Interesting Click Episode

Submitted by Peter on Sun, 09/04/2017 - 01:40

For anyone interested in Smart assistants such as the Google Home or Amazon Echo the BBC News show Click heavily focuses on Smart assistants.

The piece raises some interesting questions regarding the security of trusting such devices for controlling the home environment. The piece also raises the potential that as the services increase their knowledge about you that they will start tailoring prices for items you purchase using voice assistants. This really that far fetched. Amazon have fallen foul of this several times in the past.

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. Contest, Delays in Prize Allocation

Submitted by Peter on Thu, 16/02/2017 - 01:45

At the tail end of 2016 Amazon partnered with to create a new Alexa API Mashup contest. The aim of the contest had clearly been to create an influx of newly created skills. Amazon has partnered with a number of times prior and since this particular contest was created. Contest, Just 2 Weeks To Go

Submitted by Peter on Sun, 04/12/2016 - 01:00

Amazon have partnered with to run a contest. If you are creating a skill that utilises a 3rd party public API this would be the perfect time to release that skill and enter the contest.

So What Are The Contest Details?

There are 2 categories for entering (you do not specify the category you are entering, this seems to be decided by the judges). The categories are Creative Skills and Useful Skills.