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You are Missing Some Important Details While Viewing News on Your Smartphone: Researchers

The findings were published in the journal Information, Communication & Society

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Mostly first-time smartphone users, from the smaller towns and rural areas with no prior digital experience -- are particularly vulnerable to sharing fake information on social media platforms. Pixabay

If you are getting your news from videos on smartphone, chances of you missing some important details are high as researchers have found that reduced screen size may make people less attentive and activated by what they view.

“We are, to our knowledge, the first to find this effect for news content, and the first to focus on the move from a laptop to smartphone-size screen,” said Stuart Soroka, Professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan in the US.

“This finding is of some significance given the trend towards news consumption on mobile technology,” Soroka added.

For the study, participants watched a news programme on a computer monitor, using a randomised sample of seven news stories, both international and domestic.

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Over 300 million of the 550 million smartphone and broadband users in the country are low on literacy and digital literacy. Pixabay

Stories varied widely in subject matter, from a fire in Peru to a Labour Day parade to an American man making bagpipes.

The size of the video varied from roughly 13 inches wide (large) to just five inches wide (small).

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Measuring heart rate and skin conductance during viewing, the researchers found that participants had reduced reactions and attentiveness to the smaller screen.

The findings were published in the journal Information, Communication & Society. (IANS)

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Honor All Set to Launch its New 9X Series Smartphones

The upcoming 9X series devices are rumored to arrive as the first Honor phones with Kirin 810 chipset

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FILE - A member of the media tries out new Huawei Honor 20 series of phones following their global launch in London, UK, May 21, 2019. VOA

Huawei sub brand Honor is all set to launch its new 9X series smartphones, Honor 9X and 9X Pro on July 23, the media reported.

The company took to Weibo to share the first official image of 9X with triple rear cameras at the back, news portal GSMArena reported on Monday.

Recently, key specifications of both the upcoming smartphones surfaced online.

As per the leaks, both the smartphones would feature a 6.59-inch Full HD+ display with a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels along with 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

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Honor logo.

Both the smartphones would have triple cameras at the back but with varied megapixel sensors. The Honor 9X Pro could come with a 48MP + 8MP + 2MP rear camera unit, whereas at the front, it could house a 20MP front pop-up camera.

The Honor 9X is likely to sport a 24MP + 8MP + 2MP rear camera unit with a 20MP sensor at the front.

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Both the devices would be backed by a 4000mAh battery backed by a 10W and 22.5W fast charging support, according to the report.

The upcoming 9X series devices are rumored to arrive as the first Honor phones with Kirin 810 chipset. (IANS)