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First Barbie goes back to school and earns an engineering degree. Now Fisher-Price, the toy maker that has for decades made cognitive development fun, has introduced its take on the tablet computer. The device, called the iXL, has an SD card slot, a USB port, and a stylus for pressing its touch screen. The iXL, which plays games and music, will sell for US $80.