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September 12, 2017

Nadine Rothkamp

We collaborated with CareerFoundry to create a comprehensive course on designing compelling voice experiences. The course, Voice User Interface Design with Amazon Alexa, is now open for enrollment. 

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September 06, 2017

David Isbitski

In May, we announced new permissions features that allow you to read, add and delete items in Alexa’s Shopping and To-do lists from within your skill. This allows customers to use your skill to keep track of their important tasks and shopping needs.

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September 05, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

Today we are excited to announce that developers can now programmatically manage and test their skills with the Alexa Skill Management API (SMAPI) and the Alexa Skills Kit Command-line Interface (ASK CLI), new features in the Alexa Skills Kit.

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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

Jeff Blankenburg

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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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August 23, 2017

Aaron Tang

Since we introduced Echo Show, developers have been optimizing their Alexa skills to create experiences that deliver new ways for customers to interact across voice and graphical user interfaces. Follow our tips to avoid common certification issues on Alexa skills intended for Echo Show.

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August 16, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

Developers can earn money for the most engaging Alexa skills across more skill categories. Each month, developers of eligible skills with the highest customer engagement in the US, UK, and Germany are paid by Amazon. 

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August 15, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

With the release of the Echo Show, you can complement your voice user experiences with visuals. In this post, we’ll cover scenarios where you want to offer a list of options on Echo Show using one of the list templates.

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August 14, 2017

Martha Kang

Nestlés' GoodNes skill is accompanied by a unique GoodNes visual guide, which connects to consumers’ web browser on their computer or tablet to offer what Nestlé calls a “visual voice browsing” experience.

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August 10, 2017

Marion Desmazieres

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Today, we’re excited to announce we’re teaming up with Galvanize to train Alexa developers across the US in 2017. Galvanize will bring Alexa skills workshops to seven locations starting in August.

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August 02, 2017

Martha Kang

The Royal Opera House skill for Alexa delivers performance information whenever customers ask. Customers can simply say, “Alexa, ask the Royal Opera House what’s on this weekend,” and Alexa responds with the information customers need to plan ahead for shows.

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July 25, 2017

Scott Dart

One of the top drivers of negative feedback on skills is account linking. This is not surprising since it is one of the more complex features to implement. We have attempted to distill the feedback into a set of best practices.

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July 21, 2017

Martha Kang

The opportunity lies not in the individual devices but in creating seamless experiences for homeowners, says Bethesda Systems President Jon Stovall.

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July 20, 2017

Andrea Muttoni

We are happy to announce that lock control and query capabilities are now also available to developers building skills for the UK.

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July 19, 2017

Martha Kang

In just weeks, Brookfield Residential built a fully-functional, Alexa-powered model home in its newest subdivision.

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