Oculus Touch preorders, Samsung vs. Apple at the Supreme Court, and more in the week ahead
October 10th, 2016
After a busier than usual month of news, the tech industry will be taking a relative breather this week.
It begins with preorders for the Oculus Rift Touch controllers going live later today. The $199 bundle is scheduled to ship on December 6th and includes two controllers, a second sensor, a connector for Rock Band VR, and two titles — VR Sports Challenge and The Unspoken. Note that if you preordered your Rift through Oculus.com then your place in line is already reserved for the Oculus Touch. To claim your priority status you have to order by October 27th at 11:59AM PT, according to Oculus. For everyone else, good luck — the original Oculus Rift preorders were plagued by months-long delays. Oculus promises 35 Touch-compatible games at launch, some of which you’ll see teased in the trailer below.
Then on Tuesday, the
nine eight US Supreme Court justices will hear oral arguments in the case of Samsung Electronics vs. Apple. Samsung says it shouldn’t have to pay the full $399 million in damages awarded to Apple because the penalty reflects the total profit of the 11 smartphones that jurors found to be infringing Apple design patents. Instead it should only be required to pay Apple a percentage of the profit directly related to the design patents infringed. The Wall Street Journal notes that this is the first time in more than 100 years that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a design-patent case, underlining its significance.
Before that, though, let’s take a look back at the weekend that was.
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