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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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Huawei Mate 20 unveils ‘higher intelligence’

The new Mate 20 series, launching in South Africa today, includes a 7.2″ handset, and promises improved AI.

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Huawei Consumer Business Group today launches the Huawei Mate 20 Series in South Africa.

The phones are powered by Huawei’s densest and highest performing system on chip (SoC) to date, the Kirin 980. Manufactured with the 7nm process, incorporating the Cortex-A76-based CPU and Mali-G76 GPU, the SoC offers improved performance and, according to Huawei, “an unprecedented smooth user experience”.

The new 40W Huawei SuperCharge, 15W Huawei Wireless Quick Charge, and large batteries work in tandem to provide users with improved battery life. A Matrix Camera System includes a  Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens that lets users see both wider and closer, with a new macro distance capability. The camera system adopts a Four-Point Design that gives the device a distinct visual identity.

The Mate 20 Series is available in 6.53-inch, 6.39-inch and 7.2-inch sizes, across four devices: Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X and Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS. They ship with the customisable Android P-based EMUI 9 operating system.

“Smartphones are an important entrance to the digital world,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG, at the global launch in London last week. “The Huawei Mate 20 Series is designed to be the best ‘mate’ of consumers, accompanying and empowering them to enjoy a richer, more fulfilled life with their higher intelligence, unparalleled battery lives and powerful camera performance.”

The SoC fits 6.9 billion transistors within a die the size of a fingernail. Compared to Kirin 970, the latest chipset is equipped with a CPU that is claimed to be 75 percent more powerful, a GPU that is 46 percent more powerful and an NPU (neural processing unit) that is 226 percent more powerful. The efficiency of the components has also been elevated: the CPU is claimed to be 58 percent more efficient, the GPU 178 percent more efficient, and the NPU 182 percent more efficient. The Kirin 980 is the world’s first commercial SoC to use the Cortex-A76-based cores.

Huawei has designed a three-tier architecture that consists of two ultra-large cores, two large cores and four small cores. This allows the CPU to allocate the optimal amount of resources to heavy, medium and light tasks for greater efficiency, improving the performance of the SoC while enhancing battery life. The Kirin 980 is also the industry’s first SoC to be equipped with Dual-NPU, giving it higher On-Device AI processing capability to support AI applications.

Read more about the Mate 20 Pro’s connectivity, battery and camera on the next page. 

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How Quantum computing will change … everything?

Research labs, government agencies (NASA) and tech giants like Microsoft, IBM and Google are all focused on developing quantum theories first put forward in the 1970s. What’s more, a growing start-up quantum computing ecosystem is attracting hundreds of millions of investor dollars. Given this scenario, Forrester believes it is time for IT leaders to pay attention.

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“We expect CIOs in life sciences, energy, defence, and manufacturing to see a deluge of hype from vendors and the media in the coming months,” says Forrester’s Brian Hopkins, VP, principal analyst serving CIOs and lead author of a report: A First Look at Quantum Computing. “Financial services, supply-chain, and healthcare firms will feel some of this as well. We see a market emerging, media interest on the rise, and client interest trickling in. It’s time for CIOs to take notice.”

The Forrester report gives some practical applications for quantum computing which helps contextualise its potential: 

  • Security could massively benefit from quantum computing. Factoring very large integers could break RSA-encrypted data, but could also be used to protect systems against malicious attempts. 
  • Supply chain managers could use quantum computing to gather and act on price information using minute-by-minute fluctuations in supply and demand 
  • Robotics engineers could determine the best parameters to use in deep-learning models that recognise and react to objects in computer vision
  • Quantum computing could be used to discover revolutionary new molecules making use of the petabytes of data that studies are now producing. This would significantly benefit many organisations in the material and life sciences verticals – particularly those trying to create more cost-effective electric car batteries which still depend on expensive and rare materials. 

Continue reading to find out how Quantum computing differs.

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