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BY LILLIE BETH BRINKMAN Modified: May 11, 2010 at 7:37 am •  Published: May 11, 2010
First, an update from last week about my iPod Touch that got wet: It still isn’t working. I had someone with the Apple Store’s Genius Bar take a look. I didn’t have much success there. The device turned on, but the touch screen didn’t work. Apple offered me a discount on a trade-in or new version.

Thanks to those who wrote in with ideas about how to dry out a mobile device; as I try to get it fixed, I will share your solutions in future columns.

Lately, I’ve been wondering about Apple’s Safari browser that is installed on each iPod Touch and iPhone. Did you know there are applications for other browsers to use in the iTunes app store? Just type "browser” or "web browser” into the search, and more than 150 browser apps pop up for those two devices. There’s an additional set for the iPad.

These browsers are faster and have more features than Safari. I tried a few with some success. The ones here give you more options to customize your settings than Safari does. In most of them, you can search for words on a website page, which you can’t do in Safari.

Opera Mini Web Browser (free, Opera Software ASA).

If you have a favorite application you’d like to share or one that you wish did a particular task, e-mail me at Follow me on


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