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  1. Volume leveling

    Users frequently need to increase or decrease volume across the different news sources in a Flash News briefing. It would be wonderful if Echo had a volume leveling similar to some TVs that can level the volume between commmercials and regular programming.

    40 votes

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    Received  ·  6 comments  ·  Flash Briefing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Make Flash Briefings testable in test simulator

    Right now the Alexa test simulator tab (in both the old and new skill consoles) refuses to play Flash Briefings. This, combined with the fact that things like echosim.io also won't play Flash Briefings, means it's impossible to do a live test of the content your flash briefing is serving from an anonymous account.

    8 votes

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  3. Allow Flash Briefings to connect to any port

    There's no reason Flash Briefings should be confined to ports 80 and 443, as webservices can (and do) run on any almost any port. This restriction causes serious limitations for (among others) people trying to run multiple services on the same EC2 node.

    3 votes

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  4. Allow Flash Briefings to use SSML

    Right now Flash Briefings won't parse SSML in their preamble, error message, or text output. This means content written for a custom skill (for example) cannot be used for Flash Briefings, and any output that could be massaged to sound correct will instead come out sounding wrong.

    59 votes

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  5. User-specific flash briefing content

    The current flash briefing content (per provider) is a 'one size fits all approach'. Everyone gets the same NPR briefing, for example.

    There are many use-cases where user-specific information could be very powerful in the flash briefing, often in concert with interactive skills. Some examples:

    • A sport team skill that (in the flash briefing) reminds you of your game time this weekend (or of changes), without you ever having to touch a calendar

    • A retailer skill that (in a flash briefing) advises of significant deals, relevant to your buying history or explicit 'watch list'.

    I think this would take flash…

    164 votes

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    Thanks a lot for posting this request. Your request has been received.

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