The Amazon Alexa Skill Buttons Node.js Sample Code demonstrates how to use buttons on trivia games with Alexa. It includes a roll-call of the players, asking trivia questions and determining whether the voice inputs match the answers.
Amazon announced an update to the Alexa Skills Kit that will let developers take control of how Alexa speaks. SSML Speechcons can spice up Alexa's pronunciation for the sake of clarity, emphasis, or just for fun. Listening to Alexa is a painful reminder that computers still don't know how to speak.
Are you a developer who wants to get your news immediately? The New York Times NewsWire API, which provides links and metadata for Times articles the moment they are published, might solve your problem. But what if your news alert mashup doesn't quite get every bit of your undivided attention? Jer Thorp's NewsAlarm (our Mashup of the Day), combines the NewsWire API and an 85 decibel smoke detector into what might be the loudest mashup on the planet.