Zenergy Electronics rebrands as Zenergy Technology (ZT), releases first full line of devices and computers running ZComOS, teases ZeeBoy Platinum and ZeeBox17 releases for the summer

SAN GRANDE, FREEDEMIA– Freedemian electronics company Zenergy released their first official line of computers and mobile devices on Monday. The line currently includes 6 devices, the Zeno (which comes as an all-n-one desktop or a traditional-style PC tower), the ZenoBook, the ZenoBook Lite (sort of a lightweight hybrid between the ZenoBook and the Zeno Pad), ZenoPad, ZenoPhone, and ZenoPhab. The devices are the first full quality non-beta devices that Zenergy has released, and the first that run on the newly improved ZComOS.

“It’s one of the most aesthetically pleasing operating systems we’ve seen in a while,” app developer Ravia commented. “It almost has that same wow factor that StepStone did when it was first released.”

Zenergy first announced the new line back in October 2015, though it had been in the works for years behind the scenes.

Zenergy has gone for the same “seamless experience” concept StepStone Technology has, with a standard UI across all computing devices (though phones especially have what one may call the “lite version”). The devices don’t actually navigate through the home “launch screen”, but through a modern-looking half-screen menu window that appears when you press either the built in Z button or click on the Z icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. (The Z Button is the default in phones, the Z icon is the default on laptops and desktops, and tablets can be adjusted to have the on screen Z Icon in addition to the Z button.) Essentially, this means your home menu is always accessible, no matter what app or program you’re in, in contrast to having to leave a program or move windows around to get back to it.

Some of the later Zenergy Beta models (such as the ZenergyPhone Beta 10) will be eligible for a software upgrade from ZComputeOS Beta 4.3 to ZComOS 1.0, but most of the older test models were not made to run the new system. Zenergy does plan on releasing one final update to ZComputeOS Beta (to be dubbed Beta 5 Final) as a final thank you to those who were early adaptors of the Zenergy computing line.

Zenergy also included a free, fully functional, official ZeeBoy emulator in every new device, as an homage to the days when Zenergy ruled handheld gaming. This may have been done in an effort to compete with MegamerGames‘ GamePhone SuperNova.

Zenergy’s market share is expected to grow dramatically in the near future as these devices hit the shelves. Currently Zenergy has about 1% of the Freedemian mobile device market, with Stepstone, Saehan Group, and Cyclo dominating.

Zenergy gaming fans will also be ecstatic to know that the new ZeeBoy Platinum and ZeeBox are coming out this June. The extent of their success may depend on the third party game offerings they’re able to attract to the platforms.

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The release images of the smaller ZenoPad and the larger version of the ZenoPhone.

Middle school newspaper reporter writes scathing article revealing location of PWN Kids’ Granola Street is truly unknown

EAST GILLEPSIE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, GILLEPSIE, FREEDEMIA– “Please tell me, How can I Get to Granola Street!!” The popular intro to the educational PTN show so many Freedemian children and children around the world love- Granola Street. However, one Freedemian media outlet isn’t holding back in their criticism of the show. 7th grader and reporter Amy Callendino for East Gillepsie Junior High School’s Gator Journal  (the school newspaper) wrote a scathing expose article in last week’s edition titled “You Really Can’t Tell Me How to Get to Granola Street, Can You?- Freedemia’s Children searching for a place that Doesn’t Exist”. Callendino focused on the suspiciously small amount known about where Granola Street is actually supposed to be, then scrutinized the few details known.

“First, let’s just go based off of appearance. The urban, but somewhat historic neighborhood seems like something that could be in the Garland Park area, considering the architecture and the appearance of the neighborhood. However, the subway station complicates this judgement- while the area looks like it should be along the Capitol Shuttle, on the show it lists routes 1, 2, and 3, none of which directly serve the area, especially not at a shared stop.”

“The largest and most specific piece of evidence we have here is once again the oh-so-famous Granola Street Subway station, pictured in almost every episode next to Goober’s Store. This stop isn’t listed on any QUARTA subway map, not even any historical maps. Even more suspicious is the sign for the station itself. According to the signage, the station is home to subway lines 1, 2, and 3. However, there isn’t a single local station in the system that is home to just lines 1, 2, and 3. In fact, the only stop in the entire system where all three stop is Fredrick Street/Convention Center, the busiest station in the QLine Metro System, home to lines 1, 1X, 2, 2X, 3, 3X, 7, 7X, 14, 14X, and AX, and eventually line 10 when it reaches completion. Frankly, based off the subway station, there’s no possible location that makes sense.”

The famous fake subway entrance sign seen so frequently on Granola Street.
Actual signage from a real QUARTA QLine station. Notice the small differences, such as the QUARTA logo and the smaller font used on the actual signage compared to that used on Granola Street.

Callendino also covered several other points, such as the fact that if there was an entire neighborhood of big furry “Funsters” living in downtown Quentinsburgh someone would have noticed by now, and the fact that the bus that ran to the local bus stop was a route 19, which in the QUARTA system cannot exist (to reduce confusion with the metro lines which at some point may number all the way from 1-19, buses are numbered 20 and up), not even mentioning the fact that the street was too small to need a “Route 19- Granola Street” bus.

Callendino’s teachers and those running the school newspaper have been supportive of the unconventional article.

“We encourage critical thinking here at EGJHS, so we wanted her to write the article. It showed that she was thinking critically and deeply about everything she interacts with,” newspaper editor and Ingerish teacher Carla Hermando explained. “It was well written and well thought-out.”

Kids Edutainment Workshop, the creator of Granola Street, released a statement today in response to the article going viral, saying “the numbering of the subway station routes was simply meant to look realistic while reinforcing numbers to kids watching at home”.

Belphenian pop singer Araki Isono calls Battle of Shirahoshi Warriors ‘weak’ in her latest single, “The Resurgence of a Fateful Day”, causes outrage on social media

Calumet City (Sakura News Center) – Many B-pop bands, and the Battle of Shirahoshi families, victims, samurai and pirates started filing complaints to the Belphenia Radio and Telecommunications Council about a Belphenian pop song that was played on national Top-40 radio, because of an offensive part of the lyrics from a member of a popular girl band based from the prefecture of Edaleria who sang her solo song, “The Resurgence of a Fateful Day”.

Araki Isono, 19, a Belphenian pop singer and member of the popular girl band Flying Petals, is under fire for singing an offensive part of the song lyrics and calling the samurai and pirates who were involved in the Battle of Shirahoshi weak. One pirate from Yaelian Prefecture said on social media that “the song is so bad, that she offended many Battle of Shirahoshi Warriors, families and victims”. “Isono does not deserve to stay with Flying Petals because she is nothing but controversy, only to offend the warriors of the Battle of Shirahoshi. Why did she make a song that is offensive to the samurai and the pirates who liberated us from Volkman… What have she done this time!” Anzai Inokawa, a member of Flying Petals said and broke down to tears when she watched the story about Isono’s latest single on our local TV Sakura affiliate BNDL-TV in Zeref.

In Beauregard, Edaleria, the samurai were angry when a local radio station played Isono’s song on Saturday. The samurai, even the city’s mayor had to resort to legal remedies with the BRTC to have the song pulled from airwaves because of the lyrics Isono was singing offended the warriors, victims, and families of the Battle of Shirahoshi.

In the music video, Isono portrayed as a homeless girl named Sarenna with her clothing ripped apart and sang the lyrics, while looking at the pirates letting one Volkman supporter and a Battle of Shirahoshi Warrior to begin a relationship across the Shirahoshi River. What you’re about to see are offensive. “For the last time, the pirate will live together with the comrade along the Shirahoshi… and he killed her, where the samurai across the river start to get frowned up and said ‘I’m supporting you all'”, Isono said when she was singing the lyrics and then, she rages. “You’re weak! The samurai are weak! The pirates are trash i*******! The elite are weak! YOU’RE ALL WEAK!!!” Then, in the video’s postlude ending, she finds a broken time machine and travels to the year 1538, and walks up to Elena Heartfilia, the founder of the original Belphenia who died in 1602 and made her cry by using expletives referring to words that describe torture. “I really hope you will suffer the consequences of being weak and pathetically ridiculous, you Nydigolithian ******!”

“That time travel scene… oh for the love of Great Heart! I can’t believe Araki Isono said that”, Taketsu Buehler, a female lead singer of Ararina saw the video on social media in disgust and flagged the video as offensive and logged out.

Belphenia’s popular pop bands Shadow’s Miracle, Distant Horizons, Ararina, SHN32, and the Angels of Seraphina took the matter to social media asking Isono to apologize to the families, victims, and warriors of the Battle of Shirahoshi through social media, national news outlets including Sakura News Center and state media for singing the lyrics that offended the samurai and pirates.

Guilds in the states of Shirahoshi and Sakura want Araki Isono expelled from Flying Petals and have the controversial song be pulled from social media and Belphenian airwaves including local and national television.