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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
- 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
- Tap the reply button on a story or comment to comment using your 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
- 10 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
- Colored usernames helps in easy reading of story titles
- 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
- 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 18.0

- Fixed a bug where when "Bold Text" is on in iOS Accessibility settings, upvote count, timestamp, comment count etc were showing a "..." instead of the text.
- My app displays high quality favicons (when available) instead of the pixelated ones. Had to set up my own server for caching this 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, please email Pran at:
pran@pranapps.com

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Previous:

- Added 2 new endpoints - invited and launches.
- When the existing cookie for HN has expired, app now shows a warning prompt instead of silently failing.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
333 Ratings

333 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! :)

Bob Loblobb ,

Best HN app by far!

This app is worth the money if you enjoy reading YCombinator Hacker News. I've tried all of the various apps for HN and this is by far the best of the entire class. The app is clean, fast, customizable and best of all the developer is very active in pushing out improvements and responding to feedback.

Developer Response ,

EDIT: Update is now available which fixes the bug. Hope you update the review once you have tested the fix! Thanks! Pran

An update is available now which fixes the bug. Please give it a try. It was due to the thin black line at the top of the header on HN page. It's source "img src=s.gif" was breaking the parser. I am sorry about the inconvenience and thanks for informing me! Hope you update the review once you have tested the fix! Thanks! Pran

Information

Seller
Pranoy Chowdhury
Size
27.3 MB
Category
Education
Compatibility

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Languages

English

Age Rating
17+
Unrestricted Web Access
Copyright
Price
Free
In-App Purchases
  1. Hack Premium $4.99

Supports

  • Family Sharing

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

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