Video: The underrated importance of chairs in movies

Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting focuses in on something that’s not always noticed in movies but is incredibly important in how we view a film: chairs. Yep, the things we sit on. By focusing on chairs, he’s making a larger point about production design but it’s really interesting to see how something as simple as a… » 5/29/15 9:56pm A minute ago

The Incredible Calculations That Keep Google's Project Loon Aloft

When we last checked in on Project Loon—Google’s moonshot project to blanket the world with internet-packing weather balloons—one had just circumnavigated the globe in a very quick 22 days. I just attended a talk at Google I/O and got some more info about the challenges the team faces in making this wild-ass project… » 5/29/15 9:00pm 58 minutes ago

Everyone should watch this ridiculously awesomely fun movie right now

YES. If you don’t remember the crazy bananas movie that was Kung Fury, go and watch the trailer again. You’ll see a completely over the top preview that includes Kung Fu, dinosaurs, DeLoreans, time travel, killing Hitler, Vikings and more. It was glorious. Now the entire movie is online for free to watch on YouTube. » 5/29/15 8:40pm Today 8:40pm

Android M And Chrome Are Finally Doing Something Great For Users

The most important news about Android M is how it will handle the way apps get permission to access your private data. That sounds like a humble little technical detail until you realize what a revolution it will be when we can set our own permissions on apps, any time we want. And Chrome is doing it too. » 5/29/15 8:20pm Today 8:20pm

Fact-Checking San Andreas With a Seismologist

Disaster-plagued cities. Hellish landscapes. Post-apocalyptic society. It’s just your average day in California. With one special exception: A 9.6 earthquake has rippled up and down the state, unleashing unimaginable devastation. That’s the plot of San Andreas—but could any of this happen in real life? Let’s ask… » 5/29/15 7:55pm Today 7:55pm

Visualization shows the sad truth on how many lives were lost in WWII

The numbers are truly saddening and absolutely staggering. If you have time on your hands, sit through this illuminating data visualization video that details how many lives were cut short from World War II. It’s a lot. It’s not all bad though, Neil Hailoran, the maker of the video, shows how we’ve grown since then. » 5/29/15 7:40pm Today 7:40pm

San Andreas without the special effects looks even more ridiculous

You know what happens in a real earthquake? A pause. And then slight confusion. And then frantically trying to remember what elementary school taught you on where you should go. And then panic because you don’t remember. You know what happens when you film an earthquake disaster movie such as San Andreas? Comedy. » 5/29/15 6:00pm Today 6:00pm

The New Moonshots: These Are The Most Futuristic Ideas From Google I/O

The most futuristic projects at Google come out of their advanced technologies and projects group, or ATAP. And today at Google I/O, the ATAP team unveiled their vision of tomorrow, where your body, behavior and clothing will be the new interfaces that control your gadgets — and keep them secure, too. » 5/29/15 5:15pm Today 5:15pm

This Is How Penile Erection Actually Works

Your spam folder is probably full of the offers. (Mine certainly is.) But none of the emails promising to let you “please your partner” by making you a “giant for girls” with “strong erections” say a thing about how the penis gets erect in the first place. Here’s how it really works. » 5/29/15 4:00pm Today 4:00pm

Charge Your Devices Fast With Solar Power From StrongVolt And Save 20%

Charging devices when you’re away from accessible wall outlets is always a challenge. Regardless if you’re a beach bum, a regular camper, or you just like hanging out in the park, a StrongVolt Solar Charger will keep your battery running. Save 20% site-wide with promo code gawker20. » 5/26/15 2:28pm Tuesday 2:28pm

Choose From Over 10,000 Udemy Courses For $15 Each, Save Up To 95%

Udemy, a leading marketplace for online learning, is offering nearly every course in their catalog to Gizmodo readers for just $15. We’ve highlighted some great web and app development classes, but their catalog ranges from new languages to architectural design. With promo code SUMMER1515 this Udemy sale will save you… » 5/27/15 3:25pm Wednesday 3:25pm