New Tool For Evaluating Your Skill Logo

Submitted by Peter on Sun, 03/19/2017 - 00:42

When creating a skill 1 of the often overlooked aspects is the design of the logo. I have been guilty of this myself and ended up with an image that did not work out so well.

An issue that I had not considered originally was the fact that Amazon encases the skill logo in a circular frame. This will leave some aspects of the original image hidden and it is, of course, important that vital aspects of your logo are not contained within these hidden regions.

In Car Commands With Logitech ZeroTouch

Earlier in the year at CES, several car manufacturers announced that they would be integrating Alexa into new models of their vehicles. This was great in that it was the first steps of taking Alexa out of the home. The problem being of course that to take advantage of Alexa you would have been required to purchase a new car.

Peter Sat, 03/11/2017 - 21:03
Competition For The Echo Imminent In The UK

Google HomeGoogle has finally confirmed roughly when the Google Home will be released in the UK. During an interview with the BBC at the Mobile World Conference, Google's Rick Osterloh confirmed that Google's home assistant would be released by the end of June.

Peter Sun, 03/05/2017 - 21:01

New Smart Lock Functionality For Smart Home Skills

Submitted by Peter on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 23:54

Amazon has today announced new upcoming functionality for their Smart Home Skills API.

Up until now if you wished to control a smart lock you would have needed to first initiate a skill and call the command within the skill however now the Smart Home Skills API has been extended to introduce the following intents:

New Alexa Skills Contest

Submitted by Peter on Wed, 03/01/2017 - 20:40

Dev Post logoI completely missed this after the original announcement however Amazon have announced a new Skills contest. This time the contest is in partnership with Dev Post.

The contest is extremely open and any type of skill can be submitted providing the skill is unique. The overall prize value for this contest is a whopping $40,000.

Amazon's S3 Service Rocked By Technical Issues

Today Amazon suffered a major failure on 1 of their online services. The S3 services in the US-East1 (North Virginia) became unresponsive. The outage lasted several hours and impacted some quite large names.

Peter Wed, 03/01/2017 - 00:58
Alexa Skill Milestone Reached

The Amazon Alexa team recently posted on the Alexa blog. The Amazon Echo was initially released on November 6th, 2014 to Prime members (and June 23rd, 2015 for non-Prime users). To have achieved sp many skills in such a short period of time is made even more impressive by the fact that skill developers currently cannot monetize their skill.

Peter Mon, 02/27/2017 - 22:18