Google updates Glass hardware and software ahead of I/O

The day before Google’s(s goog) annual developer conference, Google Glass is getting a lot of improvements. First, although Glass receives subtle hardware tweaks from time to time, its Google Plus page has announced a bump to 2GB of RAM and a slightly bigger battery, among “several [other] hardware updates.” Second, there are 12 new Glassware apps available for download, including Shazam, Duolingo, and other big names. A complete list is here. There’s also a general software update that brings a viewfinder to the device’s camera function. Google’s I/O conference may be the largest collection of Glass Explorers ever assembled, but we’re not expecting a ton of Glass announcements. However, there are three Glass-centered sessions scheduled for Thursday.

Blippar reportedly buys augmented reality rival Layar

Looks like there may be some consolidation in the augmented reality scene: TechCrunch reports that the U.K.’s Blippar has bought Dutch rival Layar. Both companies focus heavily on bringing print ads to virtual life. Layar is a real AR veteran; 5 years ago its original, non-marketing-centric app did a lot to popularize the concept (at least, among geeks.) Now both Blippar and Layar are trying to make AR finally take off through the use of Google(s goog) Glass. If the deal’s real — I’ve been unable to get confirmation — I wonder what will happen to Layar’s interoperability pact with Metaio and Wikitude.

Google Glass fans seek revenge on restaurant with swarm of 1-star reviews

What would you do if a restaurant asked you to remove the camera-on-your-face device, Google(s goog) Glass, because other diners had privacy concerns? Would you storm out and then trash the place online? As blog EV Grieve reports, that’s what Katy Kasmai did after Feast, a restaurant in New York’s East Village, objected to her ocular choice. Kasmai complained about Feast on her Google+ page, which in turn led a dozen of her loyal followers to leave a series of savage 1-star reviews on Google — which is the first page to come up when New Yorkers search for “Feast.” This seems unfair, especially since many of the “reviews” were written from places like Phoenix. The episode is unlikely to help Glass fans overcome the”Glasshole” label.

Google opens Glass sales to the public while supplies last

Want Google(s goog) Glass and don’t have your very own pair yet? Well, Google’s selling the devices online right now to everyone in the United States and you don’t need an invite to buy them, according to Glass’s Google+ account. If you’ve got $1,500 and the desire to be a “Glass Explorer,” head on over and buy your pair before they run out. Like Google’s previous one-day Glass sale, this chance is while supplies last.