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POSTED: Thursday, March 28, 2013, 2:12 PM

New Philadelphia stage productions  that interpret major moments in women’s health are the topic of a Google HangOut virtual press conference going on from 2 p.m. today.

Part and parcel of the time traveling,  Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, the groups Pasion y arte Flamenco and Fresh Blood will be delving into the saga of the world’s first gynecologist – based in Salerno – in a dance and music performance installation playing at the Fleischer Art Memorial, April 5-7.

Guiding lights of the Penn Dixie Productions will be ruminating about their “Animal Animal Mammal Mine” work which marks the FDA approval of the birth control pill in 1960. That mixed media work is being presented April 10-20 at Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 9:47 AM

One of the least telling “teaser” commercials for a new product hit the web yesterday for the Samsung Galaxy S IV smart phone. But there might be something to the final shot, when a young boy opens the box and makes dazzling eye contact with the phone.

According to the ever reliable “informed sources,” Samsung’s next great smart phone has a unique eye tracking feature – trademarked “Eye Scroll”  -   that keeps tabs on what you’re watching and automatically rolls the text on the screen, like your own private TelePrompTer operator.  Then when your eyes  hit the bottom of a page of text, the phone magically jumps to the next.

 Samsung’s current Galaxy S III  already deploys the front camera  to watch the user and respond productively. Called “Stay Smart,” the feature keeps the screen lit at full intensity when you’re gawking at it, over-riding  the battery-save screen  dimming feature.  


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Jonathan Takiff covers all manner of high tech gadgets – and the entertaining stuff you play on them – for the Philadelphia Daily News, philly.com and the McClatchy Tribune News Service. Reach Jonathan at takiffj@phillynews.com.

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