LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virtual reality, oddly enough, isn’t immune to the problems that arise in practical reality. Just ask would-be fans of the Oculus Rift headset, many — possibly most — of whom are still waiting for their $600 gadgets more than four weeks after they started shipping .

The delay, naturally, has sparked online grousing and even some data-based activism, including the creation of a crowdsourced spreadsheet for tracking who received their prized VR gear and when. Some longtime supporters of Oculus have declared themselves alienated by the company’s inability to deliver; others have defected to rival VR systems, or are at least considering it.

Christian Cantrell, a software engineer and science-fiction author in Sterling, Virginia, put in his pre-order roughly 15 minutes after Oculus started accepting them in January — and is still waiting. It’s been a “bummer,” he says, because he passed up buying a rival headset, the HTC Vive, hoping to be part of a VR “renaissance” with Rift.

“I’ve been kind of like an Oculus believer,” he says. “But if they bump it again, I might just order a Vive.”

It’s too soon to say how the delays will affect Oculus, much less the overall acceptance of VR, a technology that submerges users in realistic artificial worlds. (Early VR “experiences” consist primarily of video games .) In other contexts, big companies like Apple have managed to weather shortages and shipping delays for products such as the Apple Watch and its new iPhone SE.

But some find the Rift delays intolerable, especially given that Oculus is no fledgling startup, but part of Facebook — the social network bought it two years ago for $2 billion. “There’s an element of inexcusable incompetence going on,” says J.P. Gownder, a Forrester Research analyst, who placed his preorder in the first 10 minutes but doesn’t expect his Rift until mid-May.

Experienced hardware manufacturers would have set up suppliers months or years in advance to avoid these types of problems, Gownder says. The fact that Oculus managed to bungle its launch with more than three years to prepare, plus the backing of Facebook, is “scandalous,” he says.

Oculus, which has blamed the delays on an “unexpected component shortage,” declined to comment on specifics. It told the AP in a statement it has moved to address the shortage and expects deliveries to accelerate in coming weeks. By way of apology, Oculus said it will offer free shipping to customers who ordered before April 1.

Few have been as disappointed as some of the company’s earliest supporters. Back in January, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey announced that 5,600 of the company’s first Kickstarter backers would be eligible for a free headset. He then tweeted on the eve of first deliveries that the gifts would “start arriving” two days before others, giving the impression Kickstarter backers would get theirs first.

It didn’t happen. Unhappy customers gathered on Reddit to complain and to figure out where they stood in line; one poster catalogued the frustration on a crowdsourced spreadsheet. While not necessarily representative of the entire Oculus customer base, that data shows that of the 131 early Kickstarter backers who submitted responses, only 28 report receiving a unit. Of 1,399 pre-order customers, just 165 say they got a Rift.

The virtual reality boom is just getting going, and the competition is growing. Sony will release its PlayStation VR headset later this year. Google is expected to expand on its primitive Cardboard viewer, and recent Apple acquisitions suggest that it may also be jumping into the field soon.

Meanwhile, the Rift is losing some of its first-mover appeal. Some games originally designed to be Oculus exclusives have now been hacked to work on the HTC Vive, which launched about a week after the Rift, but hasn’t experienced shipping delays. Customers who bought Rift games before receiving their headset can now get digital keys so they can play the games in real reality, on a regular PC.

Bill Ellis, a 30-year-old computer engineer in Houston, has been playing with his Vive since it arrived April 5, and may not keep the Rift after it arrives. His plan, he says, was always to buy both, and sell the one that didn’t live up to expectations: “The one that hasn’t shown up is the one that hasn’t lived up to my expectations so far.”

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the second day of the NFL draft (all times Eastern):

11:20 p.m.

Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap turned the third round of the NFL draft into his own graduation party. He wore a cap and gown to announce Cincinnati’s third-round pick and tossed his cap into the air in celebration. Dunlap missed his graduation from Florida — he returned to get a bachelor’s degree in the offseason — so that he could participate in the draft.

“It’s awesome what they had Carlos doing,” Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said. “I want to congratulate him on graduating. It was a great thing to see.”

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10:46 p.m.

The New England Patriots finally got their chance to take part in the pick-fest that is Round 2.

Having forfeited their first-round pick in the long-running scandal that came to be known as “Deflategate”, former Patriot Kevin Faulk made his way to the microphone to announce New England’s choice with the No. 60 pick overall. But first, he pulled back his sport coat to reveal a No. 12 jersey.

That number, not coincidentally, belongs to quarterback Tom Brady, the central figure in the did-he-or-didn’t-he-order the equipment managers to make sure the team’s footballs were underinflated in a 2015 AFC playoff game against the Colts. A federal appeals court recently reinstated Brady’s four-game suspension, the original penalty leveled by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

In case anybody forgot who wore the number, Faulk began, “With the 60th pick, the New England Patriots AND Tom Brady select” before announcing the selection of cornerback Cyrus Jones from Alabama.

(See it here: https://vine.co/v/iPIY6dr6YLz )

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10 p.m.

Some numbers from the first two rounds of the NFL draft: Four quarterbacks were taken, 10 cornerbacks, four safeties, seven receivers and one kicker were picked. Alabama sent six players into the first 2 rounds, and Ohio State sent seven.

The Latest on the second day of the NFL draft (all times local):

10 p.m.

Some numbers from the first two rounds of the NFL draft:

—Four quarterbacks were taken, including the first two picks.

—Defensive backs were at a premium, with 10 cornerbacks and four safeties picked.

—Those secondary players will have to cover seven receivers who were picked in the first two rounds.

—Seven Ohio State players were drafted, and six Alabama players were picked.

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9:25 p.m.

Kicker Roberto Aguayo put his best foot forward and will stay in the state of Florida.

Aguayo, from Florida State, was selected by the Buccaneers in the second round of the draft and was the 59th overall pick.

The previous kicker to go in the second round was Mike Nugent, who was the 47th overall pick by the New York Jets in 2005.

Aguayo also became the first kicker since Sebastian Janikowski to forgo his senior year in college.

As a freshman in 2013, he won the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker, setting an FBS record with 157 points as the Seminoles won the national championship.

As a sophomore he was a first-team selection to The Associated Press All-America team for the second straight season. Had he stayed for his senior season, Aguayo would have likely set NCAA records for scoring.

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8:35 p.m.

The Alabama getaway began late at the NFL draft.

Only one member of the national champion Crimson Tide, center Ryan Kelly, went in the first round. And none was selected through nine spots in the second round.

Then three All-Americans heard their names called.

Linebacker Reggie Ragland went to Buffalo, which traded up to the 41st spot with Chicago for him. At No. 45, Tennessee took Heisman Trophy-winning running back Derrick Henry. And on the very next pick, defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson was selected by Detroit.

Ragland should fit nicely in Rex Ryan’s attacking defense. Henry joins DeMarco Murray and 2014 second-round pick, Bishop Sankey, in the Titans’ backfield.

Robinson fits a need for the Lions, who lost Ndamukong Suh in free agency last year.

Defensive tackle Jarran Reed then went 49th to Seattle, which traded up for him.

And cornerback Cyrus Jones went to New England with the 60th pick.

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7:05 p.m.

A growl would have been a more appropriate way to open Round 2, considering who the official greeter was.

“Welcome to Chicago, home of the world’s greatest fans,” said former Bears linebacker Dick Butkus, one of the meanest defenders pro football has seen.

“And as always,” he couldn’t resist adding, “Go Bears!”

Butkus was the last in a long line of former NFL greats to be introduced by commissioner Roger Goodell, who then officially opened the second round. But if Goodell’s intention in appearing alongside Butkus was to soften up the fans in the Auditorium at Roosevelt University, it didn’t work. By the time the commissioner showed up to introduce the first pick, he was roundly booed once again.

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7 p.m.

Kansas City hopes to land the NFL draft in the near future, joining cities such as Atlanta, Denver and Los Angeles in expressing interest in what has become a three-day football festival.

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said before Friday night’s second and third rounds that the organization would work with civic leaders on a bid. Kansas City has aggressively pursued numerous sporting events the past few years, ranging from NCAA regionals to next year’s U.S. figure skating championship.

Chicago is hosting the event for the second straight year, but Commissioner Roger Goodell said recently it was “very likely” to move next year. Falcons owner Arthur Blank is hoping to land that edition.

“Chicago has shown you can have the draft somewhere other than New York City,” Hunt said. “I’m interested and the organization is interested and the city is interested in bringing the draft here. When that opportunity presents itself, we’ll put our best foot forward.”

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5:45 p.m.

The president of the NFL players’ union is taking exception to how the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell responded to the problems of Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, who dropped in the first round after a video was posted to his Twitter account showing him smoking from a bong contraption.

Eric Winston, an offensive tackle with the Cincinnati Bengals, posted on Twitter that he was “stewing” over what had happened the previous night. He followed with a series of tweets:

“Last night everyone saw a young man’s dream turn into a nightmare. The mistakes he made in the past were released out there to millions with an intent to harm him. What did the NFL do? Nothing. In fact, if Roger is to be believed, they loved it because it made the draft ‘so exciting.’

“The NFL invested big on this marketing campaign of ‘family.’ It was all over Chicago on every billboard. Let me dish out some free advice to the young men coming into this league this weekend: they are not your family. This is a business. I hope that what Laremy said is true and that he learned from his mistake. I wish him good luck and hope every drafted player is wise to what it takes to make it in the NFL and who really has your back.”

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3:05 p.m.

Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil was a no-show at the Miami Dolphins’ news conferences Friday to present him as their first-round pick.

Tunsil was absent due to an allergic reaction, the team said.

“Unfortunately, Laremy had an allergic reaction this afternoon, so right now he’s with our medical staff and hopefully it’s just a quick, short-term thing,” Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said.

Tunsil went through a bizarre plummet in the first round on Thursday. Considered a top-five pick, he went 13th overall after he said his social media accounts were hacked and incidents of his troubled past became public minutes before the first round began, including a video of him smoking from a gas mask-bong contraption.

Also, a post on his Instagram showed an alleged text message exchange between the offensive lineman and an Ole Miss football staff member that included Tunsil’s request for money for bills.

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2:40 p.m.

Before the second round of the NFL draft begins, team winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award will walk the red carpet. They also will announce some third-round selections.

Two winners of the national Payton honor, Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis (2014) and former Kansas City Chiefs guard Will Shields (2003), will take part in the festivities.

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field and his commitment to philanthropy and community impact.

Team winners, representing past and present players, are:

Arizona Cardinals:Jay Feely

Atlanta Falcons:Patrick DiMarco

Baltimore Ravens:Mike McCrary

Buffalo Bills:Eric Wood

Carolina Panthers:Thomas Davis

Chicago Bears:Israel Idonije

Cincinnati Bengals:Carlos Dunlap

Cleveland Browns:Gary Barnidge

Dallas Cowboys:Brandon Carr

Denver Broncos:DeMarcus Ware

Detroit Lions:Mike Furrey

Green Bay Packers: Sam Barrington

Houston Texans:Chester Pitts

Indianapolis Colts:Reggie Wayne

Jacksonville Jaguars:Maurice Jones-Drew

Kansas City Chiefs:Will Shields

Los Angeles Rams:Johnny Hekker

Miami Dolphins:Ronnie Brown

Minnesota Vikings: E.J. Henderson

New England Patriots:Kevin Faulk

New Orleans Saints: Scott Fujita

New York Giants:Steve Weatherford

New York Jets: Kevin Mawae

Oakland Raiders:Willie Brown

Philadelphia Eagles:Bennie Logan

Pittsburgh Steelers: Cameron Heyward

San Diego Chargers: Quentin Jammer

San Francisco 49ers:Takeo Spikes

Seattle Seahawks:Shaun Alexander

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:Ronde Barber

Tennessee Titans:Delanie Walker

Washington Redskins:Ryan Kerrigan

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DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Laremy Tunsil kept repeating the same answer to questions about his freefall in the NFL draft, the social media hacking that cost him millions and the investigation he stirred at Ole Miss.

“I’m just here to talk about the Miami Dolphins,” Tunsil said several times Friday.

At his introductory news conference with the Dolphins, the big tackle tried to tamp down the furor surrounding his slide to the 13th pick in the draft.

Touted at one time as a potential No. 1 overall choice, the Mississippi tackle fell into Miami’s lap after a video was posted on his Twitter account shortly before the draft showing him smoking from a gas mask connected to a bong.

Another post on his Instagram showed an alleged text exchange with an Ole Miss football staff member that included Tunsil’s request for money. The university said it will investigate.

On Thursday, Tunsil said both accounts had been hacked — a cyberattack likely costing him more than $10 million. He declined to elaborate Friday.

“I don’t know nothing about that,” he said.

Tunsil hinted only once at any bitterness regarding what had transpired, while saying he felt blessed to join the Dolphins.

“They gave me a chance,” he said. “I’m going to show them why I’m the best player — I should be — in the draft.”

Miami went into the second day of selections Friday needing a cornerback and running back, and landed both. In the second round the Dolphins took cornerback Xavien Howard of Baylor, and in the third they drafted running back Kenyan Drake of Alabama.

They also swung a deal to move into the late third round and select receiver Leonte Carroo, who had 29 career touchdown catches at Rutgers. The Dolphins traded to Minnesota their 2016 sixth-round pick, 2017 third-rounder and 2017 fourth-rounder.

Drake was hampered by injuries in college and played behind Derrick Henry, who won the Heisman Trophy last season. He said he’s healthy now and optimistic he can start for the Dolphins as a rookie.

“They gave me their word saying I can come in and let my play speak for itself,” Drake said. “You’ve got to come in and make plays, and that’s what I plan on doing.”

General manager Chris Grier praised Drake’s versatility, including his ability to return and cover kicks.

“He’s got a unique skill set,” Grier said. “This guy is a good receiver and can do a lot of stuff.”

Howard also likes his chances of starting as a rookie. The Dolphins moved up four spots and gave the Baltimore Ravens a fourth-round choice to select him.

“This is a prototype player,” Grier said. “This guy checks all the boxes. When the opportunity arrived for us to make a play on him, we jumped at it.”

Before round two began, the tale of Tunsil took yet another strange twist. His news conference started more than an hour late because he suffered an allergic reaction while at the Dolphins’ complex.

Was it Tunsilitis? He said it had happened before and probably resulted from something he ate.

“The doctor took care of me, so I’m good,” he said.

The risky decision to pick a player 12 other teams passed on was endorsed by Grier, coach Adam Gase and executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum.

“A no-brainer,” Gase said.

“A great moment for our organization,” Tannenbaum said.

“Some people are saying this guy was the best player in the draft,” Grier said.

Yeah, but. The bizarre social media posts reinforced Tunsil’s reputation for off-field issues.

He sat out the 2015 season’s first seven games after the NCAA ruled that he received improper benefits, including the use of three loaner cars over a six-month period. His stepfather reportedly filed a lawsuit against him Tuesday related to a confrontation in June, when the men were both charged with domestic violence against each other — charges later dismissed.

Tackle wasn’t a priority for the Dolphins, who have two established starters at the position. Tunsil could play guard, Gase said.

“We’ll figure out a way to get him on the field, whether it is as a guard or tackle,” Gase said.

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the second day of the NFL draft (all times local):

9:25 p.m.

Roberto Aguayo put his best foot forward and will stay in the state of Florida.

Aguayo, from Florida State, was selected by the Buccaneers in the second round of the draft and was the 59th overall pick.

The previous kicker to go in the second round was Mike Nugent, who was the 47th overall pick by the New York Jets in 2005.

Aguayo also became the first kicker since Sebastian Janikowski to forgo his senior year in college.

As a freshman in 2013, he won the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker, setting an FBS record with 157 points as the Seminoles won the national championship.

As a sophomore he was a first-team selection to The Associated Press All-America team for the second straight season. Had he stayed for his senior season, Aguayo would have likely set NCAA records for scoring.

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8:35 p.m.

The Alabama getaway began late at the NFL draft.

Only one member of the national champion Crimson Tide, center Ryan Kelly, went in the first round. And none was selected through nine spots in the second round.

Then three All-Americans heard their names called.

Linebacker Reggie Ragland went to Buffalo, which traded up to the 41st spot with Chicago for him. At No. 45, Tennessee took Heisman Trophy-winning running back Derrick Henry. And on the very next pick, defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson was selected by Detroit.

Ragland should fit nicely in Rex Ryan’s attacking defense. Henry joins DeMarco Murray and 2014 second-round pick, Bishop Sankey, in the Titans’ backfield.

Robinson fits a need for the Lions, who lost Ndamukong Suh in free agency last year.

Defensive tackle Jarran Reed then went 49th to Seattle, which traded up for him.

And cornerback Cyrus Jones went to New England with the 60th pick.

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7:05 p.m.

A growl would have been a more appropriate way to open Round 2, considering who the official greeter was.

“Welcome to Chicago, home of the world’s greatest fans,” said former Bears linebacker Dick Butkus, one of the meanest defenders pro football has seen.

“And as always,” he couldn’t resist adding, “Go Bears!”

Butkus was the last in a long line of former NFL greats to be introduced by commissioner Roger Goodell, who then officially opened the second round. But if Goodell’s intention in appearing alongside Butkus was to soften up the fans in the Auditorium at Roosevelt University, it didn’t work. By the time the commissioner showed up to introduce the first pick, he was roundly booed once again.

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7 p.m.

Kansas City hopes to land the NFL draft in the near future, joining cities such as Atlanta, Denver and Los Angeles in expressing interest in what has become a three-day football festival.

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said before Friday night’s second and third rounds that the organization would work with civic leaders on a bid. Kansas City has aggressively pursued numerous sporting events the past few years, ranging from NCAA regionals to next year’s U.S. figure skating championship.

Chicago is hosting the event for the second straight year, but Commissioner Roger Goodell said recently it was “very likely” to move next year. Falcons owner Arthur Blank is hoping to land that edition.

“Chicago has shown you can have the draft somewhere other than New York City,” Hunt said. “I’m interested and the organization is interested and the city is interested in bringing the draft here. When that opportunity presents itself, we’ll put our best foot forward.”

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5:45 p.m.

The president of the NFL players’ union is taking exception to how the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell responded to the problems of Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, who dropped in the first round after a video was posted to his Twitter account showing him smoking from a bong contraption.

Eric Winston, an offensive tackle with the Cincinnati Bengals, posted on Twitter that he was “stewing” over what had happened the previous night. He followed with a series of tweets:

“Last night everyone saw a young man’s dream turn into a nightmare. The mistakes he made in the past were released out there to millions with an intent to harm him. What did the NFL do? Nothing. In fact, if Roger is to be believed, they loved it because it made the draft ‘so exciting.’

“The NFL invested big on this marketing campaign of ‘family.’ It was all over Chicago on every billboard. Let me dish out some free advice to the young men coming into this league this weekend: they are not your family. This is a business. I hope that what Laremy said is true and that he learned from his mistake. I wish him good luck and hope every drafted player is wise to what it takes to make it in the NFL and who really has your back.”

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3:05 p.m.

Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil was a no-show at the Miami Dolphins’ news conferences Friday to present him as their first-round pick.

Tunsil was absent due to an allergic reaction, the team said.

“Unfortunately, Laremy had an allergic reaction this afternoon, so right now he’s with our medical staff and hopefully it’s just a quick, short-term thing,” Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said.

Tunsil went through a bizarre plummet in the first round on Thursday. Considered a top-five pick, he went 13th overall after he said his social media accounts were hacked and incidents of his troubled past became public minutes before the first round began, including a video of him smoking from a gas mask-bong contraption.

Also, a post on his Instagram showed an alleged text message exchange between the offensive lineman and an Ole Miss football staff member that included Tunsil’s request for money for bills.

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2:40 p.m.

Before the second round of the NFL draft begins, team winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award will walk the red carpet. They also will announce some third-round selections.

Two winners of the national Payton honor, Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis (2014) and former Kansas City Chiefs guard Will Shields (2003), will take part in the festivities.

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field and his commitment to philanthropy and community impact.

Team winners, representing past and present players, are:

Arizona Cardinals:Jay Feely

Atlanta Falcons:Patrick DiMarco

Baltimore Ravens:Mike McCrary

Buffalo Bills:Eric Wood

Carolina Panthers:Thomas Davis

Chicago Bears:Israel Idonije

Cincinnati Bengals:Carlos Dunlap

Cleveland Browns:Gary Barnidge

Dallas Cowboys:Brandon Carr

Denver Broncos:DeMarcus Ware

Detroit Lions:Mike Furrey

Green Bay Packers: Sam Barrington

Houston Texans:Chester Pitts

Indianapolis Colts:Reggie Wayne

Jacksonville Jaguars:Maurice Jones-Drew

Kansas City Chiefs:Will Shields

Los Angeles Rams:Johnny Hekker

Miami Dolphins:Ronnie Brown

Minnesota Vikings: E.J. Henderson

New England Patriots:Kevin Faulk

New Orleans Saints: Scott Fujita

New York Giants:Steve Weatherford

New York Jets: Kevin Mawae

Oakland Raiders:Willie Brown

Philadelphia Eagles:Bennie Logan

Pittsburgh Steelers: Cameron Heyward

San Diego Chargers: Quentin Jammer

San Francisco 49ers:Takeo Spikes

Seattle Seahawks:Shaun Alexander

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:Rondè Barber

Tennessee Titans:Delanie Walker

Washington Redskins:Ryan Kerrigan

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey mall Easter bunny who got into a scuffle with a father last month has had a criminal charge against him downgraded.

NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/21jO9eB ) a Hudson County judge Wednesday downgraded the aggravated assault charge against Kassim Charles to the disorderly persons offense of simple assault. The case also was sent to the Jersey City Municipal Court.

Charles is from Jersey City. He had been playing the role of the Easter bunny. Authorities say Juan Jimenez-Guerrero attacked Charles when his toddler daughter slipped from a chair while getting her photo taken.

A video posted online shows them exchanging punches at the Newport Centre.

Charles’ defense attorney says they look forward to vindicating “the bunny.”

An update on an aggravated assault charge against Jimenez-Guerrero is unavailable. Jimenez-Guerrero’s wife says he was trying to protect their child.

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Information from: NJ Advance Media.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virtual reality, oddly enough, isn’t immune to the problems that arise in practical reality. Just ask would-be fans of the Oculus Rift headset, many — possibly most — of whom are still waiting for their $600 gadgets more than four weeks after they started shipping .

The delay, naturally, has sparked online grousing and even some data-based activism, including the creation of a crowdsourced spreadsheet for tracking who received their prized VR gear and when. Some longtime supporters of Oculus have declared themselves alienated by the company’s inability to deliver; others have defected to rival VR systems, or are at least considering it.

Christian Cantrell, a software engineer and science-fiction author in Sterling, Virginia, put in his pre-order roughly 15 minutes after Oculus started accepting them in January — and is still waiting. It’s been a “bummer,” he says, because he passed up buying a rival headset, the HTC Vive, hoping to be part of a VR “renaissance” with Rift.

“I’ve been kind of like an Oculus believer,” he says. “But if they bump it again, I might just order a Vive.”

It’s too soon to say how the delays will affect Oculus, much less the overall acceptance of VR, a technology that submerges users in realistic artificial worlds. (Early VR “experiences” consist primarily of video games .) In other contexts, big companies like Apple have managed to weather shortages and shipping delays for products such as the Apple Watch and its new iPhone SE.

But some find the Rift delays intolerable, especially given that Oculus is no fledgling startup, but part of Facebook — the social network bought it two years ago for $2 billion. “There’s an element of inexcusable incompetence going on,” says J.P. Gownder, a Forrester Research analyst, who placed his preorder in the first 10 minutes but doesn’t expect his Rift until mid-May.

Experienced hardware manufacturers would have set up suppliers months or years in advance to avoid these types of problems, Gownder says. The fact that Oculus managed to bungle its launch with more than three years to prepare, plus the backing of Facebook, is “scandalous,” he says.

Oculus, which has blamed the delays on an “unexpected component shortage,” declined to comment on specifics. It told the AP in a statement it has moved to address the shortage and expects deliveries to accelerate in coming weeks. By way of apology, Oculus said it will offer free shipping to customers who ordered before April 1.

Few have been as disappointed as some of the company’s earliest supporters. Back in January, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey announced that 5,600 of the company’s first Kickstarter backers would be eligible for a free headset. He then tweeted on the eve of first deliveries that the gifts would “start arriving” two days before others, giving the impression Kickstarter backers would get theirs first.

It didn’t happen. Unhappy customers gathered on Reddit to complain and to figure out where they stood in line; one poster catalogued the frustration on a crowdsourced spreadsheet. While not necessarily representative of the entire Oculus customer base, that data shows that of the 131 early Kickstarter backers who submitted responses, only 28 report receiving a unit. Of 1,399 pre-order customers, just 165 say they got a Rift.

The virtual reality boom is just getting going, and the competition is growing. Sony will release its PlayStation VR headset later this year. Google is expected to expand on its primitive Cardboard viewer, and recent Apple acquisitions suggest that it may also be jumping into the field soon.

Meanwhile, the Rift is losing some of its first-mover appeal. Some games originally designed to be Oculus exclusives have now been hacked to work on the HTC Vive, which launched about a week after the Rift, but hasn’t experienced shipping delays. Customers who bought Rift games before receiving their headset can now get digital keys so they can play the games in real reality, on a regular PC.

Bill Ellis, a 30-year-old computer engineer in Houston, has been playing with his Vive since it arrived April 5, and may not keep the Rift after it arrives. His plan, he says, was always to buy both, and sell the one that didn’t live up to expectations: “The one that hasn’t shown up is the one that hasn’t lived up to my expectations so far.”

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