Good morning. The nominees for the 2017 Academy Awards were announced yesterday. Among the frontrunners for Best Picture are La La Land, a musical romance starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and Moonlight, a soul-piercing drama about a gay black man growing up in Miami. The awards will be held on February 26. Off the red carpet, here’s what’s good in gear: a modern pocket knife, a waxed canvas jacket, an advanced e-reader and much more.

And here are some fresh stories to start the day.

Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus

Barnes & Noble’s newest Nook is its “best e-reader ever.” It’s easy to see why: the GlowLight Plus is waterproof, dustproof, lasts for weeks on a single charge, and with its ultra high-res, anti-glare screen, words appear crystal clear throughout the day and into the night.

Baxter Super Shape Skin Recharge Cream

Hydrate, rejuvenate and smooth out age lines with this caffeine- and plant protein–infused skin therapy cream.

ONU Collection 2

Inspired by bustling cosmopolitan life in Shanghai, ONU’s newest collection includes a range of understated performance garments made with Cordura, a fabric often regarded as one of the strongest and most durable fabrics on the planet.

JHO Knives GS1

If a world-renowned modernist architect designed a pocket knife, it’d probably look something like the GS1 (Gentleman Slasher 1). Inspired by the classic straight razor, it’s made for a gentlemens’ pockets.

The Eiger WX by Mission Workshop

The Eiger WX’s exterior uses waxed canvas sourced from a 153-year-old Scottish factory, which gives it that air of heritage style. On the inside, quick-drying nylon adds an element of comfort and performance, and a bevy of large cargo pockets, both inside and out, protects your daily essentials. It’s a garment that would have looked great centuries ago, and will continue to look great centuries ahead.

Google Voice App Updates

Google has neglected its telephone and messaging service, named Google Voice, since it was released in 2009. That changes in 2017 with the new and improved version available for Android, iOS and browsers. Basically, the single service can aggregate many of things you do with your phone — group texting, calls, listening to voicemails (with transcriptions) — in an easy-to-understand format. Plus, if you have multiple phone numbers (cell, work, home), you can create a Google phone number that links all of them. The service also has benefits for international calling, conference calling and photo sharing.
Tucker Bowe, Associate Staff Writer

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