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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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Google Brings a New Service Called ‘Your News Update’

The company said once "Your News Update" goes live, users will be able to choose between either the new audio news system or the original one

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The Google name is displayed outside the company's office in London, Britain. VOA

Google has introduced a new service called “Your News Update” that will let Google Assistant stream short news stories based on your interests, location, history and preferences, as well as the top news stories.

“Your News Update” is now available in English in the US, and will expand internationally next year, the company said in a statement.

You can find “Your News Update” in Google Assistant settings — under the You tab, navigate to News and switch your News playlist format. Then say “Hey Google, play me the news” or add news to one of your “Assistant Routines”.

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“Ok Google”, your voice Assistant. Pixabay

In 2016, the company launched initial “News on Assistant” product, with news briefings from top publishers.

“Collaborations with publishers from around the world over nearly two years have helped us imagine the future of audio news, and have reinforced the importance of building a healthy ecosystem for both listeners and publishers,” said Liz Gannes, Product Manager, News.

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Google has licensed audio from a variety of news sources, including ABC, Cheddar, The Associated Press, CNN, Fox News Radio, PBS, Reuters, WYNC, and some local radio stations.

The company said once “Your News Update” goes live, users will be able to choose between either the new audio news system or the original one. (IANS)