CES goes dark in the rain

CES is "the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies", says the world's largest consumer tech show's website. Hell, it's not even giant TVs.

The CES event draws tech companies from all over the world.

Day one's big stories were a shaken GoPro CEO, a royally pissed off Huawei executive and Las Vegas's utter lack of preparation for a rainstorm. Power was restored and the lights were back on at 2:10PM, CES said. "This is a major buzz kill", one officer said as he strolled through the Central exhibit hall.

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"After coming to CES for so many years with all of the power draw that this show puts on, I was surprised that happened because it's never happened before to my knowledge", says Tim Alessi, head of home entertainment product marketing for LG Electronics USA.

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...

... In the meantime, feel free to point out all of the applicable metaphors to the current state of the electronics industry. Parts of the connector between Central and South Halls were also affected. The CTA is now recommending that people check out all of the exhibitors outside.

(12:45PM PT) NV Energy is on the case. "We will continue to restrict access until full power has been restored". "If our extension cord went over there we'd be out of power". Here's a link to a relevant Everything But the Girl video and here's the official statement on the matter. The Consumer Technology Association, which runs the event, said they are "working hard to resolve" the issue. 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.

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