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.

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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.
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@sierra This is neat, can't wait to try it - does it work for all types of articles browsed online?
@sierra Nice one! What TTS does it use? Is it the default Siri voice?
@sierra Congrats on the launch! Any download codes for product hunters?
@abadesi Yes! CNN, NYTimes, HuffPost, BBC, most of these are supported :)
@garytokman Setting up right now, will get back to you!
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.
@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)
I think Pocket integration would be great. Just podcastify every article in my pocket.

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?!


Nice interface


Overpriced, and unoriginal

Hi Henk, sorry you feel this way. It's understandable if you don't feel like Hark is any different from competitors, because at this point it's true that there's nothing mind-blowing about the app. As someone who's been looking for an alternative myself, I'm dedicated to the goal of making Hark News sound better than any other article reader out there. What's out right now works with minimum functionality, but it won't be like that forever. As to how this got so many votes, I'm not quite sure either
Well, Sara is a 17yo dev that has already a product on the portfolio. I mean, it’s an MVP and we can all see that. I believe the upvotes are for the effort and the potential. And if she even manage to sell it on an MVP phase, well, more power to her, innit? :)
Bought and Downloaded. recommend develop an browser extension in ios and macos to add websites faster and easier.
@zihancheng For sure! I think that's been the most popular request, so I'll be prioritizing its development :)