Amazon Alexa skills is getting 8 new voices

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Apart from this, Amazon has also introduced Alexa Voice Shortcut Widget, that allows users to have access to Alexa at the tap of an icon. This allows developers to create speech-enabled products, and apps that talk to users.

The idea is to trick the user into opening a malicious app by using voice triggers similar to the ones of authentic apps, and using the malicious apps to either phish users for sensitive data or eavesdrop on their surroundings.

A team of Chinese and United States researchers has discovered a new method of attacking smart assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home, which they have named "voice squatting".

For instance, if coders were to create interactive audio stories for Alexa, they could use the new voices to represent different characters, Amazon said.

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The move comes thanks to Amazon Polly text-to-search service, which the company is opening to developers as a part of the preview program.

If you already use multiple voices in your skill via using.mp3 files or another technique, consider Amazon Polly for its natural-sounding voices and ease of maintenance.

Amazon now has a number of different voices with different dialects and accents developers can now bundle into their skills, according to the company's website.

Polly's voices are far from flawless, of course, but as they see more use, that could change. Amazon will provide more information to those who are selected. They can pick from a handful of available voices (made possible by Polly, Amazon's text-to-speech service).

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