Amazon launches cloud-based storage system

 
 

Beating rivals Google and Apple to the punch, Amazon Inc. unveiled its Cloud Drive, which allows users to upload and store their music in a “digital locker” that can be accessed from any Android phone, Android tablet, Mac or PC.

For signing up, Amazon gives customers 5 GB or about 1,000 songs worth of free storage space. If the user buys an Amazon MP3 album online, he or she gets an upgrade to 20 GB of free storage. After that, customers pay $1 per GB of space.

“Our customers have told us they don’t want to download music to their work computers or phones because they find it hard to move music around to different devices,” Amazon.com’s Bill Carr said in a press release. “Now, whether at work, home, or on the go, customers can buy music from Amazon MP3, store it in the cloud and play it anywhere.”

In addition to storing music, the Cloud allows users to upload documents, videos and pictures. The new service differs from music-streaming services like Rhapsody because the customers actually own the music they stream from the cloud.

Though most customers reacted positively to the announcement, music industry executives were stunned by the decision. Only informed of Amazon’s plans last week, many in the industry believe the service is illegal.

"I've never seen a company of their size make an announcement, launch a service and simultaneously say they're trying to get licenses," said one executive in an interview with Reuters.

Along with Cloud Drive, Amazon announced Amazon Cloud Player for Web and Amazon Cloud Player for Android. The services allow customers to play music from the various devices.

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

Winner: Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
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Legacy Award
Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
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When it’s time to make doughnuts — or loaves of bread, or sheets of rolls — it could well be a Belshaw Adamatic piece of equipment that’s turning out the baked goods. From a 120,000-square-foot plant in Auburn, Belshaw Adamatic produces the ovens, fryers, conveyors and specialty equipment like jelly injectors used by wholesale and retail bakeries.
 
The firm’s two legacy companies — Belshaw started in 1923, Adamatic in 1962 — combined forces in 2007. Italy’s Ali Group North America is the parent.
 
It it takes work to maintain a legacy. A months-long strike in 2013 damaged morale and forced a leadership change. Frank Chandler was named president and CEO of Belshaw Adamatic in September 2013. The company has since strived to mend workplace relationships while also introducing a stream of new products, such as a convection oven, the BX Eco-touch, with energy saving features and steam injection that can be programmed for precise times in baking. The company energetically describes it as “an oven that saves time, reduces errors, makes an awesome product, and is fun to use and depend on every day!”
 
So far, more than 3,000 have been installed in quick-service restaurants, bakeries, cafés and supermarkets in the United States. They are the legacy of Thomas and Walter Belshaw, former builders of marine engines, who began producing patented manual and automated doughnut-making machines in Seattle 90 years ago. They sold thousands worldwide and, today, Belshaw Adamatic is the nation’s largest maker and distributor of doughnut-making equipment.