Blackout at CES? Try turning it off and on again

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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.

"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. It was raining in Las Vegas on Monday and Tuesday - rare for a desert city.

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.

"Power has been fully restored. No Problem. You can still dunk in the dark", continues to be heralded by many as a great example of real-time social media engagement.

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

The Consumer Technology Association, which runs CES, tweeted that it was an "isolated power outage".

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THE WORLD'S largest technology show ground to a halt for more than two hours today when a blackout plunged some of its biggest showpieces into darkness, causing evacuations, huge queues, and mass frustration. Intel had a tongue-in-cheek announcement for a product called "Blackout".

What happens to all those internet-connected refrigerators, robots and other devices when the power goes out?

The one thing we'll all remember when we're all old and gray, telling our grandchildren the war stories from our years in the tech blogging trenches, are all of the non-tech news madness at the event.

Whoa, I'm in a hotel on the other side of town from the LVCC and our power just flickered too.

Dozens of reporters queued quietly for lunch boxes in a darkened press room in South Hall.