Free BlackBerry Software

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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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