Update Notes


Keep up with the latest improvements and changes to NEWS and RUMORS.



November 21, 2020

  • Fixed a problem that was preventing some users from editing favorite searches.


November 19, 2020

  • Developed a new indexing engine that allows NAR to index many sites not found in other news readers and search engines.
  • Added more indexing and processing servers which will help get sites indexed more frequently and their content added to the NAR search engine much faster than before.
  • Fixed an issue where some information pages were missing page and section titles.


November 18, 2020

  • Fixed an issue with the sidebar menu not opening and closing correctly for some users.


November 17, 2020

  • Added article titles to article URLs to make them easier to identify and share.
  • Moved page notices to make it easier to access submenu links.
  • Added a login icon to the menu bar for mobile devices.


November 16, 2020

  • Fixed an issue that was causing some sources to not be indexed correctly.


November 15, 2020

  • Fixed a bug with DuckDuckGo Browser mobile app not working when clicking links.


November 14, 2020

  • Fixed a bug with the login system that was affecting some users
  • Made several changes to front-end design to improve user experience
  • Made several back-end improvements and changes.
  • Added new Local tab section to top menu.
  • Added Your Locations page for users to add, edit and remove locations.
  • Added new locations sidebar section to enable quick access to all added locations.
  • Redesigned the Upgrade page to show prices, features and common questions.
  • Added new feature that allows PLUS accounts to filter most political content.
  • Added new feature that allows PLUS accounts to filter known left-leaning biased sources.
  • Added new feature that allows PLUS accounts to filter known right-leaning biased sources.
  • Added new feature that allows PLUS accounts to print clean search result pages.
  • Added new feature that allows PLUS accounts to set Search Results Per Page setting.
  • Added in operating system dark mode detection when default theme selected.
  • Added new Default setting for theme setting that will use operating system or app theme setting if available.
  • Adjusted themes to be more consistent in name and colors.
  • Added theme color support to the top navigation/status/header section of mobile devices.
  • Removed Digests system for now so it can be replaced with new concept.
  • Made many upgrade features visible so FREE accounts can see the benefit of upgrading.
  • Added new search box to Sources page.
  • Added new search box to Topics page.
  • Added new search box to Your Favorites page.
  • Added new search box to Your Bookmarks page.
  • Added new search box to Your History page.
  • Added new search box to Order History page.
  • Added new search box to Upgrade Keys page.
  • Added missing user settings to Settings page that were found in other areas.
  • Added upgrade-required settings to Settings page.
  • Added new Hide Toggle Buttons setting to Settings page and quick actions bar.
  • Moved content settings on quick actions bar to its own separate drop-down.
  • Added new option to Purchase One-time Upgrade Key page to allow user to activate or store it.
  • Renamed Tips to Notices which means the Hide Tips setting was also renamed to Hide Notices.
  • Switched to a new email service that should greatly improve deliverability of emails from NAR.


September 24, 2020

  • Fixed an issue where the sidebar menu and other quick actions would not function correctly sometimes.


September 23, 2020

  • Greatly improved CDN support to get articles and article images published faster.


September 19, 2020

  • Complete initial major upgrade of back-end infrastructure and code base.


August 31, 2020

  • Added a new dark mode theme named "Indie Blue" to the Site Themes list.
  • Fixed an issue causing some users to not have access to the site (thank you "Fiveplus")
  • Fixed a couple of typos on the Search Help page (thank you "fernly")
  • Added lang attribute to pages to tell browser to use English as default language (thank you "cprecioso")


August 30, 2020

  • Added auto-complete support for searching feeds.
  • Increased auto-complete searches to show 10 results.


August 27, 2020

  • Added a new site theme called "Light Grey" that is available to all users.


August 24, 2020

  • Fixed issue with some users only seeing two pages of search results.


August 21, 2020

  • Added new Sources option to menu bar to make it easier to search for source sites.
  • Added sidebar support to provide all users with quick access to popular sources.
  • Fixed issue with NEWS and RUMORS logo image not showing for some users.


August 18, 2020

  • Added limited sidebar support for users not logged in.


August 15, 2020

  • Added a new site theme called "Black" that is available to all users.
  • Added a new site theme called "Dark" that is available to all users.


August 12, 2020

  • Added a new site theme called "White" that is available to all users.
  • Added a new search result layout called "Blog" that is availble for all users.


August 7, 2020

  • Added new sidebar feature to site for logged in members to provide quick access to favorite searches.
  • Added color settings for sidebar for each of the available site themes.
  • Renamed "Category" when adding or editing Favorites to "Folder" to better describe its purpose.
  • Added new Folders mode to Favorites page to make managing large numbers of favorites easier.
  • Restructured the quick action drop-down to group similar settings together and move more important settings to the top.
  • Added new core support for more functionality for non-javascript users that will be added soon.
  • Added support to sidebar (Login Required) that allows switching between searches and folders when viewing favorites.
  • Added new Hide Sidebar setting (Login Required) that will remove the sidebar from pages.
  • Added "Hide Sidebar" toggle (Login Required) to quick actions bar on search result pages.
  • Fixed issue that prevented users from accessing the Upgrade page.
  • Added new default favorites for new accounts.
  • Added new Set Default Favorites option to quick actions bar on Your Favorites page.
  • Added confirmation fields to Delete All Bookmarks, Favorites, History and Cookies pages.


July 26, 2020

  • Activated caching system to improve performance especially during traffic spikes.
  • Added new Upgrade Account system that provides access to more features and improves the user experience.
  • Added support for recurring subscriptions to the Upgrade Account system.
  • Added support for one-time upgrade purchases to the Upgrade Account system.
  • Added new Exclude Political Content setting (Upgrade Required) that attempts to block all political content from search results.


July 23, 2020

  • Added a new dark theme called "Grey Blue" to the Site Themes list.
  • Replaced Reports system with new Digests system.


July 19, 2020

  • Fixed a problem with the auto-scroll feature when viewing search results.


July 17, 2020

  • Added a new dark mode theme named "Dark Grey" to the Site Themes list.
  • Added a new quick action drop-down menu for quickly changing themes.
  • Added a new tip system to suggest tips on using the site and improving user experience.
  • Added a new quick action toggle to the drop-down menu for disabling tips.


July 13, 2020

  • Added search support to Your Bookmarks page
  • Added search support to Your Favorites page
  • Added search support to Your History page
  • Added "Remove" search button to section about search strings when searching bookmarks, favorites, history, etc.
  • Added notices to searches when keyword limits based on user access have been reached


July 3, 2020

  • Added automatic conversion of "site:" keyword prefix, which is used by other sites, to "@" search operator.
  • Created new Account Details page that shows information about your account along with quick management and action links.
  • Added support for deleting all favorites at once on the Favorites page.
  • Added support for deleting all bookmarks at once on the Bookmarks page.
  • Fixed issue with some search results that had images but were not showing an image thumbnail.
  • Improved performance of back-end CDN system.
  • Rebuilt the CSS code to better support site themes.


July 1, 2020

  • We are excited to announce that NEWS and RUMORS has launched its first public open beta!
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