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April 01, 2019

Dilek Hakkani-Tur

Today I am happy to announce our intention to make available the Topical Chat dataset, a corpus of human-human social conversations collected from crowd workers that will be released publicly on September 17, 2019.

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April 01, 2019

Kenichi Kumatani

Echo devices use information about sound sources' directions to isolate speech signals. Turning speech isolation and automatic speech recognition into a single, large, machine learning problem improves speech recognition accuracy, even on devices with fewer microphones.

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March 29, 2019

Justin Jeffress

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The new dynamic entities capability helps you personalize Alexa skill experiences by adapting your interaction model at runtime without edits, builds, or re-certification.

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March 28, 2019

Ben Grossman

Alexa for Business customers can now create and publish private Alexa skills to their organization in minutes without writing a single line of code.

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March 28, 2019

Yuan-yen Tai

Acoustic watermarking, which identifies audio signals through noise patterns imperceptible to humans, breaks down when signals are broadcast and re-captured by microphones. A new Alexa system is the first to solve this problem in real time, to prevent false device wakes and aid echo cancellation.

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March 28, 2019

Rafael Miranda

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Interaktive Geschichten lassen den Zuhörer Einfluss auf die Handlung nehmen. Die so genannten Spielbücher gibt es schon seit den 60er Jahren, haben Ende der 80er Jahre aber an Popularität verloren. Mit Alexa kommen interaktive Geschichten nun wieder zurück.

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March 27, 2019

Justin Jeffress

The Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) Command-Line Interface (CLI) makes it easier to manage your Alexa skill throughout its lifecycle. The post describes how I automated the ASK CLI to sync my Alexa skill's interaction model faster.

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March 25, 2019

Rie Yamamoto

Blueprints

Alexa Skill Blueprintsを使って、自分らしいスキルを作って頂けるようになりました。Blueprintsの使い方はとても簡単。特別なプログラミングの知識は必要ありません。様々な種類のテンプレートの中から好きなものを選択し、空欄を埋めたら、数分でスキルは完成。お持ちのAlexa搭載デバイスですぐに楽しんで頂くことができます。

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March 25, 2019

Paul Cutsinger

Mark Cuban—Dallas Mavericks owner, Shark Tank investor, and self-made entrepreneur—shares why now is the time for developers to invest in Alexa and double down on voice. Catch the highlights of our interview with Mark.

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March 25, 2019

Prem Natarajan

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Amazon commit up to $10 million each in research grants over the next three years focused on fairness in AI.

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March 25, 2019

Anand Kumar

Sending notifications from applications in your mobile devices is a common feature nowadays, but what if you can send notifications from your Alexa skills to Alexa-enabled devices? Now, with the release of the ProactiveEvents API, you can send timely and relevant information to customers.

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March 22, 2019

Cami Williams

Get a recap of our live-streaming sessions from the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2019.

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March 21, 2019

June Lee

We want to thank everyone who participated in the Alexa Skills Challenge: Multimodal. It's been incredible to see you learning APL so quickly and with passion, and help each other during the process. After reviewing hundreds of submissions, we are excited to announce the 10 finalist skills.

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March 21, 2019

Haidee Griswold

Alexa Voice Service expands to Canadian French, with Sonos, Bose, Harman Kardon, Logitech, Jabra, and First Alert.

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March 21, 2019

Haidee Griswold

Alexa Voice Service ajoute le Français Canadien avec Sonos, Bose, Harman Kardon, Logitech, Jabra, et First Alert.

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