Hackers transform EA Web page into Apple ID phishing scheme

Using some trickery, hackers were able to breach Electronic Arts' Web site and transform one of its pages into a bogus Apple log-in screen. Once users logged on to the fake site, they were prompted to input their credit card numbers, date of birth, and other personal information.

Security firm Netcraft discovered the breach and notified EA on Tuesday. The game maker told CNET that it investigated Netcraft's claims and as of Wednesday the phishing page is gone.

"We have found it, we have isolated it, and we are making sure such attempts are no longer possible," … Read more

Beautiful Child of Light gets release date, deluxe edition

Ubisoft's Ubi Art engine, which allows hand-painted art to be transferred directly into a game, has tremendous potential, and we've been waiting with bated breath for Child of Light, a single-player or cooperative two-player fantasy adventure about a fairy princess who wields a giant sword.

Ubisoft has announced that the game will be available as a digital download for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs starting April 30.

On the same day, a special deluxe edition will be available from retail outlets.… Read more

Hand-stitched 'Star Wars': Tapestry of a galaxy far, far away

If you watch the "Star Wars" movies enough, you can retell the epic story of Jedi, Sith Lords, droids, tauntans, wampas, Wookiees, Yoda, and the Death Star without too much effort. Now try to re-create every memorable scene stitch by stitch on a 30-foot tapestry.

Artist Aled Lewis did just that for six months. Creating each scene first on his laptop, he then transferred it in pixel format onto cloth and cross-stitched every detail.… Read more

Artist reimagines Spock, Sherlock, Time Lords, and Avengers as cats

Catvengers? Lokitty? Purrlock? Artist Jenny Parks reimagines beloved geek characters such as Avengers and Sherlock Holmes as cats.

"What I like to tell most people when they ask me the question of my inspiration is 'I just like cats,'" Parks told Crave. "I started drawing cat versions of people when I was 11 or 12, for the simple reason that I liked drawing animals much more than I liked drawing people. Years later, after I graduated from art school, I decided to have some fun and re-draw cat versions of all of the Doctors, which I first did when I was in high school, and was also years before the new series of 'Doctor Who' started in 2005."… Read more

Google's DevArt competition explores coding as art

On July 3, an unusual exhibit will open up at the Barbican arts venue in London. Called "Digital Revolution," it's billed as "an immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music, and videogames." It will feature the work of established artists, including and Zach Lieberman, but it also will introduce the world to a new artist chosen by Google.

Google isn't looking for a great watercolor painter or a bronze sculptor. The company wants to find a creative coder. Entries will be accepted through the DevArt site until March 28.… Read more

If 'Game of Thrones' took place in feudal Japan

Taking a page from the book of "Ukiyo-e Heroes" -- Jed Henry's series of traditionally crafted woodblock prints of video game characters in the style of ukiyo-e -- artist Seiji has given us a glimpse of what "Game of Thrones" might look like in set in feudal Japan.

He has reimagined eight standout scenes and characters from the series and placed them in context of Japanese traditions and mythology. Hodor, for example, is drawn with oni-like features to indicate that he may not be all human, and the heart tree is hung with a … Read more

Apple's '30 years of Mac' ad: See, we've always been cool

See also CNET's special report on the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh, looking at the beginnings of Apple's landmark machine and its impact over the last three decades.

Sending yourself a birthday card isn't, perhaps, the height of taste.

But Apple couldn't really stand silent when so many are wishing the Mac a happy 30th.

So on Friday the company released an ad that served to suggest one simple message: "Artists have loved us from the very start."

The ad, features creators such as composer Hans Zimmer, fashion designer Iris van Herpen, and graphic … Read more

'Hero-glyphics' reveal geek icons as Egyptian gods

What if King Tut went up against the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Or Cleopatra seduced Thor instead of Anthony? Would Anubis and Wolverine be best friends or mortal enemies? With Josh Ln's art series "Hero-glyphics," it's not too far fetched to picture some of the world's most beloved comic book and sci-fi characters mingling with Egyptian deities.

"I came up with the idea by reading too quickly," Ln told Crave. "Usually a curse, but this time I read 'hieroglyphics' as 'heroglyphics,' and then I began daydreaming of how cool that would be and which heroes would find themselves carved on ancient walls." … Read more

Animation brings classical paintings to stunning life

Beauty, asserts Italian artist and animator Rino Stefano Tagliafierro, is fleeting. And although the art of yesteryear certainly captures it, it's of moments frozen in time, lacking the warmth and humanity of movement.

In his short film "Beauty," Tagliafierro has taken more than 100 classical paintings, from landscape to romantic to Pre-Raphaelite, and applied his experience in digital animation to bring them to life. … Read more

Review: WordArt Chat Sticker Free offers dozens of clip-art phrases

WordArt Chat Sticker Free includes lots of phrases and greetings that are easy to share in any messaging app. There are almost enough phrases here to make an entire conversation using the app. While it would be nice if you could design your own stickers, the amount of options you have in the app will be enough to please you.

WordArt Chat Sticker Free gives you a handful of decorated word art to share with your friends through text or chat. Standard greetings like "Hi" and "Hello" are here, as well as more abstract questions and … Read more