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October 30, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

We are excited to introduce the new Dev Tips skill for Alexa, your companion for the skill-building journey. This skill is designed to connect you with the news, tips, and resources you need to build your best skill—all via voice.

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October 27, 2017

Rodrigo Prudencio

The nine companies in the inaugural class of the Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars, capped off their 13-week program with final presentations to investors and the public on October 17 during Demo Day and Demo Night events.

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October 26, 2017

Amit Jotwani

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Today, we’re excited to announce the addition of two advanced courses to the Alexa series on Codecademy. These build on the introductory courses we launched last month.

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October 25, 2017

Robyn Fisher

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The Alexa Skills Challenge: Kids is an opportunity for developers to publish a stellar Alexa skill for kids under the age of 13 for a chance to win their share of cash and prizes totaling $250,000.

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October 25, 2017

Martha Kang

Tellables has created three popular kid skills for Alexa. In fact, Tellables' Tricky Genie skill for Alexa has been so successful that the company earned money for building a top-performing skill.

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October 24, 2017

Ted Karczewski

Earlier this month, Sonos announced that its newest speaker will come integrated with Amazon Alexa, and if you are one of the many across the US, UK, and Germany who preordered the Sonos One, yours should arrive by mail soon.

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October 23, 2017

David Isbitski

Today, we are happy to announce that customers can now create and organize lists of their own choice to capture everyday ideas, plans, and tasks.

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October 23, 2017

Fletcher Nelson

The Alexa Voice Service (AVS) team will be hosting several sessions at this year’s event, giving you an opportunity to learn more about how to integrate Alexa directly into your connected products.

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October 19, 2017

Jen Gilbert

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Today, we’re excited to announce reserved seating is open for the Amazon Alexa session tracks and hackathons at AWS re:Invent 2017, the largest gathering of the global Amazon developer community.

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October 19, 2017

Gagan Luthra

We’re excited to share that Intel has announced the Intel® Speech Enabling Developer Kit, designed for device makers to quickly bring new Alexa-enabled products to market. This is the first solution that combines far-field voice processing and "Alexa" wake word detection on a single chip.

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October 17, 2017

Marina Jeon

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University students, it’s game time! Would you like to add voice to your favorite game? Do you have an idea for an all-new game? We invite you to put your creative energy to work and build a gaming skill for the Alexa gaming challenge.

The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and an Amazon Echo. And the top two finalists will receive $300 each.

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October 16, 2017

Martha Kang

Walter Quesada says he has been “obsessed with building for voice” ever since the Amazon Echo was first released.

“Ever since Amazon Echo came out, I’ve been learning about ways it can fit into different scenarios, both in my professional life and in my free time,” says Quesada.

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October 13, 2017

Rachel Bennett

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We're excited to highlight the first broadly available dev kit for AVS with a production-ready SoC, voice input processor, and a device application built with the AVS Device SDK: The Synaptics AudioSmart 2-Mic Development Kit for AVS with NXP SoC.

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October 13, 2017

Max Amordeluso

Many Alexa skill builders use AWS Lambda to build the backend for their custom Alexa skills. If you have wondered why Lambda is such as great match for custom skills, let me tell you four benefits of using AWS Lambda. 

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