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October 31, 2018

BJ Haberkorn

We are excited to announce the general availability of the Music Skill API in the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK). You can use the Music Skill API to enable your customers in the US to access your entire music catalog via voice.

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October 31, 2018

Amit Jotwani

In less than a month, AWS re:Invent will kick off in Las Vegas, Nevada. To help you plan your experience, we asked members of the Alexa team to share an insider’s take on the sessions they are looking forward to.

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October 31, 2018

Rodrigo Prudencio

Last week, we announced the Alexa Fund's investment in tado°, a Munich-based smart thermostat and climate control company that focuses primarily on comfort control systems for apartments and households in Europe.

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October 31, 2018

Young-Bum Kim

Amazon researcher Young-Bum Kim describes some new modifications to the machine learning model that selects the one skill out of thousands best suited to a particular customer request.

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October 30, 2018

June Lee

Today we’re excited to announce the public beta of the Alexa Presentation Language (APL). This new design language allows you to build interactive, multimodal Alexa skills and customize them for different Alexa-enabled devices.

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October 30, 2018

Kazushige Yoshida

本日、Alexa Presentation Language (APL)のパブリックベータ版が公開されました。この新しいデザイン言語を使えば、インタラクティブでマルチモーダルなAlexaスキルを開発でき、さまざまなタイプのデバイスに合わせた独自のユーザー体験を実現することができます。APLは日本を含めAlexaをサポートしているすべての国・地域で利用可能で、Alexa開発者コンソールでオーサリングやシミュレーターを使ったテストもできます。

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October 29, 2018

Motoko Onitsuka

杉崎さんの写真

9月に開かれたAlexaスキルアワードのファイナルステージに登壇したファイナリストの一人、杉崎信清さんは、筑波技術大学の3年生です。同大学は視覚・聴覚障害者向けの国立大学で、視覚障害(全盲)のある杉崎さんは情報システム学科で勉強しています。杉崎さんにAlexaスキル開発の経験や、VUI(音声ユーザーインターフェース)への思いなどを伺いました。

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October 29, 2018

Mariel vanTatenhove

Calix Gemtek New ODMs

Original Design Manufacturers Calix and Gemtek, two smart home connectivity solutions with Alexa built-in, have recently been added to our qualified white-box designs for AVS. This enables device makers to leverage complete designs that are pre-integrated with technologies needed to enable Alexa.

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October 25, 2018

Mohit Mittal

Today, we added skill activation metrics to the Analytics tab on the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) Developer Console.

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October 25, 2018

Jennifer Hanselman

We regularly talk to developers about building a strong interaction model to optimize skill accuracy, helping customers get to the right intents. Here are a few best practices you can incorporate into your skills to improve customer engagement.

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October 25, 2018

Larry Hardesty

At this year's Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), Amazon researchers are cohosting what they hope will be the first in a series of annual workshops that will both catalyze and publicize research on automatic fact verification.

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October 24, 2018

Sanjay Ramaswamy

We’re excited to announce that device makers building with the Alexa Voice Service can create fully integrated solutions, so their products can be registered with Alexa for Business and managed as shared devices in organizations. 

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October 24, 2018

Akersh Srivastava

When you build your first Alexa skill, you’ll likely have a few questions. To help you out, we’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions and answers that we’ve received from developers about to build their first Alexa skills.

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October 23, 2018

Christian Lippl

We’re excited to share that we’re launching updates to the Alexa Voice Service that make it possible for device makers to bring localized Alexa experiences to customers in Italy and Spain. 

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October 23, 2018

Arianna Aondio

Amazon today announced that Alexa, the brain that powers the Echo family of devices, is coming to Italy, along with Alexa-enabled devices: Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus, Echo Sub and Echo Spot, and Amazon Smart Plug.

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