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November, 2019

The Google News Feed – RIP

We have spent a lot of time and a little money on trying to fix the google news feed but the time has come . . .

Instead, we will offer the Bing news feed for multiple key words and phrases in each posting.  It is our hope that you will find this even more useful (not as pretty as with thumbnails) but the information is the critical thing – with apologies to our 400k+ Pinterest visitors.

Our volunteers will be going back over time to update each and every one of our 18k+ posts – this is going to take a while but we will get there.  We are not abandoning hope but the focus is to get you the best available information in whatever format works best . . .

We will be keeping the google newsfeed live so that we can continue our backwords updating project – apologies for any confusion.

We did not hear anything back from our outreach to DuckDuckGo.  If we could ask you to keep an eye out for any new newsfeed approaches that you think we would all find of use it would be greatly appreciated.  We can be reached at [email protected]

Thanks again to everyone for your patience and suggestions.  Community intelligence at its awesome best 🙂

October, 2019

The Google News Feed – Update

It looks as though no further change is possible with the Google News Feed.  The Bing Feed continues to be stable and excellent.  We are looking into the possibility of creating a new feed project with DuckDuckGo.

Will update when we have further information.

The Google News Feed

The Google News Feed has changed . . . again.  We are working on getting the thumbnails and longer descriptions back shortly.  Your patience is much appreciated.

August, 2019

Speed gets a little bit better . . .

Cloudflare just updated their plugin to be compatible with the latest WordPress version.  It appears things are 15 to 20% faster from here.

June, 2019

Final Speed Update

So 4 developers later here is where we are:

  • The site is faster than before the work – please let us know at [email protected] if you are having difficulty.
  • The site is 12 years old with more than 17k posts and pages.  It has gone through many updates and iterations so there are going to be ongoing loading times issues.  We really would like to hear from you if you run across something that isn’t right OR if you have any suggestions that might help.
  • We will be going through some major exciting changes over the next few months that should help us resolve the load time issue along with some really interesting possibilities – stay tuned.
  • And we can’t state this too often: We have really appreciated everyone’s support and patience.

Here’s hoping that your exploration experience on Innovation Toronto is a good and fulfilling one.  We always like to hear from you.

Update Update

We are still working on it – very much a work in progress.  We tried 2 people and it has resulted in some improvement but the basic slowness persists.  Have a couple of other proposals from people who have worked on very similar challenges – we are hopeful . . .

Update

We have reached out to a great web developer to help fix things.  We are hopeful that the site will be running smoothly again by Sunday at the latest.  Will let you know when this slow dust has settled . . . and thanks once again for your patience.

Page Loading and Site Speed Problem

Amazing what new updates can do 🙁

If you are reading this you have likely noticed that our page loading speeds have dramatically increased.  We apologize for the inconvenience while we try to get this resolved.

Having reached out to the theme developer, the cache developer and one plugin developer we have not received any response that is helpful so far.  While awaiting their help, we have posted a job on UpWork to try and find a developer who can chase down and fix the problem quickly.

In the meantime, please let us know if you run into something particularly annoying at [email protected]  Also very happy to chat if you have any ideas on the problem.

Thanks again in advance for your patience.

April, 2019

Welcome to our latest addition: Research Institutions & Universities

We are adding the ability to see all of the posts on Innovation Toronto by each contributing university and research institution.  There is a separate page listing all of the additions available along with a sidebar list of the latest updates.

This does bring up one important issue.  Posts which have NOT been updated will show in the listings as blank (gray and blue avatar instead of a picture).  We are working slowly backwards to make certain that every post on the site has been updated as per the message below.

We hope you find it useful and interesting!  Your comments and ideas are most welcome as always . . .

March, 2019

Updating and Google / Bing News resources

Not to bore you with the details . . .

We are going back in time to update our earliest pages from when the site started in 2007.

This generally means little more than adjusting some formatting and adding Google / Bing News keyword capability after the original article.  This way, even if the article itself is out of date, you will still be able to access the latest news on the particular issue that you are looking for.

This will take a while as we have nearly 17,000 articles to check.  Your patience is most appreciated.

As usual, we wish to again thank all of you who have taken the time to point out problems and make suggestions.  Innovation Toronto is much better for these valuable contributions.

December, 2018

Google News – Update

Google has changed around their rss feed – it is now fixed.  A huge thanks to Eugene Gorelikov who we found through Upworks.  Eugene has, once again, gone way above and beyond to help us out when it was most needed.  Can’t speak highly enough of this guy and his ability to troubleshoot.

Thank you Eugene!

Google News

It looks like Google is working on a new news feed approach.  From our perspective thumbnail photos have not been showing up for the last day or so.  This happened a couple of days ago but the thumbnails came back up for a while and then disappeared again.

Stay tuned as we wait to see what happens next.  The Google news feed is very popular and we hope things stabilize quickly.  Your patience is appreciated.

November, 2018

The difficulties persist.

We have not hear back from the developers and the problems keep coming.  So, for the time being, subscription by category will not be available.  Instead, we will be focusing on getting a newsletter plugin operational.

The subscription plugin will not be retired as some of you have found that it is working.

When and if things change we will update you here.  In the meantime if you wish to follow only a specific category you can use the standard RSS feed.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.  We’ve appreciated the feedback and suggestions . . .

October, 2018

Some have reported difficulty with the category subscribe option.

Hmmmmm.  We are not programmers but have reached out to the authors of the plugin to see if they can help.

If you have any difficulty trying to subscribe please let us know and we will see what we can do to help.  Don’t forget to include the email address you wish the new articles to be sent to.  We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to get this stabilized shortly.

Contact us at [email protected]

August, 2018

We have now added a “category subscribe” option.

This option has been added so you can subscribe specifically to a keyword or phrase – this does NOT subscribe you to receive EVERY post. You may subscribe to as many specific categories as you wish.

*If you do not receive your subscription confirmation email please let us know at [email protected]

We hope you find this increasingly useful to help cut down the incredible volume of “stuff” that we all receive 🙂

July, 2018

InnovationToronto.com is a different web exploration destination

For over 11 years, Innovation Toronto has posted daily selections from the multitude of important research and development announcements published by universities, research institutes and science | technology media from around the world.

Innovation Toronto publishes stories and announcements that, in our opinion, have the potential to change our lives – or, to indicate different approaches or ways of thinking. While focusing as much as possible on opportunities, we do not shy away from the challenges and potential threats from rapid change.  Overall, after eleven years of observing, we are cautiously optimistic.

The selections are intended to expand awareness and interest while providing an overview of global innovation and discovery.

We don’t attempt to categorize innovation: our only “filter” is what we pick to highlight in the first place. This site relies on search via keywords and phrases to assist you to find what you are looking for or just to have fun and explore. 

We are working backwards through 16,000+ posts to add the latest Google and Bing news to each post.  So, regardless of how old the actual post is, you will always have the latest updates on each topic.  We hope this makes each visit worthwhile even if the original article is somewhat out-of-date.  We appreciate your patience as it is going to take our volunteers some time to get through all of the edits.

Innovation Toronto, via its founder, received The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for Science and Technology. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created in 2012 to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Medal honours Canadians (organizations) who have made significant contributions to Canadian society.

Innovation Toronto is made possible by volunteers and contributors from around the world.  We thank all of them for their valuable ongoing contributions and insights.

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