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Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Twitter Lights Up Over CES Blackout

Twitter Lights Up Over CES Blackout

Toyota said at the CES global technology conference in Las Vegas that it will work with companies including Amazon.com Inc, Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing Technology Co, Pizza Hut, Mazda Motor Corp and Uber Technologies Inc to build the vehicle and its hardware and software support and develop connected mobility products.

Multimillion-dollar installations from technology giants including Samsung, LG, Nikon, Panasonic, GoPro, Canon, Hisense, and Intel all fell dark, leaving crowds of people reaching for their mobile phones to light the way out.

LAS VEGAS-On the first day of CES, Tuesday, a record 1.33 inches of rain fell, the wettest one-day downpour since the Weather Service began keeping records in 1937. It took about two hours before power was restored.

As CES got things straightened out, we continued bringing you the latest and greatest stories from the show.

As one would expect at an event filled with tech enthusiasts, plenty of pictures and videos of the eerily darkened scene hit Twitter during the outage, with the hashtag #CESBlackout quickly becoming a top trending topic.

The lights went out at around 11:13AM PST after over an inch of rain fell in Las Vegas, causing flash flooding across the city.

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As Bloomberg notes, even with all the next-level technology present at the CES, it would seem that the event was still not safe from the enemy of all electronics: a blackout.

TV maker LG's OLED Canyon display demo, with 246 OLED panels and more than 30 high-definition generators, took almost an hour to get back in full operation.

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.

"I was on the Samsung tour getting a look at the booth, the power went off, and then immediately after that a generator kicked on, so some of the lights turned on", Tracy said. Some meeting rooms in South Hall also lost power.

At Intel's booth, a woman played the violin to entertain the attendees caught in the dark.

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