Hark News

Listen to any article on the go

Hark News is an iOS app that takes the links to articles you're reading and converts them into audio files you can play on the go. You can listen to the latest news or stories offline and while you're doing chores around the house instead of having to sit down and actually read them.

Reviews

  • Henk Holveck
    Henk HolveckSupreme leader of Haus of Holveck
    Pros: 

    Nice interface

    Cons: 

    Overpriced, and unoriginal

    I was shocked to see how many upvotes this unoriginal product hunt submission received. I use pocket daily to listen to my articles, and it's the easiest tool ever to use, you can add any article or document to pocket seamlessly by using the share button on your iPhone, on top of instantly tagging the articles as well. This seems like a really crappy way to make money by stealing someone else's product. If the voice was an actual person

    or potentially ANY OTHER voice but Siri integration why in the hell would ANYONE pay for this?!

    Henk Holveck has never used this product.
  • Pros: 

    Clean, simple interface, easy to use, well-made app

    Cons: 

    None, looking forward to future updates

    For an MVP this app is great, from a design and development standpoint, and you can tell that it has the foundations to become much more.

    Sara D has used this product for one day.

Discussion

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Sara
SaraMaker@sierra
Hey PH Community! This is Sara, 17 y/o dev from California. I made Hark News after I realized how much easier it would be to listen to my articles instead of reading them on my tiny phone screen. Here's just a bit more info: Why should you use Hark News? - Car radio only provides you with basic news, but you want to hear more on a specific topic - You have a ton of open tabs because you haven’t been able to finish, or even start reading, certain articles - Your vision is deteriorating from spending too much time reading on your phone - You’re learning a new language. Being able to listen to articles will help improve listening skills. - Your 2018 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION was: Read more! What will you see in the next update? - Show the entire article so you can read along while listening (for those learning languages) - Language support (currently only English) - Nicer-sounding TTS voice - UX Improvements & more Hark News is $0.99 on the app store, but this cost will cover all future updates (you're paying less than a dollar to start reading more/keeping up with the news in 2018!). Currently the app is in its most basic state, but there will be a lot more features coming shortly :D Subscribe here (http://eepurl.com/dgvxGX) for updates on features.
Abadesi
Abadesi@abadesi · 👩🏽‍💻 Product Hunt | Hustle Crew | NTT
@sierra This is neat, can't wait to try it - does it work for all types of articles browsed online?
Saleh Kayyali
Saleh Kayyali@saleh_kayyali · Digital Experience Designer
@sierra Nice one! What TTS does it use? Is it the default Siri voice?
Gary
Gary@garytokman · developer
@sierra Congrats on the launch! Any download codes for product hunters?
Sara
SaraMaker@sierra
@abadesi Yes! CNN, NYTimes, HuffPost, BBC, most of these are supported :)
Sara
SaraMaker@sierra
@garytokman Setting up right now, will get back to you!
Nick Neuman
Nick Neuman@nneuman · Product at Casa
Awesome! Been wanting something like this for a while. I've tried a few products like this that unfortunately sounded super robotic when reading articles, and I couldn't get over it. Any way you could provide a youtube snippet here of what the voice sounds like, so people can listen before paying on the App Store? I would totally pay the $0.99 for this if it does a good job.
Sara
SaraMaker@sierra
@nneuman Hey Nick! It's been difficult to find a TTS service that isn't super expensive or just completely outdated. Right now I'm using Apple's TTS (which unfortunately has the voice we all dislike), but I'm working hard to get an update that'll make the voice behind Hark News unlike any other! If you're unsure about purchasing now, feel free to subscribe for updates (http://eepurl.com/dgvxGX)
Anirudh Mathad
Anirudh Mathad@anirudhmathad · API & Services Engineer
I think Pocket integration would be great. Just podcastify every article in my pocket.
bbinder
bbinder@bbinder · Director of Engineering
Zihan Cheng
Zihan Cheng@zihancheng · 亿知Each / cofounder
Bought and Downloaded. recommend develop an browser extension in ios and macos to add websites faster and easier.
Sara
SaraMaker@sierra
@zihancheng For sure! I think that's been the most popular request, so I'll be prioritizing its development :)
Fabian Unruh
Fabian Unruh@fab5 · Co-Founder at LivingTech in Zurich
pretty cool and useful app!