Electronics extravaganza in Las Vegas suffers power outage

Power outage at CES leaves parts of Las Vegas Convention Center in the dark

The unthinkable has happened at the annual electronic devices expo in Las Vegas - there's been a power cut. And the more socially conscious pointed out the hypocrisy of being bent out of shape over a brief blackout at CES when an entire territory of the United States has been without power for months...

The CES 2018 event experienced a blackout Wednesday, putting one of the world's largest displays of tech and electronic devices at a standstill for almost two hours. The lights - and everything else - were off for two hours. Power was restored to the convention center after two hours.

The Consumer Technology Association issued a statement saying that Nevada Energy has addressed the cause of the problem, which resulted in an outage impacting the sprawling Central and South halls. Security personnel evacuated attendees from the affected areas at the time.

But the Samsung booth still had limited electricity thanks to its own private back-up power, according to CNET, an online IT news service. At the recent International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES), thousands of exhibitors participated, showcasing the latest innovations and technologies across 2.6 million net square feet of exhibit space. Event officials said they were still investigating how the power went out.

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In the meantime, twitter lit up with the hashtag #CESBlackout.

LG Electronics used the power cut to promote its OLED TV by saying, "Even without power, #CES2018 still can't match the ideal black of an #LGOLEDTV".

But the tech with perhaps the most potential and anticipation will not even launch here for a year or more, 5G wireless internet.

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