Amazon’s new ‘Alexa Blueprints’ let anyone create custom Alexa skills and responses

Amazon this morning is introducing “Alexa Blueprints,” a new way for any Alexa owner to create their own customized Alexa skills or responses
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Amazon adds music, podcasts and radio to Alexa Routines

Amazon has added the ability to play music and podcasts as part of Alexa Routines, as it looks to make its smart home schedules even smarter.
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Alexa will soon replace short verbal responses with beeps

Tech companies are still working out how users want to interact with voice assistants
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Amazon adds follow-up mode for Alexa to let you make back-to-back requests

Amazon has added a new feature that you will let you make successive requests without needing to repeat your Echo speaker’s wake word
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Amazon has big plans for Alexa ads in 2018

The e-tailer has been in talks with several companies about letting them promote products on the best-selling Echo devices
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