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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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Fast food joints are cleaner than swanky restaurants and even cleaner than your home kitchen! Sean Dowling (@seandowlingtv) has more.
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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

Huawei Mate 10 Pro scores record-breaking pre-orders in Europe

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Huawei unveiled its Mate 10 Pro in Germany on October 16 alongside the standard Huawei Mate 10. The latest devices in Huawei’s “Mate” range of phablets, these had the difficult task of going on sale during a period which would also see the launch of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Apple iPhone X from the company’s main competitors.

Despite the challenging circumstances, Huawei has revealed that the Mate 10 Pro has become its fastest-selling smartphone in Western Europe. In a statement, Huawei said that the device surpassed “all previous” company records for pre-orders in Western Europe, and that it also “exceeded internal sales targets for pre-order by over 100%.” Huawei didn’t reveal exactly how many device pre-orders were taken, however.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro launches in the UK, Vodafone giving free Watch 2 to first 1,000 buyers

The Mate 10 Pro boasts a bezel-less, 18:9 display, Hisilicon Kirin 970 and an outstanding camera. It’s also water-resistant, unlike the Mate 10 standard, but is also a little more expensive at €799 (~$950) compared to €699 (~$830). You can read more about the differences between these two in our Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro review; we said that, despite some caveats, they are “incredible” smartphones.

Meanwhile, Huawei isn’t the only company announcing record-breaking sales this week — the OnePlus 5T was revealed as the fastest-selling OnePlus smartphone only a couple of days ago.

Does Huawei have what it takes to achieve its goal of becoming the number one smartphone vendor by 2022? Give us your thoughts in the comments.

ASUS’ Windows 10 ARM device benchmark scores appears on GeekBench

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In late 2016, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced ‘Windows 10 on ARM‘ project and earlier this year, Qualcomm revealed that HP, Lenovo, and ASUS are already testing Windows 10 devices with Snapdragon 835 processor. We recently reported the specs of HP’s Windows 10 ARM device and today ASUS’ Windows 10 ARM device appeared on GeekBench.

The device with name “ASUS TP370QL” appeared on GeekBench and the benchmark has revealed the specs of ASUS’ Windows 10 device-powered by ARM chipset. The Windows 10 ARM device from ASUS comes with 4GB of RAM and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, according to the benchmark results.

The device scored 3,174 points in multi-core benchmark test and 818 points in the single-core benchmark test. However, the benchmark only measures the efficiency of the emulation and not the actual power of the device.

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Windows 10 devices with the ARM-based processor are inching closer to a retail near you and recently Pete Bernard, group program manager for Windows expressed his excitement about the Windows 10 on ARM project. He revealed Windows 10 ARM devices will offer all-day long battery life and the results were also confirmed by Qualcomm.

“The PC space and the phone space have been sort of in parallel universes for a couple of decades… what two better companies to bring those worlds together than Microsoft and Qualcomm?” he said. While Windows 10 on ARM project sounds great, it’s difficult to forecast how sales will evolve after the first devices hit the market.


Knox County Health Department’s Restaurant inspection scores

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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

Steak n Shake, 500 E. Emory Road: 100

New Full House, 3507 W. Emory Road: 100

Hibachi Factory, 1815 Cumberland Avenue: 100

Shono’s Japanese Grill, 120 S. Peters Road: 100

Billiards Brews, 8705 Unicorn Drive: 100

Time Warp Tea Room, 1209 N. Central: 100

Wild Love Bakehouse, 1625 N. Central: 100

Sonic, 5003 Millertown Pike: 100

Copper Cellar (downstairs), 1807 Cumberland Avenue: 100

Preservaton Pub (upper kitchen), 28 Market Square: 100

Foundry, 747 Worlds Fair Park Drive: 100

Texas Roadhouse, 3071 Kinzel Way: 100

Mabel’s Cafe, University of Tennessee, 2640 Morgan Cr.: 100

Priority items

Zoe’s Kitchen, 6638 Kingston Pike. Violation: Food-contact surfaces improperly stored and identified: 94

Tokyo Hibachi and Sushi, 9470 S. Northshore Drive. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures:94

The Front Porch, 1509 W. Emory Road. Violation: Toxic substances improperly stored and identified: 94

Salsarita’s, 570 E. Emory Road. Violation: Toxic substances improperly stored and identified: 93

Aubrey’s, 6005 Brookvale Lane. Violation: Improper reheating of hot holding foods: 93

Mama Mia Cuisine, 9115-C Executive Park Drive. Violation: Improper cooling time and temperature; improper cold holding temperatures: 93

Fuji Japanese Grill, 10508 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper cooling time and temperature; noncompliant with time as a public health control policy and procedures: 93

Qdoba, University of Tennessee, 1000 Phillip Fulmer Way. Violation: Improper hot holding temperatures: 93 

Panda Express, University of Tennessee, 1659 Cumberland Avenue. Violation: Noncompliant with good conditioned food products: 92

Asia Cafe West, 8111 Gleason Drive. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; noncompliant with time as a public health control policy and procedures: 91

Panda Express, University of Tennessee, 1000 Phillip Fulmer Way. Violation: Food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 91

Copper Cellar (upstairs), 1807 Cumberland Ave.: Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures: 91

Texas Roadhouse, 3071 Kinzel Way. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures: 91

Austin’s Steak Buffet, 900 Merchants Drive. Violation: Food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 90

Raising Cane’s, University of Tennessee, 1659 Cumberland Avenue. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 88

Crown Plaza (kitchen), 401 Summitt Hill Drive. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; improper date marking and disposition; noncompliant with food products improperly cleansed and sanitized: 87

Brown Bag, 800 S. Gay Street. Violation: Improper hot holding temperatures; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 87

El Mezcal, 11110 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper cooling time and temperatures; improper cold holding temperatures; improper date marking and disposition; toxic substances improperly stored and identified; food-contact surfaces improperly stored and identified; noncompliant with bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods; management unaware of food employee health reporting: 71

Kabuki, 10901 Parkside Drive. Violation: Noncompliant with time as a public health control policy and procedures; toxic substances improperly stored and identified; food products improperly separated and protected; noncompliant with food sourcing records;  food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized; noncompliant with bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat foods: 65

 

 

Tennessee restaurants listed on Yelp will now display health scores

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When deciding where to dine out, a number of things come into play.

For the single person it might be choosing a place where friends are likely to be found. For parents it’s often a family-friendly restaurant with a children’s menu. As for the retired couple, it could be as simple as what eatery is nearest to home or maybe the latest restaurant being touted by their friends or colleagues.

Then again the decision may be made strictly from customer reviews and the star rating system found on Yelp, a crowd-sourcing website/app that rates restaurants through customer reviews.

What is rarely considered are the restaurant health scores. After all, who takes the time to search the State of Tennessee Department of Health’s website to check that before dining? A fair guess would be few to zero. That’s one reason why Yelp has decided to do it for you, beginning today for Tennessee restaurants. 

Luther Lowe, vice president of public policy for Yelp, said in 2013 when the company began posting restaurant health scores in the San Francisco area, data showed a 13 percent reduction in food-borne illnesses compared with the year before.

“It not only raised the standard and practices within the industry, it also had positive health benefits and in all likelihood could have saved lives,” Lowe said.

To showcase Tennessee’s scores, Yelp has contracted with HD Scores, a business that will collect the data of more than 16,000 eateries and provide it to Yelp for display. The scores will be updated daily.

“We don’t decide where we are going to eat the same way that we did 20 years ago. Today we use apps and the internet. With this, the person stays in Yelp. To get more detailed violations, the score links to the statewide website,” Lowe said.

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The Knoxville News Sentinel, a USA TODAY NETWORK publication, gathers and posts restaurant health scores from Knox County Health Department on a weekly basis.

When a restaurant is found to have a priority violation, the eatery must be reinspected within 15 days and a new updated score is given. That process could cause the published score to not be the latest received by the restaurant.

Katharine Killen, community relations director for the Knox County Health Department, states that they enter the health scores electronically “at least weekly into the state’s database.”

Lowe said “as soon as it is put on the government server, we will have it on to Yelp within a week or less.”

Via an email, Elizabeth Hart, associate director for the Office of Communication Media Relations for the Tennessee Department of Health, said an overnight update to the health score database is done daily.  

“As always, inspections are a snapshot of the food establishment at the time. If anyone has a question about one specifically, they are encouraged to contact their local health department or the Tennessee Department of Health,” she wrote.

Scores have been appearing on Yelp pages in other states for some time. Lowe said as a rule the industry is not “thrilled” by the posting.

However, he said consumers have been thrilled with the information.

“Sometimes they will see a restaurant with a strong star rating but bad hygiene score. That’s a factor that they wouldn’t have otherwise been able to consider when choosing a restaurant. It sends a strong message to the restaurant industry that if you don’t stay on top of your game and clean up your act — if you are one of the bad ones — then everyone will know that on your Yelp page. That’s an additional piece of pressure designed to really empower and protect the consumer,” Lowe said.

 

 

Windows 10 on Snapdagon 835 Geekbench scores are uninspiring

Microsoft has made it no secret that it will put Windows 10 on ARM devices, specifically on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset. It has, however, denied that will take the form of a smartphone as some have hoped for. Which is probably all for the best, if this sighting on Geekbench is any indicator. While it is, perhaps, impressive that we are able to see figures for Windows 10 running on a Snapdragon 835 board at all, the scores it yielded are way below what you’d expect from the processor, at least compared to Android running on the same chip.

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Windows 10 ARM Notebooks: Geekbench Scores, HP Launching 12” Notebook With 8GB RAM & 256GB Storage

In a couple of weeks we should begin to see the first set of Windows 10 ARM notebooks get announced. Microsoft and Qualcomm disclosed months ago that Windows notebooks powered by ARM chips – the snapdragon 835 for now – will be announced by the end of the year.

With roughly 6 weeks left in 2017, new info about the devices have begin to show up online. Findings carried out by Roland Quandt of Winfuture.de show that over the past couple of months, a device listed as Qualcomm CLS has been listed on Geekbench.

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This device is shown in multiple listings to be running 32-bit Windows 10 S or Windows 10 Pro hinting at models for professional as well as educational categories. The device which was first benchmarked in June has appeared multiple times this month on the site.

Some of the listing shows the device with 8GB of RAM and powered by an octa-core processor clocked between 1.9GHz and 2.2GHz. However, their test scores are not impressive.

Of all the entries listed, 1202 points is the highest single core score recorded and 4263 points is the highest multi-core score recorded. That pales to current Snapdragon 835 phones which score nearly 2000 points in the single core test and over 6000 in the multi-core test. But since these are prototypes, there is a chance scores will be higher when they launch.

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For the ARM notebooks, Microsoft and Qualcomm have signed up with multiple partners. One of them is HP and details of a Snapdragon 835 notebook has been seen on its CarePack Database.

READ MORE: Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore Says Windows Phone Is No Longer Company’s Focus

Apart from having the SD 835 on board, the laptop will have a 12-inch display and be available in 4GB RAM and 8GB RAM versions with 128GB and 256GB UFS storage.

(Sources: 1, 23)

 

 

 

Knox County health scores: See which restaurant scored a 50

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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 https://apps.health.tn.gov/EHInspections.

Perfect score

Village Bakery, 6202 Chapman Highway: 100

Kazoku Hibachi Express, 1328 Candlewick Road: 100

Bijou Theater Catering, 803 S. Gay Street: 100

Savory and Sweet (Mobile), 200 Hartford Rd.: 100

The Tree and Vine, 439 Union Avenue: 100

Copper Cellar/Cappuccinos, 7316 Kingston Pike: 100

Q-doba Mexican Grill, 7339 Kingston Pike: 100

Golden Garden, 5737 Western Avenue: 100

Brenz Pizza Co., 1705 Cumberland Avenue: 100

The Hill, 1105 Forest Avenue: 100

Sugar Momma’s, 135 S. Gay Street: 100

Market House Cafe, 36 Market Square: 100

Wendy’s, 425 E. Emory Road: 100

Taco Bell, 401 Lovell Road: 100

Five Guys, 7531 Barnett Way: 100

Inskip Grill, 101 E. Inskip Drive: 100

The Tomato Head, 12 Market Square: 100

Panda House, 9209 Middlebrook Pike: 100

Barberito’s, 215 Brookview Center Way: 100

Surin of Thailand, 6213 Kingston Pike: 100

Trio Cafe, 13 Market Square: 100

The Casual Pint, 421 Union Avenue: 100

Priority violations

TBE Coffee Shop at City County Building, 400 Main Street. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; improper hot holding temperatures: 95

Prime Time NY Style Hot Dog, 800 S. Gay Street. Violation: Improper hot holding temperatures: 95

Regal Riviera 8 Theatre, 510 S. Gay Street. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures: 94

Pero’s on the Hill, 7206 Northshore Drive. Violation: Food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 94

LaFetta’s Soul Food Restaurant, 703 N. Cherry Street. Violation: Improper hot holding temperatures; improper cold holding temperatures: 93

Dragon Den Restaurant, 10205 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition: 93

Not Watson’s, 15 Market Square. Violation: Noncompliant with no bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods: 93

LaFiesta Mexican Restaurant, 5707 Western Avenue. Violation: Noncompliant with good hygienic practices: 92

Asian Hibachi, 7241 S. Northshore Drive. Violation: Noncompliant with food in good condition policy and procedures: 92

O’Charley’s, 8077 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper hot holding temperatures; improper cold holding temperatures; noncompliant with food in good condition policy and procedures; 90

Calhoun’s, 6515 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper reheating procedures for hot holding foods; noncompliant with bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods: 90

Crown Goose, 123 S. Central. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition; 89

Petro’s, 7005 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition; noncompliant with approved food sources: 89

McDonald’s, 327 Lovell Road. Violation: Food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized; toxic substances improperly stored and identified: 88

Star of Knoxville Commissary, 300  Neyland Drive. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition; Food contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 88

Ray’s Deli, 7220 Chapman Highway. Violation: Improper hot holding temperatures; improper date marking and disposition: 88

Krystal, 410 Lovell Road. Violation: Toxic substances improperly stored and identified; noncompliant with proper handwashing policy and procedures: 85

Sonic, 10704 Kingston Pike. Violation: Noncompliant with proper handwashing policy and procedures; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized; management noncompliant with food employee health awareness/reporting: 82

Babalu Tacos and Tapas, 412 S. Gay Street. Violation: noncompliant with proper handwashing policy and procedures; food improperly separated and protected from contamination; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized; 82

Chef’s Asian Cuisine, 110 Hardin Valley Drive. Violation: Improper cooling time and temperatures; improper cold holding temperatures; improper date marking and disposition; noncompliant with proper handwashing policy and procedures; food-contact surfaces imiproperly cleansed and sanitized: 80

Azul Tequila, 11242 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized; person in charge noncompliant with employee health policy and procedures; person in charge noncompliant with supervisory duties; improper cold holding temperatures; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed andn sanitized; improper cold holding temperatures: 79

Bojangles, 505 Lovell Road. Violation: Toxic substances improperly stored and identified; person in charge noncompliant with food employee health awareness and reporting; noncompliant with proper handwashing policy and procedures: 78

Rice King, 12564 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; improper date marking and disposition; person in charge noncompliant with food employee health awareness and reporting; food improperly separated and protected from contamination; toxic substances improperly stored and identified: 77

House of Dragon, 1902 Cumberland Avenue. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; improper date marking and disposition; person in charge noncompliant with supervisory duties; food improperly separated and protected from contamination; noncompliant with food from approved sources: 75

Woodlands Indian Restaurant, 8520 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition; toxic substances improperly stored and identified; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 75

Asia Kitchen, 8511 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; improper date marking and disposition; toxic substances improperly stored and identified; food contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized; food improperly separated and protected from contamination; noncompliant with proper hand washing policy and procedures; person in charge noncompliant with supervisory duties; management noncompliant with food employee health awareness and reporting: 50

 

 

iPhone X scores 97 on DxOMark camera ranking, just behind Google Pixel 2

DxOMark has today released its review of the iPhone X camera setup, which sees Apple’s premium iPhone score 97, one point below the highest rated mobile camera, the Google Pixel 2.


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It’s important to remember that rating camera performance is a somewhat subjective matter. While DxOMark certainly does a thorough job testing cameras in all sorts of conditions, it is a human who scores each attribute. Also, keep in mind DxOMark scores are not out of 100 possible points, but rather a weighted mix of scores from its photo and video tests. At some point we’ll see an overall score push pass 100 (the iPhone X scored a 101 in the photo subcategory). For a more DxO info, check out this great explainer by MKBHD.

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus took the top spots on DxoMarks mobile list when they launched with scores of 92 and 94, respectively. Then Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 tied the iPhone 8 Plus, and most recently Google’s Pixel 2 took the number one spot with a 98 (the highest score yet).

In the beginning of the review, DxOMark notes that the iPhone X scores better than the iPhone 8 Plus with the help of a few features unique to the newest iPhone.

The dual 12Mp sensors remain, including the same wide-angle f/1.8 lens with optical image stabilization (OIS) for the main camera, but for the second camera, there’s an improved telephoto lens that features a wider-aperture f/2.4 lens with OIS. The front-facing camera gets an upgrade, too, with new Face ID technologies benefitting selfie enthusiasts, including improved depth-mapping that makes Portrait mode and bokeh simulation possible.

While the iPhone X has the second best mobile camera overall per DxO, it did earn the highest overall score the for photo category with 101 points.

The iPhone X camera does really well in high-contrast environments, as well as producing “excellent” exposures outside as well as in bright light. Here are a couple of DxOMark’s shots highlighting these strengths.

Here’s a comparison between the iPhone X, Google Pixel 2, and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8. Performance like the image below earned the X a score of 90 for ‘Exposure and Contrast.’

DxO found the iPhone X to perform considerably better than the 8 Plus with both zoom and Bokeh shots with its new telephoto lens.

Fine detail preservation is noticeably improved as well; and noise is reduced for cleaner results, although some structured noise remains visible in uniform areas.

While DxO notes it is impressive that the iPhone X can shoot 4K at 60fps, it performs all testing at default settings, which is 1080p at 30fps. The overall score for the video portion was lower at 89. It received the lowest marks in that category for texture and noise.

DxO doesn’t share the video testing in its review, but shares a shorter synopsis toward the end.

Low light remains challenging with iPhone X videos, however, with noticeable underexposure, visible luminance noise, and slight irregularities in autofocus and tracking affecting sharpness — although considering the conditions, these remain just about acceptable. In good light, though, video autofocus and tracking is both fast and accurate, and the iPhone X’s video stabilization is generally excellent, aside from occasional high-frequency oscillations, which are visible when shooting video with walking movement.

Check out the full review here.


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Knox County Restaurant Health Scores

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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

Waffley Good (Mobile), 721 Broome Road: 100

Bradley’s, 141 N. Peters Road, 141 N. Peters Road: 100

Diamond Car Wash and Deli, 2908 E. Magnolia Ave.: 100

Froyoz, 2041 Town Center Blvd.: 100

Meatball Madness and More, 1536 Blackwood Drive: 100

Wise Guys Pizza Kitchen, 8078 Kingston Pike: 100

Golden Roast, 825 Melrose Place: 100

Krystal, 400 Chapman Highway: 100

Paleo Food Cafe, 2900 Alcoa Highway: 100

Okie Joe’s, 226 Andrew Johnson Highway: 100

Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza, 113 N. Peters Road: 100

The Cafe at Tennova North, 7551 Danaher Drive: 100

Elkmont Exchange, 745 N. Broadway: 100

BG Catering/Henry’s, 7231 Tazewell Pike: 100

Zaxby’s, 607 E. Emory Road: 100

Arby’s, 608 E. Emory Road: 100

Stock Burger’s Restaurant, 1420 Emory Road: 100

Priority item violations

Hardee’s, 7201 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper hot holding temperatures: 95

Quaker Steak Lube, 8355 Kingston Pike. Violation: Food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 95

Longhorn Steakhouse, 7740 Kingston Pike. Violation: Food-contactc surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 95

Merelli’s Italian Cuisine, 4884 Chambliss. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures: 95

Einstein Brothers Bagels, 1049 N. Cedar Bluff Road. Violation: Noncompliant with no bare-hand contact with with ready-to-eat foods policy and procedures: 94

Olive Garden, 7206 Kingston Pike. Violation: Noncompliant with proper handwashing policy and procedures: 93

Chick-fil-A, 7565 Mountain Grove. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures: 93

Waffle House, 7414 Strawberry Plains Pike. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures: 93

Bistro at the Bijou, 807 S. Gay Street. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition: 93

Fulini Asian Cuisine, 2060 Town Center Blvd. Violation: Food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 93

Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant, 7509 Chapman Highway. Violation: Improper cooling time and temperatures; improper cold holding temperatures: 93

Chop House, 48701 Harvest Mill Way. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures: 93

Sami’s Cafe, 9700 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper cooling time and temperatures; improper cold holding temperatures; improper date marking and disposition: 93

Scruffy City Kitchen, 32 Market Square. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition; noncompliiant with food in good condition policy and procedures: 90

Jimmy John’s, 6718 Papermill Road. Violation: Improper cooling time and temperatures; toxic substances improperly stored and identified: 89

Salsaritas, 10919 Parkside Drive. Violation: Improper cooling time and temperature: 89

Zhu Garden, 120 S. Peters Road. Violation: Management not aware of employee health policy and procedures; improper date marking and disposition: 88

Noodles Co., 11083 Parkside Drive. Violation: Noncompliant with proper hygiene practices and procedures: 87

Twin Peaks, 135 N. Northshore Drive. Violation: Improper reheating procedures for hot holding foods; noncompliant with proper handwashing policy and procedures: 84

Oodles, 18 Market Square. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition; food improperly separated to prevent contamination; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 84

The Alley Bar Grill, 7355 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; toxic substances improperly stored and identified; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 80

McDonald’s, 10708 Hardin Valley Road. Violation: Food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized; noncompliant with Time as a public health control procedures; Noncompliant with proper hygienic practices; noncompliant with barehand contact with ready-to-eat-foods; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 78

 

 

 

 

Arkansas To Award Cash For AP Computer Science Exam Scores

Arkansas will be handing out cash to high school students who pass an Advanced Placement test in computer science. The Arkansas Department of Education announced the launch of the Arkansas Advanced Placement Computer Science A Incentive Program designed to encourage computer science education by rewarding students as well as schools.

The department will award $1,000 for a student and $250 for a school for a score of five – the highest possible AP exam score. That’s reduced to a $750 payout per student and $150 per school for a four on the test. And for a score of three – the lowest score most colleges accept for credit – a student can take home $250, with the school pulling in $50.

The state as a whole, at the backing of Governor Asa Hutchinson, has made a push toward more computer science education in the last couple years. All high schools are required to offer a computer science course.

A news release from ADE notes payments to schools and students “are subject to program and funding availability.” Those who receive a qualifying AP exam score between August 1, 2017 and May 30, 2018 are eligible. Payments will be processed by September 30, 2018.

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Exclusive: iPhone 8 Scores Top Marks In LTE Speed Tests (Sort Of)

The iPhone 8 is the fastest iPhone ever, although it doesn’t quite match up to gigabit LTE phonesand you have to be careful about which model you get. Our testing shows that the iPhone 8 supports 600Mbps speeds on US and Canadian networks, much like the Essential Phone PH-1 does. It lacks the 4×4 MIMO antennas needed to extend speed and coverage on US networks to the levels seen on the Samsung Galaxy S8, however. But that’s not quite the whole story.

Two iPhones, Maybe Three

There are three versions of the iPhone 8/Plus on sale around the world. One has a Qualcomm X16 modem and is sold as the unlocked US unit, or with Sprint, Verizon, and Australian carriers. The second, which we have not yet tested, is sold by ATT, T-Mobile, and Canadian carriers. We are assuming that one has an Intel XMM7480 modem. There is also a Japanese version, only available in Japan.

We go into the difference between the two US iPhone models in our story Why You Should Buy an Unlocked or Verizon iPhone 8, iPhone X. To make a long story short, the Intel model lacks support for the CDMA system that Sprint and Verizon use, and may have weaker performance overall.

We took a look inside the Qualcomm iPhone with the help of Ookla’s Milan Milanovic. (Note: Ookla is owned by Ziff Davis, PCMag.com’s parent company.) Milanovic has a key piece of equipment we don’t have in-house, provided by Rohde Schwarz. Along with its invaluable engineering support, Rohde Schwarz supplied CMWflexx test equipment consisting of two RS CMW500s, one RS CMWC controller, and a TS7124 RF Shielded Box equipped with four Vivaldi antennas for up to 4×4 MIMO, ensuring high reproducibility of OTA MIMO measurements.

We also tapped into Ookla’s Speedtest Intelligence database to look at crowdsourced reports from the first weekend of iPhone 8 usage, comparing it with earlier iPhone models on the same wireless carriers. The results there are very preliminary, but look good for the new iPhones.

800Mbps, but Only in Australia

The iPhone 8 is missing one of the components needed for gigabit LTE, or LTE category 16, in the US. The Qualcomm X16 modem can do Category 16, as we’ve seen on the Galaxy S8 and Moto Z2 Force. The phone supports 256QAM encoding and 4x carrier aggregation to 80MHz of spectrum, but not 4×4 MIMO antennas, which would improve both speed and signal strength. In theory, that would make this an 800Mbps phone, also known as LTE category 15.

The lack of 4×4 MIMO is probably why the iPhone still falls short of the Galaxy S8 when it comes to recovering from dead zones, a notorious iPhone problem. We took an iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 on the New York City subway, where they dropped in and out of T-Mobile coverage. The Galaxy S8 recovered faster in 8 out of 11 tests, and where it did, it was an average of 16 seconds faster than the iPhone at regaining LTE signal; when the iPhone won, it did so by 5 seconds on average.

The phone only supports 60MHz of aggregation on bands that matter to Americans and Canadians. While Canada has 75MHz, 4x carrier aggregation up and running with Bell and Telus, the phone doesn’t support the 2/4/7/7 setup that they use, limiting the iPhone’s speed on those carriers. In Canada, it’s a 600Mbps phone, or LTE category 12.

No US carrier uses more than 60MHz of carrier aggregation right now, relying on 4×4 MIMO to reach their best speeds, which the iPhone does not support. That means this is a 600Mbps phone in the US as well.

You may need to go to Australia to get full speed from the iPhone 8, as the phone does support the 80MHz, band 1/3/7/28 carrier aggregation that Telstra uses. We’ve also heard the same may be true in Japan and China, although we don’t know enough about their networks.

The Fastest iPhone Ever?

We also looked at Ookla Speedtest Intelligence data for iPhones from Sept. 22-25, 2017 on LTE connections, filtering for carriers with more than 100 unique devices running tests during that time. That’s still a pretty low threshold, so we’ll only take broad-stroke conclusions from that data.

The sample sizes here are small, but decent: 1,604 ATT iPhone 8 Plus units as compared with more than 10,000 iPhone 8 units. Still, though, we’d like to test more in a month or so.

As evidenced in the chart below, we’re seeing improved results on every US carrier between the iPhone 6, 7, and 8 generations. These charts are for the Plus-sized phones, but we’re seeing the same trends for the regular phones as well. Also, notice how the Qualcomm phones are consistently slightly faster than the Intel ones.

We had some results from Bell in Canada and from the three Australian carriers, too. They also showed improvement from generation to generation, with a difference: on the Australian carriers, there was a dramatic leap from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 8. For example, on Telstra, we saw average speeds increase from 64Mbps down with the iPhone 7 to 82Mbps down on the iPhone 8.

How About Coverage?

Whether you see better coverage on your new iPhone depends on how old an iPhone you’re coming from and what carrier you’re using. If you’re on Sprint or T-Mobile coming from an iPhone 6 or earlier, you’ll see dramatic improvements.

Both models of the iPhone 8 support all of the frequency bands used in the US and Canada except T-Mobile’s new Band 71, which will extend rural coverage in the future. (So far, the LG V30 is the only phone with Band 71.) Neither phone, as far as we know, supports Sprint’s HPUE system, which improves upload speeds in weak-signal areas.

If you’re coming from a more recent iPhone, you won’t see a dramatic coverage improvement. In the US right now, it would take 4×4 MIMO to eke out better performance in weak signal areasand for that, you’ll probably have to wait until 2018’s iPhones, or get an Android phone.

For more on network speeds in the US, see our report on the Fastest Mobile Networks.




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