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Hearing Voices - Issue #41 or "Alexa, ignore this superbowl ad which says the word Alexa"

Want to buy a popular alexa skill with 10,000+ installs? LMK, Wiffy is for sale.

Hearing Voices

February 6 · Issue #41 · View online
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Want to buy a popular alexa skill with 10,000+ installs? LMK, Wiffy is for sale.

Missed sending this out Friday, so sending out today, along with that shameless plug about selling my Alexa skill. Amazon started paying me for it, but I don’t want to maintain it. Let me know if interested.  In the mean time, on to last week’s news in voice interfaces:
Thingz To Try:
Switchboard is kind of like slack, but for your ears.
Here’s Why Alexa Won’t Light Up During Amazon Super Bowl Ad - Actually a really interesting quick overview of Amazon’s techniques and patents on the topic. Most likely they are using “acoustic fingerprinting technology that can distinguish between the ad and actual customer utterances” but they also outlined a technique to send an inaudible broadcast that will tell Alexa to temporarily ignore commands.
Amazon Says No to Ads on Alexa, Frustrating Sony
Podcast Listeners Really Are the Holy Grail Advertisers Hoped They’d Be - After a month of Apple’s Podcast Analytics tools being available to creators, the numbers are in—and they’re good news for the medium.
Voicelabs (betaworks investment) launches Alpine to bring retailers to the voice shopping ecosystem

> Alpine is hiring a machine learning and full-stack engineer (SF based)

That’s it from last week, have a great start to this week
- Matt

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