Feeds

Picsel Technologies goes dark

Website offline, calls referred to PwC

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Updated The future of Picsel Technologies is in doubt today after its website disappeared amidst claims that it has gone into administration.

Sources claimed last night that PricewaterhouseCoopers had been appointed as administrators of the Renfrew-based firm. Meanwhile, the website appears to have vanished off the internet.

When we called Picsel this morning and asked if the firm was in administration, we were told: "You'll have to speak to PricewaterhouseCoopers about that." The accounting firm has yet to return our calls for more details.

Jabber Group, owner of Picsel, isn't answering the phone today.

Administration would mark an ignominious end to a company that once had world-spanning aspirations.

Picsel developed a revolutionary file-viewing technology, rendering complex files on mobile phones with a slick and effective interface that was licensed by companies around the world including Samsung, Sony and Motorola. But the company then launched into a series of projects that it failed to sell to those customers, draining funds and eventually having to lay off staff and shut down regional offices.

More recently staff have complained of paychecks not arriving, with several taking their cases to an industrial tribunal. Some were paid off before the hearings commenced, but at least one case did proceed.

The company had initiated litigation with Apple over the ownership of smooth zooming technology - something Picsel's file viewer shares with the iPhone interface - but that case has yet to be resolved.

The patents owned by Picsel, and that case, will be among the assets that the administrators will be valuing with a view to sale. ®

Update

PwC confirmed this afternoon that Bruce Cartwright and Graham Frost were appointed as Joint Administrators to Picsel Group Limited and Picsel Technologies Limited yesterday.

In a statement they said Picsel had suffered cashflow problems as customers delayed products because of the downturn, but that they hoped to find a buyer for the company.

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline
A rude awakening: North Americans greeted with outage drama
We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie
EC moves to shift status quo at Internet Governance Forum
Google has spaffed more cash on lobbying this year than Big Cable
Don't worry, it'll be cheaper when they use drones
EE fails to apologise for HUGE T-Mobile outage that hit Brits on Friday
Customer: 'Please change your name to occasionally somewhere'
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
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?