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The new Skill Blueprints functionality is an effort to open up that kind of customization to people without a background in software. For instance, there's a popular Jeopardy!

A couple of months back, Alexa was updated with ability to let you make free calls and messages without an Echo.

Amazon is adding custom responses through Skill Blueprints for voice assistant Alexa.

There are more than 30,000 Alexa skills available, and they all have one thing in common: They weren't made by you. "You don't need experience building skills or coding to get started-my family created our own jokes skill in a matter of minutes, and it's been a blast to interact with Alexa in a totally new and personal way". Trivia games, jokes, short stories and many more fun templates are already included so users can set up their own Alexa skills very easily. Amazon did not indicate if or when the feature would be available in other regions.

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How many Blueprint templates are available?

You can also use Echo Spot to start a voice or video call, or send a message to a supported Echo device or the Alexa App-simply say, "Alexa, call Dad", or "Alexa, send a message to Mary". If it's your first time using a template, follow the step-by-step tutorial provided.

Once you have entered the content, click the "Next: Experience" button at the top right-hand corner of the screen.

Other examples of skills you can create include ones for helping a pet or baby sitter find things around your house; virtual flash cards to help you study; and a Bachelorette Party trivia game.

Amazon just released a new way for Alexa users to customize their experience with the virtual assistant.

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The custom questions and answers are surely going to keep Alexa users busy tinkering with the new feature for a while. When I'm able to customize Alexa's responses to my questions, that's where I change a tune.

Echo Spot features second generation far-field technology with four microphones, acoustic beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation so it can hear you from across the room-even while music is playing.

With the Custom Q&A skill I could potentially make Alexa's response to all my questions be: "The answer is fart".

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