There’s a new version of Newshound that fixes the recent problem where the number of results has diminished considerably.
We have tracked this down to Let’s Encrypt’s Root CA X3 expiration. Sites visited by Newshound having an older Let’s Encrypt certificate were failing with certificate expiration error.
Newshound has been updated to fix this problem and prevent similar certificate-related problems occurring in the future.
Beta 0.9.6 provides some features and fixes that have been suggested by beta testers.
- Improved the initial message how to get started.
- Prevent multiple instances running at the same time that caused the 2nd to appear with a blank screen.
- Refresh for one search term at a time rather than all of them at once. The ‘refresh all’ has been kept for people preferring a single click to refresh all the search terms.
- A new ‘exact match’ setting that is specific to each search term. This is similar to the ‘Strict checking’ in 0.9.4. It is now ‘on’ by default and is only settable for multiple word search terms.
- New search term specific setting to ignore news having specific word(s) in titles or from specific domain names.
- A fix for a bug that sometimes caused the refresh to continue forever.
The Windows version is now signed so you won’t now get an untrusted warning when installing. Version 0.9.5 also includes some bug fixes including problems associated with having larger numbers of search terms.
There’s a new beta version 0.9.4 that now includes a version signed for macOS. This removes the scary installation warning and hoops to jump through to install. It has been notarized by Apple which signifies it comes from us, Krypton Computing Ltd and doesn’t contain malware.
A Windows signed version will follow once we receive our signing certificate from the signing authority.
0.9.4 includes two new experimental features:
- Use of Google. We have a new FAQ that explains how the default version doesn’t use Google. However, it’s possible to add Google to slightly improve the number of found articles.
- Stricter article checking. We have been asked if it’s possible to make the article checking stricter to remove the few ‘false positives’. We have added a switch in the settings to enable stricter checking. If you set this to ‘on’ there’s also the possibility that you will get ‘false negatives’ and not get one or two suitable articles listed.