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CES show in Las Vegas draws big names from Silicon Valley

CES show in Las Vegas draws big names from Silicon Valley CES show in Las Vegas draws big names from Silicon Valley
Russell Knight | 13 January, 2018, 21:49

More news all week from Las Vegas where EFTM will have a team of seven reporting on all the news from right across the show, here at EFTM.com, on Facebook, Twitter, TV and Radio.

Attendees attempt to enter Central Hall through exit doors at CES in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Jan. 10th, 2018.

Thirty minutes into the blackout, staff at the convention center said that they are aware of the power outage, investigating it, and working on a fix.

The Consumer Electronics Association, host of CES, acknowledged the outage.

"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers", the CTA, Las Vegas Visitor and Convention Authority and NV Energy - which provides electricity to the Las Vegas Convention Center - said in a joint statement.

Some companies still managed to do demos on their charged laptops and other devices, while others, such as Samsung, had limited backup power.

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In fact, it was raining so hard that Google had to shut down its giant playground-ish booth for a whole day, which was located outdoors.

Public service announcements played over an intercom thanking attendees for their patience while the work to resolve the issue continued. We will continue to limit access to the LVCC until full power has been restored.

Twitter was soon flooded with photos and videos of the eerily darkened halls while some companies pounced on the opportunity to advertise their ware.

Exhibitors have not yet put forward any complaints concerning damages caused by the power outage, nor has the show organizer officially mentioned a plan regarding the mishap. Both large and smaller ones rely on the annual trade show to ink deals that will translate to cash months in the future; the blackout disrupted some of the product demos, panels and meetings key to those deals. "This is a major buzz kill", one officer said as he strolled through the Central exhibit hall.

"If our extension cord went over there we'd be out of power". My colleague @jeffersongraham is inside South Hall here and says there is still power.

Young woman plays violin to entertain attendees at the Intel booth during #CES2018 blackout.

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