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18Apr 2017

You can now add a whispered speech effect in your Text-to-Speech output with Amazon Polly, and synchronize speech with visual animation using Speech Marks. To create voices with a whispered effect, you simply use the SSML tag “whispered” to mark the text input to be spoken in a hushed or whispered voice. This tag can be applied to any of the 47 voices in Amazon Polly’s Text-to-Speech portfolio. Visit the Amazon Polly documentation for more information on how to use the new “whispered” SSML tag.

18Apr 2017

You can now use AWS X-Ray to trace requests made to your serverless applications built using AWS Lambda. This enables you to gain insights into the performance of serverless applications, allowing you to pinpoint the root cause of issues so that you can address them. This feature is available now in Preview.

18Apr 2017

Amazon Rekognition can now detect explicit and suggestive adult content in images, enabling you to protect users from inappropriate content. Beyond flagging an image based on presence of adult content, Image Moderation also returns a hierarchical list of labels with confidence scores. These labels indicate specific categories of adult content, thus providing more granular control to developers to filter and manage large volumes of user generated content (UGC).

18Apr 2017

AWS Marketplace, which lists over 3,800 software listings from popular software vendors across 35 product categories, has announced that customers can now contract for one, two, or three year terms for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Application Programming Interface (API) products directly through AWS Marketplace with SaaS Contracts. With this feature, buyers use a shopping-cart like experience to determine the size (number of units) and duration (length of time) for their contract. For example, they can enter how many users they want and can choose if they want to make a multi-year commitment. Buyers also have the ability to increase the size of their contract at any time, and can upgrade from a monthly term to a one, two, or three year term when needed. With the launch of SaaS Contracts on AWS Marketplace, customers can choose from more products than ever before- and sellers can offer better discounts for longer commitments.

18Apr 2017

Amazon Lex is now generally available for all customers. Amazon Lex is a service for building conversational interfaces into your application using voice and text. With Amazon Lex, the same deep learning technologies that power Amazon Alexa are now available to developers, enabling you to quickly and easily build sophisticated, natural language conversational bots.

17Apr 2017

You can now add tags to your AWS Lambda functions. Using tags, you can now add metadata to each of your functions. Each tag consists of a key and value. You can use these tags to allocate costs from your AWS bill to individual functions. There is no additional charge for tagging your Lambda functions. 

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