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Samsung buys connected car company Harman for $8 billion


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Samsung's latest big purchase is its biggest yet.
Photo: Harman

In its biggest-ever overseas purchase, Samsung bought automotive tech company Harman International Industries for a massive $8 billion.

Samsung referred to automotive electronics as a “strategic priority” going forward, which — as with its current positioning in the smartphone industry — makes the Korean company a major rival or resource for Cupertino as it continues its own investigations into a possible Apple Car.

Apple Watch now compatible with select Hyundai cars


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Now Hyundai owners can start their cars while sitting in their cars but using an Apple Watch.
Photo: Hyundai

Hyundai has good news for Apple Watch owners who also drive late-model Sonatas: You can now use your wearable to control parts of your car.

The auto manufacturer has rolled out an update to its Blue Link app, which already creates an interface with an iPhone, to expand the connected-car functionality to Apple’s new smartwatch.