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June 12, 2017

Martha Kang

When Alexa made its German debut in 2016, mytaxi, a taxi-hailing service, knew voice-first experiences would change the way people interact with its devices and services.

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June 12, 2017

Nadine Rothkamp

„Als Alexa 2016 in Deutschland eingeführt wurde, wusste das Team von mytaxi, dass Sprachassistenten („Voice first“) ein neues Interaktionsniveau mit Geräten und Dienstleistungen ermöglichen würden.“

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June 08, 2017

David Isbitski

Today we announced the Video Skill API, a new addition to the Alexa Skills Kit. Companies can now teach Alexa how to interface with their video content and services. And you can build experiences that allow your customers to easily find and consume video content without invoking a specific skill.

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June 08, 2017

David Isbitski

Today we announced that we now enable video providers to control content with the Video Skill API, a new addition to the Alexa Skills Kit. Here is an overview of how to create video skills for Alexa so that your customers can easily find and consume video content without invoking a specific skill.

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June 08, 2017

Marion Desmazieres

careerfoundry_blog_voice_design_1260x650.pngWe’re pleased to announce our collaboration with CareerFoundry on the company’s first specialized course for voice, Voice Design with Amazon Alexa.

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June 07, 2017

Jenn Jinhong

When done right, adding audio files to your skills can enhance the voice experience. Follow these tips to check and set your skill’s audio volume.

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June 05, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

We're excited to share the Amazon Alexa Voice Design Guide, a resource built on the experiences of the Amazon Alexa team, the skill builder community, and established industry practices.

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May 31, 2017

Bertrand Vacherot

With finals coming to an end and graduations happening for some, being a college student these past few weeks was no easy task. Nevertheless, students around the world brought their innovations to life by participating in our Hack-Your-World with Amazon Alexa contest. Check out the winners. 

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May 31, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

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Today we’re excited to share that this feature now includes usage information about your smart home skills and flash briefings.

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May 31, 2017

Ted Karczewski

Alexa and ecobee are at the forefront of voice user interface (VUI) design. We spoke with Tarun Tuli, director of embedded systems at ecobee, to learn how he and his team are approaching product development with voice control as the primary user interface.

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May 30, 2017

Rachel Bennett

We're excited to announce that Microsemi has released a 2-mic hands-free audio front end solution as part of the expanding Development Kits for AVS offering. The Microsemi AcuEdge™ dev kit enables you to design high-quality voice recognition interfaces while reducing engineering time and cost.

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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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