THE NEWS WRAP: Third party developers get a platform on Nest

The smart home company Nest is opening its platform to third party developers who want their networked gadgets to interface with Nest’s products.


Most of the functionality will centre on the Nest platform’s ability to tell other apps whether you’re home or not.


There are a number of ‘Works with Nest’ integrations that are already up and running, including LIFX and Mercedes-Benz.


Oculus agrees to acquire Carbon Design team

Oculus VR has announced that they’ve agreed to acquire the Carbon Design team, an industrial design team with over 50 awards to its name.


The Carbon Design team will become a key component of the product engineering group at Oculus and will also work closely with the Oculus R&D team.


According a statement from Oculus announcing the agreement, the Carbon team brings significant expertise building “great feeling, great looking” consumer products like the Xbox 360 controller.


Oculus has already been working with Carbon Design “on multiple unannounced projects” for the past year.


Twilio partners with Google

Cloud telephony firm Twilio has announced Twilio CX for Chromebooks, a new partnership with Google that bundles with its WebRTC-powered client, 7500 voice minutes, a Plantronics headset and a Chromebook, to offer an out-of-the-box communications solution to enterprises.



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