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App battle shapes up between Duval schools and app designer

4:57 PM, Apr 2, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A mobile app battle is shaping up as a Miami-based operation offers an app for 99 cents that connects cell phones to Duval County schools.

KosInteractive is making the app available to provide easy access to school calendars and lunch menus among other things. The company has already launched similar apps for other large Florida school districts.

In a statement on Duval County Public Schools' website, it pointed out that the market-place app is not affiliated or supported by DCPS and did not authorize the name or use of its content. DCPS also warns that the app being sold has the potential to collect personal information.

When contacted by email, KosInteractive said it does not request information nor does the app have the potential to do so.

The company said what is happening, "Appears to be a knee-jerk reaction by a DCPS employee eager to tout a competing app supposedly under development."

DCPS Spokesperson Marsha Oliver said the district does plan to provide a free app this summer before the new school year starts. Oliver was unable to comment on the market-place app that is charging for access to information already available on the school district's website.

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