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Racing cars, jets, inspire magical espresso machines

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As a tribute to automotive design engineers, racing teams and motoring enthusiasts around the world, Paolo Mastrogiuseppe has created Espresso Veloce, an espresso machine in the form of a Grand Prix motor.

In Grand Prix racing, time is measured in one thousandths of a second and is very the essence of this sport. As in the art of creating a perfect cup of coffee, timing is critical.

As a tribute to automotive design engineers, racing teams and motoring enthusiasts around the world, Paolo Mastrogiuseppe has created Espresso Veloce, an espresso machine in the form of a Grand Prix motor. Meaning “espresso speed”, Paolo’s espresso coffee machine is an engineering masterpiece, a combination of art and function.

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Paolo is a South African born designer and visionary of Italian descent. As a multi-disciplined mechanical engineer, he practices his craft by creating artworks that are both beautiful and functional. His Espresso Veloce machines are handcrafted using aerospace alloys from the manufacture of Grand Prix Formula One race cars, and manufactured in his state-of-the-art facility.

Available in limited numbers, his Espresso Veloce coffee machines are half-scale models of the engines that powered Grand Prix cars during the 1990s racing era, and are available in either V8, V10 and V12 configurations. Further, he offers his clients custom colour combinations, allowing the discerning owner to create a unique work of art.

In keeping with his passion for coffee and high-powered engines, Paolo has also created a quarter-scale model of a modern jet engine that functions as a coffee and tea dispenser, namely the Aviatore Veloce.

“The engine is the heart of an aircraft, but the pilot is its soul,” he says.

With the clear understanding that aviation is the branch of engineering that is unforgiving, and where technical excellence is critical, he handcrafts these masterpieces individually, and in limited numbers, from aerospace grade alloys.

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The Aviatore Veloce’s mechanicals look complex but are simple to operate. Sliding open the turbine shell exposes the internal workings and three litre titanium water tank – it resembles a cascade-type reverse thruster. This opens up a filter housing which holds the coffee grinds or tea leaves (one can also use coffee or tea bags). Closing it and pushing the volumetric programmable buttons dispenses the brew into a cup.

The turbine blades turn at a steady and safe 38rpm when the device is switched on. Weighing in at 28kg and with the dimensions of 800mm in length and standing 480mm high, the patented Aviatore Veloce conforms to worldwide health and electrical safety regulations.

Each unit is individually numbered and only 100 units will be produced globally.

* For further details, visit www.superveloce.co

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Nintendo announces Stranger Things 3 game

The Netflix Original show is set to launch a retro-style game on the Nintendo Switch.

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In collaboration with Netflix, developer BonusXP has created Stranger Things 3: The Game. It is the official companion game to Season 3 of the hit original series. The game and latest season are expected to launch on US Independence Day, the 4th of July, a date that will, of course, stick in American gamers’ memories.

This adventure game blends a distinctively retro 16-bit art style, reminiscent of games from the time when the series was set. It is claimed to have modern gameplay mechanics to deliver nostalgic fun with a fresh new twist. Players will be able to experience their favourite show through a mix of exploration, puzzles, and combat.

Just ad in the show, teamwork is at the heart of Stranger Things 3: The Game. Players can team up in a two-player local co-operative, or in single player mode alongside an AI partner. Players can choose to play as one of twelve characters from the show, each with different abilities and attributes. Together, they’ll play through familiar events from the series, while also uncovering never-before-seen Stranger Things secrets, ensuring a fun experience for those new to the world of Stranger Things as well as for those familiar with the series.

Key Features:

  • Experience the show in a new way, exploring the eerie world of Hawkins to uncover new mysteries beyond what’s seen in Season 3.
  • Jump right into the action of this pick-up-and-play adventure: gameplay mechanics that allow players from beginner to advanced skill levels to get in on the fun.
  • Take your game to a higher level by trying out different character combinations and collecting all the secrets the expansive world of Hawkins has to offer.
  • Team up with a friend, leveraging drop-in/drop-out local co-op to take on the mysterious monsters of Hawkins together. While playing solo, use a collection of “buddy commands” to control both characters and still experience all the fun.
  • Choose from 12 playable characters, each with their own unique talents and stats.

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New AirPods and iMac in iStore this weekend

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iStore has announced availability of the new second generation AirPods and iMac, unveiled this week, in store this weekend.

The AirPods are priced from R2 899 and the new iMac from R23 499. Customers can also order these new products from iStore’s website.

“AirPods revolutionised the wireless audio experience with a breakthrough design and the new AirPods build on the magical experience customers love,” said iStore in its announcement. “The new Apple-designed H1 chip, developed specifically for headphones, delivers performance efficiencies, faster connect times, more talk time and the convenience of hands-free ‘Hey Siri’.”

AirPods come with either a standard charging case or a new wireless charging case that works with Qi standard chargers. The wireless charging case can be ordered for R3 699. The case can be used with the first or second generation AirPods.

The iMac line now has up to 8-core Intel 9th-generation processors and powerful Vega graphics options, delivering dramatic increases in both compute and graphics performance. The new iMac is faster for everyday tasks, up to demanding pro workloads. It includes retina display, all-in-one design, quiet operation, fast storage and memory, modern connectivity and macOS Mojave.

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