Turning off Gratuitous Graphic Tricks

Earlier this week, after an upgrade of Newsblur for iOS (iPad), I noticed some new graphic “features” - bolding fading in or out once a story is selected or there are no un-read items in a particular feed.

I know some people will appreciate this feature, but to me it is an annoying visual distraction. Is there a way to go back to having it be an instantaneous toggle? I checked the settings and don’t see anything.