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Restaurant health scores: 3 eateries score in the 70s

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Andrea Woodard of the Knox County Health Department demonstrates the proper procedure to wash hands for food service workers.
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The following restaurants were recently evaluated by the Knox County Health Department. Restaurant scores may change with follow-up visits. For more information on health scores, visit apps.health.tn.gov/EHInspections.

Perfect score

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 950 Volunteer Landing: 100

J.C. Holdway, 501 Union Avenue: 100

Taqueria La Herraduro and commissary, 2625 N. Broadway: 100

Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, 5400 Kingston Pike: 100

Volunteer Princess, 956 Volunteer Landing Lane: 100

Gordo’s Market Catering, 3009 N. Central Street: 100

Tandur Indian Restaurant, 6502 Kingston Pike: 100

Little Bangkok, 603 Campbell Station Road: 100

Nick J’s Cafe, 1526 Lovell Road: 100

Schulz Brau Brewing, 126 Bernard Avenue: 100

Public House, 212 W. Magnolia Ave.: 100

Sweet P’s BBQ, 410 W. Jackson Ave.: 100

Pizza Hut, 7504 Clinton Highway: 100

Jackie’s Dream, 2223 McCalla Avenue: 100

Archer’s BBQ, 5415 Kingston Pike: 100

Uptown Bar Grill, 1912 Cumberland Avenue: 100

First Watch Daytime Cafe, 6474 Kingston Pike: 100

Good Golly Tamale, 112 S. Central Street: 100

Saddle Bags Bar Grill, 8503 Old Rutledge Pike: 100

Moe’s Southwest Grill, 1800 Cumberland Ave.: 100

Dine-A-Mite Diner, 611 Winona Street: 100

Priority item violations

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, 5615 Clinton Highway. Violation: Toxic substances improperly stored and identified; 95

Waffle House, 6230 Papermill Road. Violation: Toxic substances improperly stored and identified: 95

Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe, 6102 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper hot holding temperatures; improper cold holding temperatures: 95

Wendy’s, 1806 Cumberland Avenue. Violation: Toxic substances improperly stored and identified: 93

Waffle House, 411 N. Cedar Bluff Road. Violation: Food contact surfaces improperly stored and identified: 92

El Charro, 3816 Sutherland Avenue. Violation: Improper cooling time and temperature; toxic substances improperly stored and identified: 90

International House of Pancakes, 7128 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition: 90

Jeffrey’s Signature Sandwiches, 10710B Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper hot holding temperatures; improper cold holding temperatures; food products improperly separated and protected from contamination: 90

Red Onion Pizza, 3625 Sutherland Avenue. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 89

China Pearl, 115 Brooklawn Street. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized; toxic substances improperly stored and identified: 77

Wasabi, 226 Lovell Road. Violation: Noncompliant with time as a public health control policy and procedures; toxic substances improperly stored and identified; food additives noncompliant with proper use; noncompliant with Hazard Analysis Critical. Control Point policy and procedures; management not aware and/or able to demonstrate proper knowledge of duties; noncompliant with proper handwashing policy and procedures; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 73

Bombay Palace, 10901 Parkside Drive. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; food improperly separated and protected from contamination; Noncompliant with proper handwashing policy and procedures; management unaware of employee health awareness and reporting; improper cold holding temperatures; food-contact surfaces improperly stored and identified: 72

 

 

Knox County Health Department restaurant scores include a low score of 76

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The following restaurants were recently evaluated by the Knox County Health Department. Restaurant scores may change with follow-up visits. For more information on health scores, visit http://apps.health.tn.gov/EHInspections 

Perfect score

Cherry Hill Cafe, 4928 Homberg Drive: 100

J.C. Holdway, 501 Union Ave.: 100

Clubhouse, 132 Hinton: 100

Petro’s, 3001 Knoxville Center Drive: 100

Apple Cake Tea Room, 11312 Station West Blvd.: 100

Mooyah, 7301 Kingston Pike: 100

Arby’s, 6909 Kingston Pike: 100

Starbucks (kiosk), 7600 Kingston Pike: 100

Priority item violation

Turkish Market Deli, 8078 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition; improper hot holding temperatures: 95

Bida Saigon, 8078 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures: 94

Waffle House, 411 N. Cedar Bluff Road. Violation: Food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 92

Cruze Farm Asbury, 2721 Asbury Road. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures: 91

Little Joe’s Pizza, 13100 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition: 90

Bistro by the Tracks, 215 Brookview Centre Way. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; improper hot holding temperatures; noncompliant with proper hand washing policies and procedures: 88

Potrillos Taqueria, 11151 Kingston Pike. Violation: Management unaware of employee health policies and procedures; food products improperly separated and protected: 85

Colonel’s Cafe, 4809 Newcomb Ave. Violation: Toxic substances improperly stored and identified; noncompliant with proper handwashing policies and procedures; toxic substances improperly stored and identified: 83

Don Delfis, 120 West End Ave. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition; food improperly separated and protected; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized; noncompliant with proper hygienic practices: 80

Sakura King, 11145 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; noncompliant with time as a public health control policy; person in charge failed to demonstrate proper supervisory knowledge; noncompliant with proper hand washing policies and procedures; food products improperly separated and protected: 77

Sam and Andy’s West, 11110 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper cooling time and temperature; improper hot holding temperatures; improper date marking and disposition; food improperly separated and protected from contamination; noncompliant with no bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods; management noncompliant with employee health policy and procedures: 76

Did You Score a Cheap iPhone X on Black Friday? The Answer: No

In a stark turnaround from last year, only Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) launched a new phone promotion on Black Friday, according to Wave 7 Research. Last year’s provocateur, T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS) , and the other carriers continued existing deals rather than lure customers with lavish promotions for Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) iPhone X. 

“Three of four carriers changed nothing of note for Black Friday,” Wave 7 principal analyst Jeff Moore wrote in a weekend report. “Verizon, however, has run TV ads touting a one-day offer of 50% off top Android phones — with upgrading customers included.

The tepid promotional outlook provides an early read on the competitive outlook after the termination of deal talks between T-Mobile and Sprint Corp. (S) . While a larger field of wireless carriers arguably should increase competition, Sprint and T-Mobile may be paying closer attention to the fundamentals of their business. ATT Inc.  (T) is scrambling to close its purchase of Time Warner Inc. (TWX) for $108.7 billion including assumed debt, despite a Department of Justice effort to quash the deal. The telecom may have other priorities for its cash than expensive mobile promos.

In the wake of Black Friday, Verizon shares had gained 1.3% Monday morning to $47.65.

ATT shares were off 0.4% to $34.67. On Black Friday, Moore noted, the telecom continued a late October offer of a free iPhone 8 with the purchase of an iPhone X and a new line. ATT also offered discounts on Amazon.com Inc.’s (AMZN) Echo and Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) Google Home devices.

T-Mobile, whose shares were down 0.3% to $61.49 Monday morning, shook things up last Black Friday. The carrier offered a “Ditch Verizon” offer a year ago promising to pay off customers’ balance on their iPhone SE, 6S, 7 or other models if they switched.

No discounts on the iPhone X…

This year, however, the carrier stuck with an existing offer. Moore noted that since mid-November, T-Mobile has had a buy-one-get-one promotion for iPhone 8 or Plus; an iPhone 7 or Plus; a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus; and other models.

Likewise, Sprint sat tight with existing offers. Its stock was up 0.6% to $6.19 on Monday. “Sprint has no major new Black Friday offers and instead continues with its rotisserie of promos, leading with the offer of 50% off top Galaxy devices with [a] new line,” Moore wrote.

The lack of promotions for Apple’s iPhone X was surprising, Jeffrey Kvaal of Instinet LLC wrote, though the holiday shopping weekend still carried good tidings for the Cupertino, Calif., device maker.

“[T-Mobile] noted that the X has seen great demand and better supply than anticipated,” Kvaal wrote. “Both [T-Mobile] and [Verizon] expect X demand to spill into March. Fewer promos likely recognize the telcos are selling all they have.”

Demand for the iPhone X is not the only force muting the competitive offers, however. Sprint and T-Mobile dropped merger talks earlier in November. Craig Moffett of MoffettNathanson LLC suggested in a report that as the telecoms adjust to life without a megadeal — and $30 billion in savings and other benefits — they may focus more on cash and share value. 

“First, robbed of the prospect of a merger — at least for now — Sprint will now have to focus on sustainability,” Moffett wrote. “That means less, not more, promotionality.”

For its part, T-Mobile has said it will return more cash to shareholders. “That, too, likely means less, not more, promotionality,” Moffett added. 

ATT, meanwhile, is still pushing to close the Time Warner deal despite the DOJ lawsuit to block the transaction. If ATT prevailed, the telecom would have a large pile of debt to pay down.

Maybe it’s not surprising therefore, given all that, that Verizon was the only carrier with a new offer on Black Friday.

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Did You Score a Cheap iPhone X on Black Friday? The Answer: No

In a stark turnaround from last year, only Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) launched a new phone promotion on Black Friday, according to Wave 7 Research. Last year’s provocateur, T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS) , and the other carriers continued existing deals rather than lure customers with lavish promotions for Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) iPhone X. 

“Three of four carriers changed nothing of note for Black Friday,” Wave 7 principal analyst Jeff Moore wrote in a weekend report. “Verizon, however, has run TV ads touting a one-day offer of 50% off top Android phones — with upgrading customers included.

The tepid promotional outlook provides an early read on the competitive outlook after the termination of deal talks between T-Mobile and Sprint Corp. (S) . While a larger field of wireless carriers arguably should increase competition, Sprint and T-Mobile may be paying closer attention to the fundamentals of their business. ATT Inc.  (T) is scrambling to close its purchase of Time Warner Inc. (TWX) for $108.7 billion including assumed debt, despite a Department of Justice effort to quash the deal. The telecom may have other priorities for its cash than expensive mobile promos.

In the wake of Black Friday, Verizon shares had gained 1.3% Monday morning to $47.65.

ATT shares were off 0.4% to $34.67. On Black Friday, Moore noted, the telecom continued a late October offer of a free iPhone 8 with the purchase of an iPhone X and a new line. ATT also offered discounts on Amazon.com Inc.’s (AMZN) Echo and Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) Google Home devices.

T-Mobile, whose shares were down 0.3% to $61.49 Monday morning, shook things up last Black Friday. The carrier offered a “Ditch Verizon” offer a year ago promising to pay off customers’ balance on their iPhone SE, 6S, 7 or other models if they switched.

No discounts on the iPhone X…

This year, however, the carrier stuck with an existing offer. Moore noted that since mid-November, T-Mobile has had a buy-one-get-one promotion for iPhone 8 or Plus; an iPhone 7 or Plus; a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus; and other models.

Likewise, Sprint sat tight with existing offers. Its stock was up 0.6% to $6.19 on Monday. “Sprint has no major new Black Friday offers and instead continues with its rotisserie of promos, leading with the offer of 50% off top Galaxy devices with [a] new line,” Moore wrote.

The lack of promotions for Apple’s iPhone X was surprising, Jeffrey Kvaal of Instinet LLC wrote, though the holiday shopping weekend still carried good tidings for the Cupertino, Calif., device maker.

“[T-Mobile] noted that the X has seen great demand and better supply than anticipated,” Kvaal wrote. “Both [T-Mobile] and [Verizon] expect X demand to spill into March. Fewer promos likely recognize the telcos are selling all they have.”

Demand for the iPhone X is not the only force muting the competitive offers, however. Sprint and T-Mobile dropped merger talks earlier in November. Craig Moffett of MoffettNathanson LLC suggested in a report that as the telecoms adjust to life without a megadeal — and $30 billion in savings and other benefits — they may focus more on cash and share value. 

“First, robbed of the prospect of a merger — at least for now — Sprint will now have to focus on sustainability,” Moffett wrote. “That means less, not more, promotionality.”

For its part, T-Mobile has said it will return more cash to shareholders. “That, too, likely means less, not more, promotionality,” Moffett added. 

ATT, meanwhile, is still pushing to close the Time Warner deal despite the DOJ lawsuit to block the transaction. If ATT prevailed, the telecom would have a large pile of debt to pay down.

Maybe it’s not surprising therefore, given all that, that Verizon was the only carrier with a new offer on Black Friday.

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Did You Score a Cheap iPhone X on Black Friday? The Answer: No

In a stark turnaround from last year, only Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) launched a new phone promotion on Black Friday, according to Wave 7 Research. Last year’s provocateur, T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS) , and the other carriers continued existing deals rather than lure customers with lavish promotions for Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) iPhone X. 

“Three of four carriers changed nothing of note for Black Friday,” Wave 7 principal analyst Jeff Moore wrote in a weekend report. “Verizon, however, has run TV ads touting a one-day offer of 50% off top Android phones — with upgrading customers included.

The tepid promotional outlook provides an early read on the competitive outlook after the termination of deal talks between T-Mobile and Sprint Corp. (S) . While a larger field of wireless carriers arguably should increase competition, Sprint and T-Mobile may be paying closer attention to the fundamentals of their business. ATT Inc.  (T) is scrambling to close its purchase of Time Warner Inc. (TWX) for $108.7 billion including assumed debt, despite a Department of Justice effort to quash the deal. The telecom may have other priorities for its cash than expensive mobile promos.

In the wake of Black Friday, Verizon shares had gained 1.3% Monday morning to $47.65.

ATT shares were off 0.4% to $34.67. On Black Friday, Moore noted, the telecom continued a late October offer of a free iPhone 8 with the purchase of an iPhone X and a new line. ATT also offered discounts on Amazon.com Inc.’s (AMZN) Echo and Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) Google Home devices.

T-Mobile, whose shares were down 0.3% to $61.49 Monday morning, shook things up last Black Friday. The carrier offered a “Ditch Verizon” offer a year ago promising to pay off customers’ balance on their iPhone SE, 6S, 7 or other models if they switched.

No discounts on the iPhone X…

This year, however, the carrier stuck with an existing offer. Moore noted that since mid-November, T-Mobile has had a buy-one-get-one promotion for iPhone 8 or Plus; an iPhone 7 or Plus; a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus; and other models.

Likewise, Sprint sat tight with existing offers. Its stock was up 0.6% to $6.19 on Monday. “Sprint has no major new Black Friday offers and instead continues with its rotisserie of promos, leading with the offer of 50% off top Galaxy devices with [a] new line,” Moore wrote.

The lack of promotions for Apple’s iPhone X was surprising, Jeffrey Kvaal of Instinet LLC wrote, though the holiday shopping weekend still carried good tidings for the Cupertino, Calif., device maker.

“[T-Mobile] noted that the X has seen great demand and better supply than anticipated,” Kvaal wrote. “Both [T-Mobile] and [Verizon] expect X demand to spill into March. Fewer promos likely recognize the telcos are selling all they have.”

Demand for the iPhone X is not the only force muting the competitive offers, however. Sprint and T-Mobile dropped merger talks earlier in November. Craig Moffett of MoffettNathanson LLC suggested in a report that as the telecoms adjust to life without a megadeal — and $30 billion in savings and other benefits — they may focus more on cash and share value. 

“First, robbed of the prospect of a merger — at least for now — Sprint will now have to focus on sustainability,” Moffett wrote. “That means less, not more, promotionality.”

For its part, T-Mobile has said it will return more cash to shareholders. “That, too, likely means less, not more, promotionality,” Moffett added. 

ATT, meanwhile, is still pushing to close the Time Warner deal despite the DOJ lawsuit to block the transaction. If ATT prevailed, the telecom would have a large pile of debt to pay down.

Maybe it’s not surprising therefore, given all that, that Verizon was the only carrier with a new offer on Black Friday.

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Knox County Health Department gives one eatery a low score of 68

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Andrea Woodard of the Knox County Health Department demonstrates the proper procedure to wash hands for food service workers.
Saul Young/News Sentinel

The following restaurants were recently evaluated by the Knox County Health Department. Restaurant scores may change with follow-up visits. For more information on health scores visit http://apps.health.tn.gov/EHInspections

Perfect score

K.J. Cookies, 1738 W. Emory Road: 100

Empire Pizza (mobile), 10428 Kingston Pike: 100

Vienna Coffee at Regas, 318 N. Gay St.: 100

Red Hot Chili Dog (mobile), 9361 Kingston Pike: 100

Forks on the Road (mobile), 904 Turkwood Road: 100

Xtreme Sports Bar Grill, 3017 E. Magnolia Ave.: 100

Calhoun’s Banquet and Catering Kitchen, 400 Neyland Drive: 100

Pizza Hut, 2400 Chapman Highway: 100

Jersey Mike’s, 4839 Kingston Pike: 100

Firehouse Subs, 1708 W. Cumberland Ave.: 100

Starbucks, 4924 Kingston Pike: 100

Green’s Tavern, 9307 Kingston Pike: 100

Garden Grill Bar, 1719 Lake Ave.: 100

Tennessee Tap House, 350 N. Peters Road: 100

Sapphire, 428 S. Gay St.: 100

Priority violations

Calhoun’s, 400 Neyland Drive. Violation: toxic substances improperly stored and identified: 94

Balter Beerworks, 100 S. Gay St. Violation: Improper handwashing practices: 94

Cafe 4, 4 Market St. Violation: Improper reheating procedures for hot holding: 94

Calhoun’s, 10020 Kingston Pike. Violation: Food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 94

Wendy’s, 11136 Kingston Pike. Violation: Food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 93

China Lee, 8643 Middlebrook Pike. Violation: Food products not separated and protected from contamination: 92

First Watch, 111 Lovell Road. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures: 92

Northshore Brasserie, 9430 S. Northshore Drive. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; improper date marking and disposition: 92

MK’s, 1109 White Ave. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures: 92

Marco’s Pizza, 8667 Middlebrook Pike. Violation: Improper disposition of foods: 91

Chop House, 9700 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper reheating procedures for hot holding temperatures; food improperly separated and protected from contamination: 91

Rankin’s, 2200 N. Central Ave. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition; toxic substances improperly stored and identified: 89

La Parrilla, 11639 Parkside Drive. Violation: Improper reheating procedures for hot holding: 88

Cracker Barrel, 746 Campbell Station Road. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 87

Mexico Lindo, 462 N. Cedar Bluff Road. Violation:noncompliant with proper handwashing; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 86

Paul’s Oasis, 8021 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 86

International House of Pancakes, 313 Lovell Road. Violation: Improper cooling time and temperature; toxic substances improperly stored and identified; noncompliant with proper hygienic practices: 76

East Japanese Restaurant, 11509 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition; noncompliant with consumer advisory notification; management not educated on food employee awareness and reporting; noncompliant with acquired records for shell stock tags and parasite destruction; food improperly separated and protected; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 68

 

Microsoft Black Friday 2017 sale goes live early — score deals on Surface, Xbox, and Windows 10 devices right now!

592eb_Surface_Deal Microsoft Black Friday 2017 sale goes live early -- score deals on Surface, Xbox, and Windows 10 devices right now!

If there is someone in your life that loves technology, and you want to get them a really great Christmas gift, look no further than the Microsoft Store. Seriously folks, if you want to delight someone special, just get them an Xbox One or Surface. If Microsoft’s Surface-branded computers are too expensive, there are plenty of other Windows 10 devices from which to choose too.

Understandably, buying such extravagant gifts might be a hardship financially, so if you have been waiting for the best time to make that purchase, please know that now is when you should finally pull the trigger. You see, Microsoft’s Black Friday 2017 has gone live a day early! Yes, you can score a great deal on Surface, Xbox, and Windows 10 devices right now. Here’s the details, y’all.

“Starting today, you can save big on Surface, Windows Mixed Reality headsets and bundles, Windows 10 PCs — and get Xbox One S at its lowest price ever at Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com! You can also save on apps like Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018, PC games including Halo Wars 2, movies like Deadpool and Wonder Woman and more at Microsoft Store on your Xbox or Windows 10 device”, says Microsoft.

The Windows-maker further says, “Don’t forget! Microsoft Store locations nationwide will offer the first Black Friday shoppers a chance to win an Xbox One X. Be in line before the store opens on Nov. 23, in select locations and on Nov. 24, in most locations for a chance to win. Check your local Microsoft Store for more information.”

592eb_Surface_Deal Microsoft Black Friday 2017 sale goes live early -- score deals on Surface, Xbox, and Windows 10 devices right now!

Microsoft shares the full list of deals below.

Surface

Save $329 on Surface Pro bundle

Get instant savings on Surface Pro (Intel Core i5/256GB SSD) and black Type Cover.

Save $229 on Surface Pro bundle

Bundle and save on Surface Pro (Intel Core i5/128GB SSD) and black Type Cover.

Free Harman Kardon Invoke

Buy a select Surface Laptop and get the new Harman Kardon Invoke speaker for free ($199 value) – Available through Monday, Nov. 27.

Xbox

Xbox One S only $189 + free game

Score an amazing deal on an Xbox One S 500GB console, plus get a select free game of choice and one month of Xbox Game Pass.

Save $50 on Xbox One S bundles + free game

Save $50 on Xbox One S 500GB and 1TB bundles plus get a select free game.

Windows 10 PCs

Save up to $300 off select Windows 10 PCs

Looking for a new PC? Save up to $300 this holiday when you purchase a new Windows 10 PC that lights up the recently released Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The Fall Creators Update brings mixed reality and 3D to the masses, faster broadcasting for gaming, features to turn photos and videos into real memories, and much more.

Windows Mixed Reality

Save up to $100 on Windows Mixed Reality headsets

Grab instant savings on select Windows Mixed Reality headsets with motion controllers, starting at $299 – Available through Monday, Nov. 27.

Bundle and save up to $400

Get instant savings on select Windows Mixed Reality headsets and PC bundles.

Accessories

Up to $20 off Xbox controllers

Save instantly on select Xbox Wireless Controllers through Monday, Nov. 27.

Save $20 on Minecraft controller

Build, dig, and craft in style with the Xbox Wireless Controller – Minecraft Creeper.

Save $50 on Elite headset

Hear every pin drop with the Turtle Beach Elite 800x on-ear headset with noise-cancellation – Available through Monday, Nov. 27.

Digital

Up to 50% off games

Stock up on the hottest Xbox games this season like Halo Wars 2 and Super Lucky’s Tale.

Call of Duty for $49.99

Save $10 on Call of Duty: WWII.

Save $20 on Office 365 Home

Get Office 365 Home for $79.99 and get things done from virtually anywhere, on all your devices.

I am rather impressed by the free Harman Kardon Invoke with Surface Laptop deal. I have been testing the Invoke and find the sound quality to be exceptional. The Surface Laptop on its own is a very nice computer — scoring a nice Cortana-powered speaker for free is just icing on the cake.

Which products will you be buying from Microsoft? Please tell me in the comments below.

Forrester Wave report on web analytics: Adobe, AT Internet score top rank

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They may not be the sexiest of marketing tools, but web analytics continue their essential role as the radar of websites.

A new Wave report on this category from Forrester Research has pegged the venerable Adobe Analytics in the highest category of Leaders, as well as the Bordeaux, France-based AT Internet Analytics Suite.

The report, regularly available at a hefty fee for those who don’t subscribe to Forrester’s research service, is also available for free from Adobe and from AT Internet.

Among the other evaluated vendors, IBM and Google placed in the second highest category of Strong Performers, while Webtrekk, Mixpanel and Cooladata were judged as Contenders. No vendor was in the lowest category of Challengers.

These vendors were chosen because they are standalone enterprise tools having website analytics as their core functionality. They were evaluated against 32 criteria in three buckets: current offering (including data ingestion, repository, model, access, ownership, analytics and reporting, dashboard/alerts, AI, UX and ecosystem); strategy (such as product vision, road map, performance, partner ecosystem); and market presence.

As Forrester analyst and report author James McCormick pointed out in the study, “web analytics remains the most dominant digital intelligence platform capability,” alongside such other DI capabilities as behavioral targeting, online testing, digital data warehousing, application analytics, tag management, predictive analytics, Voice of Customer analysis and social analytics.

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From the Forrester Wave report on Web Analytics

Adobe’s UI is credited for becoming “more intuitive,” although the report still cited it as being “a bit daunting.” That tool also hit top scores in such areas as data ingestion, data repository, data analytics and reporting.

AT Internet was highlighted for its high customer satisfaction, while IBM was cited for easy-to-use analytics focused on conversion, loyalty and LTV (Life Time Value). Webtrekk has a competitive pricing, as well as a data management platform and a marketing automation tool.

Google, which did not actively participate in the research for the report, offers the integration of its Analytics 360 with other tools in its marketing suite, including Tag Manager 360 and Optimize 360. But, Forrester noted, Analytics 360 lacks support and capability for data management, data ownership and reporting.

This is Forrester’s first Wave report on Web Analytics since 2014. In that earlier report, Adobe and AT Internet were similarly cast as Leaders, but so were IBM and Webtrends.

This past spring, the research firm issued a Wave report on Digital Intelligence tools, a somewhat overlapping category in which Adobe’s tools, including its Analytics software, also came out on top.

(For a different perspective on enterprise tools that includes web analytics, check out our free 2016 report, “Enterprise Digital Analytics Platforms: A Marketer’s Guide.”)



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Anemic Quant Score Limit Computer Programs and Systems (CPSI) Rating


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As one of the 785 companies in the GICS Health Care sector Computer Programs and Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CPSI) is a member of the 24 company Health Care Technology GICS industry group within this sector. CPSI has a market value of $0.4 billion which is in the bottom half of its industry group. The current Portfolio Grader ranking for CPSI puts it 13 among the 24 companies in this industry group, which is a below-average position; in the top half of the sector with a ranking of 386 among the 785 companies in the sector, and number 2,504 in the nearly 5,000 company Portfolio Grader universe.

Portfolio Grader currently ranks CPSI as a Hold. The approach to investing incorporated in this tool, developed by Louis Navellier, assesses and ranks approximately 5,000 stocks each week from a fundamental and quantitative perspective. CPSI has recently seen its Portfolio Grader rating upgraded from a Sell to a Hold.

The Health Care sector is ranked number 10 among the 12 sectors in the Portfolio Grader universe putting it in the bottom quartile of all the GICS sectors. The Health Care Technology industry group is ranked 26 among the 69 industry groups within the GICS sectors, placing it near the average in terms of the Navellier scoring system.

CPSI has earned above-average scores in 3 of the 8 fundamental areas appraised by Portfolio Grader and average or below-average scores in 5 of the areas evaluated in the ranking of company stocks.

The company’s operational scores provide mixed results with rankings for operating margin and earnings growth that are above average, while the score for sales growth is below average. Scores for visibility of earnings are mixed, with rankings for earnings surprises and earnings revisions that are worse than average, while the score for earnings momentum is much better than average. CPSI’s metrics for return on equity and cash flow are worse than its industry group average. Computer Programs and Systems’ fundamental scores give CPSI a place in the third quartile of the industry group.

Portfolio Grader quantitatively gauges CPSI’s shares using the Navellier Proprietary Quantitative Score. This metric looks at CPSI’s shares from the angle of risk/reward. This exclusive scoring methodology considers the relative value of CPSI’s shares based on the current price of the shares relative to its peers, the market and risk associated with its industry and sector groups. Based on this risk/reward calculation, the company currently scores as average in its industry group compared to its peers.

Louis Navellier’s proprietary Portfolio Grader stock ranking system assesses roughly 5,000 companies every week based on a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. Stocks are given a letter grade based on their results, with A being ‘strong buy’ and F being ‘strong sell’. Explore the tool here.

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Murkowski praises Alexander-Murray health care bill CBO score – Fairbanks Daily News

FAIRBANKS — The Congressional Budget Office released the scorecard for the bipartisan Alexander-Murray health care bill last week. The report shows that the bill, The Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2017, would in fact help reduce the national deficit without diminishing health coverage by a notable margin. 

The act is the latest attempt to overhaul the current national health care system. The plan would introduce several changes to the state innovation waiver process established in section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act, which Alaska has already utilized to customize the state’s health care programs to better fit individual states’ needs.

The plan would also appropriate money for cost-sharing reductions through 2019, which President Donald Trump announced he would cut a few weeks ago.

In addition, the act would require many insurers to pay rebates to individuals and the federal government related to premiums in the nongroup health insurance market for 2018, require some existing funding for health insurance marketplace operations to be used specifically for outreach and enrollment activities for 2018 and 2019 and allow anyone in the nongroup market to purchase a catastrophic plan, a type of high-deductible health plan for people under 30 or those who qualify for a “hardship exemption.”

The CBO and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that implementing the legislation would reduce the deficit by $3.8 billion over 2018-27. They also estimated that enacting the legislation would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028. 

Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, said she has been a supporter of the bill since its original announcement and is pleased with the score.

“As an original co-sponsor of the Alexander-Murray health care bill, I’m extremely pleased with the recent CBO score showing the potential for stabilizing the market and reducing the deficit, while maintaining steady coverage,” Murkowski said. 

Murkowski said that work between all political parties is needed for the success of this type of bill, something she has been pleased to witness recently.

“We’ve had a lot of open, bipartisan discussions and they’ve led to a lot of good progress in this first step toward needed health care reform,” she said.

The full CBO report can be found at www.cbo.gov/publication/53232

Contact staff writer Erin Granger at 459-7544. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMPolitics.

Brian’s tips and tricks to the score an iPhone X (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 107)

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro Said to Take Better Pictures Than iPhone 8 Plus With DxO Mark Score of 97

Chinese conglomerate Huawei said last week that the duo of rear camera sensors on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro can take great pictures. Well, you don’t have to take Huawei’s word for it, as an independent credible firm DxO has something similar to say. DxO liked the camera sensors on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro so much, it gave it an overall score of 97 score out of 100 in its popular benchmarking test.

Last week, DxO published a comprehensive review of the camera sensors on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, surprising many when it said the Huawei Mate 10 Pro has received a full 100 for its photo performance. The company additionally gave the handset 91 for video testing.

Moving along, the sensors on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro received 86 for colour accuracy and reproduction, 96 for auto-focus, 67 for texture, 84 for flash, 40 for zoom, and 50 for bokeh effect when taking pictures. The camera sensors on the newly launched flagship smartphones offer “good detail preservation, even in low light, and low levels of noise,” DxO Mark wrote in its review. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro offers “good target exposure and wide dynamic range,” and the camera sensors are “very fast and [provide] repeatable autofocus,” the company wrote.

To put things in perspective, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have a DxO Mark score of 94, whereas the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 received a score of 94. At present, the Google’s Pixel 2 XL smartphone tops the chart with a score of 98.

Separately, Huawei has partnered with Microsoft to bring LinkedIn to Mate 10-series of smartphones. As part of the agreement, Microsoft says it is also bringing Translator app to Huawei newly-launched smartphones. Translator app, Microsoft said, will do the processing on the device itself. In a blog post, Microsoft said LinkedIn is now part of EMUI 8.

Want to score an iPhone X? Here are the best preorder tips

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It’s widely expected that the iPhone X will be in very, very limited supply when Apple begins taking preorders on Oct. 27. In order to have one in your hands on launch day, well, it’s going to take a bit of luck and a lot of planning ahead.

1. Set an alarm (or three)

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Be prepared to stay up late, or wake up really early, if you’re in the US. Apple’s preorders typically start at 12:01 a.m. PT/3:01 a.m. ET/8.01 a.m. UK/6 p.m. AEDT. Set multiple alarms to ensure you don’t sleep through the preorder. (Probably not a problem in Australia.)

2. Pay your wireless bill

Make sure your wireless bill is paid up. There’s nothing more disappointing during the iPhone order process than being told you need to pay your bill before the order can go through.

3. Confirm your upgrade status

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Just because you’re on a payment plan for your current phone doesn’t mean you’re eligible for an upgrade. Sometimes another payment toward your device needs to be paid; other times your carrier may ask for a bigger payoff before you’re eligible to upgrade.

In other words, log into your account through your carrier’s website and ensure you’re able to upgrade. Make any payments that will be required now, not on Oct. 27.

4. Get preapproved for the iPhone Upgrade Program

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Starting Oct. 23, members of Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program can take all of the necessary steps to complete the upgrade process, short of actually ordering the iPhone X. According to Apple’s upgrade site, members can use the Apple Store app to prepare for the preorder between Oct. 23 and Oct. 26. After that, apparently, you’re on your own. 

5. Use the Apple Store app

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By far the best way to order previous iPhones is through the Apple Store iOS app. The past few preorders I’ve placed have been through the app without a single issue. Most of the time the app is the first thing to come back after Apple takes the store offline.

Download the Apple Store app, then be sure to log into your Apple account.

One last thing: Go in right now and “heart” the iPhone X model you want. By doing so you can quickly pull up the exact model when it comes time to order through the Account tab.

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6. Multiple tabs

Despite the ease of use and success rate of the Apple Store app, it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan. Have a computer nearby with multiple tabs open.

I typically have one tab pointed at my carrier’s website and another at the Apple Store. Using Chrome, I use this Auto Refresh extension and set it to refresh each tab every 5 seconds. Once the preorder goes live, I then quickly disable the extension.

7. Unfreeze your credit

Interacting with a carrier or Apple and taking part in one of the many iPhone upgrade programs typically requires some sort of credit check during the checkout process. And following the Equifax hack, you may have put a freeze on your credit.

With that in mind, you don’t want to miss out on a launch day unit just because you forgot to remove the freeze on your credit. In fact, you can do this right now through all three credit monitoring services, schedule a temporary freeze removal, and have it go back in place on Oct. 28. Below are direct links to each company’s respective page for doing just that:

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Want to score an iPhone X? Follow these preorder tips

It’s widely expected that the iPhone X will be in very, very limited supply when Apple begins taking preorders on Oct. 27. In order to have one in your hands on launch day, well, it’s going to take a bit of luck and a lot of planning ahead.

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1. Set an alarm (or three)

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Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

Be prepared to stay up late, or wake up really early. Apple’s preorders typically start at 12:01 a.m. PT/3:01 a.m. ET. Set multiple alarms to ensure you don’t sleep through the preorder.

2. Pay your wireless bill

Make sure your wireless bill is paid up. There’s nothing more disappointing during the iPhone order process than being told you need to pay your bill before the order can go through.

3. Confirm your upgrade status

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Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

Just because you’re on a payment plan for your current smartphone doesn’t mean you’re eligible for an upgrade. Sometimes another payment toward your device needs to be paid; other times your carrier may ask for a bigger payoff before you are eligible to upgrade.

In other words, log into your account through your carrier’s website and ensure you are able to upgrade. Make any payments that will be required now, not in the early morning hours of Oct. 27.

4. Use the Apple Store app

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Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

By far the best way to order previous iPhones is through the Apple Store iOS app. The past few preorders I’ve placed have been through the app without a single issue. Most of the time the app is the first thing to come back after Apple takes the store offline.

Download the Apple Store app, then be sure to log into your Apple account.

One last thing: Go in right now and “heart” the iPhone X model you want. By doing so you can quickly pull up the exact model when it comes time to order through the Account tab.

5. Multiple tabs

Despite the ease of use and success rate of the Apple Store app, it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan. Have a computer nearby with multiple tabs open.

I typically have one tab pointed at my carrier’s website and another at the Apple Store. Using Chrome, I use this Auto Refresh extension and set it to refresh each tab every 5 seconds. Once the preorder goes live, I then quickly disable the extension.

6. Unfreeze your credit

Interacting with a carrier or Apple and taking part in one of the many iPhone upgrade programs typically requires some sort of credit check during the checkout process. And with the Equifax hack, you may have put a freeze on your credit.

With that in mind, you don’t want to miss out on launch day unit just because you forgot to remove the freeze on your credit. In fact, you can do this right now through all three credit monitoring services, schedule a temporary freeze removal, and have it go back in place on October 28. Below are direct links to each company’s respective page for doing just that:

Score a new iPhone? Here are 5 things you need to do

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In this week’s surf report, Marc Saltzman looks at a new back up options for your iPhone – the iXpand Base.
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You excitedly preordered one of the new iPhones, and after what felt like an eternity, the shiny new device is finally in your hands.

Now what?

If you’re like many smartphone owners, you toss your old device into a drawer and start to set up the new phone – but you might be making the transition more difficult than it needs to be, and perhaps carrying over some not-so-great habits from your old iPhone to your new one.

To get the most out of your iPhone 8 (from $699) or iPhone 8 Plus (from $799) – available as of Friday – consider these following suggestions right off the bat.

1. Keep everything (for now)

Don’t ditch your old phone just yet. You’re likely going to need it to migrate content to the new iPhone you just bought. If emails I receive from readers are any indication, many people prematurely sell, trade-in or hand-down an older phone, only to realize you didn’t quite get everything you needed off the old device.

Unless you’re selling your old iPhone, you can also keep and use your older charger cable and earbuds — though you’ll have to use an adaptor for the earbuds, as there’s no headphone jack on iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus.

Speaking of keeping things, when you buy your new iPhone, don’t ditch the receipt or box. Some retailers don’t accept returns without boxes. Or if you want to resell your iPhone privately one day — perhaps on eBay, Craigslist, or Gazelle — it’ll help your chances of selling it if you list the box is included.

More: How to make the most money selling your old iPhone

More: Genius new uses for that old iPhone

2. Restore!

If you were using an older iPhone and liked your settings and apps, and such, it’s super easy to set up your new iPhone to look and operate like your old one.

PC and Mac users can simply plug in the old iPhone into the USB port, and once iTunes opens, choose to back-up its contents to the computer’s hard drive – if iTunes doesn’t do this automatically for you. Once the process is completed, plug the new iPhone into the USB port and in iTunes, click Restore backup.

You can also do this through Apple’s cloud service, iCloud, but you only get 5 gigabytes (GB) of storage for free.

As I discussed in a recent Surf Report column, if you’re moving from an Android to an iPhone, the best way to move your info over to the new phone is with the help of Apple’s Move to iOS app, available on the Google Play store. (You’ll need a device running Android 4.0 or newer).

More: How to switch from Android to iPhone, and what you lose if you do

More: How to switch from Android to iPhone, and what you lose if you do

3. Set up your new device (just right)

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If you chose to restore your old iPhone’s contents then many of your preferences and settings will be imported into the new iPhone.

If not, you might go through a bit of trial and error to setup the new iPhone the way you want, but here are a few tips.

Register a fingerprint and passcode right when you set up the new device instead of pressing “Skip,” as you’ll want to prevent anyone from accessing your phone if it’s lost or stolen. Your fingerprint on the Touch ID sensor (integrated into the Home button) will also let you purchase things online or at retail (via Apple Pay, which you should also set up on your new device). Set up “Find My Phone,” in case you misplace your iPhone, so you can remotely wipe its data clean, place a message on the screen (“Call me for a reward”), or track it on a map. But always work with authorities to retrieve a stolen iPhone rather than attempting it on your own.

Get to know Siri, as your personal assistant can help you get more done in less time. Ask questions, give commands, and let Siri write your text messages and emails for you (but review before you send). Siri is getting smarter in iOS 11. Speaking of which, get to know the new operating system, which includes many new features, ranging from a revamped Messages app and new control center to an updated App Store and beefier Notes section.

Finally, set up the icons however you like. There’s no rule of thumb, but most people place their most-used icons on the bottom of the phone for easy access – and yes, you can change, move around, or add to what Apple starts you off with. Download new apps from the App Store to customize your phone to your liking.

More: 5 new features worth checking out on iOS11

More: iOS 11 is coming. Here’s how to download it and what to expect

4. Protect your investment

While there’s no shortage of accessories for your new iPhone, there’s only one that’s a “need to have” rather than a “nice to have,” and that’s a protective case.

In fact, you can’t afford not to have one. It doesn’t take much to drop a smartphone, so be sure to invest in a fitted case that can protect the device. While some can be expensive, cases for all the popular smartphones can be found at your local dollar store, believe it or not (though you might need to wait a bit for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models).

If you’re really the klutzy type, or perhaps work in the field, you might consider a more ruggedized case, such as the Otterbox products, that completely safeguards the phone from environmental hazards.

Thin and transparent shields can be placed on the front of the smartphone, to protect its screen from scratches.

You might consider AppleCare, Apple’s extended warranty program, but you’ll need to see if you can afford it, and be aware of what it covers and what it doesn’t.

More: AppleCare for iPhone X is most expensive phone coverage ever. Is it worth it?

More: No, you don’t need a solar filter on your iPhone

5. Make backup a regular thing

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Just in case your phone is lost, stolen or damaged, it’s imperative to back-up your new iPhone on a regular basis.

Make it a habit to do it every night, whether you plug it into a PC or Mac (and let iTunes do the back-up), or use iCloud (200GB for $2.99/month), or go with a clever accessory that can manage this all for you.

A new accessory called SanDisk iXpand Base can be placed anywhere there’s an electrical outlet, and when you connect your iPhone with its cable, it not only charges up your iPhone but it also backs-up its photos, videos and contacts to the base – creating a second copy of these valuable files should you need it. You can also remove the SD card out of the back of the base and insert it into a computer to view the photos and videos. There are four storage options in total, ranging from 32GB ($49) and going up to 256GB ($199).

Another option is your own personal cloud. Western Digital’s My Cloud Home storage device (from $139 for 2 terabytes) plugs directly into your home’s Wi-Fi router, so you can save all your digital content in one place. Automatically back up the photos and videos on your phone, via the app, plus you can wirelessly back up and sync your PC and Mac computers, and cloud accounts. Storage options go all the way up to 8TB ($284).

Follow Marc on Twitter: @marc_saltzman. Or visit www.marcsaltzman.com.

 

GOP rep.: ‘Terrible thing’ to vote on health care without CBO score

Washington (CNN)Rep. James Comer, R-Kentucky, expressed concern Thursday about the prospect of the Senate voting on a health care bill without an assessment from the Congressional Budget Office.

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