We wrap up our history of action films with 2017’s very ’80s-style bombast opera Wolf Warrior II

With A History Of Violence, Tom Breihan picks the most important action movie of every year, starting with the genre’s birth and moving right up to whatever Vin Diesel’s doing this very minute.

Wolf Warrior II (2017)

If you haven’t seen Wolf Warrior II, the massive 2017 Chinese blockbuster, the first thing you might know about it is that it made a ton of money. During its theatrical run, Wolf Warrior II grossed a head-spinning $870 million. Globally speaking, it’s the sixth-highest-grossing movie of 2017 (the top five: Beauty And The Beast, The Fate Of The Furious, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Despicable Me 3, and Spider-Man: Homecoming). Wolf Warrior II made more money than Wonder Woman, Thor: Ragnarok, and Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, and it did it with only a fraction of the budget of any of those movies. It almost immediately became the highest-grossing Chinese movie of all time, breaking the record set by Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid after just a couple of weeks of release. And Wolf Warrior II earned almost all of its money in Asia; a mostly unheralded limited American release only brought in a couple million. It is a runaway juggernaut of a blockbuster, a movie that heralds a future in which America might no longer be the center of the moviemaking universe.

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If you have seen Wolf Warrior II, though, the first thing you know about it might be something totally different. The first thing might be the fact that it opens with an underwater kung-fu fight, one of the weirdest, coolest, showiest blockbuster set pieces I’ve seen in ages. The movie starts with a camera gliding over a placid sunlit river and into an ocean before it lands on a cargo ship under attack. Pirates buzz alongside the ship in speedboats, snaring its propeller in a net and opening fire. Wu Jing, the movie’s star and director, calmly steps off the deck of the ship, dives into the ocean, and shakes the pirates off of one of the boats. The underwater pirates, armed with guns and machetes, come after Wu, but without surfacing to take a breath, he fights all of them off and ties them up with a rope. He then boards the boat, grabs a sniper rifle, and fires a slow-motion CGI bullet at the other pirate boat, where the bullet finds another pirate as he’s getting ready to shoot off a rocket launcher. The rocket veers harmlessly up into the air and then comes down on the camera. Then, and only then, does the movie’s logo hit the screen, making a series of satisfying metal clanking noises.

That scene—all five minutes of it—is made to look like one single, extended shot. It’s not, of course; there’s plenty of computer trickery involved. But the level of craft, choreography, inventiveness, and pure physical abandon is still something special. Wu Jing really did have to jump off the side of a cargo ship to make the scene, and he really did have to fight a bunch of stuntmen underwater. With Wu’s kamikaze physical grace, his willingness to put himself in harm’s way, and his love of sheer absurdist movie spectacle, he’s like some perfect cross between ’90s Jackie Chan and ’00s Tom Cruise. If the technology had been available, the over-the-top Schwarzenegger and Stallone movies of the ’80s would’ve probably had openings like that. But it wasn’t, so that sort of scene works as something altogether new, a final mutation of giddy blockbuster sensationalism. It’s the type of scene to let you know that a movie means business.

Those two things about Wolf Warrior II—its unprecedented blockbuster success and its holy-shit theatrics—are not unrelated. As it turns out, there is a massive global appetite for this sort of explosively populist action fantasia. If you paid attention to American movies in the ’80s, that shouldn’t be a surprise. All throughout that decade, American movies combined flag-waving and explosions, and they did plenty well for themselves. Wolf Warrior II works as a decades-late Chinese answer to movies like Top Gun or Rambo: First Blood Part II. It’s just as overblown in its nationalism; as the movie ends, Wu is posing atop a tank, a Chinese flag billowing from his arm, causing the armies on both sides of an African civil war to lay down their guns and wait for Wu and his Chinese allies to pass through. Plenty of American critics have called Wolf Warrior II propaganda, and it’s clearly and unapologetically that. But it’s also a breathlessly entertaining spectacle. And no American who’s ever enjoyed a Rambo movie can begrudge a Chinese audience that same dumb, giddy pleasure.

The first Wolf Warrior, from 2015, was a relatively small movie about an elite group of Chinese soldiers on a training exercise. Unbeknownst to them, a Chinese drug lord has sent an international crew of mercenaries after them, hoping for revenge after Wu’s character killed one of his associates. Wu directed that one as well, working with the assistance of the Chinese military, which let him use its vehicles and equipment. Scott Adkins, the great British straight-to-DVD action star, played the leader of the mercenaries and got in a good fight with Wu, whose star was still rising at the time. That first Wolf Warrior isn’t a great movie—there’s a lot of hokey melodramatic self-sacrifice and one truly baffling scene with CGI wolves—but there’s something sleek and muscular about it. It’s more efficient and shiny than most Chinese action movies, more like a Hollywood movie. Wolf Warrior II takes that side of the first movie and goes nuts with it.

In Wolf Warrior II, we learn that Leng Feng, Wu Jing’s character, has gone to prison after going into a rage and killing a crooked real estate developer, and he’s lost his fiancée under mysterious circumstances. He’s gone to Africa in part to search for her and in part because he doesn’t know what else to do. Leng Feng isn’t exactly a character; he’s more of an all-purpose awesome-dude ass-kicker. He’s great at soccer and drinking contests and rescuing cute African children from sudden eruptions of violence. (The movie’s treatment of the people of Africa is fucking ridiculous; they’re either bloodthirsty killers or blankly virtuous innocents in need of saving. The jingoism is one more thing that Wolf Warrior II has in common with its American forebears; think of how the Afghani people looked in Rambo III.) Leng Feng seems to be at loose ends, only saving shipping crews from pirate death because he doesn’t know what else to do. But after civil war breaks out in his unnamed adopted nation, he goes into action, heroically volunteering for a one-man mission to save a bunch of Chinese nationals trapped behind enemy lines and coming into conflict with a crew of dangerous mercenaries in the employ of an African rebel leader.

That’s right: more mercenaries! It’s a smart piece of shorthand to make mercenaries the villains of these Wolf Warrior movies; it lets Wu Jing fight Westerners without having to invent a whole circumstance in which China goes to war with the United States. The mercenaries’ leader is one Big Daddy, a sneering hardass played by the great American character actor Frank Grillo. It’s a broadly silly role without any sort of nuance, but Grillo plays it with grit and intensity, and it’s fun to see him in something this goofy. (Other actors in the movie who Westerners might recognize: Celina Jade, the Chinese-American actress who plays the Doctors Without Borders love interest and who’s been Shado in a bunch of episodes of the CW series Arrow; and Oleg Prudius, who plays a hulking Russian mercenary named Great Bear and who used to wrestle in the WWE under the name Vladimir Kozlov.)

Big Daddy’s not any more of a character than Leng Feng is. He’s merely there to embody the movie audience’s idea of American military excess. After Leng Feng flips over Big Daddy’s tank, Big Daddy crawls out of the wreckage and muses, “I guess the Chinese military ain’t as lame as I thought!” But a few minutes later, during his final fight with Leng Feng, he’s sneering, “People like me will always be better than people like you!” (Leng Feng’s retort: turning the fight around and hissing, in Chinese, “That’s fucking history.”) Big Daddy is a stand-in, a cardboard cutout. Meanwhile, the movie depicts China as being an absolute world leader. When every other nation pulls its people out of that war-torn African nation, China sends people in. “You think the American marines are the best in the world?” Leng Feng asks. “That may be true, but where are they now?”

Still, if Wolf Warrior II works as an explicitly pro-China, implicitly anti-U.S. cinematic spectacle, Wu Jing sure enlisted a lot of Americans when he was making it. Stunt coordinator Sam Hargrave choreographed the incredible Atomic Blonde fights, and he’s worked as a double for Chris Evans in the Avengers and Captain America movies. Heidi Moneymaker, a frequent double for Scarlett Johansson, plays the mercenary Athena and gets the best stunt in a movie full of great stunts: an insane leap from an airborne motorcycle onto the roof of a speeding SUV. Composer Joseph Trapanese is the guy who helped Daft Punk score Tron: Legacy and M83 score Oblivion. Wu Jing certainly nods to the Hong Kong action classics, from Shaw Brothers-style wirework to the eternal Chow Yun-Fat shooting-in-slow-motion-while-diving-to-the-side move. But there’s something in the movie’s sense of scale, its energetic hurtling from big set pieces to bigger set pieces, that seems distinctly American.

And so Wolf Warrior II feels like a fitting finale to this column. Action movies are an American art form, one started and developed in this country. They’re also a way of expressing American identity, a prism that we used to work our way through the Vietnam and Reagan eras, to grapple with pride and with shame. But action movies are also a cross-cultural conversation. More than once, the genre has gotten a vital shot in the arm from Hong Kong. This century, many of the best action movies have come from Thailand, South Korea, France, Indonesia, Chile, Japan, and Brazil. The biggest American action star of all time comes from Austria, and the greatest director in the genre’s history comes from Hong Kong. With Wolf Warrior II, we’re entering a new era. This is a time when another country has done the nationalistic ’80s-style bombast opera—the most American of American action movie subgenres—better than America has in at least a generation. Maybe it’s China’s time now. We had a good run.

Other notable 2017 action movies: One of the summer’s surprise hits, Baby Driver turned the existential darkness of Walter Hill’s The Driver into an explosively colorful quasi-musical. Edgar Wright, paying explicit homage to the action canon, spun a fresh and freewheeling take on an old genre, turning his getaway driver into a naïve romantic with an iPod full of great songs. The movie has its problems, and the scenes with Kevin Spacey already haven’t aged well. But its sense of fun and its success are both signs of life. If a movie like this can make money, we’re in a pretty good place.

2017 was the best year for American action movies in a long time. One of the few movies that made more money than Wolf Warrior II was the commendably insane The Fate Of The Furious, with its dreadlocked Charlize Theron and its inexplicable Jason Statham baby-face turn and its nuclear-submarine chase and its beautiful climactic Hard Boiled tribute. And speaking of Theron, she entered rarefied action-star air with the slick, pulsating Atomic Blonde; the movie’s long and grisly hallway fight, made to look like a single take, is one for the ages. John Wick co-director David Leitch gave that movie its punch, and Leitch’s old co-conspirator Chad Stahelski returned to the franchise with John Wick: Chapter 2, a movie I loved as much as the original. Stahelski found ways to extend and explore the crazy mythology of the original while working in grander, even more impressive fight scenes. The bit where Keanu Reeves and Common come crashing through the door of a hotel and then go get a drink together was one of the best things I’ve seen in recent memory.

I tend to think of superhero movies as being in a different category, but Logan effectively bridged the divide and felt like an instant classic; its gruesome carnage gave weight and dimension to a character who always felt like, at least in part, a comic-book version of Clint Eastwood. Kingsman: The Golden Circle was that movie’s opposite in every way except the blood: Giddily nonsensical and drunk on CGI, it gave us the kinda glorious sight of a platform-booted, feather-boa’d Elton John leaping up to spin-kick a henchman. The Great Wall was a grim international failure that attempted to cast Matt Damon as a hero of Chinese antiquity, but the scenes of troops in color-coordinated armor preparing for battle were fun. The Hitman’s Bodyguard and American Assassin were slick, watchable late-summer fare. And with xXx: Return Of Xander Cage, Vin Diesel somehow reanimated his deeply dated early-’00s character, making a piece of fun-as-hell absurdism that brought Asian action stars Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa along for the ride.

Smaller action movies also had a good year. S. Craig Zahler’s Brawl In Cell Block 99 was one of the year’s great surprises: a throwback to ’70s grindhouse cinema that managed to be both meditative and shockingly brutal. I also loved The Foreigner, in which Jackie Chan ditched all the mugging to make a grim, efficient punch-’em-up about, of all possible things, warring factions of Northern Irish separatists. Bushwick had Dave Bautista and a series of long, chaotic takes and a lovably goofy plot about Texan nationalists invading Brooklyn. I’ve heard good things about Sleepless, Jamie Foxx’s remake of a great French thriller, and about Mayhem, in which the employees in an office building suddenly turn on one another. Free Fire, a ’70s period piece about a drug deal gone wrong, had a warehouse full of great actors shooting each other. And the Netflix movies I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore and Wheelman were taut, efficient crime thrillers. The former had a few scenes of inspired bedlam and the Jesus Lizard’s David Yow as a great villain, while the latter got a whole lot of mileage out of a brooding Frank Grillo.

The straight-to-DVD scene was also busy. In the special-effects showcase Beyond Skyline, Grillo teamed up with The Raid’s Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian to fight CGI aliens. Antonio Banderas made the leap into straight-to-DVD stardom with the no-frills Die Hard bite Security and with Acts Of Vengeance, in which he plays a lawyer who takes a vow of silence while on a quest for revenge. And Scott Adkins starred in both Boyka: Undisputed, a welcome return for his great prison-fighter character, and in the gory and exuberant Savage Dog, a period piece set in pre-war Vietnam in which Adkins once again fights his Undisputed III co-star Marko Zaror.

But as always, many of the best movies came from Asia. Blade Of The Immortal, from Japan, was the 100th film from the mad director Takashi Miike, and it was a blood-drenched comic-book samurai tale about a warrior with magical worms in his blood that prevented him from ever being killed. The Villainess, from South Korea, merged a weepy and melodramatic romance story with a great many scenes of virtuosic, all-out violence. And Headshot, from Indonesia, threw injured amnesiac Iko Uwais into a dizzily brutal crime story.


Next time: We’re all caught up! But I’m planning on checking in at the end of every year with another installment, looking back at the previous 12 months in action movies. Meanwhile, come back in two weeks for Age Of Heroes, a new column in which I’ll be looking at the modern history of superhero movies. Usually, I’ll pick a movie from every year, as I’ve done with this column. But to start out, I’ll take a look at the stretch between Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie, from 1978, and Tim Burton’s Batman, from 1989.

10 Best App Lockers for Android You Can Use (2017)

A smartphone is a very personal gadget. We have personal messages and information in the likes of messaging & social media apps. Then there are banking apps, where a lot of our sensitive data is stored. Also, we click a ton of personal photos and videos, which are saved in the gallery app of our smartphone. Unlike iOS, where you need to be jailbroken to lock apps with Touch ID, Android features a number of cool apps that let you lock apps through a password, PIN, fingerprint scanner or some really unique ways.

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While custom ROMs like CyanogenMod (read: Lineage OS) and Android builds from various manufacturers come with the app locking feature built-in, most Android users look for app lockers on the Google Play Store. So, if you are looking for app lockers on Android to lock apps with your device’s fingerprint sensor, we have you covered. Here are the 10 best app lockers for Android:

1. AppLock

AppLock is the most popular app locker app on the Play Store, with more than 100 million downloads. The app has certainly earned that, as it’s also the best app locker for Android. With AppLock, you can lock apps as well as various Android toggles like WiFi, Bluetooth, mobile data etc. You can even lock incoming calls or almost any Android element. You can also set up various lock profiles for work, home etc. There are also options to make sure that the app locking triggers at a certain time or location. AppLock also lets you add a cover like a warning message that says “the app has stopped”, which is one of the usual Android warnings.

AppLock Android App

Moreover, you can choose to hide the app, prevent uninstallation, and set up a delay for re-locking. It also includes a power saving mode, so if you use AppLock, you don’t need to worry about the app draining your device’s battery. Along with app locking, the app also brings a photo and video vault, and support for plugins. AppLock is certainly a feature rich app and it works flawlessly. The app does include ads but they are rare and of the non-intrusive kind.

Install: (Free, with in-app purchases)

2. Privacy Knight Applock

Privacy Knight, designed by the Alibaba group, is an ad-free and totally free app locker that isn’t very popular but certainly deserves to be. The app lets you lock apps through different methods like PIN/pattern, fingerprint, face tracking or through a disguise cover like blow to unlock, shake, or a crash message. Along with apps, you can lock incoming calls with Privacy Knight. There are options to prevent uninstallation of the app, hide notification preview from apps like WhatsApp and secret door to disguise the app as a dialer. Along with that, the app captures photos of intruders that enter the wrong password.

Privacy Knight

The app also includes additional features like a photos & videos vault, the ability to check for privacy issues and clear browser history.

Install: (Free)

3. Norton App Lock

Chances are, you have heard of Norton, the popular anti-virus maker. Well, the company offers a pretty good app locker for Android. The Norton App Lock is a very simple app locker which should be a good choice, if you are looking for a free & ad-free app locker that just works. With Norton App Lock, you can lock apps by fingerprint, PIN or pattern. There aren’t a lot of options here but you can protect it from uninstallation by giving it admin privileges. There are also options to set a recovery email, along with a sneak peak feature that captures photos of intruders who enter the wrong PIN or pattern 3 times.

Norton App Lock

Install: (Free)

4. Hexlock App Lock

Hexlock App Lock is a fairly new app locker for Android that has gained a lot of traction due to its beautiful interface and handy features. The app lets you lock apps through fingerprint, with the PIN and pattern as your backup. There are various preset profiles like Work, Home, Party, Parental, School etc. but you can edit these or create your very own profiles. Hexlock lets you automatically enable a profile based on the WiFi network your device is connected to. Other than that, the app captures photos and saves the location of intruders trying to unlock apps. There are also options to set up uninstall prevention, app re-lock delay and more. While Hexlock does include non-intrusive ads, you can remove them via an in-app purchase.

Hexlocker Android app startup

Install: (Free, with in-app purchase of $1.30 to remove ads)

5. App Locker: Fingerprint & Pin

App Locker is one of the many app lockers for Android with the “app locker” moniker. The app isn’t very popular and it’s not hard to understand why. It has a pretty outdated UI but if you look past that, it has some really unique features. Apart from the usual app locking features, App Locker lets you set custom lock settings on a per app basis. So, you can set the primary lock method for an app to fingerprint, while pattern as the primary method for another app. Other than that, the app lets you choose a crash cover, set app re-lock delay and more. It includes ads but you can remove the ads by purchasing the full version of the app.

App Locker Fingerprint and PIN

Install: (Free, Pro $3.99)

6. Keepsafe App Lock

The Keepsafe App Lock app is the simplest app locker in this list. The app features a gorgeous Material Design UI and packs in support for PIN, pattern and fingerprints. There are options to set delay on when the apps are re-locked, prevent uninstall and hide PIN touches. If you’d like to disable the app temporarily, the app lets you disable it for a few hours. The app is available in a free version but it features ads, however, you can make an in-app purchase to remove ads in the app. That pretty much sums up the app, I have used the app for quite a while and it’s as simple as it gets and works well.

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Install: (Free, with in-app purchase of $1.99 to remove ads)

7. FingerSecurity

FingerSecurity is one of the best app lockers for Android, thanks to its sheer number of features. The feature-rich app lets you lock apps via fingerprint and you can enable the improved protection features to make sure that parts of the app and the app’s data isn’t visible in the recents screen. There’s also the advanced security option to prevent uninstalls. The app also lets you set a time out, which is the delay in re-locking apps, along with options to theme the fingerprint indicator, and more.

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The app is available in a free version but it’s fairly limited. However, you can get the Premium version, which brings more theming options, like the ability to change background of the lock page. It also brings options to set safe locations, detect intruders, set up a fake crash, and more. Overall, the app definitely packs in a ton of features but in my usage, I did face a few hiccups in performance, so that’s something you should keep in mind.

Install: (Free, with in-app purchase of $1.99 for Premium)

8. AppLock – Fingerprint

AppLock – Fingerprint (yes, that’s the app’s name on the Play Store) is another very popular app locker on Android and deservedly so, because it packs in a ton of great features. There’s support for fingerprint scanner, PIN, and you can set different passwords for different apps. You can also set up profiles and make sure that the app locks activate at a certain time or based on the WiFi and Bluetooth connection. Along with apps, the app locker also lets you lock system settings, the home screen, rotation, and more.

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Moreover, there are cool features like the ability to hide the app, remotely unlock a phone via SMS, “Observer” which as the name suggests captures photos on failed unlock attempts. AppLock – Fingerprint includes ads but you can remove them through an in-app purchase. Overall, it is the app to get if you love playing with a ton of options.

Install: (Free, with in-app purchases)

9. MaxLock

MaxLock is an awesome app locker for rooted Android devices only. That’s sad but if you have a rooted Android device, you get some great features with MaxLock. The app is based on Xposed Framework, so you obviously need to have Xposed installed on your device. MaxLock is a totally free and ad-free app that unlike many app lockers out there, gives performance and battery the priority. The locking methods include fingerprint, PIN, pattern and knock code. The open-source app includes ton of customization options, fake crash feature, a MasterSwitch to disable it easily, ability to remove thumbnail of apps in the recents window, and more.

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There’s a Premium version of the app as well, which you can get via a donation. It brings features like I.Mod (grace period for delay in re-locking), logs of failed unlock attempts, and ability to backup/restore locked apps list.

Install: (Free, with donation for Premium features)

10. CM AppLock

Cheetah Mobile, the developers behind the CM AppLock app, does not have a great reputation, all thanks to overwhelming app recommendations in their various apps. Having said that, the CM AppLock is still decent app locker you can use. The app supports fingerprint unlocking and lets you lock apps and settings like WiFi, Bluetooth etc. It also lets you set a delay in re-locking apps and brings the ability to capture a selfie of any intruder when 3 incorrect attempts are made. Plus, you can choose the background of the lock page from your photos or get one of the themes inside the app. CM AppLock is free and ad-free, so you can try it out.

CM AppLock

Install: (Free)

SEE ALSO: 7 Best Lock Screen Replacement Apps for Android

Lock Your Personal Apps with the Best App Lockers for Android

There are a ton of app locker apps on the Play Store but the aforementioned 10 are most certainly the best app lockers you can use on Android. All of them support the fingerprint scanner and all of them bring some unique features, so you can choose the app that suits you best. So, try out these app lockers on your Android smartphone and do let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Splatoon 2’s Next Update Could Finally Fix Some Issues With Its Warehouse Map 

Nintendo has been keeping up with Splatoon 2‘s development and as such the game’s new version, 2.2.0, is scheduled to go live on January 16 and address a number of existing problems, including imbalances on its Walleye Warehouse map.

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Following the game’s initial release in July of last year, Splatoon 2 has been getting substantial patches almost every month, something that’s incredibly important for a competitive game but not necessarily what you’d expect given Nintendo’s track record. Version 2.2.0 set to arrive next week is pretty much all bug fixes, but some of them are actually more significant than your average glitch or wonky mechanic.

For instance two of the fixes specifically address flaws in the Walleye Warehouse map design that gave players on the Alpha side a slight advantage:

  • Adjusted the placement of terrain outside of the stage in Walleye Warehouse, and removed a space from which players could attack only from one team’s base.
  • Fixed an issue on Walleye Warehouse in which a player using an Inkjet could climb above the terrain using a light placed only in one team’s base.

As Splatoon 2 pro Sendou explained in an email, ever since the first Splatoon on the Wii U, Walleye Warehouse had a location on the Alpha side that allowed players to gain a vision advantage on their opponents and snipe them from afar. It’s been in the game for nearly three years now since the Splatoon 2 version simply recreated it, but someone at Nintendo had their eye on it and finally addressed it.

“Basically allows you to see people approaching from the flank and kill them with sniper but only on one side as demonstrated in the video,” said Sendou. “It should be emphasized it really is small which is why it probably took them long time fix. Personally I don’t remember it ever mattering.”

The bigger issue is exclusive to the Splatoon 2 version of the map and revolves around players being able to get to areas that shouldn’t be reachable.”[It] allows you to reach unintended heights with the Ink Jet special which is a benefit for the player using it (you can’t be hit when you are that high up),” Sendou said. “Again only for one side. This was the more significant of the two.”

For a game with loose aspirations to growing as an esport, getting rid of bugs that favor one team at the expense of the other are the bare minimum. Even if the Switch doesn’t have a robust, built-in chat functionality you’d hope for in multiplayer games, at least games like Splatoon 2 continue to get refined.

“I think they have been doing pretty well,” Sendou said when I asked about how good a job Nintendo’s done in keeping the game pro-friendly. “The game has been getting more balanced with each patch although they seem to be very afraid about giving some weapons a proper buff that would make them viable.”

The only thing he dings Nintendo on is their lack of interest in fixing the game’s motion controls. which by some accounts still remain inferior to how they were implemented in the first game.

CCG Suggestion – Eternal Card Game : AndroidGaming

I know there have been other posts about of this game, but I really want the game to keep growing, and I’d love to help! This is easily one of my new favorite card games.
Pros:
– This is definitely one of the most generous card games I’ve ever played. You get a free pack a day just for winning your first Casual or Ranked match. Every day. For free. Even if you are very casual (as I tend to be) and can only commit 30 minutes to playing, you still have access to get cards. This is my favorite aspect of this game.

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– If you have a background in Magic the Gathering, this is a great digital game for you. Many of the same concepts from Magic translate to this seemlessly, like Flying units, Lifesteal (Lifelink), Endurance (Vigilance), being able to interact with your opponent on their turn, building a deck with up to 5 different colors, choosing blockers, etc.
– Ignore the “Early Access” stigma; this is a complete, and rather well-balanced card game. I’m coming from Hearthstone, where I’ve spent far too much money on a game that is constantly out of balance and requires a large amount of playtime for you to remain relevant.
– Games are relatively fast-paced.
– New content is being developed constantly and cards are frequently balanced, if necessary.
– They have in-game events on weekends about every 2-3 weeks. These events generally have special rules and fun aspects.
– You can play against the computer endlessly for actual rewards (Gauntlet). These rewards are not huge, but it’s free, it’s not timed, so you can play at your own pace, and it can actually be a real challenge.
– The community is growing. It has an active sub (/r/EternalCardGame) and other places, and is generally healthy, not toxic.
– Game is available to play on both mobile and Steam! http://store.steampowered.com/app/531640/Eternal_Card_Game/
(It’s also on iPhones, so invite your friends there, too.)
– There are in-game rewards for gaining “faction experience”. As you play a color, you get experience in that color and earn rewards.
– You can still be successful with a deck that isn’t “the best”. The meta is relatively diverse, which is refreshing.

Cons:
– The biggest con is the introduction. The introduction, as others have said, is far too long. If it takes the average player to get through it in 60 minutes, that’s a bit high. Once you do, it’s worth it, but I’ve had friends give up because they put off by this.
– I’m not big on Drafting, but I can see being annoyed with aspects of it. The cost to draft is a bit high for a casual player. In addition, the newest set should be standing out a bit more in Draft, and the first two packs, not the first and third. There are synergies that are better served by making these decisions together.
– I’d like to be able to mulligan my starting hand more than once, with a penalty, like in Magic. Currently, mulliganing a bad hand to get another bad hand just feels terrible.
– I wish the cards had set icons. You can’t tell what card is in what set unless you are in the card library.
– Spend more on advertising! This game deserves to be HUGE.

My pros definitely outweigh my cons. Give it a try and help us make this game huge! If you consider playing, please use my referral link:

https://www.direwolfdigital.com/eternal/register/?ref=83982af9-6e2d-4b3d-bbc9-7f1f20a17cae

DC Unchained is out in Taiwan, Japan, and Hong Kong

DC Unchained Android

DC’s answer to Marvel Future FightDC Unchained, has just launched on Android in Taiwan, Japan, and Hong Kong. This serves as the game’s closed beta, effectively a soft launch.

Like Future Fight before it, DC Unchained is a hero collecting hack and slasher. Where it differs though, is with the DC licence. Forget about Spiderman and Iron Man and instead play as Batman or Superman.

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DC Unchained is out now in Taiwan, Japan, and Hong Kong

In fact, you can choose to play as the super heroes that make up the Justice League, or you can go for super villains instead. How do you fancy playing as the Joker or Harley Quinn instead?

Whatever you choose, there’s a whole host of content here. You’ll beat up foes in real time, learn more about your heroes (or villains) in side quests, and collect a lot of characters.

If that sounds like your cup of tea and you live in one of the three participating territories, grab DC Unchained on Google Play right now.

10 Best App Lockers for Android You Can Use (2017)

A smartphone is a very personal gadget. We have personal messages and information in the likes of messaging & social media apps. Then there are banking apps, where a lot of our sensitive data is stored. Also, we click a ton of personal photos and videos, which are saved in the gallery app of our smartphone. Unlike iOS, where you need to be jailbroken to lock apps with Touch ID, Android features a number of cool apps that let you lock apps through a password, PIN, fingerprint scanner or some really unique ways.

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While custom ROMs like CyanogenMod (read: Lineage OS) and Android builds from various manufacturers come with the app locking feature built-in, most Android users look for app lockers on the Google Play Store. So, if you are looking for app lockers on Android to lock apps with your device’s fingerprint sensor, we have you covered. Here are the 10 best app lockers for Android:

1. AppLock

AppLock is the most popular app locker app on the Play Store, with more than 100 million downloads. The app has certainly earned that, as it’s also the best app locker for Android. With AppLock, you can lock apps as well as various Android toggles like WiFi, Bluetooth, mobile data etc. You can even lock incoming calls or almost any Android element. You can also set up various lock profiles for work, home etc. There are also options to make sure that the app locking triggers at a certain time or location. AppLock also lets you add a cover like a warning message that says “the app has stopped”, which is one of the usual Android warnings.

AppLock Android App

Moreover, you can choose to hide the app, prevent uninstallation, and set up a delay for re-locking. It also includes a power saving mode, so if you use AppLock, you don’t need to worry about the app draining your device’s battery. Along with app locking, the app also brings a photo and video vault, and support for plugins. AppLock is certainly a feature rich app and it works flawlessly. The app does include ads but they are rare and of the non-intrusive kind.

Install: (Free, with in-app purchases)

2. Privacy Knight Applock

Privacy Knight, designed by the Alibaba group, is an ad-free and totally free app locker that isn’t very popular but certainly deserves to be. The app lets you lock apps through different methods like PIN/pattern, fingerprint, face tracking or through a disguise cover like blow to unlock, shake, or a crash message. Along with apps, you can lock incoming calls with Privacy Knight. There are options to prevent uninstallation of the app, hide notification preview from apps like WhatsApp and secret door to disguise the app as a dialer. Along with that, the app captures photos of intruders that enter the wrong password.

Privacy Knight

The app also includes additional features like a photos & videos vault, the ability to check for privacy issues and clear browser history.

Install: (Free)

3. Norton App Lock

Chances are, you have heard of Norton, the popular anti-virus maker. Well, the company offers a pretty good app locker for Android. The Norton App Lock is a very simple app locker which should be a good choice, if you are looking for a free & ad-free app locker that just works. With Norton App Lock, you can lock apps by fingerprint, PIN or pattern. There aren’t a lot of options here but you can protect it from uninstallation by giving it admin privileges. There are also options to set a recovery email, along with a sneak peak feature that captures photos of intruders who enter the wrong PIN or pattern 3 times.

Norton App Lock

Install: (Free)

4. Hexlock App Lock

Hexlock App Lock is a fairly new app locker for Android that has gained a lot of traction due to its beautiful interface and handy features. The app lets you lock apps through fingerprint, with the PIN and pattern as your backup. There are various preset profiles like Work, Home, Party, Parental, School etc. but you can edit these or create your very own profiles. Hexlock lets you automatically enable a profile based on the WiFi network your device is connected to. Other than that, the app captures photos and saves the location of intruders trying to unlock apps. There are also options to set up uninstall prevention, app re-lock delay and more. While Hexlock does include non-intrusive ads, you can remove them via an in-app purchase.

Hexlocker Android app startup

Install: (Free, with in-app purchase of $1.30 to remove ads)

5. App Locker: Fingerprint & Pin

App Locker is one of the many app lockers for Android with the “app locker” moniker. The app isn’t very popular and it’s not hard to understand why. It has a pretty outdated UI but if you look past that, it has some really unique features. Apart from the usual app locking features, App Locker lets you set custom lock settings on a per app basis. So, you can set the primary lock method for an app to fingerprint, while pattern as the primary method for another app. Other than that, the app lets you choose a crash cover, set app re-lock delay and more. It includes ads but you can remove the ads by purchasing the full version of the app.

App Locker Fingerprint and PIN

Install: (Free, Pro $3.99)

6. Keepsafe App Lock

The Keepsafe App Lock app is the simplest app locker in this list. The app features a gorgeous Material Design UI and packs in support for PIN, pattern and fingerprints. There are options to set delay on when the apps are re-locked, prevent uninstall and hide PIN touches. If you’d like to disable the app temporarily, the app lets you disable it for a few hours. The app is available in a free version but it features ads, however, you can make an in-app purchase to remove ads in the app. That pretty much sums up the app, I have used the app for quite a while and it’s as simple as it gets and works well.

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Install: (Free, with in-app purchase of $1.99 to remove ads)

7. FingerSecurity

FingerSecurity is one of the best app lockers for Android, thanks to its sheer number of features. The feature-rich app lets you lock apps via fingerprint and you can enable the improved protection features to make sure that parts of the app and the app’s data isn’t visible in the recents screen. There’s also the advanced security option to prevent uninstalls. The app also lets you set a time out, which is the delay in re-locking apps, along with options to theme the fingerprint indicator, and more.

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The app is available in a free version but it’s fairly limited. However, you can get the Premium version, which brings more theming options, like the ability to change background of the lock page. It also brings options to set safe locations, detect intruders, set up a fake crash, and more. Overall, the app definitely packs in a ton of features but in my usage, I did face a few hiccups in performance, so that’s something you should keep in mind.

Install: (Free, with in-app purchase of $1.99 for Premium)

8. AppLock – Fingerprint

AppLock – Fingerprint (yes, that’s the app’s name on the Play Store) is another very popular app locker on Android and deservedly so, because it packs in a ton of great features. There’s support for fingerprint scanner, PIN, and you can set different passwords for different apps. You can also set up profiles and make sure that the app locks activate at a certain time or based on the WiFi and Bluetooth connection. Along with apps, the app locker also lets you lock system settings, the home screen, rotation, and more.

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Moreover, there are cool features like the ability to hide the app, remotely unlock a phone via SMS, “Observer” which as the name suggests captures photos on failed unlock attempts. AppLock – Fingerprint includes ads but you can remove them through an in-app purchase. Overall, it is the app to get if you love playing with a ton of options.

Install: (Free, with in-app purchases)

9. MaxLock

MaxLock is an awesome app locker for rooted Android devices only. That’s sad but if you have a rooted Android device, you get some great features with MaxLock. The app is based on Xposed Framework, so you obviously need to have Xposed installed on your device. MaxLock is a totally free and ad-free app that unlike many app lockers out there, gives performance and battery the priority. The locking methods include fingerprint, PIN, pattern and knock code. The open-source app includes ton of customization options, fake crash feature, a MasterSwitch to disable it easily, ability to remove thumbnail of apps in the recents window, and more.

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There’s a Premium version of the app as well, which you can get via a donation. It brings features like I.Mod (grace period for delay in re-locking), logs of failed unlock attempts, and ability to backup/restore locked apps list.

Install: (Free, with donation for Premium features)

10. CM AppLock

Cheetah Mobile, the developers behind the CM AppLock app, does not have a great reputation, all thanks to overwhelming app recommendations in their various apps. Having said that, the CM AppLock is still decent app locker you can use. The app supports fingerprint unlocking and lets you lock apps and settings like WiFi, Bluetooth etc. It also lets you set a delay in re-locking apps and brings the ability to capture a selfie of any intruder when 3 incorrect attempts are made. Plus, you can choose the background of the lock page from your photos or get one of the themes inside the app. CM AppLock is free and ad-free, so you can try it out.

CM AppLock

Install: (Free)

SEE ALSO: 7 Best Lock Screen Replacement Apps for Android

Lock Your Personal Apps with the Best App Lockers for Android

There are a ton of app locker apps on the Play Store but the aforementioned 10 are most certainly the best app lockers you can use on Android. All of them support the fingerprint scanner and all of them bring some unique features, so you can choose the app that suits you best. So, try out these app lockers on your Android smartphone and do let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Facebook 155.0.0.30.96 APK Download by Facebook

Keeping up with friends is faster and easier than ever. Share updates and photos, engage with friends and Pages, and stay connected to communities important to you.

Features on the Facebook app include:

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* Connect with friends and family and meet new people on your social media network
* Set status updates & use Facebook emoji to help relay what’s going on in your world
* Share photos, videos, and your favorite memories.
* Get notifications when friends like and comment on your posts
* Find local social events, and make plans to meet up with friends
* Play games with any of your Facebook friends
* Backup photos by saving them in albums
* Follow your favorite artists, websites, and companies to get their latest news
* Look up local businesses to see reviews, operation hours, and pictures
* Buy and sell items and services
* Watch live videos on the go

The Facebook app does more than help you stay connected with your friends and interests. It’s also your personal organizer for storing, saving and sharing photos. It’s easy to share photos straight from your Android camera, and you have full control over your photos and privacy settings. You can choose when to keep individual photos private or even set up a secret photo album to control who sees it.

Facebook also helps you keep up with the latest news and current events around the world. Subscribe to your favorite celebrities, brands, news sources, artists, or sports teams to follow their newsfeeds, watch live streaming videos and be caught up on the latest happenings no matter where you are!

The most important desktop features of Facebook are also available on the app, such as writing on timelines, liking photos, browsing for people, and editing your profile and groups.

Now you can get early access to the next version of Facebook for Android by becoming a beta tester. Learn how to sign up, give feedback and leave the program in our Help Center: on.fb.me/133NwuP

Sign up directly here:
play.google.com/apps/testing/com.facebook.katana

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Facebook is only available for users age 13 and over.
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Smart Drawer – Apps Organizer APK Download for Android

Smart Drawer automatically organize you apps for you, working on top of any launcher.
Download Smart Drawer, move its icon on your home screen and that’s it. You won’t have to move your apps in folders, everything will be automatically done for you.

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– Enjoy the automatic app sorting
– Customize your drawer
– Restore the app grid on phones like Huawei, Xiaomi, Meizu
– Hide unwanted apps and protect them with PIN or fingerprints
– Use a gesture to open the drawer from any app (Preferences → General options → Use gesture)

What’s New

0.9.2
– Fixed a bug that caused crash when changing a category icon.

0.9.1
– Added the possibility to unlock Pro features and remove ads with a single in-app purchase
– Added themes selection
– Bugfixes

0.9.0
– (25 JAN update) Fixed a bug that prevented the “Next” button to be pressed in the welcome screen.
– removed useless resources to make the package more lightweight
– minor bugfixes

Download APK

Additional information

Name
Smart Drawer – Apps Organizer

Package
ginlemon.smartdrawer

Version
0.9.2

Size
3.83 MB

Installs
100,000+ downloads

Developed By
Smart Launcher Team

Angry Birds for PC Free Download Full Version for PC, Laptop [97.68 MB]

 

Download Angry Birds for PC: Are you a gamer? Do you really like playing games on your smartphones and your computer? If yes, then you might be a fan of Angry Birds gaming franchise as well. Angry Birds is one of the most popular games that is available for all the smartphones, but if you are looking for a way to download Angry Birds for PC then here is how you can do it.

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Angry Birds is one of the best and the most addictive game I have played so far. This game got me hooked to my smartphone that I spent hours playing the game but for people who don’t own a smartphone that supports the game and want to play it, what should they do? That’s the reason I thought of sharing this article to download Angry Birds for PC so that every person can play this game and shoot the angry birds to attack the piggies, destroy them and gain new points.

Also Download: Clash of Clans for PC

This version of Angry Birds is compatible with the following version of Windows OS.

  1. Angry Birds for PC Windows XP/Vista 32 Bit/64 Bit
  2. Angry Birds for PC Windows 7
  3. Angry Birds for PC Windows 8/8.1
  4. Angry Birds for PC Windows 10

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This is one of those few games like Fruit Ninja and Candy Crush, that have made it large despite of having a simple game play. This shows that games with simple game play can become a lot popular. So enough of talking now and lets get down to business. Lets get started with the article to download Angry Birds for PC and start playing the awesome game and shooting the angry birds in the air.

System requirements

Make sure your PC/Laptop has the below requirements so that the app can run smooth and avoid any errors.

File Name: Angry Birds

Current version: 7.4.0

File size  97.68 MB

Updated on: June 19th 2017

Required Android: 4.1 and more than 4.1

Required OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10

RAM: 512 MB minimum

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Download Angry Birds for PC, Windows 7/8/10, Mac

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Angry Birds has been one of the best gaming franchise for the past few years, and people of all age group, teens to old people, everyone got addicted to this simple game.

How to Play?

All you have to do here is aim the birds and shoot them to destroy the buildings and fortresses of the bad piggies and at the same time gaining some points. The bad piggies have stolen the eggs of the birds and that’s why all of them are so angry.

The birds come with some special powers and by clicking on the screen for the second time, the power gets activated and you can attack your enemies with a lot more force. This is the only thing that you need to know about the game and the whole game is just lock and shot type game with interesting levels as you progress.

 Download Angry Birds for PC (exe) file full version

Angry Birds gaming franchise has rolled out many games like Angry Birds Rio, Angry Birds Space, Angry Birds Star Wars and each one different from the other in terms of birds and their powers but the sole objective of destroying the piggies. So lets see how you can download Angry Birds for PC.

Download Angry Birds for Mac

Download Angry Birds Windows 7/8/10

Angry Birds for PC with BlueStacks

Follow the below steps to install the game with BlueStacks emulator and play for unlimited hours. We are going to install the game via Google Play Store, so it’s secure and safe. You can also try the APK method if this doesn’t work.

  • To go with this method, make sure that you have a working Internet connection on your computer.
  • Download and install BlueStacks App Player on your computer and once installed, open it on your computer.
  • You will then see a search bar. Type in Angry Birds in the search bar and install the game on your computer from the search results.
  • The game will install and you can now start playing Angry Birds on PC.

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Download Angry Birds by using BlueStacks

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  • Download the APK file of Angry Birds on your computer first. You can do a quick search on Google for the version of the APK file of the game that you want to play. Search for it and download it on your computer.
  • Next download and install Bluestacks App Player on your computer.
  • Now go to the folder where you have saved the apk file of the game, click on  it and run it with Bluestacks.
  • The game will then be installed on your computer.
  • That’s it! You successfully installed Angry Birds on PC.

Download Angry Birds for PC without BlueStacks

  1. Download YouWave emulator or Andy emulator.
  2. Install emulator and go to dashboard.
  3. Select ‘Install APK’ option and upload Angry Birds APK file.
  4. Click install to start playing game.

How to install directly without emulator?

Alternatively you can download the game from their official store, but you can only get the demo version on your computer. If you want a full version of the game, then you need to pay for it.

Instead of paying for the game, you can go with any of the first two methods and enjoy Angry Birds for PC completely free at no extra cost. Why pay money when you can get it for free?

Angry Birds is available to download directly and install it on Windows computers in the form of .exe files. Just download the exe file and click on it to start installing without any third party software.

Download links

Download the necessary files from below and start playing Angry Birds on PC, Laptop.

Download BlueStacks

www.appsforpc.org/download-bluestacks-app-player/

Download YouWave

www.youwave.com

Download Andy emulator

www.andyroid.net

Download Angry Birds APK v7.3.0

www.apk4fun.com/apk/18/

Download Angry Birds .exe (All seasons)

en.freedownloadmanager.org/Windows-PC/Angry-Birds-Seasons.html

How to Play?

If you have followed any of the first 2 methods and have successfully installed Angry Birds on computer, then you can now start playing the game without any difficulty. The game is installed successfully and all you need to do is launch the application and start playing the game. If you don’t know where the game is installed then go to the folder named Apps. Just do a search from the Start menu in your computer for the folder and you will find it.

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In that folder, you will see that the Angry Birds game has been installed and you can click on the icon of the game to launch it. Voila! Now you can start playing the game from your PC. I hope that you might have  liked the post about how to download Angry Birds for PC and if you did, then please hit the Like, Tweet and +1 button to share it with your friends!

Visit www.appsforpc.org for more tech articles and latest app downloads for computers.

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The 9Apps’s latest version does not require any space in your Android Smartphones or tablets and consists of smooth and user-friendly User Interface for best user experience.

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Features of the Latest 9Apps

  • 9Apps version is the best application to download and install all kind of multimedia content on your Android devices.
  • We can download wallpapers, songs, themes, ringtones, games, and utility applications under one roof.
  • You can Search and explore a huge number of applications and download them for completely free  in a completely new way and it’s a one-stop service for fast downloads and applications management.
  • You can explore the most popular and top rated applications and games on Google Play Store from 9Apps
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  • The Pro main screen consists of various filters which Android users can use to search for wallpapers, games, songs, ringtones, themes etc. through clear classification, intelligent search, special collection, and top and new charts. The categorization of applications saves your time and efforts.

9Apps APK 2017 version holds the average user rating of 4.7 and more than 7000000 Android users have already downloaded and are using it . It is compatible with Android devices supporting 15 API or above no it is officially not launched for IOS so far . So, what are waiting for? Download and Install this life-changing application from virus-free and high-quality Apps store, 9Apps.

Download Games from 9Apps 

9apps android games has created lots of options for the users. They can get involved in races or play football with the players of their choice. While installing the game, you can notice how light weight it is You can download games  like Vice City and etc

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9appsapk updated the applications that are latest and launched in the market recently. One of the primary aspects of the application is that it can be used on various android operating systems in a  hassle free manner.

Freedom from payments:

Although Google play store provides free games but not all of them can be downloaded. Some games and apps are chargeable however 9apps app store provides them free to the users. Therefore, you can download the store and accomplish the task without any hassles.

High quality stuff

If they are providing the free applications and games that Free doesn’t mean that 9app app compromises on quality. On the contrary it offers high quality apps that can work really well with the smartphones. All you have to do is to download the same on the gadget and watch how it works.

Installation process is not a rocket science and can be performed even by person with no technical knowledge. Series of dialog boxes with guide you through the setup procedure.

9app has revolutionized the mobile app market to a great extent. You can play games of different types with the single click of the button.

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