AWS And Security - The Lost Keys

Submitted by Peter on Sun, 06/25/2017 - 23:55

Today I was working on my submission for an Amazon contest over at (for those interested here is my submission). 1 of the requirements of the contest is that all code is posted publicly either in zip form directly in the skill brief or linked externally from a repository provider such as GitHub.

All day I have been non-stop preparing the code comments (not the best but commented none the less) and the moment I finished I submitted the skill to my GitHub account.

Alexa Dev Chat Podcast - Edpisode 14

Submitted by Peter on Sun, 06/18/2017 - 14:01

Just a quick heads up. Episode 14 has just been released of the Alexa Dev Chat Podcast.

The following is the podcast details:

In the episode Dave chats with the GE Appliances WiFi Connect Cloud team. They have taken an interesting approach to their Alexa Skill, rather than creating multiple skills for each GE appliance in your home they have created one super skill, named Geneva. The team shares what they learned creating Geneva and how to test and evolve such a complex interaction model.



It's Official, Apple Are Joining The Home Assistant Market

Submitted by Peter on Mon, 06/05/2017 - 22:53

Apple HomePodAs has been rumoured for some time now Apple has finally announced that they are entering into the home assistant market with a device called HomePod. This completes the big 4 having now announced such products or services (Amazon Echo, Google Home and Microsoft Cortana making the other 3).

June 2017 Skill Developer Rewards

Submitted by Peter on Sat, 06/03/2017 - 20:07

Amazon regularly gives rewards that can be claimed by skill developers when they publish a skill.

For US skill developers June will be a very special month. Thins months reward is actually an Echo Dot. This is an absolute amazing reward and is a great opportunity for developers that do not have an Echo yet. Apart from the skill being published between the 1st of June and the 30th of June, there are no limitations upon what the skill does.

For the UK, German and Indian skill developers you can grab yourself a t-shirt.

Alexa Dev Chat Podcast - Edpisode 13

Submitted by Peter on Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:03

Just a quick heads up. Episode 13 has just been released of the Alexa Dev Chat Podcast.

The following is the podcast details:

In the episode Dave chats with John Kelvie. John is the CTO of XAPPMedia and one of the founders of Bespoken, a suite of tools that helps developers with building, debugging and monitoring their Alexa Skills.


Amazon Echo Show

Submitted by Peter on Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:11

Amazon Echo ShowHot off the heels of the announcement for the release of the Echo Look Amazon have now announced a new Alexa device.

The name? The Amazon Echo Show. This isn't just a reworked Echo with a different aesthetic, the Echo show comes with a 7" display as well as a built-in camera. So why would an Echo require a camera? Simple, so that you can make video calls.

Amazon Alexa And Google Assistant, A Match Made In Heaven?

Submitted by Peter on Mon, 05/08/2017 - 22:39

A little over a week ago Google announced the public release of the SDK for the assistant. I wondered at the time how long it would take for someone to utilize both the Amazon Voice SDK and the Google Assistant SDK on a single device. At the time this was just an interesting concept that I did not think would see the light of day for a while, well I was wrong.