"Because of the government shutdown, some of our scheduled government speakers at CES 2019 have alerted us that they must cancel their travel to the show", Gary Shapiro, head of the Consumer Technology Association, wrote in a statement.
Of course, workers have been setting up very impressive displays and booths that cover nearly 3 million square feet at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and 10 other locations.
Apple has trolled Google and Amazon with a new billboard that takes shots at both companies' privacy issues.
The tech company set up a massive billboard outside the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) tech conference in Las Vegas, right beside a monorail emblazoned with Google ads.
HTC unveils two new standalone VR headsets
And finally, HTC announced that it's partnering with Mozilla to make Firefox Reality the default browser on Vive headsets. The Vive Cosmos employs the new Vive tracking system with support for gesture controls and 6 degrees of freedom (6 DoF).
But it was Facebook that took the biscuit in April when a whistle-blower revealed slippery CEO Mark Zuckerberg had allowed a political consultancy firm to harvest the personal data of more than 80 million people's profiles.
Apple, has traditionally, never maintained a strong presence at CES. "In a world where privacy is on everyone's mind, Apple is saying to the technology industry that it stands alone".
Apple spent a lot of time in 2018 taking Facebook and Google to task for their awful privacy policies. "Unlike Google, Apple insists they make money exclusively from selling hardware and software, not from users" personal information.
CES starts Tuesday and runs through Friday. Amazon and Google are expected to be in attendance.