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Got Batteries? Power Outage Stalls CES Gadget Show

14 January 2018, 05:49 | Melvin Schneider

Episode 281 of the Tech Guide podcast is coming to you from CES in Las Vegas

The Two Blokes Talking Tech have landed in Las Vegas for CES

"There is an isolated power outage at the Las Vegas Convention Center", announced CES on Twitter, Wednesday. Indeed, it was raining in Las Vegas on January 8 and 9, a rare occurrence for a desert city. In a hilarious twist, the event lost power for nearly two hours, leading to some areas getting closed. Security personnel evacuated attendees from the affected areas at the time.

"The outage is a bit ironic, given CES' status as one of the world's biggest technology conferences", according to Geek Wire.

Daily Dot technology reporter Phillip Tracy was on site at the Las Vegas Convention Center when it happened. Access will be limited until power is fully restored. The Consumer Technology Association, which runs the event, said they are "working hard to resolve" the issue.

It wasn't a case of too many gadgets being plugged in, but a rainstorm knocking out the main power-lines. For an event that showcases the latest and greatest of technological advances, a power outage is all it takes to bring all of it down to earth. Samsung, Intel, LG and Panasonic were among the tech companies that lost power. "The blackout is utterly nonsensical".

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Initial reports indicated that Tuesday's downpour affected the LVCC transformers and also the back-up generators; officials continue to investigate the cause for the blackout.

Technology brands including Intel, IBM, ISPN and Texas Instruments were quick to jump onto the #CESblackout hashtag, with many taking a cheeky communications approach to the situation.

Introducing Blackout™: The biggest thing to hit #CES2018 since #5G. Even still, at least the power was restored shortly thereafter.



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