Apple has vowed to address an iMessage bug preventing former iPhone owners from receiving texts.

The flaw affects Android smartphone owners whose phone number was previously associated with an iOS handset.

The glitch is caused by the fact that iPhones are unable to disassociate any number ever attached to iMessage from Apple's texting platform, and will attempt delivery over the internet by default.

Apple has confirmed that it is aware of the issue, which dates back to the launch of iMessage with iOS 5, and is developing a software update to correct it.

"We recently fixed a server-side iMessage bug which was causing an issue for some users, and we have an additional bug fix in a future software update," the firm told Re/code. "For users still experiencing an issue, please contact AppleCare."

Workaround solutions include deactivating your number on iMessage before switching to Android, or senders deleting and re-adding a contact.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that a disgruntled Samsung device owner has filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple over the iMessage bug.


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YouTube has been accused of using bullying tactics to force independent record labels to sign up to its Music Pass streaming service.

Industry body the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) has given YouTube 24 hours to retract a letter that threatens labels with having their videos pulled from the network if they do not support its Spotify rival, according to The Guardian.

WIN is also said to have criticised the Google-owned firm for failing to negotiate on its royalties offer, despite undercutting its competitors in the streaming sector.

The dispute is expected to spell delays for Music Pass, which is believed to provide access to offline playback and ad-free streaming of millions of tracks.

Google's plans to enter the streaming market came to light last year when a teardown of the YouTube 5.3 app yielded Music Pass code.

The service is expected to be formally announced at Google's I/O event next month.


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Amplitude's Kickstarter campaign generated more than $844k.

Backed by 14,112 fans, the rhythm action game closed with $844,127, easily clearing its $775,000 goal.

Opting for a shorter 18-day funding period, Amplitude enjoyed a late surge in donations, making over half of its total in four days.

The rhythm-action game will now go into development for PlayStation 3 and 4, with an estimated March, 2015 release date.

In Amplitude, players control a Beat Blaster ship, hitting notes in colour-coded tracks that represent the current song and capturing successive musical phrases to attain high scores.

Freezepop - who have had tracks on several of Harmonix's previous games - will feature on the soundtrack along with C418 (Minecraft), Danny Baranowsky (Super Meat Boy, Canabalt) and Jim Guthrie (Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP).


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A Watch Dogs torrent is secretly installing a Bitcoin miner on scores of PCs.

One of the most downloaded pirate copies of the Ubisoft title comes bundled with a virus that has already infected thousands of computers, according to GameCrastinate.

Those who have fallen victim to the malware have reported blue screen crashes, additional power consumption and an overall unstable machine.

Their PCs may also be mining Bitcoins for the user who uploaded the Watch Dogs torrent.

Users who illegally downloaded the game from a torrent service are advised to conduct a full virus scan.

Watch Dogs will be available to purchase legitimately for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on May 27, with a Wii U version also in the pipeline.

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Star Wars: Attack Squadrons has been cancelled by developer Area 52 Games.

The studio announced that it has shuttered the free-to-play space combat title to focus on other Star Wars projects.

"After much consideration, we have decided to cease development so that we can focus on other Star Wars game experiences," said the studio in a statement. "We truly appreciate the time you spent engaging in the beta."

Star Wars: Attack Squadrons was a 16-player dogfighting game that featured three modes - Free For All, Team Dogfight and Base Defence.

Publisher Disney is yet to confirm which Star Wars project Area 52 Games will tackle instead.

Star Wars: Attack Squadrons entered beta in January, having been announced in December last year.

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The Xbox One controller will shortly be compatible with PC, Microsoft has stated.

Consumers will be able to use the gamepad with their PC "very soon", according to Xbox programming director Larry 'Major Nelson' Hryb (via NeoGAF).

In the meantime, Microsoft affirms that players who want to use an Xbox gamepad with PC can connect an Xbox 360 controller to play games.

Although both gamepads share a cosmetic resemblance, the Xbox One controller apparently contains more than 40 improvements.

Its trigger buttons, for example, contain miniature rumble motors that respond in different ways depending on the action.


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Summer of Sonic will skip 2014, Sega has confirmed.

Organisers of the annual convention have decided to not hold the event this year.

"During this hiatus, we will take stock of the things we have accomplished with SEGA and then decide when we will be able to return for another round of Sonic excitement," organisers said in a statement on the event's website.

"The team would like to express our sincere thanks for the continued support of our fellow Sonic fans, as well as our apologies for any disappointment this news may cause."

Pioneered by fans of the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise, Summer of Sonic made its debut in 2008.

Previous years saw appearances of prominent Sonic designers, including series creator Yuji Naka and programmer Takashi Iizuka.


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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2's launch month has been revealed by Bandai Namco.

The upcoming 3D platformer is slated for an October release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

Following the events in the original Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, the sequel revolves around recurring characters Pac, Spiral and Cylindria in a new storyline as they defend PacWorld from the ghoulish army of Lord Betrayus.

Pac will be able to go through transformations, allowing him to gain powers that grant him with fire or ice abilities.

He will also have the capability of turning into a gigantic version of himself.

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The resolution disparity between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Metro Redux has been revealed.

The upcoming first-person shooter will run at 1080p resolution on PS4 and 900p on Xbox One, according to brand manager Huw Beynon (via Polygon).

Beyon also confirmed that the two consoles are expected to output the game at 60 frames per second.

Officially announced earlier this week, Metro Redux features reworked versions of Metro 2033 and Last Light.

Both titles will be sold individually as downloads and physically bundled on a disc.

The game will launch in the summer.

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Most consumers favour physical games over their digital counterparts, it has been suggested.

About 72% of buyers in the UK are exclusively purchasing boxed products, according to market research firm Kantar Worldpanel (via MCV).

The report also found that 10% of video game players buy digital titles only, while 18% purchase both.

In addition, Kantar revealed that the console gaming population of adults in the UK is roughly six tiles larger than that of children.

However, 76% of kids play console games, whereas 55% of adults play on consoles.

A previous report claimed that the majority of players would rather download a free game with advertisements than pay money for a game without ads.

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