AlexaDev Tuesday – Alexa Kids Skill Challenge

Earlier this month I posted about the pros and cons of writing Alexa skills for kids. Here's another pro: the Alexa kids' skill challenge contest.     The official title of the contest is Amazon Alexa Skills Challenge: Kids, and Amazon is hosting it in partnership with Devpost, a career placement and resource site for college age developers.   What's In It For Devs There's $250,000...

Alexa Routines Are Here – But Without Music

Last week I shared the news that Alexa Routines are on the way, and Amazon caught me off guard by releasing the new feature much sooner than I expected.     The good news is that you can now pre-program a series of Alexa commands and kick the series off at a scheduled time or with a single, spoken command you choose. The bad news is that the one feature most people were hoping for in...