Five Free BlackBerry Downloads

All work and no play makes Al a dull boy.

Know the feeling? We bet you do. That's why we've collected the following five free BlackBerry downloads that aren't work related -- though they could be used for business purposes.

Our past Tips of the Week included a variety of BlackBerry software- free, open-source and otherwise-but most of those applications were strictly business-focused. This week, in the spirit of summer, we're loosening the tie, undoing our top buttons and giving you five free BlackBerry downloads designed for your life outside the corporate walls.

So sit back, grab a refreshing beverage and fire up the BlackBerry. Oh yeah, don't forget to check out our BlackBerry memory optimization and performance tips, should you find yourself running more free software than your smartphone can handle.

1. Ready for Your Close Up: Flickr Photo Uploader for BlackBerry

We're big fans of Yahoo's Flickr, the online digital photo sharing and archiving service. And when you combine the functionality of Flickr with an Internet-enabled, digital camera-equipped mobile phone the possibilities are infinite.

You can snap a photo at the beach, for instance, and share it with friends and acquaintances instantly by launching the Flickr app, which lives on your BlackBerry home screen in the form of a Flickr logo icon. Next you simply browse to the location of your photos, on your microSD media card or your device's internal memory, for instance, and click on the file you want to upload. Next, just give the photo a name and choose your privacy settings-Private, Friends, Family, etc. -pick the size in which you want it to appear and hit "Upload." Within seconds, your image will be available on your Flickr page. And you can then send along the URL to your public images page to your friends and other interested parties so they can periodically check for updates.

The Flickr Photo Uploader for BlackBerry is available for free on RIM's website, and all you need is a Flickr account, which is also free.

Picasa user? No worries, RIM is reportedly working on a Picasa for BlackBerry app, as well.

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2. Know the Score with MLB Desktop Icon for BlackBerry

We don't take baseball lightly. In fact, we'll outwardly admit that we just might love America's favorite pastime a little too much-just ask our significant others. That's why we're such big fans of the Major League Baseball (MLB) Desktop Icon for BlackBerry, which places your favorite team(s) icon on your BlackBerry home screen for both easy access to related scores and information, as well as some unique home screen decor.

Whenever you click your squad's logo, you get a listing of the team's next game along with a schedule, news headlines, league standings, team and player alerts, roster lists, stats and more. You also get one-click access to the mobile site.

And if your team happens to be playing, you can click your icon for real-time scores. So the next time a meeting and ball game overlap, you'll have discrete and near-instant access to scores and game highlights. (If you get caught checking scores while the CEO's talking, remember, you didn't get hear about this app from us.)

The MLB Desktop Icon for BlackBerry is available for any of MLB's 30 teams, and it can be downloaded for free over the air directly to your BlackBerry-data charges may apply-or you can choose to install via PC.

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