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September 25, 2017

Amit Jotwani

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Today, I’m excited to announce we’ve collaborated with Codecademy on a new, free, course series on how to build Alexa skills. Starting today, budding developers and advanced programmers can learn about Alexa skill-building through the online, interactive learning interface that Codecademy provides.

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September 22, 2017

Justin Jeffress

When building voice experiences, variety is key. People may not mind scanning the same webpage times over, but no one wants to have the same conversation again and again. Build variety into your skill’s responses to offer a conversational experience and keep customers engaged over time.

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September 15, 2017

Martha Kang

Alexa Champion April L. Hamilton has been building Alexa skills since the Alexa Skills Kit became available in 2015. As one of the original Alexa developers, Hamilton created two of the first skills released for the Echo.

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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 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 11, 2017

Martha Kang

Logitech built a smart home skill for Alexa to work with its Harmony remotes. Customers say simple commands, such as “Alexa, turn on the TV,” or “Alexa, play a DVD,” and Alexa sends the request to the Harmony skill.

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September 07, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

Today AWS announced that developers can now export their Amazon Lex chatbot schema into an Alexa-compatible format for use in an Alexa skill.  This enables developers to offer users even more ways to interact with Amazon Lex powered conversational chatbots.

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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 announced 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 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 31, 2017

Martha Kang

Nickelodeon's skill places kids behind the counter at the Krusty Krab diner to take orders they then have to remember. The SpongeBob Challenge skill features 70 characters from the show including Patrick, Plankton, and Mr. Krabs.

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August 31, 2017

Martha Kang

To delight and educate kids, Sesame Workshop launched an Alexa skill that features Elmo, one of Sesame Street’s most famous characters. Now, with a parent’s consent, kids can say, “Alexa, Ask Sesame Street to call Elmo” and start engaging with the Muppet character via voice.

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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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