Word Chain Leaderboard

Recently the Alexa Word Chain game got an upgrade – a global leaderboard where everyone that makes a good game in competitive mode can enter and compete against other players. The leaderboard can be found here http://word-chain.com/

I am very curious how this will turn out, will the GUI fit as a nice addition to the VUI of Alexa, or will it be too much of overhead for the Alexa users. Time will tell.

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Good Vibe – better with 3rd party integrations

A recent new feature in Good Vibe, called Web Text-2-Speech allows it’s users to link the response of their commands to web content. This can be anything from a file or wikipedia article, to news item or weather report. Unfortunately not all sites are supported, the content of the website needs to be structured with main article sections, in order for a proper parsing of the site. Behind the scenes it is using a mix of custom code and the great tool https://github.com/ageitgey/node-unfluff for parsing the content.

To give more insights I am starting to write up integration tutorials. By popular demand of Good Vibe’s users we are starting with Dropbox and iTextPad

Can’t wait to see what other uses people will find!

Good Vibe

I am happy to announce that very recently I released my first skill for Amazon Alexa called “Good Vibe“. It’s one project that I built from an idea to it’s current state for about a month in my free hours after work. I definitely learned a lot of things in my effort to create a public service like it, and I would like to cover the highlights for it.

The idea

The idea came very recently after I bought an Amazon Echo device, I was looking for a similar skill that I can program how to respond with text or audio on specific queries. I wanted to get my hands dirty on developing a skill for Alexa.

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Automate business groups creation with catalog items and entitlements

If you are a business admin and you have to create a business group for a newly on-boarded department, and you want to entitle OOTB catalog items for the members of this group, how will you do it? Through the UI, you would

  1. Create a business group by:
    1. Open the Business Groups tab.
    2. Click on “new business group”.
    3. Fill in group information: name, description, default machine prefix, managers, managers emails, users, etc.
  2. Create Entitlement
    1. Open the Entitlements tab
    2. Click on “add entitlement”
    3. fill in entitlement information: name, description, expiration date, status, business group
  3. Assign the same users from the business group
  4. Assign catalog items to the entitlement

Those are a lot of clicks. Imagine if you could do it with a single click (or a lot less than the above example), with an automated solution that is less error prone and fast! Well you can do it with the help of ASD and vRO and here we will show you how to do it. We will create a vRO workflow and an ASD blueprint out of it that we will publish to the Catalog.

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