Play the right hands to rack up points in Sage Solitaire

It’s a simple concept, but pretty challenging once executed. If you go for the full game unlock, you also get two more game modes: Double Deck and Fifteens Mode. The Double Deck is exactly like Single, but with more cards since it is going through two decks instead of one. Fifteens is the same as Single, but with one change: you can make a hand of any card combination as long as the total value adds up to 15. It’s an interesting twist that opens up many more possibilities, and I would even consider it easier than the other two modes, as I’ve managed to win one game in Fifteens but none in Single or Double.


With the initial free download, Sage Solitaire includes the Single Deck game mode. The goal is to clear out all of the cards in the deck by making hands. The hands can be something as simple as a Pair, but if you can get a Flush or Straight, you get more points for it. But there is one big catch in Sage Solitaire: you must use cards from at least two rows, and if there are no more hands that can be made, then you lose. For each game, there is a bonus suit, where any hands that include it net you double points. But there is also one card from that suit that has been dealt out of the game, which you can see in the right-hand sidebar. If you’re stuck, you can “trash” a card by selecting it and then choosing the trash can button, or get a free hint (they’re unlimited). The trash cards are limited, but you earn another one by making a hand of any kind. If you are unable to make any more moves, then the game is over.


The visuals in Sage Solitaire are simple and clean, just as a mobile card game should be. While you can retain a minimalistic theme (similar to SpellTower), there are a number of backgrounds and card backs that you can use if you go for the full game unlock, which is $2.99 and includes two more game modes and statistics. If you opt for the in-app purchase, you’ll be able to alter the game’s appearance to suit whatever your mood is. Regardless of what you choose, Sage Solitaire has bright and vibrant colors and smooth animations. The typography used is also easy-to-read, though I do wish the “Menu” text in-game would change to better contrast the background being used, as it can sometimes be hard to see. The game does not have background music, but the sound effects are a fun touch.


Remember the days when everyone just played Solitaire on their computer (and maybe some of you still do at work) to pass the time? Those days are long gone, and the game of solitaire has evolved a bit with modern mobile games. I grew up with classic Solitaire and other card games, but I love seeing what developers can do with such a traditional foundation. Without some innovation, we wouldn’t have great games like Pair Solitaire and now Sage Solitaire. In fact, once you get started with this one, you will find it incredibly difficult to put down.


Sage Solitaire (Free) by Zach Gage is the latest game from the same guy behind a gem called SpellTower. If you are a fan of simple but challenging card games like Pair Solitaire, then you are in for a treat with Sage Solitaire.

The Best and Applications for Time Management

It doesn’t matter who you are or how you earn a living, you probably have issues with time management. Even individuals who take pride in managing their lives like clockwork can be late, tend to forget goals and have problems with putting things off. A lot of things contribute to this. The biggest reason is that, thanks to smartphones and tablets, we have all forms of distractions at our fingertips just begging for our attention. In this article we are going to teach you how to use your iPhone or iPad as a powerful tool for time management as opposed to as a time management unit of destruction.

Instapaper is worth checking out. Instapaper is an application that works with cell phones, tablets and on computers also. It is a “read later” application which can save you a great deal of time. How many times, throughout your day, do you find interesting sites or content that you seriously want to read but don’t have time to really check out? How often have you thrown off your whole schedule by reading or looking at it anyway because you knew you wouldn’t remember it later on? Instapaper integrates with Twitter and other applications to allow you to save all of those links so that you can read it at a later time. The links are all saved to one central account. It means that you can use any gadget (cell phone, tablet, and personal computer) to catch up on your reading when you’ve got the time.

Wunderlist is an excellent app. It is a basic to-do list app but it isn’t slowed down by lots of complicated interfaces or graphics. You’ll be able to sit down with this software daily and enter all of the things you want to accomplish. It does not cost anything to use. It syncs between devices and it is actually easy to use. If you can train yourself to check your software as often as you check your email, you will find it a lot easier to keep yourself on task.

Evernote is really great and handy. It’s a central place to manage pretty much everything: your emails, downloads, photographs, notes, thoughts, and so on. It syncs between devices (including your computer) and is easy to incorporate with other applications, like Wunderlist. The main problem is that this app costs money. You can pay a monthly subscription fee of five dollars or buy a full year of service for forty five dollars.

In terms of calendar , Agenda is the greatest. This is true for a lot of reasons but the biggest is that it syncs with both iCalendar (the calendar application many Macs, iphones and iPads use) and Google calendar. This makes managing your calendar much easier if you are an individual with a PC and an iPhone because you just key in your information into one place and then you can access it on any device you wish. Additionally, it is actually pretty.

The number of time management applications available for downloading is big. We believe these are the best but if you do some homework you’ll find lots of others.

Edwin Basko

The Apple Mac Specialist and author