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July 07, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

We have made Entity Resolution even easier to use by adding the ability to create and manipulate your slot synonyms and IDs via our Skill Builder user interface.

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July 06, 2017

Rachel Bennett

We’re excited to announce that Cirrus Logic has released its Voice Capture Development Kit for the Alexa Voice Service (AVS), designed for the development of Alexa-enabled smart speakers, portable speakers, and compact audio devices.

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July 06, 2017

David Isbitski

Today, we are happy to announce Alexa Dev Days, a new event series from Amazon and sponsored by Intel. We invite learners of all levels to join us in more than 25 cities worldwide for training sessions, workshops, live demos, and networking with Alexa experts and your peers.

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July 05, 2017

Aaron Tang

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Last year, we introduced the Flash Briefing Skill API in October 2016 to enable you to add content feeds to flash briefing on Alexa in the form of pre-recorded audio and text-to-speech (TTS). Since then, we have seen a steady increase in the number of flash briefing skill submissions. To help you...

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June 30, 2017

Glenn Cameron

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Today, we are happy to announce the winners of the Amazon Alexa Skills Challenge on Alexa.DevPost.com.

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June 30, 2017

David Isbitski

A visual user interface can be a great complement to a voice-first user experience. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through how to build an Alexa skill using the core developer capabilities of Echo Show.

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June 30, 2017

Andrea Muttoni

As previously announced to US and UK developers, we are very happy to announce that tunable lighting control is now available in Germany and fully supports German.

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June 28, 2017

David Isbitski

Echo Show, Amazon’s new device that brings you everything you love about Alexa, is now shipping to customers in the US. While your skills will work out of the box, we know that many of you want to augment existing skills by creating unique visual experiences for Echo Show.

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June 22, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

Today, we are happy to announce that you can enable customers to view live video feeds from their smart home cameras on Echo Show with the Smart Home Skill API.

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June 22, 2017

Martha Kang

“Most of the time, our customers want to know what is happening right then at a certain location,” says Naveen Chhangani, Senior Director of Product Management at Arlo. “With Echo Show, there is no dependency on the phone or the app; the results are immediate.”

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June 22, 2017

Martha Kang

Ring, which makes outdoor home security products, built a skill for Alexa using the new camera capability in the Smart Home Skill API. This skill enables Ring customer to say, “Alexa, show me the front door,” then be able to see and listen to the visitor at the front door on Echo Show.

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June 21, 2017

Ted Karczewski

Today we’re excited to announce Display Cards for AVS, a new capability for your AVS product that uses visuals to complement Alexa voice responses for music, weather, calendar, and more. We have also updated our prototyping project for Raspberry Pi on GitHub to help you quickly get started.

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June 21, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

Today, we are incredibly excited to announce a new feature for Alexa developers to take advantage of: entity resolution. This enables you to define synonyms for the Alexa Service to resolve rather than having to figure this out in your code.

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June 20, 2017

Ted Karczewski

We’re excited to announce that device makers building with the Alexa Voice Service can now offer their customers over 150 channels of SiriusXM programming—including commercial-free music, plus sports, news, comedy, entertainment, and more.

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June 16, 2017

Amit Jotwani

For my dad's birthday, Alexa played him 30 warm messages from loved ones around the world. He called it "the best birthday gift I ever got."

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