Amazon Alexa developers can now ask for customer’s location, track their skills’ performance

Amazon this morning rolled out new tools for developers of Alexa apps, aka “Skills,” which aim to give them more insight into their app’s users, as well as allow them to build location-based skills. The first is a new metrics dashboard – similar to those used by developers of mobile applications, but designed for these voice apps – which lets Alexa developers track things like unique customers, sessions, utterances (spoken words) and intents.

The other is a device address API which allows developers to request specific location data from their customers, including street address, city, state, zip, and country.

The dashboard is being made available in the developer portal, and presents a high-level view of the app’s metrics in the overview tab – like total customers, sessions, utterances, etc. A separate sessions tab will let developers drill down into this data further, to see things like the number of successful end session types, average number of sessions per customer, average number of utterances by customer, and more.

An intents tab helps developers figure out where they may have gone right and wrong with their skill’s design, by surfacing metrics like failed utterances by intent, and total number of utterances by intent.

Or, in layman’s terms, this means developers will be able to find answers to basic questions about their app – like how many customers do they have, if more people are adding the skill and using it, what time of day the skill is more heavily used, and more.

Meanwhile, the addition of the device address API is meant to improve those skills that require a precise address or more specific location. For example, food and grocery delivery services can’t rely on a customer’s general location – they need to know a house number.

 The new API will allow developers to build skills where users provide consent to share this information. It can also be used to share a broader location, like country and postal code only, in addition to a physical address.

As an added protection, users can only consent to sharing their location via the Alexa mobile app – not by voice. That could cut down on accidental confirmations, as users will explicitly have to agree to this data sharing.

Developers can now prompt for consent using a new “AskForPermissionsConsent” card style which pops up in the Alexa app.

Some brands have already rolled out the new API to their own apps, including Accuweather, Just Eat, and German retail chain, Real. Accuweather is using it to provide local weather information, while Just East is using it for food ordering. Real, meanwhile, is offering local news, discounts for local stores, and local store hours.

Meet 3 of our Disrupt NY Startup Spotlight companies: Duo Security, Lemonade, and Tala

Disrupt NY is right around the bend, and with it comes a brand new type of content: The Startup Spotlight.

Each of these companies will have a total of 15 minutes to tell their story, from origin to potential pivot to real solution, with all the highs and lows that come with it.

Today, I’m pleased to announce three of the companies we’re highlighting at the Disrupt NY Startup Spotlight: Duo Security, Lemonade, and Tala.

Duo Security

Founded in 2010, Duo Security largely got its start securing companies’ internal and external apps via two-factor authentication. Since then, Duo has added new verification methods and additional means of securing client applications, whether they were delivered on-premises or through the cloud. Over the past several years Duo has seen huge demand for its products, which has driven annual recurring revenue to increase 135 percent over the past year, to $73 million for 2016.

Lemonade

Lemonade is looking to change the insurance business through a mobile-facing service that speeds up enrollment and reduces fraud. Lemonade’s policies for renters and homeowners insurance start at $5 and $35 a month, respectively. Those prices are two to four times less than the industry standard. The company uses the full compliment of buzz words to describe its machine learning-based, algorithmically driven, technology that it claims can better and more quickly approve and pay out claims to policy holders at a lower price.

Tala

Tala is a mobile tech and data science company that is changing financial services in emerging markets. Tala is able to evaluate an applicant’s creditworthiness and capacity simply using the data on their mobile device, meaning Tala can offer credit to those who have no formal credit or banking history. Tala customers can view their credit status, track payments, get reminders and ask for help, along with making and receiving payments. Tala has raised more than $40 million since inception.

 With Startup Spotlight, we want to highlight both the business itself, as well as the human story behind some of the world’s most interesting, up-and-coming startups.

Duo Security, Lemonade and Tala will be joined by a number of other high-profile speakers, which you can check out here. But the only way you can see these talks live is to get yourself a ticket to Disrupt NY and come hang out with us during New York’s most beautiful time of the year.

Kigtropin Is The New HGH Supplement On The Block

Kigtropin is the brand name for HGH produced by rDNA technology. It is a relatively new drug in the market developed in the year 2011 in China. It is quite a pricey drug, but it is easily available for purchase. Research has been showing that Kigtropin can efficiently stimulate proliferation as well as differentiation of cartilage cells. It can also promote the growth of the matrix of chondrocytes. It has also shown to promote similar functions in osteoblast thus eventually speeding up the growth of the body while broadening the epiphyses at the same time

Considering the abounding number of HGH supplements in the market, choosing one for use becomes quite a difficult task. The responses to this medication vary from person to person. Some might benefit from the synthetic supplements while some other experience serious side effects. Synthetic HGH is, therefore, a controlled substance.

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Where can you buy Kigtropin?

One cause for concern while opting for HGH treatment with Kigtropin is the associated legality. Also, it is waiting for its approval from the FDA. Many countries have banned its purchase owing to the abuse that is a regular practice among many users. It can be bought in the counters against a proper prescription. Otherwise, the best source is buying it directly from China. Many websites take the order and courier the products within seven days. It is sold in freeze-dried white powder that can be mixed with the recommended solvent for injection. It is important that people have a prescription for HGH use. One could have made the purchase without a physician’s consent but having possession of the supplement in a state that does not encourage the use can often call for concern. There have been reports of people falling in deep trouble for using HGH supplements illegally.

Kigtropin results and benefits

Kigtropin enhances protein synthesis which favors the athletes and bodybuilders to build the muscle relatively quickly. Besides, it also accelerates the healing process among the users. This characteristic is again desirable to the athletes as their bodies experience a lot of wear and tear. Kigtropin also helps to lose weight indirectly. It increases the metabolic rate of the body which causes the utilization of adipocytes or the fat cells for the production of glucose to fulfill the energy requirements. Human growth hormone naturally performs a variety of functions in the body. The decline in its secretion often put people in undesirable conditions. So, the people try to supplement the deficit with the help of synthetic hormone which has been showing quite a success rate.

Kigtropin and associated drawbacks

The one major drawback with Kigtropin is that it is not recognized under one of the approved HGH supplement by the FDA as yet. This makes its use quite risky in countries like the US. A mild pain of the joints and muscles and rashes at the site of injection are few of the negative responses to this medication. Even the best of the brands are not safe from side-effects so it is best to first educate oneself about the benefits and side-effects.