Research in Motion revolutionized the smartphone business when they introduced the BlackBerry in the market. The company lorded it over business enterprises and businessmen and changed mobile communications forever.

Although RIM is now finding it difficult to survive in these tough times, BlackBerry loyalists are still there, keeping their hopes up and wishing that their beloved company could bounce back.

If there is one thing that BlackBerry is very well known for, it has to be  their instant messaging app BlackBerry Messenger.

Two months ago, RIM top honchos tried to figure out how to capitalize on BBM’s popularity. Sources have leaked that RIM had plans to create a BBM for iOS and Android devices.

But RIM CEO, Throsten Heins, told the Wall Street Journal that those are mere speculations and rumors. The report added that Research in Motion is committed into giving its BBM users new capabilities and improve the app.

According to Research in Motion, there are about 55 million BBM users today. This figure has grown from 5.3 million back in January of 2009.

The Wall Street Journal also said in their report, “Teenagers still embrace BBM for its quick and free instant messaging, and it’s easy to use contact list of friends. Security professionals, police, firefighter and ambulance drivers have come to rely on it as one of the most dependable forms of electronic communications.”

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BlackBerry App World top free apps

Research in Motion is currently under a ton of pressure to reinvent their BlackBerry handsets and try to pit it against the iPhones and Androids of this world. Though there have been a number of individuals who have traded their BlackBerry’s to devices with other Operating Systems, a handful still remain loyal to RIM and their BlackBerry’s.

In our efforts to help RIM reincarnate their lost bravado, we have collected a few apps that we consider the best free apps in the BlackBerry App World.

1)      BlackBerry Messenger: Who would not love this app? This is where RIM made its fortune (and their push email of course). Once registered to the service, you are able to send messages, photos, videos, voice notes and files to your friends BlackBerry device anywhere in the world. What’s not to love about that?

2)      Facebook: Of course, who doesn’t have a Facebook account nowadays? Once registered to a BlackBerry plan, you can post unlimited status updates right from where you are. No need for WiFi connection or to log in to your laptop.

3)      PicMix: This app lets you edit pictures on the go. You can add frames, adjust width and height of a photo and add filters to your image. No need for your to use Photoshop.

These are only 3 apps. More to come the in the next few days.

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Amazon’s offer to buy-out RIM turned down

Amazon’s bid to takeover Research In Motion Ltd was turned down by the latter. Other potential buyers offer to buy RIM has also taken a backseat.

An exclusive report from Reuters writes that Amazon has looked at the possibility of merging with RIM. They even hired an investment banking firm to take a look at the possible buy-out.

But RIM’s board wants Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, co-CEO’s of the brand, to look for ways on how to turn things around for their business through the launching of new devices, better use of assets such as the BlackBerry Messenger and restructuring.

Though RIM can hook up with other partners to increase sales, a total buy-out of the company is out of context.

One head of technology investment banking at a Wall Street Bank said, “they have had approaches from folks who have wanted to have discussions.” He also added that, “the issue is it is hard to find a value that makes sense with a falling knife.”

The company’s market value has dropped to 77 percent in the past year to about $6.8 billion following a unsatisfactory quarterly reports, late phone launches, weak sales of their PlayBook and other mistakes.

A U.S. based RIM investor noted that, “this story puts RIM in play, because shareholders are going to put it in play. It’s over. This is now a company where the activists are in charge.”

The activist he is referring to is Jaguar Financial Corp. The latter has called for a sale of RIM as a whole or in part.

But RIM management has said that they did not want to sell or even break up the company.

One source said that, “selling the company or an economic joint venture is probably not in the cards right now. Until you stabilize the platform, people are going to be very nervous about spending $10 billion or more.”

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