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How to create private Alexa skills without code

PCWorld

Amazon's Alexa devices can be a lot of fun, but her answers aren't always the ones you'd like to hear. Now you can easily create your own personal Alexa skills with one of more than 20 pre-made Blueprints, swapping in your own content for Amazon's. It's always been possible to write custom Alexa skills, but that involved computer programming or learning some sort of third-party tool. With Blueprints, that barrier is gone for anyone interested in creating private skills available just for devices registered to their own account. Categories include Fun & Games, Learning & Knowledge, At Home, and Storyteller.


Mastering Alexa for Business

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Free Course - Mastering Alexa for Business [2020] Learn to develop Alexa skills for business, Alexa for Business gives you access to all Alexa skills. In the Skills table, choose the edit icon next to the text field and enter the scope for a smart home with a master account skill linked. Choose Save Instructor: VENKATESH VARADACHARI Enroll Now - Mastering Alexa for Business About this Course Hello learners, this is the next course in the series of courses on "Alexa Skills Development", which will help you get started with Alexa for business of AWS and build Alexa skills that will be suitable solutions for a business problem or improvements for already existing processes. The course kicks off with the exploration of the features of Alexa for business, and then in the next section, we will develop a private skill that will help to improve the process of sending Emails within the organization. After that, in the next section, we will develop a private skill that will guide new recruits to get familiar with the places inside an organization and then, we will develop a private skill that will help everyone to send maintenance issues as slack messages and SMS alerts to the Maintenance team.


Amazon makes it easy to share the Alexa skills you create

Engadget

In April, Amazon introduced Alexa Skill Blueprints, a way for anyone to customize certain Alexa skills without having to code. Now, the company has made it easier to share those skills with others. The growing list of templates include blueprints for trivia, dad jokes, flashcards and info for your babysitter or pet sitter. Just fill in the templates with the information you want to include and the new skill will be available on every Alexa-enabled device on your account. Now, if you want to share that list of dad jokes with your dad on Father's Day or send your flashcards to everyone in your study group, you can do so through email, text, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.


Audible has a 'Choose Your Own Adventure' experience on Alexa

Engadget

If you have fond memories of those choose-your-own-adventure books as a child, well, you can now enjoy them in audio form. Amazon has partnered with ChooseCo, the company behind those aforementioned publications, to create an Alexa Skill called Choose Your Own Adventure: An Immersive Audible Experience that will transform those childhood classics into professional audio and voice performances. To start, simply say "Alexa, open Choose Your Own Adventure from Audible" to enable the skill on your Echo device. Since it's considered a skill for kids, you'll be prompted to provide permission for it. You'll then be instructed to choose between two titles: the Abominable Snowman or Journey Under the Sea.


How to create a personal Alexa skill

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Use the new Skill Blueprints to make Alexa do cool new tricks. Amazon's virtual voice assistant just got a whole lot smarter. With the arrival of Skill Blueprints, Alexa can now perform a variety of personalized tricks -- "skills," as Amazon calls them, that are personalized to you and your family. For example, is someone studying for a test? With the Flashcards Blueprint, you can set up a customized set of questions -- and answers, natch -- and Alexa will deliver a voice-powered quiz.