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May 04, 2017

Ted Karczewski



Today we’re excited to announce that Conexant has released a generally available 4-microphone development kit, making it easier and more cost-effective to build far-field products with Amazon Alexa. Far-field enables customers to speak to devices with Alexa from across the room.

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May 03, 2017

David Isbitski

Today, we are happy to announce new permissions features that allow you to read, add and delete items in Alexa’s shopping and to-do lists from within your skill.

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May 01, 2017

David Dai

When building skills with the Smart Home Skill API, you may have found it challenging to test and validate your skill's Lambda responses. To help ease these pain points, we’ve built the Alexa Smart Home Skill API Validation Package, available now to all smart home-skill developers.

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April 27, 2017

Liz Myers

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Today, we are excited to announce five new SSML tags in the US, UK, and Germany that you can use with Alexa, including whispers, expletive bleeps, and more.

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April 27, 2017

Dean Bryen

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Today, we are excited to announce that developers in the UK and Germany can now use speechcons to build more creative voice experiences with UK English and German words and phrases.

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April 26, 2017

David Isbitski

We are thrilled to introduce a new Amazon device with Alexa: Echo Look, a hands-free camera and style assistant that helps customers look their best.

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April 26, 2017

Martha Kang

DineTime built a skill to enable customers to say, “Alexa, tell DineTime to add my name to the waitlist” before they head out the door. That way, they get the waiting out of the way while they’re en route to the restaurant.

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April 24, 2017

Amit Jotwani

Wouldn’t it be cool if customers could simply ask Alexa to look up the contact information for your business or team? Now you can build a skill that enables just that scenario with our new team lookup skill template

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April 24, 2017

Martha Kang

The Alexa Diabetes Challenge, sponsored by Merck & Co., calls on innovators to experiment with creating holistic voice-enabled solutions that are designed to improve the lives of those with type 2 diabetes.

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April 21, 2017

Zoey Collier

Back in January, Alexa shared the keynote stage with two leaders form Acumatica, a leading innovator of cloud ERP and CRM solutions, at the Acumatica Summit 2017.  Together, they showed Alexa clearly has a head for business. 

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April 20, 2017

Ryan Van der Elst


 

We’ve been listening to the developer community, and one of the most requested features we receive is the ability to preserve your login status when using the Node.js authentication service. With today's update, the Node.js service will now save the refresh token it gets from LWA to disk.

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April 18, 2017

David Isbitski

We are happy to announce a new Alexa Skill Builder, which provides a more intuitive interface for you to easily create engaging Alexa skills. You can also use this tool to build natural dialogs to provide more intelligent responses to user requests.

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April 18, 2017

David Isbitski

We are excited to announce our new beta testing tool for Alexa skills which makes it easy for you to get beta feedback on your skill. You can now invite users to test your Alexa skill and provide feedback before you publish your skill.

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April 17, 2017

Ted Karczewski

In the 12 months since Invoxia launched Triby, its voice-controlled speaker and communications device with Alexa, the company has learned how to further optimize its flagship device to complement family life with new IoT and smart home features. Invoxia will launch the new Triby IO this summer.

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April 14, 2017

Aaron Tang

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As we’ve shared before, the majority of skills submitted for certification run into a handful of the same issues. Incorrect example phrases are the most common reason submitted skills fail certification. To help you avoid this issue, let's recap the key requirements of example phrases.

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