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  • Gizmo5 shutting down on April 3rd, credits can be transferred to Google Voice
    Google may not have offered too many details when it acquired VoIP outfit Gizmo5 back in November of 2009, but it’s not like any of that matters now. Gizmo5 customers around the globe are receiving an email today notifying them of the service’s impending closure, with April 3rd pegged as the final day that calls can be made. After March 11th, you’ll no longer be able to add credit to your account, but you can request a refund or have your remaining credits transferred to Google Voice (if you’re in the US). Head on past the break for the full message, and feel free to pour one out. Or, you know, just wipe that FOF off of your face by watching this.

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  • Sirius XM to debut Tiger Blood Radio: all Charlie Sheen, all day long
    Charlie Sheen has a pretty impressive track record: in addition to a twenty-five-plus year movie career, he’s brought tacky bowling shirts to the forefront of American consciousness, earned a Golden Globe Icon award, and shot his onetime fiance Kelly Preston. Is this enough to warrant an entire radio channel dedicated to the man who describes himself as having a “10,000-year-old brain and the boogers of a 7-year-old”? Apparently Sirius XM certainly thinks so. That’s right: the company has announced that Tiger Blood Radio will air for twenty-four hours beginning tomorrow at 6:00 am ET on Sirius channel 108 and XM channel 139. “[C]reated in response to the national conversation sparked by the recent events surrounding actor Charlie Sheen,” the company said in a statement, the station “will take listeners behind the headlines, exploring the media frenzy/media reaction, as well as the medical, psychological, psychiatric and pop culture and celebrity angles.” This definitely sounds like award winning journalism, and not a cynical way to make a few bucks off someone who’s clearly spinning out of control — Adonis DNA or not. PR after the break.

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  • NeuroSky shows off MyndPlay, we control movies with our brainwaves (video)

    Would you pay $100 to control the outcome of a movie with the power of your mind? That’s what NeuroSky and Triete Labs are banking on with MyndPlay. Simply put, it uses NeuroSky’s $99 Mindwave headset with a custom video player that monitors your mental activity during critical points in specially designed films, and offers multiple outcomes depending on your focus and relaxation levels. For instance, in Paranormal Mynd (above), you play an exorcist who must drive a evil spirit away — if you don’t focus intently, this woman will choke to death. Another gangster film has you dodging bullets and sports multiple endings; depending on how relaxed and concentrated you are, you could come away clean, take a bullet to the head, or dodge poorly and have the projectile strike your friend dead instead. MyndPlay plans to produce a raft of such short-form content for $0.49 to $1.99 per episode, and also let you shoot and share your own, scripting sequences with a tool to be released next month called MyndPlay Pro.

    We gave Paranormal Mynd a try at GDC 2011, and came away somewhat impressed — you definitely can control the outcome of a scene, but it doesn’t work quite like you’d expect. Since NeuroSky’s technology is still limited to detecting the mental states of concentration and relaxation, you can’t “will” the movie to go the way you’d like with your thoughts — in fact, thinking about anything rather than what you’re seeing on screen seemed to register as a form of distraction, and lowered our scores. Instead, the ticket to success seemed to be focusing intently on processing the images on screen and clearing our head of all thought or emotion, making us feel totally brain-dead even as we aced the scene. If that sort of zombification sounds like fun, watch a couple video teasers after the break!

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