The Fast Company magazine presents its new rating of the 50 most innovative companies in the world. In mid-February, they published the 2011 list, giving short descriptions to their picks. Apple scoops first place, pushing the digital giants Twitter, Facebook and Google to the 2nd, 3rd and 6th place correspondingly—with Intel, Microsoft, Linkedin,eBay, IBM and Cisco resting below them. The sport and fashion apparel industry is presented by Burberry (No.13, “for breathing new life into a luxury stronghold”), Nike (No.23, “for its mix of sports, style, and yes, plastic bottles”), Opening Ceremony (No. 28) the food and drinks business has two representatives—PepsiCo (No.33)—“for its ambitious nutrition R&D” and chocolate company Madécasse (No.50).

Today, January 18, Apple‘s CEO Steve Jobs announced he is taking a medical leave without specifying its precise duration. In his absence, Tim Cook, the current COO of the company, will be responsible for the day-to-day operations, although, in an e-mail to staff, sent the day before, Jobs asserted that he would ‘continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company’.

On January 6, Apple® opened the Mac® App Store℠ with more than 1,000 free and paid apps. The Mac App Store brings the revolutionary App Store experience to the Mac, so you can find great new apps, buy them using your iTunes® account, download and install them in just one step. The Mac App Store is available for Snow Leopard® users through Software Update as part of Mac OS® X v10.6.6.

Nike released its new Nike+ GPS App, engineered to operate seamlessly between GPS and an accelerometer, on the App Store. The new application allows runners to use their iPhone to visually map every run while tracking pace, distance, time and calories-burned as well as stay motivated with instant feedback during and after each run from athletes like Paula Radcliffe and Lance Armstrong, and comedian Tracy Morgan.

On September 1, Apple® unveiled completely redesigned iPod nano, iTunes® 10 with Ping, new iPod touch®, and new redesigned iPod shuffle®, all of which are aimed at enhancing users experience in an extremely enjoyable way. Each of announced additions to Apple’s range definitely deserves to be reviewed, so below we post brief descriptions of the new products. For more information, go to