New ‘Hey Siri’ website indexes successful voice queries for Apple’s Siri — A new website chronicles what users can say to Apple’s Siri, and what to expect in return, for iOS 9 as well as the forthcoming iOS 10 and macOS Sierra implementations of the virtual assistant. The site uses crowd-sourced data.
The iPad still leads as global tablet market growth continues to decline — Worldwide tablet shipments reached 38.7 million in the second quarter of 2016 (2Q16) according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. Growth continues to decline with the market receding 12.3% year-over-year “as vendors begin to refocus their product lines and consumers hold off on purchases,” according to the research group.
Philips jumps into iPhone-connected health gear with watch, scale & blood pressure monitors — Philips has launched the Personal Health Program, actually a series of tracking accessories that pair with the company’s HealthSuite app for iPhone and Android. Unlike many devices, these have FDA approval.
Apple brings Maps transit coverage to Prague in Czech Republic — Apple is now offering Maps transit directions for the Czech capital of Prague, returning focus to the app’s European users after a stretch of concentrating on the US.