In Car Commands With Logitech ZeroTouch

Submitted by Peter on Sat, 03/11/2017 - 21:03

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.

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.

Alexa Skill Milestone Reached

Submitted by Peter on Mon, 02/27/2017 - 22:18

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.

New Calendar Added To Alexa

Submitted by Peter on Fri, 02/24/2017 - 20:12

1 much-requested feature for Alexa was the ability to use Office 365 calendars. In today's Amazon Echo newsletter they mentioned that support has been added for @outlook.com, @live.co.uk, @hotmail.com, @hotmail.co.uk and @live.com calendars. Of course, an office 365 account does not end in any of these but I thought I would give it a try regardless. To my delight, it worked.
 

Alexa Dev Chat Podcast - Edpisode 10

Submitted by Peter on Fri, 02/24/2017 - 19:53

Episode 10 has just been released of the Alexa Dev Chat Podcast.

The following is the podcast details:

In the episode Dave chats with Alexa Champion, John Wheeler. John is the author of the popular Flask-Ask framework which helps developers quickly create and test high quality Alexa skills using the Python programming language. 

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