New Logo Mockup Tool

Submitted by Peter on Fri, 24/03/2017 - 21:56

A few days agoI posted that I had released a photoshop file on github that should help when designing Alexa Skill logos.

Today I have completed a similar simple tool. The new tool simply demonstrates how a logo may show when displayed on the Alexa Skill store or in the skills app. The new tool can be found in the newly created Alexa Skills section (which can be found along the top links. Alternatively access it directly HERE.

I am always keen on receiving feedback or suggestions. Be sure to let me know what you think.


New Tool For Evaluating Your Skill Logo

Submitted by Peter on Sun, 19/03/2017 - 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 encase 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

Submitted by Peter on Sat, 11/03/2017 - 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 have 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, 01/03/2017 - 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

Submitted by Peter on Wed, 01/03/2017 - 00:58

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.

So why am I raising this here? The region impacted is in fact the region primarily used for hosting Alexa Skills (the only other option is Ireland) there is potential that some skills were affected by the issue. Up until recently the North Virginia location was the only possible data center set that an Alexa skill could be hosted however this has now expanded ito Ireland.