Feeds

Manchester mobile software firm poised to go titsup

End of the line of EMCC software?

Website security in corporate America

The future of EMCC Software Ltd seemed bleak yesterday evening with only a hold up at a senior creditor preventing the appointment of an insolvency practitioner.

The Manchester-based company closed its doors on Tuesday, paying off staff and shutting the office, sources told The Register. The firm's web site was still up as of last night and calls to the office are being met with an answerphone.

Companies facing insolvency are supposed to wait five days to allow the holder of any floating charge (normally a bank) the opportunity to veto or approve the directors' choice of insolvency practitioner.

That used to be a formality as the banks would generally give a verbal agreement, but UK banks are a little stressed at the moment which is delaying things for EMCC Software, among others, according to the company's accountants.

EMCC was set up ten years ago in proper British style with a couple of people working from home. By 2006 the company was employing 80 people and boasted significant deals with handset manufacturers to supply software.

Magpie was EMCC's ill-fated attempt to provide a single communication channel for on-device applications. Demonstrated in 2002 it was clearly ahead of its time, but also required broader buy-in that never materialised. More recently the company embraced the OMTP's BONDI standard for enabled widgets.

While officially a cross-platform developer, the company had a great deal of Symbian expertise, but for the moment it's impossible to tell if that was a factor in the demise of the company. Once the insolvency is formally announced we should get more details of what went wrong and why. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
ISPs' post-net-neutrality world is built on 'bribes' says Tim Berners-Lee
Father of the worldwide web is extremely peeved over pay-per-packet-type plans
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp
Mountain View distances itself from lame 'network thingy'
Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer
887 jobs 'preserved' in the process, says administrator PwC
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
Drag queens: Oh, don't be so bitchy, Facebook! Let us use our stage names
Handbags at dawn over free content ad network's ID policy
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.