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Tosech, LLC To Launch Privacy Protection Product For Smart Speakers at…

The Mute +™ from Smartē™ provides a simple solution to smart speaker privacy concerns by easily connecting on top of select Amazon Echo, Echo Plus or Echo Dot devices to create an extra layer of... (PRWeb January 07, 2019) Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/tosech_llc_to_launch_privacy_protection_product_for_smart_speakers_at_ces_2019/prweb16015419.htm

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Boost VC backs Storyline’s Alexa skill builder

Have you felt a disconnect with your Alexa and wished she could share more of your sense of humor or tell you an  actually  scary ghost story? Startup Storyline makes designing your own Alexa skills as easy and dragging and dropping speech blocks, and has just raised $770,000 in a funding round led by Boost VC to help grow its skill builder API. The company launched in 2017 to help bridge the gap between creators and the tricky voice recognition software powering smart speakers like Alexa. With its new funding, CEO and co-founder   Vasili Shynkarenka  says that Storyline is hoping to expand its team and its interface to other smart speakers, like Google Home, as well work on integrating monetization and third-party services into the interface. Storyline’s user friendly interface lets users drag-and-drop speech commands and responses to customize user’s interactions with their smart speaker devices. Users can choose between templates for a skill or a flash briefing, and test the voice recognition and logic of the design live in their browser window. Since its launch, over 12,000 Storyline users have published 2,500 skills in the Alexa Skills Store — more than 6% of all skills in the store. The interface has also been used by the grand-prize winners of Amazon’s developer  Alexa Skills Challenge: Kids and the publication Slate . For Shynkarenka, the creation of these skills is vastly different from the creation of a typical smartphone app. “Most people think of Alexa as another software platform, like a smartphone or the web, and that’s not actually true,” he said.

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