Beta Watch: RoboForm Online, FanSnap, LocateTV
RoboForm Online: Protected-Password Syncing
Using a password manager is the only way to really secure passwords and keep track of the darn things. Password managers that run on your PC, like RoboForm, are inherently limited, though; they're great when you're at the PC on which they run, but worthless if you're on some other computer. RoboForm Online deals with that problem in much the same way that bookmark-syncing software does: You sync your passwords to RoboForm's servers and can access them online or sync them to another PC with the company's desktop software. The passwords are encrypted, so even RoboForm employees can't read them. RoboForm's desktop software ($30; a limited edition is free) is one of the most convenient password managers I've used, and this free service is a nice extension.
FanSnap: The Kayak of Tickets
Ticket scalpers are no longer just sketchy-looking guys holding cardboard signs near the ballpark. You can find lots of online ticket resellers such as RazorGator and StubHub-so many, in fact, that it's time for the next wave: the scalping aggregator. As Kayak does for travel services, FanSnap gathers deals from a wide range of ticket services and presents them in a nifty interface. A chart shows the distribution of prices for an event and a map of the arena, with icons indicating the location of the tickets on sale. Blue stars point to great deals. Don't want to spend more than $100 to see Nickelback (and really, who would)? FanSnap will filter down to only the cheap seats.
LocateTV: 21st Century TV Guide
Video viewers these days are confounded by choices: hundreds of TV networks, dozens of Web video services, and millions of DVDs. But you can still find yourself on the couch on Thursday night wondering what to watch. LocateTV does a nice job of highlighting the stuff that average viewers are most likely interested in--new episodes of television series, the latest movies, and so on. LocateTV will tell you exactly where to find them, whether on a basic cable station, DVD, Hulu, or iTunes. If you have a favorite show, the free service will e-mail you a reminder every time that program is going to air.