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May 26, 2017

Martha Kang

Simplicity is at the core of all Hive devices, which made integration with Alexa a natural next step, says Elvin Nagamootoo, Hive product lead. Using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), the Hive team built a smart home skill and a custom skill.

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May 25, 2017

Marion Desmazieres

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This is part five of our Makers Academy series for Ruby developers. Learn more about this free training on the Alexa Skills Kit and read part one, part two, part three, and part four.

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May 23, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

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We are excited to announce a new addition to the Smart Home Skill API, the ability to define appliance categories. By defining appliance categories, both you and your customers can easily identify the types of smart home devices with which they are interacting.

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May 23, 2017

Aaron Tang

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With the increased popularity of Alexa-compatible smart home devices, we’ve seen a surge in the number of smart home skill submissions. In this post, we’ll highlight key requirements, common issues we’re seeing, and helpful reference material for skills implemented using the Smart Home Skill API.

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May 22, 2017

Ted Karczewski

If you’re a Dish Network subscriber, or you’re thinking about becoming one, finding the perfect show or movie just got a lot easier with Alexa voice control. Dish Network subscribers can now voice control their TV experience with the Hopper DVR set-top box and the Echo Family of Devices.

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May 19, 2017

Aaron Tang

Customers expect a delightful and personalized experience on Alexa, and it is our top priority to maintain that experience. With that in mind, today we are clarifying our policy on advertising in Alexa skills.

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May 18, 2017

Ashwin Ram

We invite you to join the students on their Alexa Prize journey and help them along the way. You can interact with their socialbots simply by saying “Alexa, let’s chat” on any device with Alexa.

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May 17, 2017

Jen Gilbert

In 2016, we launched the Alexa Champions, a recognition program that honors the most engaged developers and contributors in our community. Today we’re excited to recognize seven new Alexa Champions who’ve enriched the Alexa community.

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May 17, 2017

Memo Doring

Many Alexa skill developers use AWS Lambda and Node.js for your Alexa skill’s web service. If your skill still uses Node.js v0.10 functions, you need to migrate to one of the newer Node.js versions (4.3 or 6.10) by May 30, 2017.

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May 16, 2017

David Isbitski

Soon you will be able to enable notifications for select skills and Amazon.com shopping updates on most devices with Alexa. Companies like AccuWeather, The Washington Post, and Just Eat will be among the first to update their skills with notifications. AVS and ASK dev tools are also coming soon.

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May 15, 2017

Ted Karczewski

We’re excited to introduce Cloud-Based Wake Word Verification, a new feature that improves “Alexa” wake word accuracy on AVS products by identifying and reducing false wakes caused by like-sounding words.

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May 11, 2017

Marion Desmazieres

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Today, we’re excited to announce we’re teaming up with Coding Dojo to train hundreds of Alexa developers in person in the US in 2017.

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May 10, 2017

Martha Kang

The 60dB team wants to reach listeners where they are. That’s why the Amazon Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices were the next logical step for 60dB—even before porting the app to other mobile platforms.

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May 09, 2017

David Isbitski

Today, Amazon introduced Echo Show, a new device that brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. We are also adding new capabilities to the Alexa Skills Kit that will enable you to optimize your skills for the screen and connect smart home cameras to Alexa.

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