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Jeff Barr

Author: Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr is Chief Evangelist for AWS. He started this blog in 2004 and has been writing posts just about non-stop ever since.

Amabuddy — Amazon By Phone

Courtesy of one-time Amazonian Alan Taylor, comes a reference to the Amabuddy. Using Amabuddy, you can dial a number with your phone, enter in an ISBN or UPC, and find out more about the product including its customer rating, Amazon price, and lowest used price via voice response. Amabuddy was built with VXML, Python, MySQL, […]

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Delicious Library

The Delicious Library application (powered by AWS) has been getting some great reviews: Delicious Library is a beautiful looking personal inventory application. You scan the barcodes, it translates the bars into numbers, looks up the number on Amazon and finds your DVD, CD, book or game and adds all of its information to your personal […]

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ECS Documentation in PDF Form

The ECS documentation is now available in PDF Form. The PDF version makes it easier to print the documentation and read about ECS offline. You can also use Acrobat Reader‘s search feature to search the ECS documentation. The PDF, as well as future versions and different guides, will be available through the AWS Web site. […]

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Halo, A Visual Chat-Bot Powered by AWS

Advanced ChatBot Solutions is now testing Halo, an animated, chat-based interface to To start with halo, visit and speak to Halo using the link on the left side of the page. Ask questions using queries like this: Who wrote TITLEHow much is TITLEGive me a review of TITLE If Halo is asking too […]

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Calillona Browser for Amazon

TrufSoft has released version 2.0 of Calillona, an application that allows users of Mac OS X to surf Amazon’s catalog from within a desktop application. We’ll let the press release speak for itself: Based on their previous Web services experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS), TrufSoft initially developed a plugin for Apple’s Sherlock. Calillona 1.x […]

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Blender — Amazon Ads in an RSS Feed

The clever guys over at ThinkTank23 have rolled out the newest release of their Blender product, available at Blender analyses a “raw” RSS feed and returns a new feed with Amazon content inside. The Amazon Associates program is used to allow the feed owner to earn revenue from this content.  Blender implements an  80/20 […]

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Amazon Messenger

The Amazon Messenger is a special ‘bot which allows you to chat your way through any of the Amazon catalogs using the MSN Messenger application. The program is now in beta testing and the beta test is limited to the first 1000 users. Sign up now if you are interested.

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