Description

HACK for YC's Hacker News is the most beautiful and easy way to read about the latest tech, startup and STEM news.

- No Ads. No subscriptions.
- Login or Register your Hacker News account
- Supported on MacOS
- PUSH NOTIFICATIONS for Hacker News replies to comment or post
- Comments are presented in nested threads
- Tap a comment to collapse that thread
- Swipe left or right on stories and comments to upvote and favorite
- Ability to submit new posts including drafts
- Long press a story, link or comment to share
- iPad supports split view
- On iPads, you can drag a story / comment / story's image (link) to open it in safari in split view. This is useful for when you are viewing the app in split view / multitasking and like opening the link / story / comment in a browser side by side.
- Landscape and Portrait support
- 3D touch for peek, pop support
- Home screen 3D touch shortcuts
- Hide read posts from the feed
- Tap the bottom button to scroll to the next root comment in the thread. Long press it to go to the previous one
- All known hacker news endpoints - News, front page, Ask HN, Show HN, Show HN Newest, classic, active, best stories, best comments, new stories, new comments, noob stories, noob comments, jobs, over 100-500 points
- Submit posts, reply, comment using your HN account
- Browse top 100 leader accounts
- Browse stories from a specific site, user or date
- Search in comments and usernames! Search is case and diacritic insensitive and ignores punctuations. Search uses an CONTAINS, OR operation if multiple words are typed.
- Can select / highlight the comment/post title text for lookup/copy/translate etc iOS native operations.
- Powerful search (powered by Algolia API) - use @date to sort by date, #story to filter for stories, #comments to filter for comments, #author_username to filter by user etc. These tags can be separated by commas. Refer to https://hn.algolia.com/api for more tags.
- Dark mode - both pure black and gray mode
- Low contrast text mode to make the text not be pure white #FFFFFF
- Many color choices for customization
- App icons in variety of colours for light and dark mode
- Font choices
- Ability to change font sizes, padding etc to make the layout as compact as you like!
- Threaded comments with color bar to maintain visual orientation
- Articles open in Safari view with setting to automatically open in "readability" mode
- Tap the domain in a story to see all stories from that site
- Tap the username in a story or comment to go to the user profile
- Browse your submitted stories and comments, favorited stories and comments, upvoted stories and comments
- Archive: View an archive of the post website. archive.is, archive.org & google cache.
- Share comment as image
- Articles can be opened in built in safari or 3rd party browsers. It supports Brave, Firefox, Firefox Focus, Opera Touch, Dolphin, DuckDuckGo, iCab Mobile, Microsoft Edge and Chrome. Go to settings > Disable the "Use in-app Safari" setting > tap that row to change the default browser.
- High quality favicons for articles as HN doesn't provide any images. I run my own server for this so if you would like to help me support server costs, please buy the small one time in app purchase. It also unlocks custom fonts!

All stories and comments are via Algolia API and Hacker News API:
https://news.ycombinator.com/
https://hn.algolia.com/api
https://github.com/HackerNews/API
https://news.ycombinator.com/newsguidelines.html

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I offer an ad and analytics free and beautiful app for the absolute best experience for my users. If you are enjoying the app, please leave me a positive rating on the app store as that helps get the word out to others. If you would like to support development and buy me a coffee, you can purchase the one time in app purchase! No subscriptions! Thank you for your support!

If you have any feedback or feature requests, please email Pran at:
pran@pranapps.com

What’s New

Version 62

- A lot of users found the slider in chronological view distracting and wasteful. This update gets rid of the slider and replaces it with a stepper in the options menu.
- The app is supported on MacOS too.
- My app displays high quality favicons instead of the pixelated ones. Had to set up my own server for caching this plus push notifications also require running my own server. So if you can help support it, please buy the one time only in app purchase. This also unlocks custom fonts and colors.

I offer an ad and analytics free and beautiful app for the absolute best experience for my users. If you are enjoying the app, please leave me a positive rating on the app store as that helps get the word out to others. If you would like to support development and buy me a coffee, you can purchase the one time in app purchase! No subscriptions! Thank you for your support!

This update wouldn't have been possible without the amazing feedback from HN and Reddit! If you have any feedback or feature requests or bug reports, please email Pran at:
pran@pranapps.com

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Previous:

- In "Chronological", you can now tap the option button on top right to select the period for top posts - Daily / Weekly / Monthly / Yearly. This setting is saved for future launches.
- Bug fix for certain URLs which were already encoded and weren't working in the app.
- Now you can "Disable/Enable Notifications" for replies to post/comments by long pressing the item.
- Now you can change notification sound.
- New "Hide in-app Safari toolbar on scroll" setting. Default is ON.
- Now you can long swipe from right to hide a post (the feature also exists on long press menu). Hidden posts can be seen by visiting your profile and can be unhidden from there. There's an added setting to disable this long swipe to hide feature too.
- Fixed a bug where URLs with anchor # characters would not work.
- Fixed a bug where "Specific User" and "Specific Site" would open twice.
- MacOS back gesture / mouse side key should now work.
- Added the new "second chance pool" endpoint as explained here: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=26998308
- Added the "whoishiring" endpoint: https://news.ycombinator.com/submitted?id=whoishiring
PUSH NOTIFICATIONS!!! Yep, PRO users can now receive push notifications when someone on Hacker News replies to their comment or post. This took quite a lot of work and it requires running my own server. So if you can help support it, please buy the one time only in app purchase. This also unlocks custom fonts and colors. The privacy policy has been updated to explain the 2 items which my server stores to get push notifications to work. The 2 items are your HN username you are logged in to the app with and a notification device token which iOS generates when you enable it. This is strictly used for push notifications and this is not used for any nefarious purposes. It's not used for tracking, ads and other nonsense (my app doesn't have any ads/trackers etc). The privacy policy change does not impact users who keep push notifications off. If you have questions about this, please email me at pran@pranapps.com

The privacy policy is available at:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Cb282k7rrSi4awr0HizuRciX-nIYpympfrxGLEt9cgc/edit

- Added a new switch above the "Comment Search" view which allows the search to be "exact phrase". When OFF, the search is done on a per word basis. If on, it will match exact phrases. This setting is OFF by default.
- Added a new font: Montserrat
- Long press menu now has "Go to user", "Copy HN link to clipboard" and "Copy article link to clipboard" options
- Fixed a few bugs including one where tapping the comment search field would freeze the app

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

maddy_buttt ,

The best HN reader for iOS

Hack is a featureful, intuitive, and fast HN reader that does everything I need and more.

The developer is super responsive to feedback and actually implemented a feature I requested (ability to change the default web browser) within a day or two. Amazing!

Highly recommended app, I suggest if you enjoy it to purchase the $4.99 in-app purchase to support further development. The app’s value far exceeds this cost.

Michael_McDonald ,

Fantastic, fast, friendly!

The HN website is easy enough to use on mobile, but Hack honestly makes it so much more enjoyable. The customization is insane and fits my love of having a bespoke experience. Developer is active and exceptionally fast to respond. If you use HN and like checking it out in your phone you’re doing a disservice not browsing it via Hack.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the kind feedback! :)

la03kd8ia ,

Best so far

No purchase needed, no ads. Probably will pay the $5 to support the dev, though, because this kind of functionality is rare for ios apps without either ads or in-app purchases. Quite the hidden gem. Lots of settings to choose from.

I especially like being able to select the text of a comment to copy by long-pressing on a comment, and from there, there are a lot of options, including copying the text as a whole, or selecting a certain part of the text as it pops up with the options.

Now will look for other apps made by this dev!

Edit: decided to purchase, it’s worth it

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the kind feedback! Glad you are supporting me :) you can look at my other apps like MoodWell mood tracker which is also without any ads/trackers/subscription.

App Privacy

The developer, Pranoy Chowdhury, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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