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My iPad with iOS 5.1.1 (with home screen is activated) plays a "beep beep" sound (as if I had gotten a new e-mail) every 10 minutes or so, but no notification is shown. Can I find out what causes the beeps?

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Is it the sound you've assigned for new mail notifications? If so, my psychic powers tell me you've got a Gmail account set up, and it moves the email into a folder according to some rule you've set up, bypassing the Inbox. –  user479 Sep 12 '12 at 19:21
    
Good guess, I have a Gmail account which forwards e-mail to my Hotmail account, but only the latter is set up in my iPad, and I didn't get e-mails when my iPad was beeping this afternoon. It suddenly stopped beeping, too. I think there must be another explanation. I have already checked all my notification settings, and no sounds are enabled for every app. I really wonder why it just beeps sometimes. –  Felix Dombek Sep 13 '12 at 3:39
    
You may try to activate all Notifications for your apps to be shown in the Notification area... –  Josef Held - Satanko Sep 13 '12 at 7:15

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