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The 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) has kicked into high gear this week, previewing some of the hottest cars of the new year, including the Nissan Sports Sedan, Cadillac ATS Coupe and the Lexus RC F. More than 5,000 journalists from 60 countries are attending the annual auto show at Detroit’s Cobo Center all week long.

The show started off Monday, giving media outlets a preview of all the bright, shiny and new automobiles before the show opens to the public Saturday, Jan. 18.

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It’s time to get serious — about finishing your Christmas shopping. There’s only 10 days left and counting! If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for the outdoorsman, frequent flyer or techie in your life, Rob Pralgo, Travel Channel’s Gear Guide, is here to help.

From bedbug-proof luggage to the latest in smartwatches, smart phone covers, camera lenses and HD snow goggles, he informs travelers of all the new gadgets they should not live without. Check out the coolest new travel gadgets on the market, and while you’re at it, you might want to pick up one for yourself!

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Think twice about that elusive 99-cent iPhone, people. Pushy crowds, endless lines and bitter cold can make you second-guess whether that deal is really a steal once Black Friday rolls around. Don’t even get us started on the whole sales-starting-on-Thanksgiving backlash. Here’s a better idea, several in fact, that can be ordered from the comfort of your own home.

At Travel Channel, we’ve been busy rounding up the ultimate gifts for all the globetrotters on your list – check out some of the best gear, gadgets and luxe travel essentials this holiday season below. Then enter for a chance to win some of our favorites as well as $10,000 cash in our Gift of Travel Sweepstakes!

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Travelers flying the friendly skies may be able to use their mobile devices a little longer when taking off and landing. Later this week, the Federal Aviation Administration advisory panel is expected to relax restrictions on in-flight device use as early as next year.

What does this mean for passengers? The new guidelines would ease restrictions on tablets, e-books and previously downloaded podcasts and movies. Phone calls, texts, email and passengers using their own Wi-Fi will still be banned.

Without asking for formal device testing, the FAA will ask airlines to certify their planes can handle any potential interference. The main purpose of the new guidelines will be to create a single policy that covers all airlines. So pretty soon you may not have to be so quick to turn off all your electronic devices come takeoff.

Mother's Day Travel Ideas

You read that right. So don’t find yourself standing in a grocery store Sunday morning staring blankly at the picked-over cards and flowers. Whether you meant to get her a gift last week, just made a brunch reservation yesterday or completely forgot (whoops), we’ve got you covered.

Does your mom already have the travel bug? Help her take her yoga practice on the road with a eKO SuperLite Travel Mat or stay warm on the plane with the Sofia cashmere travel set. Our Mother’s Day gift guide is chock full of travel products sure to bring a smile to her face.

Or treat her (and yourself) by planning an escape you’d both enjoy. What better way to spend time together than on a gourmet chocolate tour of San Francisco or at a formal tea at the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia?

And those of you who are mothers yourself, our hosts have a very special message for you:

There’s just 1 day left until Cupid’s favorite holiday is upon us, and we’ve scoured the web for some of the very best gifts for your globetrotting valentine. Whether it’s love, lust, or just a case of wanderlust, get even more gift ideas with our Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Traveler or our Valentine’s Day Travel Gift Guide.

Valentines Day Travel Products

1)   Remember the romance with a few snaps from this (pink!) Lomography Honeysuckle Camera.

2)   Let your sweetie cycle in style with the foldable TOKYO Citizen Bike.

3)   Share the love … and music … with this heart-shaped headphone splitter.

4)   Harken back to that romantic weekend in Charleston, or reminisce about that jaunt in Tuscany with an Excursion Candle Tin.

5)   Get in a foodie fight with this trivia game for food lovers – then make up afterwards.

6)   Pen a love letter on this Air-Mail Stationery Set, and seal it with a kiss.

7)   Never pass up the opportunity to pop a bottle – take your favorite bottles of wine on the go with this neoprene tote.

8)   Warm her heart … and her hands … with this rechargeable hand warmer.

Have you downloaded Travel Channel’s Layover App yet? If not, what are you waiting for? The app is now free, and was recently chosen by Apple as one of the App Store’s Best of 2012 in the “Hidden Gems” category. Plus, new cities are being added each week!

Tonight at 9|8c, watch as Anthony Bourdain makes the most of a layover in Atlanta — he browses a farmer’s market with Top Chef’s Richard Blais, and visits a famous strip club with Food Network’s Alton Brown (yes … you read that right … see the pictures here). Then, use the Layover App to replicate his trip (perhaps minus the strip club?) — learn his do’s and don’ts, watch exclusive video and use the app’s practical tools to map out the places you want to visit. Want to learn more? Check out our Layover App video, and download the app for free today!

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As we all eagerly await the release of the iPhone 5, it’s hard not to daydream about the different ways you could use your shiny new toy. Obviously, at Travel Channel, we like to daydream about how this shiny new toy will help us travel lighter, easier and better.

Of course, all iPhones, new and old, make the life of a jetsetter that much better. But whether you’re booking a big trip or wanderlusting in your cubicle, here are a few apps that will make it a little easier to realize your globetrotting dreams:

Want to travel like Tony? The Layover app gives you Anthony Bourdain’s do’s and don’ts in cities from San Francisco to Singapore. Build your own Bourdain-inspired itinerary, including all of Tony’s must-try restaurants.

With the WT360 app, check the weather for anywhere in the world up to a year in advance. Along with current weather information, detailed global 15-day forecasts with animated maps and hour-by-hour 7-day forecasts — there’s no way your next trip can get rained out! And with 80% accuracy, rest assured that the app is worth checking before you make any travel plans.

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Here at Travel Channel, we like tips — tips on how to pack, how to get a deal, where to go …  you name it. The world is a pretty big place and it’s pretty difficult to know where and how to get everywhere. But the travel blogosphere is an even bigger place, so we scour it for even more ideas about how to travel like a pro.

Check out what we found this week:

The Everywhereist got a peek into the offices of Facebook in Palo Alto, CA, from its shrubbery (shaped like the Facebook logo!) to its mural-covered walls.

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Vacation Anxiety

It’s getting more and more difficult for American travelers to “unplug” and have a cellphone-and-tablet-free vacation, finds a new study released today by Intel and TNS. The study sheds light on the “deepening love affair” between Americans and their devices, revealing the emotional bond that many have with them. READ MORE

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