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Some find problems with Wii U updateLong download times for a Wii U firmware update cause problems for users, social TV app Viggle buys GetGlue, and the Galaxy Camera adds smartphone features to a point-and-shoot.
Be prepared for the Wii U waiting game. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET update. The first Wii U game consoles win on sales Sunday following a midnight launch event at the Nintendo World Store in New York City. Fans lined up for days, braving the cold weather to be among the first ticket of the new game system, which has a touchpad controller. It's been 6 years since we've seen a new game console and anyone getting a Wii this holiday will need some patience before playing. You see there's a required 5-gigabyte system update that can take over an hour or 2 to download, but don't touch it to turn off once you start the update. You may have the urge to restart it because it takes so long, but you have to let it run. If you lose power or internet connection mid download, it could kill the system and you have to exchange it for a new one. At least that's what some users are reporting on Twitter. Out of the box, the Wii U can play games, but you need the system update to use the new features like the Miiverse, Social Network, the eShop to download games, transferring data from your old original Wii games, access the Netflix and Hulu Plus as well as the internet browser. More TVii features will be available as another update coming in December. In other news, AT&T has doubled its 4G LTE coverage area this year. AT&T's faster network speeds are now offered in 103 markets in the U.S., but Verizon covers 440 markets. It had a long headstart before the other carriers. Christmas is canceled if you use Google's people app. This contact manager app, which is available for users with the new Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system is missing the month of December. Let's hope Google isn't the Grinch and fixes that bug soon. Our review is in for the Samsung Galaxy camera. The camera with a giant HD screen on the back with an Android operating system built-in, so you can share your photos and movies on the go with the same apps, you would find on the phone. Its photo quality is no better than an average point-and-shoot and the battery is in great, but at $500 without a data plan, you might find this a top sell, but you will be getting better photos than on the a Smarphone with the perk of being able to share it immediately. Social TV apps for checking in to a show have been growing in popularity. And one of the most popular ones GetGlue has been acquired by Viggle for about $53 in cash and stock. These apps are part of the second screen trend where you talk about a show on your tablet or phone while watching TV. Viggle will keep GetGlue alive and oversee both apps. A unique perk of Viggle though is that users can earn gift cards for using the app. That's your tech news update, you could find the links to all of these stories on the blogscnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.