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This week’s articles round up

Key takeaway of the week

  • “Research by Megaphone on shows that made the Apple Podcasts Top 200 list in a two month period in 2019 suggests that, over the past five years, episodes had been getting shorter as more podcasts try to fill what they termed “the 10-30 minute niche.” — From: “The Really, Really, Short Podcast”:

Call to Action of the week

Practical tips article of the week

Witlingo skill of the week

Flash Briefing of the week

Podcast of the week

Video of the week

Quick Twitter Poll of the week

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Voice First Fact of the week

Voice First Talent of the week

Notable upcoming events

Voice First Term of the week

  • “Discovery”: The process of learning what a system can do. Discovery in voice is a non-trivial problem, since, unlike discovering what visual/touch based mobile Apps are available on an iPhone, for instance, by using the primary modality that the iPhone uses in its normal operations (the visual/touch interface), in the case of voice, discovering what a voice system can do by voice (the primary modality that the system uses in its normal operations) is cumbersome. The problem is more acute for discovering third-party added functionality. Amazon Alexa provides a visual interface for searching for “Alexa skills,” a methodology that alleviates the discovery problem and enables users to use a mechanism that they are familiar with. The solution, however, is generally deemed a stopgap measure, as it forces the user to resort to a non-primary modality (visual/touch) as a crutch to support the primary modality (voice).

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