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Never miss an iPhone call or alert again

Keep your ringtone volume and media volume separate. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Keep your ringtone volume and media volume separate. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

There are two different channels for audio on your iOS device: there are ringers and alert sounds and there are media sounds, like from the Music app or various games on your iPhone.

The hardware volume buttons on the side of your iPhone are set to control both by default, but you can separate it out, making the hardware buttons only turn down the media sounds instead of both media and ringer sound.

Here’s our recipe on how to make sure you never miss a call because someone “accidentally” turned your volume all the way down.

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L.A. school district wants multimillion-dollar refund for failed iPad program

LAUSD wants back the money it wasted on iPads. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

LAUSD wants back the money it wasted on iPads. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

The Los Angeles Unified School District is demanding a multimillion-dollar refund from Apple following a failed iPad program that was set to give more than 640,000 students a tablet for education.

It is thought that the Board of Education is exploring the possibility of litigation against the Cupertino company as it seeks to claim back money that has already been lost on the scheme.

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The pope’s old iPad just sold for $30,500

The Pope's iPad was a 32GB iPad 4 WiFi + Cellular. Who knew? Photo: Market Watch

The pope’s iPad was a 32GB iPad 4 WiFi + Cellular. Who knew? Photo: MarketWatch

We all know that the pope has an iPad, but even popes upgrade. While we normal, unblessed humans tend to simply pass our old iPads down to a family member or sell them on Craigslist when we upgrade, the pontiff’s old iPad went straight to auction, where it sold for a staggering $30,500.

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iPad installation plays music based on the face you are wearing

The "Sound of Emotion" will play music based on facial expressions at eh Market Street Protyping Festival in San Francisco. Photo: Sound of Emotion/Neighborland

The “Sound of Emotion” will play music based on facial expressions at eh Market Street Protyping Festival in San Francisco. Photo: Sound of Emotion/Neighborland

You’re in a mood and your face can’t hide it. Now imagine if that face was the source of music.

The “Sound of Emotion,” a musical project created with facial expression recognition technology, will be on display at the Market Street Prototyping Festival in San Francisco. The festival runs today through April 11 on Market Street between Embarcedero and Van Ness.

The installation will use four iPad and for selected genres, each device will represent a single instrument, such as bells, a didgeridoo and drums.

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Become a Safari search master with quick iOS tip

Searching within Safari pages is pretty easy, but well-hidden. Photo: Rob LeFebvre

Searching within Safari pages is pretty easy, but well-hidden. Photo: Rob LeFebvre

On the Mac, it’s super-easy to search for a word or phrase within the currently loaded page. You simply hit Command-F on your keyboard and Safari, Chrome or any other web browser will open up a little field to type your search terms into.

But what about when you’re using mobile Safari on your iPhone or iPad? How do you find a specific word or phrase there?

It’s pretty simple, but not super-intuitive. Here’s our recipe for finding search terms on your iPhone’s version of Safari.

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Apple plans more power-efficient displays for next tablets, including iPad Pro

The iPad Pro screen could be nearly as big as your MacBook's Photo: CURVED

Is this another clue we’re about to get a larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro? Photo: CURVED

Apple will apparently utilize oxide TFT displays for its next-generation iPad models, allowing the tablets to consume drastically less power.

In order to gain a bigger piece of the pie, manufacturer LG Display (aka the world’s largest LCD panel maker) is reportedly investing in the necessary P8-P9 production-line technology in its plants in Paju, South Korea, according to new reports coming out of Asia.

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Get your lost iOS files back fast with FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery

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iPhone Data Recovery makes it simple to restore lost iOS files. Photo: FonePaw

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Accidentally delete important iPhone files? Encounter a fatal failure while jailbreaking your iOS device? Experience a hardware or system malfunction? iPhone Data Recovery can snap you out of this all-to-common data nightmare quickly.

The easy-to-use Mac software is designed to help you recover deleted photos, videos, messages, contacts, call history, notes, etc., either directly from your phone or by extracting and restoring files from iTunes or iCloud. All you need to do is plug your mobile device into your Mac and click “Start Scan.”

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iPad first went on sale five years ago today

The iPad is a familiar sight today, but it wasn't always like that. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

The iPad is a familiar sight today, but it wasn’t always like that. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Okay, so all eyes are currently trained on the Apple Watch, which arrives later this month. But April also represents another important benchmark for Apple: five years ago today the iPad went on sale for the very first time.

To celebrate, we’ve scraped the dark recesses of the Cult of Mac archives to bring you a whistle-stop tour of the glorious 60 months we’ve spent in the company of Apple’s breakthrough tablet.

Whether you’re after a zero-gravity Garage Band symphony or a reminder of the time the Queen of England bought an iPad 2, keep reading for a trip down memory lane.

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You wish your school had this iPad vending machine

iPad Air 2 Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

iPad Air 2 Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Drexel University won our hearts two years ago with its invention of a MacBook vending machine for students. Now the school is taking its tech to the next level with a vending machine that spits out iPads.

The vending machine isn’t just for students, either. Residents of Philadelphia’s Mantua and Powelton Village can use their Free Library of Philadelphia cards to sign in and check out an iPad.

Here’s what the machine looks like:

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iPad comes under fire from Surface 3 running full Windows 8.1

Photo: Microsoft

Photo: Microsoft

Microsoft’s early attempts to the tablet crown from Apple hasn’t really gone according to plan. All the Surfaces from the original to the Pro 2 were flops, but Microsoft seems to have hit its stride with the Surface Pro 3. Now it’s ready to take on the iPad with an even cheaper tablet.

Today, Microsoft unveiled its thinnest and lightest tablet ever, the Surface 3. At 1.37 pounds it’s just a little bit heavier than the iPad Air 2, but boasts a bigger screen and price tag that starts at $499.

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