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November 15, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

Today, we announced that Alexa devices are coming to Canada. Starting today, you can use the Alexa Skills Kit to build skills for customers in Canada using the new English (Canada) language model.

If you are new to skill development, check out this detailed walkthrough to get started.

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November 15, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

Amazon is happy to announce that Alexa, the brain that powers Amazon Echo, is coming to Canada, along with three Alexa-enabled devices: Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot.

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November 10, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

We’re excited to announce that one of our newest devices, Echo Show, has been named the Silver Award winner at the 2017 UX Awards, which showcases the best in future-oriented user experiences and design.

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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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September 15, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

Use the console.log() statement to gain insights into how users are interacting with your skill.

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September 01, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

One of the most common questions I get from new Alexa developers is: "I'm getting an error that says, 'The remote endpoint could not be called, or the response it returned was invalid.' How do I fix it?" The good new is you already have all the tools you need.

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August 31, 2017

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We’re excited to announce that, starting today, Alexa supports kid skills in the US. You can now publish fun and educational skills for kids under the age of 13.

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July 13, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

Today we are excited to introduce entertainment capabilities as part of the Smart Home Skill API. Now customers can easily control cloud-connected TVs, AV Receivers, IR Hubs and even connected speakers without invoking a specific skill.

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July 13, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

Today we announced that we now enable companies to control entertainment devices with the Smart Home Skill API in the Alexa Skills Kit. Here is an overview of how to connect your TVs, AV Receivers, IR Hubs, and even connected speakers to Alexa.

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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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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 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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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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April 05, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

Have you ever wondered how your skill usage is trending month over month? How many unique customers you have? When your peak times are?

You can now explore the answers to these and other data-driven questions using our new skil metrics dashboard. 

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April 05, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

New Device Address API and Metrics Dashboard

We are excited to announce two new features that will help you build skills that are even more engaging. Incorporate location information into your interactions using the new Device Address API. And gain deeper insights into your skill’s usage with the new metrics dashboard.

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