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Apple Store gains trademark while Google remains in the cloud

While Google seems intent on remaining in the cloud in terms of device sales, one thing has recently been made clear -- should they decide to go the retail route with stores of their own, they should not have them looking like an Apple Store. The reasoning here, Apple has recently been granted an official US trademark (from the USPTO) for their retail stores.

Nexus 4 availability returning on a global basis

We haven't seen an official statement from Google or LG, however it does appear as if they have gotten the inventory situation under control. That of course, comes from the recent Nexus 4 availability in the US market as well as news of availability on a more global scale. In short, the Nexus 4 appears to coming available around the world.

Chrome Beta for Android found to be hiding a full-screen browsing mode

It seems Google may have hidden a full-screen browsing mode in the latest Chrome Beta release. Though, before anyone thinks of switching to the beta -- we should point out that this seems to be more of an unintentional discovery at this point. Simply put, the latest Chrome Beta can enter a full-screen browsing mode, however there are a few things that need to be done in order to make it work. Not to mention, there are some glitches when returning after you have closed the app.

Apple cuts 500px from App Store – Android may be next

Apple recently pulled the 500px app from the iOS App Store and while it may be easy for Android users to casually sit back and watch, it appears as if the app may also be breaking the rules in the Google Play Store. We would hate to see the app pulled and we are certainly not the ones that will be making the decision, however according to Google, they "don't allow content that contains nudity" in the store. Well, let us just say that you can find nude images rather quickly and easily using the 500px app.

Temple Run 2 reminds developers: “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it”

The Google Play Store is loaded with games. Without calling out any specifics, there are many that are not so good - and some that are really, really good. Everything from casual games to more in depth games such as Dead Trigger and Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour. But for the focus here, lets concentrate on the casual games. A few of the top developers in this realm include Imangi Studios, Rovio Mobile, Halfbrick Studios and Zepto Lab.

Silent Phone launches for Android with encrypted voice and video

Android users now have the ability to make secure audio and video calls directly from their device. These calls are encrypted and have arrived by the way of Silent Circle. The app itself is called Silent Phone. Those interested will be able to find the app in the Google Play Store and while it is free to download, you will actually need to be a Silent Circle subscriber to use it.

Temple Run 2: Android users wait while iOS users top the 20 million mark

Imangi Studios' has already announced the release date of Temple Run 2 for Android. And for those who may have missed our previous coverage, the release date is set for later this week. Or more specifically, go ahead and mark those calendars for January 24. Unfortunately though, while Android users are left waiting, they are also left watching how well the game is doing on iOS.