SJSU News Product Review

1)Chris Rodriguez SJSU Senior: Liked both the audio and alexa voice. He said it just really depended on the story and what version would present it better.

2) Kelly Miura SJSU Senior: Liked both voices. She thinks that the ding in between stories could be a bit more dominant.

3) Denise Rodriguez: Thought the skill was informative on the top stories on campus. She thinks it is good to keep people in the loop without having to read the Spartan Daily.

4) Amy Cabrera: Likes the skill because she can listen to what is going on at SJSU, at which her daughter attends.

5) Daniella Bejines: She hates the voice of Alexa, so she would prefer audio. However, does not own an Alexa because of her voice.

6) Daiske Eguch:i It was slow enough yet fast enough, and easy to understand. It was a nice speed and it’s good you can change the volume, the fact that alexa is a woman, it’s easier to listen to. Higher pitch is easier to listen to.
High pitch of alexa useful

7) Jackie Contreras: Clear, fine at this speed, story length short and to the point,
I’d listen to this in the morning, I listen to NPR right now, but this is good for students who don’t have much time.

8) Gabe Mungaray: Good speed. Easy sentence structure. Alexa can get annoying, but I think it’s cool. “I prefer voice, but alexa is fine for faster news.” “I wouldn’t want a serious tone unless it was a serious topic, humor is better.”

9) Catrina Ericson: Prefers the audio because the human element makes it more enjoyable.

10) Clark Reyes: Thinks that the stories should cut straight to the point and keep it as short and simple as possible.

Through all of the feedback, it seems that the majority of people are looking for the same thing. For the shorter, more serious stories we just use Alexa’s voice. As for other stories that would benefit with the human voice, it should be pure audio stories. To keep peoples focus, we should keep our stories straight to the point.

Skill Pitch

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Y65K-wdcaTC-h5BQAL0yiQuQv5bXDEsfA-QrikiKUh4/edit#slide=id.p

Script

User: Alexa, open The California Scene.

Alexa: OK. Would you like to hear upcoming events or daily news?

User: Daily News.

Alexa: OK. Here is today’s view of The California Scene.

Reporter: Justin Bieber was spotted two blocks away from Selena Gomez’s Malibu home holding two cups of iced coffee. Did someone say at home Starbucks delivery? The Biebs tweeted at Gomez later that day saying, “Maybe I should become your personal door dash.” Stay tuned to your daily view of the California Scene to see if the love is still alive between the two.

Alexa: Would you like to hear upcoming events near you?

User: No, thanks.

Alexa: OK. I hope you enjoyed your view of The California Scene. Goodbye.

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Deported Revised

Last week in Downtown San Jose, the family owned Cafe Pomegranate laid off all its employees and abruptly closed for good. The family owned the cafe for a little over a year. Cafe owner Khaled Alterkeet got denied an L1 visa, which is a business visa. Jessica Stopper and Yale Wyatt talked to Alterkeet’s lawyer, Steve Riznyk, regarding the circumstances that forced the family out of the country.

Riznyk wished to not be recorded during the interview.

However, Riznyk gave us valuable information. Like how Alterket had two other companies he was investing in, which should have given him even more of a chance to have his business license renewed.

Steve Riznyk says that an extension of the L1 visa is normally a simple process, and that Alterkeet fit the “formula” of what is usually accepted. But for some reason, Alterkeet was deemed not qualified to get his L1 license renewed, despite clearly demonstrating he could operate two separate businesses.

This case is still in the works, but Riznyk said if Alterkeet did in fact qualify for a business visa, things can work out in his favor.

Riznyk said that the officer administering the visa extension process was insistent on Alterkeet providing the day to day details of the future of his business.

Riznyk argued that the way we treat those who wish to do business in our country will leave a lasting impression on how others view the United States.

After he was denied the extension of his Business Visa, Alterkeet went back Kuwait to settle some personal matters, before returning to the United States on a visitor’s visa to make preparations to permanently move back to his home country. Riznyk said he was detained in San Francisco for nearly four hours, where he was “treated like a prisoner.”

Gun Control Script Revised

Intro:
Following the devastating mass shooting on February 14th at a Florida high school, gun control has been the topic of discussion throughout our nation.

Naturally, I wondered how safe my peers felt at San Jose State in wake of the Florida shooting.

People are expressing their feelings on social media platforms, but I wanted to hear from students first hand.

I went to ask a San Jose State University Senior, Chevonne Miller her thoughts on America’s current gun control policies.

Chevonne: I think that my right to go to school and get an education without worrying about whether or not I’m going to survive the day definitely is more important than anybody’s right to carry a gun.

Me: After talking to Chevonne, I met a San Jose State Junior, Vidisha Rai, who seemed to have knowledge on this topic and a very strong opinion.

Vidisha: So many of these people that have committed these mass shootings are easily able to get these literally, like, huge guns. It’s not just a handgun, they are assault rifles that are able to kill a large amount of people.

Vidisha went onto say that she doesn’t think a ban on purchasing guns will ever happen but proper legislation on gun sales needs to be put in effect immediately.

To go more in detail, Vidisha thinks there should be universal background checks, more regulation at gun trade shows and a limit on assault rifles.

Some students, however, seems to be taking the situation as a joke. Just last Wednesday, a message was found on a bathroom wall on campus reading that there was going to be a shooting at 5pm.

Campus security took precaution and so did some professors.

Me: I’m Jessica Stopper, thank you for listening.

Jessica Week 5 Task 5

Are you sick of missing the hottest trends and kick ass deals on your favorite online clothing websites?

good grief

Me too.

Well….

bam

I have an answer for you!

With the Hot Deals of the Day Skill on Alexa, you’ll never miss out on those deals ever again.

Just by saying “Alexa, what’s hot today?”, Alex will list the hottest trends and deals that you are subscribed to.

c’mon

It can’t get any better than this.

No more hearing what’s ooh la la and what’s boo from your friends. Instead, you’ll be the one a step ahead of everyone.

Enable this Alexa skill to have everyone saying oh snap and your bank account saying tee hee

c’mon who doesn’t like saving money?!

Now raise your glasses and cheers to your new best friend.

Look good and save money without the effort.

tick tock stop what you’re doing and enable the skill now!

Gun Control Interviews

Intro:

Following the devastating mass shooting on February 14th at a Florida high school, gun control has been the topic of discussion throughout our nation.

A debate that has been common and quite simple is: gun control or banning all guns.

I went to ask San Jose State University Senior, Chevonne Miller her thoughts on America’s current gun control policies.

Chevonne: I think that my right to go to school and get an education without worrying about whether or not I’m going to survive the day definitely is more important than anybody’s right to carry a gun.

Me: After talking to Chevonne, I met Vidisha who seemed to have knowledge on this topic and a very strong opinion.

Vidisha: So many of these people that have committed these mass shootings are easily able to get these literally, like, huge guns. It’s not just a handgun, they are assault rifles that are able to kill a large amount of people.

Vidisha went on saying that she doesn’t think the elimination of purchasing guns will ever happen but proper legislation on gun sales needs to be put in effect immediately.

Me: Well, it seems quite clear the focus is gun control because quite frankly, there really isn’t any control.

Me: I’m Jessica Stopper, thank you for listening.

Week 4 Task 1 — SSML assignment

With only a couple of days until the season opener, San Jose State University’s baseball team is still searching for a new head coach. Their previous coach stepped down from the position after being accused of holding illegal practices. In the meantime, assistant coach Brad Sanfilippo, will be filling in as head coach until a permanent replacement is found.

Host: What are your thoughts on this coach?

Interviewee: Well, no offense to the team but you’d think that if illegal practices were being held…. the team would be a hell of a lot better!

Host: Talking about the team, how do you think they are going to perform now that their stuck in the middle of this mess?

Interviewee: Hopefully it will be a reversed effect and they fight until the finish because, let’s be honest, the odds are against them.

Host: Well their record is 2-2 after their series opener this past weekend. May the odds be in their favor this season.

Alexa Skill

Roman Stopper is a man of many strengths. Muscle memory, however, is not one of them. Not only does he sometimes forget his wallet before leaving his house, but he’ll forget to write down personal reminders for himself. Yeah, timed reminders could help, but if his schedule changes he’ll just forget about the reminder. It might sound like Roman has dementia, but let me be clear, he remembers only what he wants to.

If Alexa had a “Don’t Forget” skill, Roman’s life would run with a lot less “oh shoot, I forgot” moments. First, Roman would tell Alexa what he needs to be reminded of and what day, without a specific time. This skill would enable every time Roman says “Alexa, I’m heading out.” Alexa would then remind him of what needs to be done and to make sure he has everything he needs. For example, if Roman is going to the grocery store and he uses this skill, Alexa would remind him to bring his grocery list.