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Virtual assistant Alexa is capable of 1,000 'skills', says Amazon

Amazon (above) is out to put Echo and Alexa at the heart of the connected home.
"Our ability to do conversational understanding is far ahead of what other virtual assistants can do," says Google's Mr Pichai (above).

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AMAZON on Friday boasted that its virtual assistant Alexa is capable of 1,000 "skills", as the online retail giant bolsters defences against rivals such as Google and Apple.

The Seattle-based company said in a blog post that the programs were developed specifically