I want to configure a machine to display what is happening across the world. For example I want to be able to configure some Microsoft 8 apps and have them displayed on my dashboard (eg. Finance app). I want to be able to stream live news to my dashboard. I want to be able to display webpages and for them to update every few minutes.

From my research Windows 8 dashboard cannot really do these kind of things. It is somewhat lifeless. Can anybody point me in the right direction.