TechBytes: BlackBerry Outage Prompts Class Actions

PHOTO: Research in Motion President and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis delivers a keynote address at the BlackBerry Devcon Americas in this Oct. 18, 2011 file photo in San Francisco, Cali.PlayJustin Sullivan/Getty Images
WATCH TechBytes (10.28.11)

In today's TechBytes, the fallout continues from the BlackBerry blackout earlier this month.

Class actions have been filed in California and Quebec, seeking refunds for the lack of service during outages that affected more than half of BlackBerry's 70 million users worldwide.

And gadget buyer Gazelle is seeing record numbers of BlackBerry customers trading in their devices for the new iPhone 4S.

Halloween Safety Apps

As children get older, they may not want Mom or Dad taking them around for trick-or-treating.'s Rachel Fishman Feddersen suggests installing a tracking app on children's cell phones.

"On the iPhone, there's something called Find My Kids, which allows you to see exactly where your child is. And for Androids, there's something called Trick or Tracker, which lets you see where your kid is," said Fishman Feddersen.

Fishman Feddersen says parents should tell their children that tracking apps have been installed, so that they're not spying on the sly.

One more suggestion for Halloween: Make sure children have flashlight apps on their phones.