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July 06, 2017

David Isbitski

Today, we are happy to announce Alexa Dev Days, a new event series from Amazon and sponsored by Intel. We invite learners of all levels to join us in more than 25 cities worldwide for training sessions, workshops, live demos, and networking with Alexa experts and your peers.

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June 30, 2017

Andrea Muttoni

As previously announced to US and UK developers, we are very happy to announce that tunable lighting control is now available in Germany and fully supports German.

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June 28, 2017

David Isbitski

Echo Show, Amazon’s new device that brings you everything you love about Alexa, is now shipping to customers in the US. While your skills will work out of the box, we know that many of you want to augment existing skills by creating unique visual experiences for Echo Show.

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June 21, 2017

Ted Karczewski

Today we’re excited to announce Display Cards for AVS, a new capability for your AVS product that uses visuals to complement Alexa voice responses for music, weather, calendar, and more. We have also updated our prototyping project for Raspberry Pi on GitHub to help you quickly get started.

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June 20, 2017

Ted Karczewski

We’re excited to announce that device makers building with the Alexa Voice Service can now offer their customers over 150 channels of SiriusXM programming—including commercial-free music, plus sports, news, comedy, entertainment, and more.

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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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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 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 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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May 22, 2017

Ted Karczewski

If you’re a Dish Network subscriber, or you’re thinking about becoming one, finding the perfect show or movie just got a lot easier with Alexa voice control. Dish Network subscribers can now voice control their TV experience with the Hopper DVR set-top box and the Echo Family of Devices.

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May 17, 2017

Memo Doring

Many Alexa skill developers use AWS Lambda and Node.js for your Alexa skill’s web service. If your skill still uses Node.js v0.10 functions, you need to migrate to one of the newer Node.js versions (4.3 or 6.10) by May 30, 2017.

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May 16, 2017

David Isbitski

Soon you will be able to enable notifications for select skills and Amazon.com shopping updates on most devices with Alexa. Companies like AccuWeather, The Washington Post, and Just Eat will be among the first to update their skills with notifications. AVS and ASK dev tools are also coming soon.

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May 15, 2017

Ted Karczewski

We’re excited to introduce Cloud-Based Wake Word Verification, a new feature that improves “Alexa” wake word accuracy on AVS products by identifying and reducing false wakes caused by like-sounding words.

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