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I can help out your friend
When there's work going down
I can say a lot
Without making a sound

I'm made up of parts
But they're hard to replace
I've improved all our lives
I've even been to space

I'm all around you
In your daily life
If you guess my name
It'll be worth the strife

What am I? (Thanks to gstats for that last line :) ).

Ok lot of great ideas but none correct so I'll attempt to give a hint:

I'm not made up
Of circuits and wires
And I was around long before
The invention of tires

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    $\begingroup$ "it'll be worth the strife"? :p $\endgroup$ – gstats Oct 12 '16 at 16:39
  • $\begingroup$ How did I not think of that @gstats! Thanks. And thanks for the welcome, @Beastly :) $\endgroup$ – grinch Oct 12 '16 at 16:41
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry to anyone who may have seen the hint during my fail at using the spoiler tag $\endgroup$ – grinch Oct 12 '16 at 17:06
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Is it by any chance

the human hand

I can help out your friend
When there's work going down

lend a helping hand

I can say a lot
Without making a sound

sign language, the middle finger, etc...

I'm made up of parts
But they're hard to replace

kind of self evident in this situation

I've improved all our lives

evolution is a wonderful thing

I'm all around you
In your daily life

(almost) everyone has them

If you guess my name
It'll be worth the strife

shrug

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    $\begingroup$ I thought of this too- it definitely fits the first stanza well $\endgroup$ – gstats Oct 12 '16 at 17:45
  • $\begingroup$ Ding ding ding! Great job! :) $\endgroup$ – grinch Oct 12 '16 at 17:54
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I think it is

A book

I can help out your friend
When there's work going down

A book can teach

I can say a lot Without making a sound

It doesn't make a noise but tells you a story

I'm made up of parts But they're hard to replace

The pages are hard to replace

I've improved all our lives I've even been to space

Books have definitely improved life, especially sci-fi

I'm all around you In your daily life

Books are everywhere

If you guess my name I'll upvote you for life

Thanks :P

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  • $\begingroup$ Great guess but not what I had in mine. $\endgroup$ – grinch Oct 12 '16 at 16:42
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I think it might be

a (ballpoint) pen

I can help out your friend
When there's work going down

Helping write homework or other things

I can say a lot
Without making a sound

Writing words, telling stories, but silently (unless you're a person who likes to click their pen :p)

I'm made up of parts
But they're hard to replace

Typically when a pen breaks or runs out of ink you just buy a new one

I've improved all our lives
I've even been to space

Pens replaced pencils in space - special pens can write in antigravity

I'm all around you
In your daily life

We use them all the time (I have one right now)

If you guess my name
It'll be worth the strife

Hopefully it is!

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  • $\begingroup$ +1 This is what I was thinking, but I couldn't figure out the "been to space" part. Nice! $\endgroup$ – Kiwi Oct 12 '16 at 16:54
  • $\begingroup$ Good guess but not what I had in mind. $\endgroup$ – grinch Oct 12 '16 at 16:55
  • $\begingroup$ darn it! I was almost positive :) good puzzle @grinch $\endgroup$ – gstats Oct 12 '16 at 16:56
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I think

Internet

I can help out your friend
When there's work going down

Stack exchange help us a lot.

I can say a lot
Without making a sound

Internet is a web of information

I'm made up of parts
But they're hard to replace

Made up of mainly HTML and Css

I've improved all our lives
I've even been to space

Any doubt and now ISS astronauts cast a vote from space .Please don't trump.

I'm all around you
In your daily life
If you guess my name
It'll be worth the strife

Thanks internet

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  • $\begingroup$ Good guess but not what I had in mind. $\endgroup$ – grinch Oct 12 '16 at 16:55
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Are you a

Computer?

I can help out your friend
When there's work going down

Computer can help that out.

I can say a lot
Without making a sound

Search / Google and the answers are on the screen

I'm made up of parts

Sure it does

But they're hard to replace

Some parts are hard to replace

I've improved all our lives

Sure it does again

I've even been to space

Satellite / space station have computers

I'm all around you
In your daily life

Yup

If you guess my name
It'll be worth the strife

Guess computer nowadays do alot more than just 'compute'

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  • $\begingroup$ Man, you beat me by 90 seconds... $\endgroup$ – Sid Oct 12 '16 at 16:58
  • $\begingroup$ @Sid not sure if this is the correct answer thou! $\endgroup$ – Alex Oct 12 '16 at 17:02
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Not sure but I think you're

A watch

I can help out your friend
When there's work going down

When your friend's at work they might check their watch often

I can say a lot
Without making a sound

You use a watch to 'tell' time, hence they say a lot while being fairly or completely quiet!

I'm made up of parts
But they're hard to replace

A watch has very small moving parts, and it is hard to replace them

I've improved all our lives
I've even been to space

Spacesuits have watches built into them I think

I'm all around you
In your daily life

Many people wear watches

If you guess my name
It'll be worth the strife

A watch!

And the answers to the hint:
I'm not made up
Of circuits and wires

Although they have small parts, they do not necessarily require electricity to run

And I was around long before
The invention of tires

Watches were invented before cars

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  • $\begingroup$ I was going to answer this but decided not to... $\endgroup$ – Sam Harrington Oct 12 '16 at 17:44
  • $\begingroup$ Had the same idea but more "time" than "watch". Fits the different parts of the riddle quite well. $\endgroup$ – Aron_dc Oct 13 '16 at 13:43
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I guess

Computer

I can help out your friend

When there's work going down

A computer helps a lot in completing work/projects...

I can say a lot Without making a sound

The internet is a valuable tool indeed!

I'm made up of parts But they're hard to replace

Probably the CPU/UPS.. They can be replaced, but it is expensive..

I've improved all our lives I've even been to space

The computer has improved our lives. Space probably mentions the huge amount of popularity and reach of the computers..

I'm all around you In your daily life

Of course it is!

If you guess my name I'll upvote you for life

Using a computer after all..

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  • $\begingroup$ Good guess but not what I have in mind. I added a hint to hopefully steer in a better direction. $\endgroup$ – grinch Oct 12 '16 at 17:07

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