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It keeps asking me for my password, even when I'm using other apps such as Mail.

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Try a reset - hold the home and power buttons down until the apple logo appears.

I had a similar problem when I'd downloaded an app update, but lost wifi, and it got caught in a loop, and the reset seemed to resolve it.

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If a reset like Jaydles suggested doesn't work, syncing it to a computer with iTunes that has been registered with your account will resolve the issue.

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