How to Create Your Own Custom Alexa Skills

Your Amazon Echo device is already pretty customizable in terms of what skills you add to it. What you may not realize is if you don’t find a skill out there that’s quite what you’re looking for, you can actually make your own using Alexa’s Skill Blueprints.Read more…


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Gaming Companies Remove Analytics App After Massive User Outcry

An anonymous reader writes: “Several gaming companies have announced plans to remove support for an analytics app they have bundled with their games,” reports Bleeping Computer. “The decision to remove the app came after several Reddit and Steam users noticed that many game publishers have recently embedded a controversial analytics SDK (software development kit) part of recent updates to their games. The program bundled with all these games, and at the heart of all the recent controversy, is RedShell, an analytics package provided by Innervate, Inc., to game publishers.” The app is intended to collect information about the source of new game installs, and details about the gamer. Following a massive user outcry in the past two weeks, several game makers have given in to pressure and are removing this SDK. Game makers and games who announced they were removing RedShell include Bethesda (Elder Scrolls), All Total War games, Warhammer


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Dispatch: web-based IRC client in Go

README.md

Try it!

Features
Searchable history
Persistent connections
Multiple servers and users
Automatic HTTPS through Let’s Encrypt
Client certificates
Usage
There is a few different ways of getting it:
1. Binary
2. Go
This requires a Go environment, version 1.8 or greater.
Fetch, compile and run dispatch:
go get github.com/khlieng/dispatch
dispatch
To get some help run:

3. Docker
docker run -p :80 -p :443 -v :/data khlieng/dispatch
Build
Server
cd $GOPATH/src/github.com/khlieng/dispatch
go install
Client
This requires Node.js and yarn.
Fetch the dependencies:
go get github.com/jteeuwen/go-bindata/…
yarn global add gulp@next
cd $GOPATH/src/github.com/khlieng/dispatch/client
yarn
Run the build:

The server needs to be rebuilt to embed new client builds.
For development with hot reloading enabled run:

Libraries
The libraries this project is built with.
Server
Client
Big Thanks
Cross-browser Testing Platform and Open Source


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Designing a better onboarding flow

[Today’s random Sourcerer profile: https://sourcerer.io/hoangtranwork]The importance of a tight onboarding flow for any consumer internet businesses is almost always the most critical part for the company. Funneling in users to have the company’s value prop understood, the user’s expectations met, all with a minimal amount of friction is no easy task. So, as I’ve been working through future improvements at Sourcerer, I wanted to walk through various examples from prominent sites in the hope of better detailing ours better.I chose 5 sites, not all are specifically related to software engineering, professional networking, or recruitment but definitely relatable in one way or another. I specifically chose LinkedIn, Facebook, GitHub, StackOverflow, Upwork, Reddit, and Twitter. Let’s begin.LinkedInIn terms of a professional network, Linkedin is the closest comparable we have and so I was very keen to start off with them.Before diving into the specifics, I think it’s also important to note, that


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