iPhone may get handwriting recognition — think your chubby fingers can cope?

According to a number of reports, the iPhone (three iPhone stories in one day you say?) could soon get handwriting recognition. That’s based on the interpretation of a recent job advertisement which calls for a full-time “Handwriting Recognition Engineer” to work at Apple HQ in Cupertino.

The successful candidate will be responsible for “advancing Apple’s handwriting technology for Mac OS X” — which shouldn’t be difficult given that the current attempt (Inkwell) is pretty shabby. However, it appears that “the recognition technology… may extend beyond Mac OS X to other applications and the iPhone”…

MySpace Developer Platform coming 5th February

myspace_developers_logo.pngPresuming that you haven’t already deleted your MySpace account, you may be interested to learn that a development platform is launching for the garish, spammy service on 5th February.

Adam over at Mashable caught up with Amit Kapur, newly promoted COO of MySpace, who will be overseeing the new platform.

Though MySpace is rather behind the times when it comes to opening up to developers in this way, Kapur says that they’ve learned from the mistakes of others, and will be immediately addressing issues of privacy, monetisation, and data ownership.

Amusingly, they will be addressing the issue of spam on information feeds — prevalent indeed on Facebook, but hardly something MySpace is immune from.

Apple iPhone application development: can't do right by some

andy-merrett.jpgAndy Merrett writes…

Thanks to the amount of hype and spin surrounding the iPhone, it seems that, when it comes to third party applications, Apple can’t do right by some people.

Apple were criticised right from the start when it looked as if they wouldn’t offer any kind of third-party application support for the iPhone.

Now that their initial solution has been unveiled – Web 2.0 and AJAX – they’re being slated again. Pick a derogatory word about Apple’s solution and it’s probably been used against them.

It seems few people stop to consider that this is Apple’s first-generation iPhone. As with the first Apple TV, the first iPod, the first Mac, the first iMac, or the first MacBook Pro, it will have first-generation functionality.

Everyone knows that future generations of the iPhone will feature more functionality. Take a look at the evolution of the iPod, now imagine what an iPhone could look like in five years’ time.