A new drug is working to cure ebola, hackers figured out how to weaponize home-speakers, and tech is coming to the aid of migrants on the border. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.
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Ebola is now curable
New drugs have been tested in a clinical trial in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been combating a year-long Ebola outbreak, and they appear to be working. Dramatically. For one of the drugs, the mortality rate for newly infected patients who take it dropped from 75 percent to just 6 percent. “From now on, we will no longer say that Ebola is incurable,” says Jean-Jacques Muyembe, director general of the institute that oversaw the trials.
Hackers can turn everyday speakers into cyber weapons
You know to protect your phone and your laptop, but what about your speakers? Hackers at the DefCon security conference proved they can take control of speakers in your house and use them to launch high-volume aural barrages that can harm your hearing or even have psychological affects.
Fast Fact: 40%
That’s the percentage of migrants to the US in 2016 who didn’t have their belongings returned to them even after they were released from detainment. Aid groups are now employing tech to make the process easier and faster, and to make their important documents harder to lose.
WIRED Recommends: The Best Wirefree Earbuds
If you want good wireless earbuds, you aren’t doomed to drop $160 on Apple’s AirPods. Here are the best wireless earbuds on the internet (and no, the AirPods didn’t make the list).
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