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Across Japan Twitter users responded to the challenge of a Nico Nico Douga developer to try an crash the Nico Nico Douga website right at the climax of a free airing of the Hayao Miyazaki anime film “Laputa: Castle in the Sky”.

He wanted everyone to join in with the main characters Pazu and Sheeta and say the spell word “balse” across the internet right at the crucial moment. Japanese viewers responded with 25,088 tweets per second (tps) that smashed the previous social network record of 8,868 tps when Beyoncé announced being pregnant. 

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The Mirai Suenaga character clock app is now available for free from the iTunes Japan store. The app developed by Cybernoids and Danny Choo uses a Live2D technology give a fun 3D-affect to the app’s display on the iPhone/iPad.

Mirai Suenaga is illustrated by Nao Shirahane and developed as the mascot character for otaku-entrepreneur Danny Choo and his TV show and website "Culture Japan." Danny demostrates the Mirai clock app in a video that follows,

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Click each image above for an audio sample of each seiyuu in action on the remote.

Toshiba has released a free android (v2.1+) app as part of their REGZA AppsConnect line that will turn your phone into a TV and DVD/BD Recorder remote and you’ll get 6 of the best anime voice actresses confirming your commands. Voice actresses (seiyuu) featured with the app are among the current best. A bit of a K-ON! reunion as 5 of the 6 are Ali Toyosaki (Yui), Satomi Sato (Ritsu), Ayana Taketatsu (Azuna), Madoka Yonezawa (Ui) and Yoko Hikasa (Mio). The 6th, Maaya Uchida, is a new comer who I’m sure we’ll see more of in the future.

More images and info on the jump

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claudia madobe msdn bannerClaudia Madobe, Microsoft Japan’s new 2D-spokesperson and personification of the Azure cloud service is here to help IT professionals understand and get started with Azure.

Microsoft’s Windows Azure much like Amazon’s AWS provides virtual servers with configurable processing power, storage, networking and content delivery capabilities which can be adjusted on-demand to scale during times of high and low demand. Microsoft’s Azure also provides database services via SQL Azure services giving developers SQL Server databases in the cloud without the need to setup and configure a virtual server and license and install MS SQL Server.

For a much more fun explanation Claudia has launched a 4-part web manga “Cloud Girl – Mado to Kumo to Aoi Sora” (Cloud Girl: Windows, Clouds, and Azure Skies) with appearances by her cousin Nanami Madobe (Microsoft Japan’s Window 7 2D-spokesperson) and Ten-cho PC-store manager. 

More links and Claudia’s bio info follow on jump

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samsung wireless monitor c23a750xSamsung’s new “Central Station Monitor” – C23A750X – is a full HD 23” monitor that does not require any cable in order to be used with your PC. A thumb-sized USB transmitter (held by model in photo) connects your laptop or other computer to the C23A750X monitor. The technology is wirelessly transmitting a USB connection, so its possible with the monitor’s built-in USB hub to send the video signal as well as share data and network connections with other connected devices.

The C23A750X monitor specs and features; 23” 1080p HD resolution, USB 3.0 4-ports, HDMI and VGA connections, and a Gigabit Ethernet port built-in. It will also support the USB 3.0 charging function. Its currently list for availability in Korea at around 590,000 Won ($540~).

Official Press Release follows:

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