The virtual bicycle race is on

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The official Zwift launch took place simultaneously in all three Rapha Cycle Clubs locations: San Francisco (pictured here), London and New York. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

New bicycling game Zwift cruises along at the crossroads where video game nerds, bike fanatics and the land of the long winter come together. Launched in beta today, Zwift lets you compete with friends in a massively multiplayer cycling game designed to turn indoor rides into something more exciting.

The basic premise is this: You pick your avatar, pick your whip, pick your kit, pick your route and then pedal with/against your friends, no matter where they are in the country. You watch the action on the virtual terrain on a computer (most any reasonably modern desktop or notebook will do).

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PayPal got kicked out of Apple Pay for partnering with Samsung

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Apple Pay’s launch in the U.S. next month is being supported by some of the biggest players in the payments industry in the country except PayPal, but according to a report from Banking Innovation, Apple actually wanted PayPal to be the “preferred payment process” for Apple Pay.

Talks between PayPal and Apple began at the early stages of Apple Pay’s development, but after PayPal decided to partner with Samsung on the Galaxy S5, Apple execs got so mad they nuked the talks altogether.

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Apple Watch mass-production might not start until January

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Apple is still trying to work out the last few details of its first wearable, but with an early 2015 launch just months away, plans to manufacture and assemble the Apple Watch are being finalized. But AppleDaily reports production isn’t scheduled to ramp into high gear until January 2015.

To manufacture its first wearable, Apple has turned to its old partner Quanta Computer to churn out the first units, and they’re already hiring an army of assemblers for the hyped release.

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Apple to hold Q4 2014 earnings call on October 20th

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Apple announced today that its financial earnings call with investors for Q4 2013 will be held on Monday, October 20th at 2PM PT.

AAPL shares have been holding steady around $100 after breaking the century barrier last month, but the price could start ticking upward after announced record breaking iPhone 6 launch week sales with over 10 million units sold.

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6 things Mac users need to know about Windows 10

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Apple is busy putting the finishing touches on its next operating system, but Microsoft gave the world an early look at the next version of Windows today that is set to run on everything from smartphones to PCs.

Microsoft says its next version of Windows will be the most comprehensive platform ever, and while the company is retreating from the disaster that was Windows 8, it’s bringing back some classic features and stealing a few things from the Mac too.

Here’s everything Mac users need to know about Windows 10:

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Apple reportedly punishes German mag for its iPhone 6 Plus bend test

Apple wants people to stop bending its iPhones.

Apple wants people to stop bending its iPhones.

An iPhone 6 bend test left a German tech magazine with bigger worries than a needlessly broken smartphone: The publication was reportedly banned from future Apple events and told it would no longer receive the Cupertino company’s latest products for review.

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Apple seeds OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 1.0 to developers

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The official release of Yosemite is nearly here, as Apple has just seeded the Gold Master of OS X 10.10 to developers.

OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 1.0 is now available in the Mac Dev Center or via the Mac App Store to members of Apple’s developer program. The new GM is accompanied by a new Xcode 6.1 GM seed and OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview.

Apple also released a beta version of Yosemite to the public that received it 3rd preview earlier this month, but it doesn’t appear that Apple is seeding the GM to the public testers yet.

Yosemite brings a revamped UI to OS X along with a host of new features aimed at making your iPhone and Mac work smarter together. No official word from Apple on what’s inside the Yosemite GM but we’ll let you know what we find as soon as its installed.

How to fix Bluetooth connectivity in the car after iOS 8.0.2 broke it

iPhone 6 Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

iPhone 6 Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple’s release of iOS 8.0.2 brought a number of bug fixes to the new operating system, but many iPhone users have reported Bluetooth connection problems with automobiles, including some of us here at Cult of Mac.

Since the iOS 8.0.2 update, iPhone users have taken to Apple’s Support forums to report that they’re unable to initiate calls over Bluetooth. The bug seems to affect a range of iPhone models and automobile makers, but there’s a quick solution that can get you back on the road and slinging cars while you drive.

Just follow these quick steps:

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Beyond touchscreens: Apple eyes touch-sensitive holographic displays

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Photo: Star Wars

Apple is investigating touch-sensitive holographic displays for future Macs and iOS devices, according to a new patent published today.

As described, the patent would emulate the current touch-based interface for iPhones and tablets, only using near-field proximity in place of physical touch.

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Name your own price bundles: Learn to code, get design assets and more [Deals]

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Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could get some fab stuff? What if, while you are getting that awesome stuff, you could make the world a better place? And then, just for good measure, you could get to be the one to decide how much to pay for your the whole shebang? Yeah, that’d be sweet.

With The Name Your Own Price Bundles at Cult of Mac Deals, you get to do all that! Get killer stuff from a bundle for as little as you want to pay. Beat the average price and you get the whole bundle! Plus, 10% of what you pay goes to help out one of three charities: Child’s Play, World Wildlife Fund, or Creative Commons. It doesn’t really get any better than that.

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