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Alexa Dev Chat Podcast - Edpisode 15

Submitted by Peter on Fri, 07/14/2017 - 18:34

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

The following is the podcast details:

In this episode Dave chats with with Jen Rapp. Jen served as the Alexa Skills Kit product manager for developing the new interfaces Alexa skill developers use with Echo Show. She and her team worked to create everything from the new template layouts to the hint directive to the built-in navigational intents.

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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.

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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.

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New Logo Mockup Tool

Submitted by Peter on Fri, 03/24/2017 - 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 in 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.

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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.