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August 28, 2019

Sattwik Pati

If you’re hosting your Alexa skill on AWS Lambda, debugging can be time-consuming and require log parsing. In this blog post, we’ll demonstrate how you can speed up your development process by setting up a local debugging workflow with our provided scripts and other proxy solutions.

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August 27, 2019

Mohit Mittal

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Now you can use app-to-app account linking and the Alexa Skill Activation API to let customers link their Alexa account and enable your skill from within your mobile application.

 

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August 26, 2019

June Lee

When Amazon announced the Alexa Skills Challenge: Multimodal, Cameron Sheedy saw an opportunity to develop a rich multimodal user experience he could be really proud of. Read the story in this blog post.

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August 22, 2019

Jaime Lorenzo Trueba

Two Interspeech papers report a system that transfers prosody — inflection and rhythm — from a recorded speaker to a synthesized voice and a neural vocoder that works with any speaker.

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August 22, 2019

Kristin Fritsche

Tipps für die Zertifizierung von kommerziellen Alexa Skills

Alle Skills, die im Alexa Skills Store veröffentlicht werden, müssen zuvor einen Zertifizierungsprozess durchlaufen. Die zertifizierten Skills erfüllen die Anforderungen an Sicherheit, Datenschutz, Zertifizierungs-Richtlinien, Funktionalität und die korrekte Entwicklung der Sprachoberfläche.

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August 21, 2019

June Lee

Read the blog to learn how Ursu created Fork On The Road, an engaging multimodal skill that helps users choose between multiple options by combining an engaging voice-first experience with three-dimensional graphics.

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August 19, 2019

Emma Martensson

How to Reduce Cognitive Load for Voice Design

Voice User Interfaces (VUIs) take up more mental resources than Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs), because information is auditory and presented serially, whereas in a GUI information is visual and presented at once.

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August 15, 2019

Boya Yu

Based on embeddings, system suggests named entities — or "slot values" — that developers might want their skills to recognize.

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August 14, 2019

Takuya Goshima

みなさまが開発されたAlexaスキルはスキルストアへの公開に当たり、Alexa審査チームが規定された要件をもとに認定審査をさせていただき、 スキルがよいユーザー体験をお届けできるよう必要に応じてフィードバックをさせていただいています。このブログではスキルを申請いただいた際に、特に改善の指摘を受けている項目について紹介します。今回は「スキル内課金」についてです。

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August 14, 2019

Emma Martensson

Voice Agency 'Say It Now' CEO Discusses Reaping Big Rewards from the Voice Industry

Charlie Cadbury, CEO of Say It Now, has adapted alongside technology since 1999 when he sold his first website. Today, Say It Now is a group of enterprise natural language processing (NLP) experts building out conversational strategies and products alongside Fortune 500 companies.

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August 13, 2019

Rebecca Evanhoe

Great Alexa skills depend on written prompts. This post covers five benchmarks your Alexa skill’s dialog should meet, and specific techniques for how you can get there.

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August 13, 2019

Chieh-Chi Kao

Two new papers explore techniques for increasing the computational efficiency and reducing the memory footprints of neural networks that process audio data.

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August 09, 2019

Pan Wangperawong

In this tutorial, we will go over how to integrate the Reminders API into your skill to actively extend its utility without requiring customers to launch your skill.

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August 08, 2019

Mengwen Liu

Pooling the training data for related skills, and using it to train the skills simultaneously, improves performance for all of them.

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August 07, 2019

Chetan Naik

Different Alexa services use different names for the same types of data, which makes it hard to track references across dialogues. By learning correlations between data types, a machine learning model can make better decisions about which references to track from one round of dialogue to the next.

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